January 8, 2014

Over 1/3 Never Discuss It

1 Doctors Not Informing Teens on Sex Issues

Duke University researchers monitoring visits between adolescents ages 12 to 17 and their doctors found that while M.D.s routinely discuss the hazards of smoking, drinking and drugs with teens during checkups, only 65 percent of them bring up the subject of sex. And even then, the discussions last just 36 seconds on average. Study authors call this as a wasted opportunity to inform adolescents about such health-related issues as contraception and disease transmission, and they urge doctors to raise the subject, since in none of their recorded cases did the teenage patient initiate the discussion. When physicians did raise the subject, female patients were twice as likely as males to spend time talking about it, largely due to their concerns with birth control and pregnancy.

More at Dukehealth.org | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Teens Retaining Their Virginity Longer

Tags: Sex Education, Teenagers and Sex, Discussing Sex with Teenagers, Doctors Discussing Sex with Teen Patients

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But It’s Not All Good News

2 Cancer Death Rates Drop 20% in 20 Years

U.S. cancer death rates are down 20 percent in the last 20 years and health experts laud better detection and prevention as well as a decrease in smoking for this good news, finds a new report. But there’s room for improvement. “Contained within this data are areas of remarkable progress and areas that remain frustrating,” says Dr. Clifford A. Hudis, Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and president, American Society of Clinical Oncology. Cancer remains the second most common killer behind heart disease with lung cancer as the top killer for both men and women, followed by prostate cancer for men and breast cancer for women. But even as deaths from these types of cancers decrease, death rates are rising for cancers of the head, neck, anus, liver, pancreas and soft tissues.

More at NBCNews.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Lung Cancer Death Rates Fall for Women

Tags: American Society of Clinical Oncology, Breast Cancer, Cancer Death Rates, Lung Cancer, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Prostrate Cancer, Cancers of the Neck and Head, Dr. Clifford A. Hudis

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Infant Smarts Before Language

3 Babies Know About Your Relationships

Before babies develop language skills or have information about social structures, they’re able to infer whether people they observe are friends, say researchers from the University of Chicago who studied 69 nine-month-old infants. Published in Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, the study reveals that babies tell the difference between friends and foes by observing their likes and dislikes. Babies watched videos of two adults eating and reacting positively or negatively to the foods. Later videos showed the adults interacting. Babies were surprised when adults who liked the same foods acted negatively toward each other by crossing arms, using unfriendly tone of voice. The infant reactions show that babies know that adults who agree with each other are more likely to be friends.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Baby Geniuses

Tags: Baby Intelligence, Infant Smarts, Babies Tell Friends from Enemies, Journal of Experimental Psychology General, Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Psychology

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Operation Failed Resolution

4 Sensa to Pay $26.5 Million to Settle Charges

Sensa will pay $26.5 million to settle FTC charges that the company deceived consumers by making unfounded weight-loss claims as well as misleading endorsements. The funds will be made available to consumers who purchased Sensa. The charges are part of the FTC’s “Operation Failed Resolution” effort to crush misleading claims for products that promise easy weight loss and slimmer bodies. Sensa is a powdered food additive that enhances the smell and taste of food. The product is supposed to make users feel full faster, so they eat less and lose weight without going on a diet or making changes to exercise routines. The FTC found that Sensa didn’t have “competent or reliable scientific evidence” to support their claims.

More at FTC | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Skeptical About Sensa for Weight Loss

Tags: Sensa, Weight Loss Products, FTC Charges Against Sensa, CEO Adam Goldenberg, Weight Loss Claims

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Where's the Proof?

5 FTC Announces Charges Against L'Occitane

L’Occitane is facing FTC charges for making deceptive claims about their Almond Beautiful Shape and Almond Shaping Delight skin creams. The company claims that their products have clinically proven body slimming capabilities, but the FTC says there’s no science to support those claims. L’Occitane will pay $450,000 as part of a settlement. The company is banned from making future weight-loss claims unless those claims are backed by two adequate and well-controlled human clinical studies. Future claims that L’Occitane products reduce or eliminate cellulite or affect body fat or weight must be backed with competent and reliable scientific evidence. The settlement is part of “Operation Failed Resolution” to eliminate misleading claims for products that promise easy weight loss and slim bodies.

More at FTC | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: FTC: POM Wonderful Made Misleading Claims

Tags: False Product Health Claims, Misleading Advertisements, L'occitane, Operation Failed Resolution, Almond Shaping Delight

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FTC : Stop It!

6 HCG Diet Direct Slapped by FTC

HCG Diet Direct has agreed to enter into a settlement with the FTC to avoid deceptive claims in the future. The FTC says HCG Diet Direct and its director Clint Ethington made false promises in the marketing of their liquid homeopathic human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) drops. HCG is a hormone produced by the human placenta. The company claimed that the hCG drops would cause rapid and substantial weight loss in conjunction with a very low calorie diet. The drops were mislabeled as drugs, and the company falsely claimed that the product was approved by the FDA. HCG Diet Direct also failed to disclose that they used paid endorsers in some of their advertisements. HCG Diet Direct was ordered to pay $3.2 million, but they've been deemed unable to pay.

More at FTC | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: HCG Pregnancy Hormone Used As Weight Loss Drug

Tags: False Advertising, HCG for Weight Loss, Weight-Loss Fads, HCG Diet Direct, FTC Charges HCG

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