Healthy Communities – 10/19/12

Resources

Participate in the US Department of HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Healthy People 2020 process. Comment on proposed new objectives to be added to the Educational and Community-Based Programs and Social Determinants of Health Topic Areas, and propose new objectives to be included in 1 of the 42 existing Healthy People 2020 Topic Areas. The public comment period will be open from October 15, 2012 through November 2, 2012.

October 20 is World Osteoporosis Day. World Osteoporosis Day focuses on raising awareness, education and support for osteoporosis and bone health. In 2010, 54.2 million people were estimated to have osteoporosis or low bone mass.  In the U.S., one in two women and one in four men over the age of 50 will experience an osteoporosis-related fracture. The Women In Government Bone Health Policy Resource Center provides news, information on bone health and osteoporosis, and links to resources and publications.

Reports and Articles

Hospitals Ditch Formula Samples to Promote Breast-Feeding
The New York Times, 10/15/12
Health authorities and breast-feeding advocates are leading a nationwide effort to ban formula samples, which often come in stylish bags with formula company logos. Health experts say they can sway women away from breast-feeding.

Americans Get Fatter, Drunker
Scientific American, 10/15/12
Lost in the U.S. health care debate is whether the country’s citizens are hurting themselves with bad habits. The bottom line is mixed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Americans are imbibing alcohol and overeating more yet are smoking less.

Diabetes Independently Predicts Severe Osteoarthritis
Physician’s Briefing, 10/12/12
Type 2 diabetes is independently associated with increased risk of severe osteoarthritis, and independently predicts arthroplasty, according to a study published online Sept. 21 in Diabetes Care.

Smokers, Drinkers may Develop Pancreatic Cancer Earlier in Life
Prevent Cancer blog, 10/10/12
A recent study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology discovered that heavy smokers and heavy drinkers are at greater risk for developing pancreatic cancer.

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