January 16, 2013

43% Confirmed by Clinicians

1 “Online Diagnosers” Often Get It Right

Thirty-five percent of U.S. adults are "online diagnosers," meaning they have gone online at least once to try to identify a medical condition that they or someone they know might have. According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, 46 percent of online diagnosers discover information that leads them to seek professional medical attention, while 38 percent decide that it's something they can handle by themselves. Ultimately, 65 percent of online diagnosers get a professional opinion of their diagnosis from a medical clinician, with 43 percent having all or part of it confirmed, while 18 percent have it rejected or modified. Women are the demographic most likely to engage in online diagnoses, followed by whites, younger people, and those in households earning $75,000 or more.

More at Pewinternet.org | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Dangers of Self-Diagnosis

Tags: Onlinee Diagnosers, Accuracycy of Self-Diagnosis, Using the Net to Diagnose Symptoms

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Engage in Risky Behavior

2 Many Teens Ignore Internet Dangers

Thirty percent of teenage girls meet offline with someone they met online, finds a new study of 251 teen girls, ages 14-17. In addition, neglected or abused teen girls are more likely to present themselves in a sexually provocative way, a behavior that previous studies show is more likely to lead to offline meetings, says lead author Dr. Jennie Noll, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Half the participants in Noll’s study, which is part of a larger work on high risk internet behaviors, were victims of abuse or neglect. Internet filtering software, installed at home, did little to reduce the association between maltreatment and high risk online behavior. Instead, says Noll, quality parenting and parental monitoring of online behaviors are key to reducing these risky behaviors.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Teen Smartphone Users May Have More Sex

Tags: Abuse, Teenagers, Teenage Girls and the Internet, Dangerous Internet Behaviors in Teenage Girls, Dr. Jennie Noll, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Internet Filtering Software, Neglect

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Does It Bug You?

3 New Flu Vaccine Made with Help of Insects

Insects are cutting edge in the world of flu vaccines, and the FDA is ready to allow human testing for the new vaccine Flublok, created by injecting flu genes into an insect virus. The virus is then grown in caterpillar cells. Unlike the current flu vaccine, which is grown in eggs, the new vaccine is safe for people with egg allergies. Another plus of this next-generation vaccine is that it can be produced more quickly. By mid-February, around 150,000 doses of Flublok will be distributed to people with egg allergies and others who are unable to receive the current vaccine. Flublok, approved for adults ages 18 to 49, is expected to protect against three strains of the flu.

More at MSNBC | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Difficult Life of Supertasters

Tags: New Flu Vaccine, Flu Vaccine Safe Egg Allergies, Vaccine Made of Insects, Protein Sciences Corp, Flublok

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When a Tree Falls We Feel It

4 Tree Deaths Linked with Human Deaths

Trees are not only beautiful, but they may also be linked with human health in ways we don't yet understand. Researchers at the Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station have learned that tree health is linked with human health. Using 18 years of data from 15 states, the researchers found that Americans residing in areas infested with the emerald ash borer had an additional 15,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease, plus 6,000 more deaths as a result of lower respiratory disease when compared to areas not affected by the tree-killing insect. Researchers say that there's some "confounding variable." The additional deaths can't be accounted for by demographic differences, such as education, race or income. The research is published in American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Dirty Dozen

Tags: Lower Respiratory Disease, Tree Health, Human Health Linked Environment, Emerald Ash Borer, Dying Ash Tree, Unusual Cardiovascular Disease Risks, Pacific Northwest Research Statio

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