Jun 19 2012

Public Health News Roundup: June 19

Many Cancer Clinical Trials Fail to Ask About Tobacco Use

Despite the fact that tobacco use can negatively impact cancer treatment, few cancer clinical trials build in questions for study participants about their tobacco use, according to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

The researchers looked at 155 active clinical trials funded by the National Cancer Institute and found that that less than 30 percent assessed any form of tobacco use at enrollment, less than five percent assessed tobacco use during follow-up, and none provide cessation support. Read more on cancer.

Study: Men and Women Respond Differently to Exercise Ads

A University of Michigan study finds that overweight men and women responded differently to advertisements about the benefits from exercise.

"Daily well-being" motivates women to exercise, while "weight loss" and "health" are more motivational for men, according to the study, which was published in the Journal of Obesity. Researchers used one-page ads featuring one of those three reasons to gauge responses. The study was funded by National Institutes of Health and was conducted among 1,690 overweight and obese women and men between 40 and 60 years old. Read more on physical activity.

Tags: Cancer, News roundups, Obesity, Physical activity, Tobacco