September 21, 2012

Women Now Rank 41st Worldwide

1 Uneducated US Whites’ Lifespans Shortening

Researchers at the University of Illinois have confirmed four previous studies which found that while the life expectancy for educated Americans continues to increase, that of the least educated has actually decreased, at least among whites. The life expectancy for white women lacking a high school diploma fell by 5 years between 1990 and 2008, to 73.5 years, compared to 83.9 years for white female college graduates. That of white male high school dropouts fell by 3 years, to 67.5, versus 80.4 years for their college educated peers. Health experts suggest such causal factors as prescription drug abuse, higher smoking rates, increasing obesity, and a lack of health insurance, but have no real explanation for the phenomenon, which did not occur among uneducated blacks or Hispanics.

More at Www.nytimes.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Life Expectancy, U.S. Life Spans, Education and Life Span, Uneducated Whites' Life Expectancy, Life Spans Getting Shorter

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To Find a Cure by Decade's End

2 Docs Launch a New War on Cancer

Houston’s MD Anderson Cancer Center announced its “Moon Shots Program” to greatly reduce the number of deaths from lung, prostate, blood cancers and melanoma by the end of the decade. Inspired by President John F. Kennedy's success of putting a man on the moon in the 60s, Dr. Ronald DePinho, president of the center says, “The Moon Shots Program signals our confidence that the path to curing cancer is in clearer sight than at any other time in history." He says dying from cancer can be as rare as dying from pneumonia. The project will combine knowledge gained from treating 100,000 patients a year, the skills of thousands of doctors and researchers and modern technology. It will be backed by the center’s $3 billion investment over the next decade and will launch in February 2013.

More at Cnn.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: The Ten Most Deadly Cancers

Tags: Cancer, Leukemia, Lung Cancer, Melanoma, Prostate Cancer, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Cure of Cancer, Moon Shots Program, Dr. Ronald DePinho, Curing Cancer

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A Simple Screening

3 Early Detection Tool for Ovarian Cancer

A quick questionnaire, which can be given in a primary care setting, may effectively identify women who are experiencing symptoms of ovarian cancer, say researchers at Hutchinson Cancer Research Ctr. Early detection is key to survival yet more than 70% of women with ovarian cancer are diagnosed with advanced-stage disease. The questions ask about abdominal pain, being unable to eat normally and abdominal bloating. The survey also asked about the frequency and duration of these symptoms. Of the 1,200 women involved in the study, 5% or about 60 women had a positive symptom score. Of those, one was diagnosed with ovarian cancer shortly thereafter. "Until better biomarkers are identified and tested, collecting information about symptoms appears to have promise,” say survey authors.

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Processed Meat Linked to Ovarian Cancer Risks

Tags: Ovarian Cancer, Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Cancer Survival, Cancer Screening

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Highest Rates in the South

4 16 Million US Children Live in Poverty

The child poverty rate rose to 22.5% or about 16.4 million children who live below the federal poverty line, says research from the Carsey Institute at the U of New Hampshire. 6.1 million of those children are under age 6 say researchers who explain that “young children who are poor before age 6 have been shown to experience educational deficits, and health problems, with effects that span the life course.” Since 2007, child poverty has increased in nearly every state. At 31.8%, Mississippi has the highest rate of child poverty; New Hampshire, at 12%, has the lowest. Overall, there are more children living in poverty in the South; the Northeast has the lowest number. The analysis is based on US Census Bureau estimates of poverty from the 2007, 2010 and 2011 American Community Surveys.

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Poverty Is a RIsk Factor for Obesity

Tags: Poverty, Poverty in America, Child Poverty, Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire, US Census Bureau, American Community Survey

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