Health Updates 8 July 2011

  • Florida’s obesity rate grew by 80% between 1995 and 2010: “Despite that, we dropped from 26th to 29th fattest state in the union as of 2010, because every other state has also gotten fatter since 1995 – some of them at a faster rate than Florida.  Fifteen years ago, Florida’s obesity rate was 14.3 percent.  Today, it’s 26.1 percent, according to the report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Fifteen years ago Florida had a combined obesity and overweight rate of 49.1 percent.  Now, it’s 62.6 percent.” (Miami Herald)
  • 4 reasons to have a companion animal: A companion animal brings more than friendship – they offer all kinds of health benefits as well.  They can: 1). instill a sense of well-being; 2). promote lower blood pressure; 3). decrease the likelihood of depression in older adults; and 4). promote higher self-esteem in older people.  Plus, the daily walks are good for both! (
  • Should hospitals be run by doctors?: “The conventional wisdom is that doctors should focus on patient care, and managers with a business or administrative background are better suited to running the day-to-day operations of a hospital.  Among the nearly 6,500 hospitals in the United States, only 235 are run by physician managers…but now new research suggests that having a doctor at the top is connected to overall better patient care and a better hospital.”  Doctors are more likely to understand the conditions under which their core workers – nurses and doctors – will best function.  (NY Times)
  • Sunburn gives clues on pain drug development: “Scientists have found a molecule in the body which controls sensitivity to pain from UVB irradiation, or sunburn, and say it may help them develop new drugs to treat pain in other common conditions such as arthritis.” (Reuters)

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