Archive for March, 2006

U.S. tobacco use is at its lowest point since the start of World War II

There has been slow but consistent progress in fighting certain cancer risk factors, most notably smoking, according to a recently published report by the American Cancer Society. The percentage of high school students who smoke has decreased from 36 percent in 1992 to 22 percent in 2003. As of 2004 the percentage of adults who smoke declined from 27.6 percent to 23.4 percent in men and from 22.1 percent to 18.5 percent in women.

At least half of all cancer deaths are preventable with about one-third related to poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and obesity.

via American Cancer Society, March 2006

Symptoms of TIA often warn of impending stroke

There is a high risk of stroke after a transient ischemic attack (TIA) yet there is a widespread lack of public awareness that a TIA is a medical emergency. In a recent study from Oxford, England, researchers found nearly half of those experiencing a TIA delayed seeking medical help, even when they recognized the symptoms. 

Protect your brain and learn how to minimize your risk of having a stroke from Bay Area Medical Information. 

via Stroke, March 2006

Depressed elderly respond best to antidepressants

A two-year study of elderly people suffering from recurrent episodes of depression found drugs worked better than psychotherapy in controlling the symptoms. Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, this study reinforces the rising trend to prescribe antidepressants not only to treat depression, but to keep it from recurring.

via New England Journal of Medicine