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Improving diet quality reduces risk for type 2 diabetes

Improving diet quality reduces risk for type 2 diabetes

Improving the overall quality of one’s diet helps to prevent type 2 diabetes, independent of other lifestyle changes, according to a study presented at the American Diabetes Association’s 74th Scientific Sessions®. The study, by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, found that those who improved their diet quality index scores by 10 percent over four years — by eating more whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and less sweetened beverages and saturated fats, for example — reduced their risk for type 2 diabetes by about 20 percent, compared to those who made no changes to their diets Continue reading

Second hospital feed baby dies

Second hospital feed baby dies

unable to retrieve full-text contentA second baby given suspected contaminated hospital feed has died, but the death is not thought to be related to the infection, says Public Health England. Continue reading

Lead abatement a wise economic, public health investment

Lead abatement a wise economic, public health investment

Childhood lead exposure costs Michigan residents an estimated $330 million annually, and a statewide remediation program to eliminate the source of most lead poisoning would pay for itself in three years, according to a new report. “Economic Impacts of Lead Exposure and Remediation in Michigan,” compares the cost of four well-documented impacts of lead exposure­–increased health care, increased crime, increase in special education, and decline in lifetime earnings–with the cost of lead abatement of high-risk homes. The report is a collaboration between the University of Michigan Risk Science Center in the School of Public Health and the Michigan Network for Children’s Environmental Health. Continue reading

Lead abatement a wise economic, public health investment

Lead abatement a wise economic, public health investment

Childhood lead exposure costs Michigan residents an estimated $330 million annually, and a statewide remediation program to eliminate the source of most lead poisoning would pay for itself in three years, according to a new report. Continue reading

Restoring trust in VA health care

Restoring trust in VA health care

In the wake of recent revelations of overly long patient wait times and systematic manipulation and falsification of reported wait-time data, UC Davis and Harvard public policy leaders believe the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health-care system’s problems can be fixed by strong leadership, greater transparency and reforms that refocus the organization on its primary mission of providing timely access to consistently high-quality care. In their Perspective article, published online in the New England Journal of Medicine , authors Kenneth W. Kizer and Ashish K Continue reading

When hospital workers get vaccines, community flu rates fall, study shows

When hospital workers get vaccines, community flu rates fall, study shows

For every 15 healthcare providers who receive the influenza vaccination, one fewer person in the community will contract an influenza-like illness, according to a study using California public health data from 2009 — 2012. Continue reading

‘Millions denied end-of-life drugs’

‘Millions denied end-of-life drugs’

unable to retrieve full-text contentLack of access to pain relief for dying patients is a “public health emergency”, say experts. Continue reading

Stress degrades sperm quality, study shows

Stress degrades sperm quality, study shows

Psychological stress is harmful to sperm and semen quality, affecting its concentration, appearance, and ability to fertilize an egg, according to a study led by researchers Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and Rutgers School of Public Health. Results are published online in the journal Fertility and Sterility Continue reading

Toxins in the environment might make you older than your years

Toxins in the environment might make you older than your years

Why are some 75-year-olds downright spry while others can barely get around? Part of the explanation, say researchers writing in the Cell Press journal Trends in Molecular Medicine on May 28, is differences from one person to the next in exposure to harmful substances in the environment, chemicals such as benzene, cigarette smoke, and even stress Continue reading

Rules to cut carbon emissions also reduce air pollution harmful to people, environment

Rules to cut carbon emissions also reduce air pollution harmful to people, environment

Setting strong standards for climate-changing carbon emissions from power plants would provide an added bonus — reductions in other air pollutants that can make people sick; damage forests, crops, and lakes; and harm fish and wildlife. Continue reading