Medscape — Public health experts say ‘Cancer Moonshot” ignores prevention
By focusing on a cure for cancer, the $1 billion “Cancer Moonshot” initiative announced earlier this year by President Obama is ignoring the impact that has already been made on cancer mortality and incidence from public health and prevention initiatives, including screening, say public health experts. “Developing cancer cures is essential, but controlling cancer is also a policy and public health challenge. We must operate on both fronts,” they add. The comments come from a letter signed by 70 deans of schools of public health from across the United States, coordinated by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.
Reuters — Bangladesh confirms first case of Zika virus
Bangladesh confirmed on Tuesday its first case of the Zika virus in an old sample of blood from a 67-year old man who had not been overseas, health ministry officials said. The man lives in southeastern port city of Chittagong and was well, junior health minister Zahid Maleque told a news conference. None of his relatives had tested positive, he said. Mahmudur Rahman, director of the ministry’s Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research, said the man had never travelled outside Bangladesh.
Fox News — US heart disease rates decline
Over the last 40 years, heart disease rates have dropped in the U.S. overall, but the changes varied widely by region, with the highest rates of the disease shifting from the Northeast to the South, researchers say. “Heart disease” refers to several conditions including coronary artery disease, which can cause heart attack. Despite the decline in deaths over time, heart disease is still the leading cause of death in the U.S., killing more than 600,000 people per year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Oregonian — Only 2.7 percent of U.S. adults live healthy lifestyles, Oregon State researchers find
Only 2.7 percent of adults nationwide have all four basic healthy characteristics, a new study found. The report, completed by researchers at Oregon State University and other universities, examined if adults were successful in four areas that fit typical advice for a “healthy lifestyle”– moderate exercise, a good diet, not smoking and having a recommended body fat percentage. Fulfilling those characteristics reflects a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and other health problems, according to a news release from Oregon State. The study looked at 4,745 people from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Researchers used an accelerometer device to gauge movement with a target of 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity each week. Blood samples confirmed if a person was a non-smoker and body fat was measured using x-ray technology. Diet was defined as being within the top 40 percent of people who consumed foods suggested by the United States Department of Agriculture.