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'Unfinished agenda' in preventing lead poisoning - Dotemirates

'Unfinished agenda' in preventing lead poisoning

Over the years, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and its partners have made major progress towards reducing lead exposure in the United States. But more work remains in preventing lead poisoning in US children and adults, according to a special supplement to the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. While US population blood lead levels continue to decline, researchers, public health officials, and policymakers still face challenges in reaching national goals in the fight against lead , according to an introductory editorial by Adrienne S. Ettinger, ScD, MPH, Perri Z. Ruckart, MPH, and Timothy A. Dignam, Ph.D., MPH,...


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23/01/2019

The Latest: Health care center nurse suspect is fired

The Latest on the arrest of a suspect charged with sexual assault in the case of an incapacitated woman who gave birth at a long-term health care facility (all times local): 10 a.m. A licensed practical nurse charged with sexually assaulting an incapacitated woman who gave birth at an Arizona care facility has been fired from his job. Hacienda HealthCare said in a statement Wednesday that 36-year-old Nathan Sutherland was terminated after police announced his arrest. Hacienda says its officials are "troubled beyond words" that someone who passed an extensive background check could harm a patient and that officials will...
23/01/2019

Climate change will affect the ratio of male-to-female newborns, scientists say

(CNN)Global warming will have a variety of effects on our planet, yet it may also directly impact our human biology, research suggests. Specifically, climate change could alter the proportion of male and female newborns, with more boys born in places where temperatures rise and fewer boys born in places with other environmental changes, such as drought or wildfire caused by global warming. A recent study in Japan found a link between temperature fluctuations and a lower male-to-female sex ratio at birth, with conceptions of boys especially vulnerable to external stress factors, wrote Dr. Misao Fukuda, lead study author and founder...
23/01/2019

St George's Hospital: 250 cardiac unit deaths to be reviewed

The deaths of up to 250 people who died following heart surgery at a troubled London cardiac unit are being reviewed.The study is looking at all patients who underwent cardiac surgery at St George's Hospital in Tooting between April 2013 and September 2018.Complex heart operations were moved out of the unit last year when it was revealed a "toxic" row had contributed to an above average death rate.The review has been commissioned by NHS Improvement. It is being carried out by a panel of independent cardiac surgery, cardiology and anaesthetic consultants. The group is examining the safety and quality of...

23/01/2019

Global health research money reaches 'record high'

Funding to tackle 33 significant diseases has reached its highest level since figures were taken, says a survey which has tracked this for 11 years.The G-Finder report found that money invested in research and development reached $3.5bn (£2.8bn) in 2017.The total is a 7% increase on the previous year. But the group which tracked the data warned that this area of global health was still too reliant on a handful of top funders. The largest funder was the US government, which through its National Institutes of Health provided 39% of the total. There were significant increases in contributions from the...
23/01/2019

How diet is changing - the good and the bad

Children are turning their backs on sugary drinks, with the numbers drinking them falling by a third over the past nine years, a survey suggests.About half of children do not drink them - and those that do are drinking fewer than children in 2008-09 did.The shift has contributed to an overall reduction in sugar consumption.However, all age groups still consumed above the recommended levels, according to the nine-year analysis of the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey. But on other measures, diet has not improved, the report, from the Food Standards Agency and Public Health England, said. Fruit and vegetable...
23/01/2019

'Roma,' 'The Favourite' lead Oscars nominations with 10 each

Los Angeles: Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma," an ode to his childhood in 1970s Mexico City, and offbeat royal romp "The Favourite" on Tuesday topped the Oscar nominations with 10 each, as streaming giant Netflix earned its first-ever best picture nod.Popular musical romance "A Star Is Born" and Dick Cheney biopic "Vice" scooped eight nominations each, while superhero blockbuster "Black Panther" finished with seven.The stage is thus set for the 91st Academy Awards in Hollywood on February 24 -- with a crowded field of nominees, and perhaps some surprises in store.For longtime Oscar watcher Sasha Stone, who runs Awards Daily, "all bets...