Public Health News Roundup: October 27
Pregnant women are more likely to die from murder or suicide than several of the most common pregnancy-related health issues, according to a study in Obstetrics & Gynecology. The study looked at data from 2003 to 2007 and found that about three out of every 100,000 women who are pregnant or have a child less than one year old are murdered, and two out of every 100,000 kill themselves. The authors say pregnancy is a critical time to look into potential abuse issues because most pregnant women regularly see a health care professional. Read more on violence as a public health issue.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day for Saturday, October 29, 2011, from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., at locations in every state. According to the DEA more than seven million Americans abuse prescription drugs, and each day approximately 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time, according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. The majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends and home medicine cabinets. The DEA currently plans to hold the Take Back days every six months.
A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that in a trial that included more than 150,000 participants, people who had annual chest x-rays for up to 4 years did not have a significantly lower rate of death from lung cancer compared to participants who were not screened. Get more cancer news.