Jan 25 2012

Public Health News Roundup: January 25

ACOG Recommends Gynecologists and Obstetricians Screen All Patients for Intimate Partner Abuse

Obstetricians and gynecologists should screen all patients for intimate partner violence, including during prenatal visits, according to new recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Read more on violence and health.

Lower-limb Amputations Decline Among U.S. Diabetes Patients

The rate of leg and foot amputations among U.S. adults aged 40 and older with diagnosed diabetes declined by 65 percent between 1996 and 2008, according to a study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and published in the journal Diabetes Care. The study also found that among people with diagnosed diabetes in 2008, men, blacks and adults aged 75 years and older had the highest rates of leg and foot amputations. The study authors say that that improvements in blood sugar control, foot care and diabetes management, along with declines in cardiovascular disease likely contributed to the decline in amputations. Get more diabetes news.

Lower Income Adults May Have a Harder Time Quitting Smoking than More Affluent Smokers

A recent study in the American Journal of Public Health found that smokers with lower socioeconomic status had less success quitting smoking than more affluent counterparts in the same cessation program.

The researchers examined socioeconomic disparities in a community-based tobacco dependence treatment program. Both behavioral therapy and nicotine patches were provided to 2,739 smokers. The researchers found that the probability of not smoking three months after treatment among study participants was 55 percent greater for the highest socioeconomic status than for the lowest socioeconomic status smokers at three months, and 2.5 times greater at six months. Researchers also found that the less affluent participants had fewer resources and less environmental support to help them keep from smoking. Get the latest tobacco news updates.

Tags: Diabetes, Health disparities, Maternal and Infant Health, Public and Community Health, Tobacco, Violence