April 30, 2012

Police Nationwide Link the Two

1 Bad Economy Spurs Domestic Violence

Overall, crimes of violence in the U.S. have steadily declined since the economy took a nosedive in 2008, according to FBI statistics, but with one troubling exception: domestic violence. According to a survey just released by the Police Executive Research Forum, 56 percent of some 700 law enforcement agencies nationwide report that economic hardships are a major contributor to the rise in domestic assaults. And this phenomenon is increasing; in 2010, only 40 percent of the agencies linked domestic disputes to the economy. In Camden, N.J., for example, which suffers a 19 percent unemployment rate, police reported 9,100 such incidents in 2011, an increase of 21 percent from the previous year. The survey numbers support earlier findings by the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

More at Usatoday.com | Posted 6 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Teen Violence Linked to Soda Consumption

Tags: Domestic Abuse, Domestic Violence, Domestic Battery, Violence and Finances, Crime and the Economy, Money and Domestic Disputes

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Faster Acting Than Viagra

2 FDA Approves New Erectile Dysfunction Drug

Avanafil, a new fast-acting erectile dysfunction drug, has received FDA approval. The drug, to be sold under the brand name Stendra, acts faster than its competitors Viagra, Cialis and Levitra. Patients should take Stendra 30 minutes prior to sexual activity although it worked in as quickly as 15 minutes in clinical trials. Viagra typically works in about an hour. Stendra, like other ED drugs, increases blood flow to the penis, but it may have fewer side effects including headaches, back pain and nasal congestion. Stendra should not be taken by men who take nitrates due to the chance of a sudden drop in blood pressure. And, yes, the warning to see a doctor if your erection lasts longer than four hours is the same for Stendra as it is for the other drugs in this category.

More at Http://today.msnbc.msn.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: ED Increases Risk of Death from CV Disease

Tags: Cialis, Erectile Dysfunction, FDA, Food and Drug Administration, Viagra, Erectile Dysfunction Drug, Levitra

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If Double Average Risk, Screen

3 Very Dense Breasts, Get Mammograms in 40s

Among women in their 40s, those with extremely dense breasts, or who have a first-degree relative with breast cancer, get the same benefits and negatives of routine mammograms as women in their 50s. Women in their 40s must have double the average risk for getting breast cancer to receive the same benefits of routine mammograms as women in their 50s. Of 13 risk factors, only very dense breasts and first-degree relatives with breast cancer doubled risk. The two studies, published in Annals of Internal Medicine, may help guide women in deciding when to get mammograms. Current guidelines for mammograms suggest waiting until age 50.

More at WebMD | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Drugs May Prevent Breast Cancer in High Risk Women

Tags: Annals of Internal Medicine, Breast Cancer Causes, Breast Cancer Prevention, Breast Cancer Research, Breast Cancer Risks, Georgetown University Medical Center's Lombardi Comprehensive Ca

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Paying Price for Smokers

4 Apartment Dwellers Get More Secondhand Smoke

Apartment dwellers are exposed to more secondhand smoke, even when living with non-smokers, say researchers from MassGeneral Hospital for Children in Boston. The study found that around one third of research participants living in apartments said they smelled smoke in their buildings. Around half of the apartment residents said they smelled smoke in their own units. Apartment dwellings were only eligible for the study if no smoking took place inside their households. People with children were more likely to indicate smelling smoke. Researchers explain that there's a connection between being poorer and smoking, and, on average, people with children are more likely to be poorer than people without kids, making them more likely to live in buildings with more smokers.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Childhood Cigarette Smoke Exposure Ups COPD

Tags: Asthma Risk Factors, Cigarette Smoke Dangers, Cigarette Smoking, Risks Apartment Life, Disadvantages Apartments, MassGeneral Hospital for Children

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Roosevelt Is Fearless

5 Disabled Border Collie Gets Wheels

Roosevelt, a rescued border collie with deformed front legs, wakes up happy each day, says owner Stephanie Fox, who had a doggie wheelchair made for her pet. Called Roosie for short, the border collie can get around by hopping on hind legs, but with wheels on, there's no stopping him. Fox told Bangor Daily News that Roosie isn't fazed by obstacles like tree roots, and he's even gone on mountain biking trips! Of course, Roosie was named after President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who spent much of his life in a wheelchair, but was known for being optimistic.

More at Bangor Daily News | Hat tip to HLNTV | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Dog Walking Contributes to Pregnancy Health

Tags: Border Collie, Stephanie Fox, Dog Wheelchair, Deformed Front Legs Border Collie, Roosevelt Border Collie, Roosie

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