FOX News – Colon cancer rates declining
The incidence of colon cancer, declining since the mid-1980s, plunged a further 30 percent last decade among Americans 50 and older as more people had colonoscopies, a new study found.
The drop in colon-cancer death rates accelerated as well, falling about 3 percent a year between 2001 and 2010, compared with 2 percent a year in the previous decade, according to the American Cancer Society study of government data.

Medical News Today – Parents ‘increase infant’s obesity risk through feeding and activity practices’
In 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese. Now, new research suggests parents may need to shoulder some of the blame. A study found that many parents adopt infant feeding and activity practices that may increase a child’s risk of obesity later in life.
The research team, led by Dr. Eliana M. Perrin of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, recently published their findings in the journal Pediatrics.

NPR blog – House passes payment fix for Medicare docs, but at what cost?
Bipartisan support dissolved this week for compromise legislation that would have fixed a longstanding problem with the way Medicare pays physicians. Though the bill passed the House of Representatives Friday, it now contains a provision almost certain to invite veto unless a Senate version can quickly nudge the ultimate bill back toward compromise.
Republican leaders in the House finally brought to a vote this week the legislation they’d unveiled in February.

Los Angeles Daily News – Measles cases climb in California prompting public health concern
State officials on Friday announced the latest updates on two worrisome trends in public health that have hit California hard this year: a rise in measles cases and additional deaths from influenza.
Deaths from the flu had increased earlier this season, though the latest numbers show it has been waning in recent weeks. California has seen 332 flu-related deaths so far for the current season which began in the fall. Last flu season, there were 106 deaths.

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