Atlanta Journal Constitution – Men with eating disorders wait to get help, study finds
We’re all familiar with the stereotype that bulimia and anorexia are uniquely women’s problems. A new study suggests that perception is so ingrained in our culture that it keeps men with eating disorders from seeking treatment.
Oxford and Glasgow University researchers determined, “Men with eating disorders are underdiagnosed, undertreated and under-researched.”
Washington Post opinions – E-cigarettes have risks but they also offer public health benefits
IF ELECTRONIC cigarettes, known as e-cigarettes, live up to their potential, millions of nicotine addicts in the United States will use them. To some public health advocates, that sounds terrible. People should kick nicotine rather than cultivate their dependence with a barely regulated product that seems designed to addict children. The concentrated, nicotine-laced liquid that these devices vaporize is also toxic when inappropriately consumed.
NPR Health Blog – Mouthwash and poor dental hygiene may up the risk of oral cancer
Recent research on oral cancer made headlines — and raised concerns — when scientists reported that poor dental hygiene and excessive use of mouthwash containing alcohol could increase the risk of the disease.
Each year, some 40,000 Americans — and upward of 640,000 people worldwide — are diagnosed with oral cancer, which can occur in the tongue, the floor of the mouth, the gum and the cheek. Deaths from oral cancer in the U.S. last year were estimated at 7,890.
The Atlantic – Study: Exercise helps aging brains grow larger
Doing aerobic exercise twice a week for 26 weeks significantly increased the volume of older women’s hippocampi—the region of the brain associated with memory.
Problem: According to the World Health Organization, more than 35 million people worldwide suffer from dementia. Though we still lack a lot of understanding about dementia—where it comes from and how to stop it—we do know that mild cognitive impairment, or MCI, is a risk factor for dementia, and scientists think it may be a stage where we can successfully intervene before it develops further.
Washington Post – Cost of drugs used by Medicare doctors can vary greatly by region, analysis finds
An analysis of government data released Wednesday shows that the cost of drugs administered by doctors accounts for a growing piece of Medicare’s spending and varies widely from region to region in the United States, raising questions about whether some physicians may be misusing the pharmaceuticals.
Most of the 4,000 doctors who received at least $1 million from Medicare in 2012 billed mainly for giving patients injections, infusions and other drug treatments, those records show.
Today’s National Public Health Week daily theme is “Eat well.” Take a second look at your lunch today and consider how our everyday food choices could make a healthier you. What can you do to encourage healthy eating, not only for yourself and your family, but among those in your community as well?