Health Updates 18 January 2012

  • India goes a full year without a reported case of polio: “For the first time, India has gone a full year without a new polio case, the World Health Organization announced last week.  The last case, the only one in 2011, was of an 18-month-old girl in West Bengal State whose sudden paralysis was confirmed as polio on Jan. 13.  There were 42 known cases in 2010.  Polio eradication officials described a year without new cases as a ‘game changer’ and a ‘milestone’ because India was for decades one of the biggest centers of the disease.” (NY Times)
  • Asian-Americans more apt to die in hospital after heart attacks: “Asian-Americans are more likely to die in the hospital following a heart attack than whites, new research reveals, although this disparity was reduced over time in hospitals participating in a quality improvement program.  In the study, doctors examined certain measures of care – such as whether a patient was prescribed aspirin or ACE inhibitors (heart drugs) at the time of discharge – on 107,403 Asian-American and white heart attack  patients.  The study encompassed five years, from 2003 to 2008.  Asian-Americans were less likely to be given aspirin or counseling on how to quit smoking after they left the hospital.  They were also more likely than whites to receive lipid-lowering therapy.  The study also showed that Asian-Americans were nearly twice as likely to die in the hospital following a heart attack.” (HealthDay)
  • Early dietary experience shapes salt preference of infants and preschoolers: “For decades, public health initiatives have encouraged people to put less salt in their foods and to check packaged foods for sodium content, but many people still consume too much salt.  In this NIDCD-funded research, investigators at the Monell Chemical Senses Center report that babies exposed early to starchy, salty foods will develop a greater preference for salty taste, by as early as six months of age, than will infants who have not been given salty foods….This preference is shown to last into the preschool years….These findings indicate the significant role of early dietary experiences in shaping taste preferences that last into childhood and could potentially influence taste preferences in adults.” (NIH/American Journal of Clinical Nutrition)
  • Pilot clinical trial shows nicotine patch may improve cognition in older people with memory loss: “A nicotine skin patch may improve cognition in older people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a condition marked by memory loss that often leads to Alzheimer’s dementia, according to findings from a small pilot clinical trial….Nearly 70 volunteers, all non-smokers, wore either a nicotine patch or a placebo patch during the six month trial supported by the NIH….the nicotine group showed significantly improved cognition during tests of mental speed, attention, and memory” and the patch was found to be safe to use during the trial period. (NIH/National Institute on Aging)

One response to “Health Updates 18 January 2012

  1. Thanks for the information; reports like this should be all over the mainstream news so people get better educated on how to better care for themselves. Great post and I look forward to sharing more with you:))

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