CDC — Homicide rates among 10-24 year olds lowest in 30 years
Homicide disproportionately affects persons aged 10–24 years in the United States and consistently ranks in the top three leading causes of death in this age group, resulting in approximately 4,800 deaths and an estimated $9 billion in lost productivity and medical costs in 2010. To investigate trends in homicide among persons aged 10–24 years for the period 1981–2010, CDC analyzed National Vital Statistics System data on deaths caused by homicide of persons in this age group and examined trends by sex, age, race/ethnicity, and mechanism of injury. The overall homicide rate in 2010 (7.5 per 100,000) was the lowest rate during the 30-year period.
Kaiser Health News — State insurance exchanges launching TV ads to encourage enrollment
A folk singer playing guitar in front of a mountain stream. A Disney-like animated video about how “a new day is coming.” An announcer talking about “change is here.” A woman jumping up and down in celebration in a baseball team locker room. These images are from the first television advertisements being aired by state-run health insurance exchanges created under the federal health law. Oregon, Kentucky, Colorado and Connecticut produced them.
Washington Post — After Sandy, New York aims to fortify itself against new big storm, climate change
Off a narrow road in a swampy part of Staten Island, Thomas Morello is preparing his two-
family home for the next time the water pours in from Lower New York Bay, a quarter-mile or so away. When Hurricane Sandy hit more than eight months ago, inundating but not destroying his converted summer cottage, Morello discovered the house was not anchored to its foundation.
NBC News — Why gay men still can’t donate blood
David Dassey is one of the healthiest men in Los Angeles. At 62, he can still run a sub-four marathon. Last April he competed in Boston for the fourth time and almost made it to the finish — just past the 25-mile mark — when the bombs exploded.
CBS St. Louis — Study: Cancer patients have lower risk for Alzheimer’s
According to a recent study, seniors with cancer have a lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease and vice