Public Health News Roundup: March 27
Today is Diabetes Alert Day. Sponsored by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) , the goal of the day is to encourage Americans to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
The test includes questions on weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for prediabetes or diabetes. According to the ADA, 25.8 million children and adults in the United States, or 8.3 percent of the population, have diabetes. About 7 million of those are undiagnosed. Read more on diabetes prevention.
The rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) has dropped by more than 50 percent since a U.S. campaign began in the 1990s encouraging parents to put babies to sleep on their backs. But new research published in Pediatrics suggests that risk factors other than "tummy sleeping" may explain why SIDS rates have not declined further. Additional risks include bed sharing, exposure to tobacco smoke before and after birth and having objects in a baby’s crib. Read more on efforts to foster healthy babies.
The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at the National Institutes of Health has launched e-Source, a free, interactive web-based resource that will provide researchers with the latest research methods and tools to address emerging challenges in public health, such as the obesity epidemic and the increase in chronic diseases such as heart disease. Read more on research in public health.