Dec 7 2011

Public Health News Roundup: December 7

Rise in Knee Replacements among U.S. Older Adults

A new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine finds that an increase in knee replacements among older adults is tied to a rise in average body mass index (BMI) rates. Read more on obesity.

Teens Follow Parents’ Example When It Comes to Driving Under the Influence

A new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shows that 16- and 17-year-olds living with parents who drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol are far more likely to drive under the influence than adolescents whose parents do not. Read up on substance abuse news.

HRSA Report on Children with Special Health Needs Finds Significant Disparities

The Health Resources Services Administration has published the first-ever report to compare the health and well-being of children with special health care needs to those children without. The report finds that 14 to 19 percent of children in the U.S. have a special health care need. Key findings show that kids with special health needs are:

  • more likely than other children to have consistent insurance, but the insurance is less likely to meet their needs, and they are less likely to receive care that meets criteria for having a medical home;
  • less likely to be engaged in school, more likely to repeat a grade and miss more than two weeks of school due to illness;
  • more likely to be overweight or obese;
  • more likely to be exposed to secondhand smoke at home.

Get more information on health disparities.

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