Mar 29 2012
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Public Health News Roundup: March 29

Cancer Death Rates Continue to Decline

Death rates from all cancers combined for men, women and children continued to decline in the United States between 2004 and 2008, according to the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975-2008. The overall rate of new cancer diagnoses among men decreased by an average of 0.6 percent per year between 2004 and 2008. Overall cancer incidence rates among women declined 0.5 percent per year from 1998 through 2006, with rates leveling off from 2006 through 2008.

The report was co-authored by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, the National Cancer Institute, and the American Cancer Society. Read more cancer news.

Weight Loss and Increased Fitness Slow Mobility Decline in Adults with Diabetes

Weight loss and increased physical fitness nearly halved the risk of losing mobility in a study of over 5,000 overweight or obese adults with type 2 diabetes. The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine and looked at four year results for a clinical trial funded by the National Institutes of Health. Read how some communities are making physical activity easier for residents.

Study Calls for Better Integration of Primary Care and Public Health

A new study from the Institute of Medicine, Primary Care and Public Health: Exploring Integration to Improve Population Health, finds that new opportunities are emerging for bringing primary care and public health professionals together in ways that will create lasting improvements in the health of individuals, communities and populations. The study was commissioned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration. Read a Q&A with Eduardo Sanchez on the connection between health care and public health.

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