Health Updates 8 April 2011

  • CDC recommends MMR vaccinations for babies traveling abroad: “The Centers for Disease Control announced today that it is investigating seven cases of measles in American babies who traveled overseas and caught the disease.  None had received the MMR vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella. This comes one day after reports that some tourists to the Orlando area returned home with the measles – and could have caught the disease here”. (Orlando Sentinel)
  • Patterns: Fewer Women Dying of Lung Cancer: Roni Caryn Rabin wrote recently that a new report by cancer researchers indicates that “death rates from lung cancer have begun to decline for the first time among women in the United States, falling almost 1 percent a year from 2003 to 2007”.  The drop in death rates is attributed to a decline in smoking among women, but the disease remains the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women. ( NY Times)
  • Eating Fish Found to Ward Off Eye Disease: “A new study reports yet another good reason to eat fish: women whose diet was rich in omega-3 fatty acids found in fish were at significantly lower risk of developing age-related macular degeneration.”  Eating dark-meat fish like mackerel, salmon, sardines, bluefish and swordfish – and even canned tuna – appeared to have the most benefit.  According to Dr. William G. Christen, an associate professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, “we know that inflammatory processes are involved in A.M.D., and the omega-3 long-chain fatty acids do have an anti-inflammatory effect”. ( NY Times)

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