Oct 13 2011
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Public Health News Roundup: October 13

Millions of Americans Have Used Electronic Health Records – and Millions More Haven’t

A new survey from healthcare market research company Manhattan Research found that 56 million U.S. consumers have accessed their medical information on an electronic health record (EHR) system maintained by their physician. However, 140 million consumers report that they have not used an EHR system and are not interested in doing so. The audience not interested in doing so is older, less educated, and significantly less likely to use the Internet, lending credence to the continued problem of the “digital divide.” The survey included 8,745 U.S. adults, who were surveyed online and on the phone. Read more on health information technology.

Many Long-term Cancer Survivors Experience Post-Traumatic Stress

A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that more than a decade after being diagnosed, more than one-third of cancer survivors reported persistent or worsening symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Symptoms included being agitated or anxious, having disturbing thoughts about the cancer and its treatment, or feeling emotionally numb toward friends and family. The study is based on a survey of 566 patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Read more on mental health and cancer.

More Teen Males Use Condoms

More teen males aged 15-19 years are using a condom the first time they have sex, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the latest data collection, 8 in 10 teen males used a condom the first time they had sex, an increase of 9 percentage points from 2002. Despite long term improvements in pregnancy risk behaviors among teens, differences still exist among Hispanic origin and race groups. Hispanic males have the highest percentages using no contraceptive method the last time they had sex. Find more news on sexual health.

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