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Health Updates 15 August 2011

  • Research suggests autism may have a strong genetic component: “Now a new study – the largest so far to look at autism in younger brothers and sisters of an affected child –  finds their risk is higher than previously thought, especially if the younger sibling is a boy.” (NPR)
  • No sodas in schools equals less soda in teens: “Taking sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages out of school cafeterias and vending machines helped cut high school students’ overall consumption, researchers found.  Two years after a policy prohibiting the sale of these drinks in Boston schools, self-reported consumption fell significantly among students….There was no comparable reduction across the country, suggesting that ‘implementing policies that restrict the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages in schools may be a promising strategy to reduce adolescents’ intake of unnecessary calories’.” (Kristina Fiore, MedPage Today)
  • New law aims to help parents donate or preserve cord blood: “Governor Rick Scott signed a new bill into law last month that encourages prenatal care providers to educate expectant parents about their cord blood banking options…Today more patients are receiving blood to cure more than 70 diseases.” (Orlando Sentinel)
  • Potentially contaminated ground beef recalled:  Publix, Kroger and Winn-Dixie are recalling potentially contaminated ground beef.  “The recalls affect products sold mainly in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina and Tennessee, but the meat could have been distributed nationwide.” (Associated Press)
  • Researchers find link between sleep apnea and dementia: “They found that certain elements associated with sleep apnea – which generally affects the majority of people aver 65 – increased the risk of dementia over five years.” (Huffington Post)
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