Public Health News Roundup: January 8
Survey: 34 Percent of Smokers Trying to Quit in 2013
About 34 percent of American smokers have selected quitting as one of their 2013 New Year’s resolutions, up from 18 percent last year, according to a new study conducted on behalf of Legacy. Health factors and the cost of cigarettes were both cited as reasons. It takes an average of six to nine attempts for people to successfully give up smoking, making this period especially important to support those giving it a try. “Many smokers may have begun their New Year’s quit attempt and have already relapsed and that’s okay,” said Cheryl G. Healton, DrPH, President and CEO of Legacy. “We need to encourage them to build a quit plan and then try to quit again.” Read more on tobacco.
ASCO Outlines Recommendations on Care for Cancer Survivors
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has released new recommendations on how to improve the quality of care cancer survivors, who are at risk for other health problems and issues stemming from treatment. About 13 million cancer survivors are in the country. The recommendations help health care providers, patients, researchers and policymakers prioritize the components of care. "Most patients still want to see their oncologists even after they have finished active treatment,” said Sandra Swain, MD, FACP, ASCO president. “Oncologists are well positioned to lead and develop a strategy for coordinating follow-up care with primary care providers." They were published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Read more on cancer.
IOM to Study Sports-related Concussions for Youth Athletes
The Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academies of Science, has launched a new national study on sports-related concussions for youth athletes. The panel plans to submit its report this summer for publication in late 2013. U.S. emergency rooms report about 173,000 sports-related temporary brain injuries—including concussions—each year, according to a 2010 study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Concussions have been linked to increase risk of mental illness, including depression, and can even lead to suicide. Read more on injury prevention.