Nov 22 2011
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Public Health News Roundup: November 22

Text Message Bullying On the Rise

An online survey of more than 1,500 teens published in the journal Pediatrics found that bullying by text messaging increased from 2006 to 2008. Among middle and high school students surveyed, 24 percent said they had been "harassed" by texting, up from about 14 percent in a survey of the same kids the year before. Read more on efforts to prevent all forms of violence, including bullying.

School Hygiene Program Can Reduce Some Illnesses and Absences

An test of hand hygiene and cough etiquette program in five Pittsburgh schools found that the practices reduced incidences of influenza A and absences, but not influenza B. Researchers say influenza B may not have been reduced by the improved health hygiene because it has a different transmission mechanism, or because it occurs later in the season than when the school health etiquette trial was administered and typically in children younger than the trial participants. Read more flu news.

Some HIV Drugs May Raise Cholesterol in Very Young Children

A study funded by the National Institutes of Health has found that toddlers taking protease inhibitors for HIV had higher cholesterol levels on average than children of the same age who were not taking the drugs. Similar findings on cholesterol levels have been seen among adults and older children taking protease inhibitors. The researchers say toddlers on the drugs should have their cholesterol monitored regularly and that physicians may need to intervene if they see levels rise. Read more on HIV.

Tags: Flu, HIV, News roundups, Pediatrics, Public and Community Health, Violence