March 9, 2014

Native Americans Win-Win

1 Casinos Tied to Lower Childhood Obesity

The growing belief that simple poverty is a significant cause of childhood obesity is supported by a Johns Hopkins study which found that when Native American tribes build or expand casinos, the level of tribal income goes up and the percentage of obese children goes down. Data from 117 school districts serving tribal lands indicated that just adding 13 slot machines per community resident boosted the average local annual income by $7,000, and was correlated with a 2.5 percent reduction in the rate of young residents who were overweight or obese. Researchers suggested that the additional funds allowed families to buy healthier food and their communities to build recreation and sports facilities, and cite the study as illustrating "the impact of economic resources on kids' health."

More at Reuters.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Childhood Obesity, Income and Health, Native American Obesity, Obesity and Economics, Native American Health Issues

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Not Just a Memory Disease

2 Alzheimer’s Deaths are Underreported

Alzheimer’s disease deaths are closer to 500,000 than the 85,000 counted by the government, says a study led by Bryan James, Rush U. Medical Center. He and his colleagues autopsied more than 2,500 brains from older adults and from that calculated the percentage of Americans who die from the disease. Alzheimer’s is not just a memory disease. "If you develop Alzheimer's, you are going to die a lot earlier than someone who does not," James said. However, the cause of death is often listed as something other than Alzheimer’s due to ageism, stigma, denial or that the disease was undiagnosed, says Meryl Comer, CEO, Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative. “... it's usually pneumonia — for many of us, that's the unspoken line that says they probably had Alzheimer's."

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

Previously: Early Detection Key to Effective Alzheimer's Treatment

Tags: Alzheimer's Disease, Rush University Medical Center, Alzheimer's Disease Deaths, Bryan James, Meryl Comer, Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer's Initiative, Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease

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Vapor Leads to Tobacco

3 E-Cigs Increase Odds Teen Will Smoke Tobacco

Using e-cigarettes increased the chances that a teenager would chose to smoke tobacco cigarettes and become a regular smoker, say researchers from the Center for Tobacco Research and Education. Conducted at the University of California in San Francisco, the study found that teens who used e-cigs were six times more likely to try tobacco cigarettes, compared to teens who had never used e-cigs. Researchers found that in 2012, 57 percent of teens who had tried cigarettes had tried e-cigs as well. In addition, the study found that 26 percent of current teen smokers use e-cigs. The study is published in JAMA Pediatrics.

More at NPR | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: UC: Electronic Cigarettes Safety Unproven

Tags: Electronic Cigarettes, JAMA Pediatrics, Vapor Warnings, E-Cigs, E-Cigarettes Health Warnings, Smoking Teens, Center for Tobacco Research and Education

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