September 8, 2014

Millions Breathing Easier

1 Over 80% of US Households Now Smoke-Free

In the past two decades, the number of smoke-free U.S. households has almost doubled, from 43 percent in the early 1990s to 83 percent as of 2011, and homes with no-smoking rules include almost 50 percent of those with one or more adult smokers. The growing ban on in-home smoking was just reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which attributed it to an increased awareness of the health hazards posed by secondhand smoke, to the simple reduction in the number of smokers, down to just 18 percent of Americans in 2012, and as noted by the report's author, to the fact that "people no longer see smoking around non-smokers as socially acceptable behavior." Nevertheless, secondhand cigarette smoke is still estimated to kill some 41,000 Americans each year.

More at Reuters.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: FDA Launches Crackdown on Youth Smoking

Tags: Smoking Bans, Smoking Statistics, Fewer Americans Smoking, Smoke-Free Households, Secondhand Smoke Danger

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Pray More, Sin Less

2 Pastors Need Mental Health Training

Seminaries aren't doing enough to train pastors to recognize serious psychological distress, say researchers from Baylor University. The research, published in Journal of Research on Christian Education, found that ministers also need more help with knowing when to refer a person to a doctor or psychologist. Due to this lacking of training, "many people in congregations continue to suffer under well-meaning pastors who primarily tell them to pray harder or confess sin in relation to mental health problems," noted lead researcher Matthew S. Stanford, Ph.D., professor of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences. The researchers surveyed 70 seminaries in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Fourteen church traditions were represented.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Baylor University, Pastor Training, Recognizing Mental Health Problems, Journal of Research on Christian Education

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Up to Four Days in the Nose

3 Hog Workers Carry Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Caring for hogs can be a dirty job, but everyone who loves to eat pork products is glad someone does it! However, it seems that nearly half of hog caretakers working in large industrial farming operations may carry home livestock-associated bacteria in their nostrils. This bacteria can remain with the workers for up to four days after exposure. Worse, the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria carried in the noses of workers is often antibiotic resistant, possibly because of the use of drugs that speed growth or treat ailing hogs. Researchers warn that the longer the bacteria persist in workers' noses, the stronger the opportunity for spreading it to families, communities or even into hospitals. The small study was reported in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Baconn

Tags: Drug-Resistant Bacteria, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Hog Worker Health, Bacteria Carried Nose, Large Industrial Farming Operations

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Kitty Didn't Care for Diet Food

4 Little Dude (Huge Cat) Dies of Obesity

Little Dude, a 10-year-old cat that weighed 36 pounds, has died before he could be put up for adoption by WAGS Pet Adoption, a no-kill shelter in Westminster, California. The cat was surrendered recently by a family who could no longer afford him. Little Dude had trouble walking and breathing. Caretakers tried to help the cat lose weight, and it's believed that he dropped to 31 pounds before dying. Yet, the cat refused to eat his new diet food and had to be fed with a feeding tube. The stress of having a new place to live took its toll on Little Dude, a senior cat with many Facebook fans. Shelter doctors believe that the cat died from "the sheer size of him," coupled with stress from life changes.

More at Daily Mail | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: First US Obesity Clinic for Pets Now Open

Tags: Obese Cats, Feline Obesity, Little Dude, WAGS Pet Adoption

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