May 6, 2013

At Least, That We Know About

1 Over 10% of New Yorkers Are Now Diabetic

New data released by the American Diabetes Association may provide New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg with fresh ammunition in his attempt to limit the cup size of sugary sodas: the city's diabetes rate is alarmingly high and growing higher at an unprecedented rate. As of 2011, fully 10.5 percent of the adult residents of the Big Apple, or nearly 650,000 New Yorkers, had been diagnosed with the disease. That number represents a rise of 150 percent since 1995, an increase of 200,000 just since 2002, and a full point more than the 9.3 percent in 2010. And the NYC Health Department estimates that another 230,000 adult residents are currently diabetics who have yet to be diagnosed. Health officials attribute this “diabetes epidemic” to rising obesity brought on by high-calorie diets.

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

Previously: Soda Industry Says Bloomberg Opposes Freedom

Tags: Diabetes, Michael Bloomberg, Diabetes in New York City, New York City Soda Limits, New York City Health Data

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Kids at Risk

2 Many Parents Are Distracted When Driving Kids

Many parents drive distractedly while toting their children around, finds a new University of Michigan survey of more than 600 parents. Distracted driving included talking on the phone, texting or surfing the internet, eating, grooming and child care. The stats: Almost 90% of drivers reported engaging in at least one technology based distraction while driving. Drivers who did not use age-appropriate child restraint devices had 2.5 times higher odds of experiencing a child-related distraction. "Lots of attention has been given to distracted teen drivers. However, our results indicate parents are frequently distracted while driving their 1- to 12-year-old children, and these distracted drivers were more likely to have been in a crash," said lead author Michelle L. Macy.

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

Previously: Teens Driving Teens Run Heightened Risks

Tags: Child Safety, Distracted Driving, Seat Belt Use, University of Michigan, Driver Safety, Distracted Drivers, Child Safety Restraints, Michelle L. Macy

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Use Mouth to Clean and Protect

3 Prevent Kid Allergies: Suck Their Pacifiers

The transfer of oral bacteria to infants from adults may help train the infant's immune system to ignore harmless germs, say Swedish researchers. The study found that parents who cleaned their children's pacifiers by placing them in their own mouths had children who were less likely to have eczema, asthma and sensitivity to allergies. The findings suggest that parents may be able to help infants avoid developing allergies by putting pacifiers into their own mouths before giving to infants. Experts say that this practice can help the immune system differentiate between harmful or harmless microbes. If an immune system isn't presented with enough microbes, it may default into harmful mode, resulting in allergies to harmless things like cat dander or food. The research appears in Pediatrics.

More at WebMD | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: NYC School Goes Vegetarian

Tags: Preventing Childhood Allergies, Best Way Clean Pacifier, Suck on Pacifiers Before Giving Infants, Helping Immune System

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