November 16, 2012 |
While the lion's share of youth anti-smoking efforts has focused on cigarettes, a new report in the CDC journal Preventing Chronic Disease suggests more needs to be done to reduce the number of teens smoking flavored tobacco from hookahs. According to a recent survey cited in the report, 18.5% of 12th-grade students admitted to using a hookah in the previous year. And what's particularly concerning to the study authors, led by Daniel Morris of the Oregon Health Authority's public health division, is that many young people don't seem to recognize that hookah use carries serious health risks: Hookah smoke contains many of the same toxins as cigarettes and has been associated with a similar laundry list of diseases such as lung cancer and respiratory illness.
December 28, 2009 |
Disease prevention doesn't take place just in the clinic. The majority of preventive measures -- from brushing teeth to wearing seatbelts -- happen in the community and workplace. And here the cost-benefit balance sheet is very different, some studies say, when you consider the cost not only to healthcare providers but also to employers and government, which might invest in antismoking campaigns or publicly accessible exercise programs. "In many cases, if not most cases, prevention activities are more cost-effective than treatment," says Ron Z. Goetzel, a research professor at Emory University in Atlanta and vice president of the healthcare division at Thomson Reuters, an information company with headquarters in New York City.
June 25, 2001 |
You might say Mark and Debbie Johnson's marriage lurched toward a calamitous disaster right on schedule. The Turlock, Calif., couple, two children in tow, had made it to seven years, the point at which spouses are expected to scratch the seven-year itch. There were no infidelities, rather the union eroded from a plague of casual drug use, alcohol and out-of-control rage. Like a derailed train, the marriage was hurtling toward its inevitable crash.
January 6, 2012 |
Kids may be spending too much time in front of computers and television, but are interventions designed to curb that working? An analysis of several reports finds that some do, but improvements may be needed. A meta-analysis of 47 studies targeting intervention programs to curb screen time among children younger than 12 found that 29 showed programs were successful at getting kids away from the television, computer and video games. The interventions ran the gamut and included programs based in schools, at home, in communities and in clinics and WIC centers.
July 27, 2010
Parents who have been fretting about their kids' junk food consumption, lack of exercise, questionable oral hygiene, astonishing infection risks, poor study habits or excessive social networking need to make way for two more worries -- child-threatening medical devices and drug-resistant lice. The current issue of the journal Pediatrics features these gems: "Emergency Department Visits for Medical Device-Associated Adverse Events Among Children" and "Clinical Report -- Head Lice."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 1993
A letter writer (Jan. 18) asks if other countries can provide national health care why can't we? The reason is obvious. Other countries aren't Ramboing all over the face of the Earth in an attempt to impose their will on others. Vietnam, Korea, Grenada, Panama, the Middle East, Somalia, and then there's our inane feud with Cuba for over 30 years. Citizens want national health care, but also support foreign interventions. However, no new taxes! Make up your minds, we can't afford it all. BETTY T. McGILL San Diego