June 1, 2011

PE Feeds the Mind

1 One-Third of CA Teens Shun PE Class

More than one-third of California public middle and high school students shun physical education classes despite a state requirement that they get 400 minutes of PE every 10 days, finds the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Data shows that a lack of physical activity is not only associated with diabetes and obesity but with lower academic achievement as well. Researchers blame financial cuts to PE programs and exemptions that allow students to skip classes for the low participation rate. "Our educators need to understand that physical education is just as essential to a student's academic success as reading, writing and arithmetic," says Dr. Robert K. Ross, pres., California Endowment which funded the study.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Physical Activity, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, Physical Education, PE Classes, Gym Classes, Dr. Robert K. Ross, California Endowment

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More Survive Open Heart Surgery

2 Deaths in High-Risk Surgery Drop Nationwide

Surgery death rates have fallen nationwide during the past 10 years, find researchers from the University of Michigan. The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, reveal that surgery deaths fell substantially for eight different risky surgeries completed on 3.2 million Medicare patients between 1999 and 2008. "In cancer surgery, in particular, mortality has dropped in large part because more patients are having their surgery in safer, higher volume hospitals," notes lead author Jonathan F. Finks, M.D. Some of the high-risk surgeries with lower death rates include open heart surgery and replacement of diseased aortic valves, as well as removal of all or part of the pancreas, esophagus, or bladder.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: New England Journal of Medicine, Surgery Death, Risky Surgery, Dying in Surgery, Surgery Death Rates, University of Michigan Health System Study, Pancreatectomy, Esophagectomy, Open Heart Surgery Survival

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Secondhand Smoke Too

3 Smoking Affects Female Reproductive Cycle

Men who smoke while their partner is pregnant may influence their daughter’s future reproductive cycle and when she hits menopause. Researchers in Japan found that paternal smoking while the female fetus was still in the womb caused women to stop having periods about 13 months earlier than those whose dads were nonsmokers. Women who were smokers hit menopause an average of about 14 months earlier than women who abstained. And for women who have husbands that smoke, menopause hit five months earlier than those with nonsmoking husbands. Dr. Misao Fukuda of the M and K Health Institute theorizes that smoking at the time of conception could affect sperm cells or the embryo’s development. Chemicals from tobacco smoke may also alter glands in the brain that produce reproductive hormones.

More at Reuters Health | Posted 6 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Fetal Exposure to Smoking Causes Psych Problems, Smoking Damages Sperm

Tags: Menopause, Reproduction, Smoking, Smoking Risks

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Feds Want to See Focus on Rehab

4 Canadian Government Wants Drug Clinic Closed

A drug clinic in Vancouver that allows addicts to shoot up illegal drugs under supervision may be closed if the Canadian federal government has its way. The InSite clinic opened up in 2003 in response to a spike in overdoses that occurred in its neighborhood. It is a non-profit and was exempted from federal drug trafficking and possession laws so it could do this kind of work. Their special status expired in mid-2008 but a court ruling allowed it to stay open. Proponents point to the fact that the number of fatal overdoses and the incidence in HIV and hepatitis due to sharing contaminated needles have dropped. Those who want to see the clinic close argue that it encourages addiction and feel their 3 million dollar annual budget should be put towards rehabilitation centers.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Unconventional Drug Clinic Reduces Overdose Deaths

Tags: Canadian Drug Clinic, Clean Needles, Clinic Allows Illegal Drug Use, Drug Addiction, Insite Facility, Shooting Up Drugs, Supervised Use of Illegal Drugs, Drug Clinics, Drug Overdose

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