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Health Updates 5 January 2012

  • Cancer deaths decreasing, report shows: “A large new report on cancer is showing a hopeful trend: Deaths from cancer are decreasing.  Cancer deaths decreased by 1.8 percent for men each year between 2004 and 2008, and 1.6 percent for women, according to the American Cancer Society report.  Cancer cases decreased by 0.6 percent each year for men and didn’t decrease or increase for women during the study period….’This is really very exciting,’ report co-author Ahmedin Jemal of the American Cancer Society told ABC news. ‘Of course, the decrease is due to improvements in cancer prevention, early detection and treatment’.” (Huffington Post)
  • Happier staffers at nonprofit nursing homes: “Reading between the lines of a study published in The Gerontologist recently, [reporter Paula Span] noticed another vote for nonprofit nursing homes.  This isn’t a surprising finding, really.  For years, researchers have reported that ownership status is one of the factors related to quality care.  ‘Most studies show that nonprofits do a better job caring for patients….we’re not sure why this happens’.  We could speculate about the role that money plays, of course.  A nonprofit nursing home doesn’t have to worry about paying shareholders dividends or keeping stock prices high.  It can also rely on philanthropy to help bridge the gap between what it takes in from residents and governmental reimbursements and what it needs to spend….RN’s working in nonprofit nursing homes were significantly more satisfied with their jobs, the study showed.” (Paula Span, NY Times)
  • FDA: Some livestock antibiotics will be limited: “The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday ordered farmers to limit the use of a type of antibiotics they give livestock because it could make people more resistant to a key antibiotic that could save lives, encouraging news for public health advocates who say such animal antibiotics are overused.” (Huffington Post)
  • Playgrounds too safe to keep little kids active: “Boring playgrounds may be one reason preschoolers aren’t getting enough exercise, researchers found in interviews with childcare providers.  Strict safety rules for equipment and low budgets at childcare centers were largely blamed for playgrounds that don’t make kids feel like playing, Kristen Copeland, MD, of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and colleagues reported.  ‘Fixed playground equipment that meets licensing codes is unchallenging and uninteresting to children….Societal priorities for young children – safety and school readiness – may be hindering children’s physical development’.” (Crystal Phend, MedPage Today)
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