Make this year a Healthy One
Did you know: According to PNP Daily News:
Circumcision For Male Infants May Be Becoming Less Common In US.
On its website, CBS News (4/3, Firger) reports that data published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings indicates that “circumcision for male infants is becoming less common in the US.” Researchers “found the circumcision rate in newborns has declined from 83 percent in the 1960s to 77 percent in 2010.” The research “also finds that over their lifetime, half of all uncircumcised males will contract a medical condition related to their foreskin.”
NBC News (4/3, Carroll) reports on its website that “the most common medical problems associated with an intact foreskin are bacterial and viral infections, including urinary tract infections and sexually transmitted diseases…said” lead author Brian J. Morris. Additionally, “there are other very serious medical conditions connected with the foreskin, including penile cancer, which has high mortality and is ‘extremely rare in circumcised men,’ Morris said.” Meanwhile, “prostate cancer rates may be 15 to 20 percent higher for uncircumcised men, he said, according to recent” research.
MSSA And MRSA Have Nearly Equal Death Rates Following Infection Among Newborns, Study Finds.
NBC News (10/20) reports on its website that new research shows that “ordinary staph infections are just as likely to kill newborn babies as infections caused by a superbug.” Investigators surveyed 48 neonatal intensive care units across the United States between “1997 through 2012 and found most staph infections — 72 percent of them — caused by ordinary Staphylococcus aureus germs,” while only “28 percent were caused by the headline-generating methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA.”
No Amount Of Alcohol Consumption Is Safe For Pregnant Women, AAP Says.
David Muir reported on ABC World News (10/19, story 8, 1:40, Muir), “Contrary to what millions of expectant moms may have been told – that a small amount of alcohol is okay – now the nation’s top pediatricians” from the American Academy of Pediatrics are “saying no amount of alcohol is safe for unborn babies.” ABC News Correspondent Lindsey Davis added that the new AAP guideline “identifies prenatal exposure to alcohol as the leading preventable cause of birth defects and intellectual disabilities in children.” Davis noted that a recent study from the CDC found that “ten percent of pregnant women reported drinking alcohol during pregnancy.”
CBS Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jon Lapook added on the CBS Evening News (10/19, story 11, 1:05, Pelley), “Even though these recommendations have been in place for 30 years, roughly 30 percent of women drink during pregnancy and three percent binge, four or more drinks at once.”
HealthDay (10/20, Dotinga) reports that Dr. Janet Williams, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center and co-author of the new statement and report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), said that future studies will likely continue to show that “alcohol has subtle yet important lasting effects on academic performance, attention, behavior, cognition, memory, language skills, and visual and motor development.” The new report was published online in Pediatrics.