Nov 28 2011
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Public Health News Roundup: November 28

Four Medications Linked to Two-thirds of Senior Drug-Related Hospitalizations

A study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and published in the New England Journal of Medicine finds that about 100,000 seniors are hospitalized for drug-related adverse events each year. Four drugs, according to the study, account for two-thirds of the adverse events—warfarin, antiplatelet drugs, oral diabetes drugs and insulin. Read more on the health of older adults.

CDC: Teens Not Eating Enough Fruits and Vegetables

U.S. high school students still aren't eating enough fruits and vegetables, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers looked at data from nearly 10,800 students in grades nine through 12, and found that median consumption was 1.2 times per day for both fruits and vegetables, well below CDC's recommended fruit and vegetable consumption for adolescents. Get more nutrition news.

NIH Halts Microbicide Gel Arm of HIV Prevention Study

One arm of a large HIV prevention trial in three African countries and funded by the National Institutes of Health, has been halted for review. The goal of the trial was to investigate whether daily use of a daily tablet or microbicide vaginal gel containing an antiretroviral drug could prevent HIV infection. But a mid-trial review found the gel was no more effective among participants than a placebo. The drug arm of the trial is continuing. Read more HIV news.

U.S. Self-Reported Weight Up Nearly 20 Pounds Since 1990

According to Gallup's annual Health and Healthcare survey, American men, on average, say they weigh 196 pounds and women say they weigh 160 pounds—both figures are about 20 pounds higher than average self-reported weight figures from 1990. Self-reported ideal weights, and the gap between actual and ideal weights, have both risen as well. The poll is based on telephone interviews conducted Nov. 3-6, 2011, with a random sample of 1,012 adults. Read up on the latest issues in obesity in America.

Tags: HIV, News roundups, Obesity, Older Adults, Prescription drugs, Public and Community Health