Latest news and information affecting your health, selected from sources around the nation.
MSDH Health Headlines
Selected headlines of special interest from sources worldwide appear below.
Soda Size Limits Could Aid Fight Against Obesity
Restricting the sale of large sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages in restaurants and other food outlets nationwide would have the greatest impact on overweight people, not those with lower income, according to a new Columbia University analysis.
Tobacco Ads Trigger Teen Smoking
New research in Germany finds that every 10 tobacco ads that teens view increases their risk of starting to smoke by nearly 40 percent.
Younger Americans Unaware of Their HIV Infection
People under the age of 45 who are infected with HIV are much less likely than their older peers to know they are infected or to be getting proper care.
Red Meat Linked to Increased Diabetes Risk
Red meat consumption, already linked to heart disease and cancer risk, is shown by a new study to possibly contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes as well.
Short Strolls After Meals May Lower Diabetes Risk
Older adults at risk for getting diabetes who took a 15-minute walk after every meal improved their blood sugar levels, a new study shows.
Saturated Fats Could Reduce Brain Defenses Against Alzheimer's
New research discovers that a diet high in saturated fat can quickly rob the brain of a key chemical that helps protect against Alzheimer's disease.
Even Mild Weight Loss Lowers Obese Teens' Diabetes Risk
Teens who reduced their body-mass index (BMI) by just 8 percent or more showed improvements in insulin sensitivity, an important risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes.
Minorities Harmed Most By Fast-Food Outlets Near School
Black and Hispanic teens who go to school near fast-food restaurants are more likely to be overweight and benefit much less from exercise as white or Asian students, a study of middle- and high-school California students finds.
Bed-Sharing Sharply Raises Infant Death Risk
A new British study of infant deaths finds that the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is five times higher when parents sleep with their young child.
Independent Study Recommends One Hour of Daily Physical Activity at School
60 minutes of vigorous to moderate exercise daily promotes health, development and academic performance, a new report from the Institute of Medicine states.
FDA Strengthens Warnings on Tanning Beds
Strong links between the use of indoor tanning devices and rising rates of skin cancer have prompted the FDA to require warning labels on sunlamp products.
Number of Vaccines in Childhood Not Linked to Autism: Study
A new study of U.S. children that measured vaccination levels in children under 2 found no association between autism symptoms and the amount or frequency of children's exposure to vaccines.
FDA Recalls and Safety Alerts