November 20, 2011

Cost $17B/Year in Health Care

1 STDs Still a Big National Problem

Sexually transmitted diseases are a big problem in the US, costing about $17 billion/year in health care costs and affecting about 19 million people. "Despite everything we know about how to prevent and treat STDs, they remain one of the more critical challenges in the US today," says Dr. Kevin Fenton, Centers for Disease Control. More than 1.3 million cases of chlamydia were reported last year, up 27% from 4 years ago. This is probably due to the fact that more people are getting screened for the disease says the CDC which also says that there are probably actually about 3 million cases of chlamydia in the US but 1/2 of those infected don’t realize it yet. The number of new gonorrhea cases surpassed 300,000 and syphilis rates are down by 2% from last year.

More at CBSNews.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: STD Testing May Be Covered by Medicare

Tags: CDC, Centers for Disease Control, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Sexually Transmitted Disease, STDs, Dr. Kevin Fenton

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2 Carrying Heavy Bags Affects Psyche

When shoppers are physically weighed down with bags full of gifts, or even just groceries, they're more likely to have serious thoughts, suggest researchers. Published in Journal of Consumer Behavior, the new study found that physical weight translates into psychological weight. Shoppers carrying heavy loads were more likely to think about current events or social issues more seriously, say researchers from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Carrying weighty bags can even lead consumers to feel that an unrelated event is more stressful or important, says Meng Zhang, the study's lead author. MSNBC reports that the series of experiments involved more than 100 people, some who carried shopping bags with bottles of water weighing about 10 pounds, and others who carried empty water bottles.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Elderly Who Shop Frequently Live Longer

Tags: Carrying Heavy Bags, Social Issues Shopping, How Shopping Affects Mental Health, Holiday Shopping Bags, Journal of Consumer Behavior, Carrying Bottled Water, Chinese University of Hong Kong

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