Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 03, 2008
US unemployment having impact on kids' health-care coverage -- and that puts their health at risk
Two new studies conducted by researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center point to the negative impact of parental job loss on children's health care and the importance of having continuous health insurance coverage to meet children's health-care needs and reduce health-care disparities.

Treatment advances for fibroids, menopause
Women with fibroids and endometriosis facing the possibility of hysterectomy may now choose less invasive treatment options to preserve fertility, according to Yale professor Aydin Arici, M.D., who will direct a scientific session exploring these alternatives at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Annual Clinical Meeting May 3-7 in New Orleans.

Commonly used medications associated with impaired physical function in older adults
Older adults who take drugs designed to block the neurotransmitter acetylcholine -- including common medications for incontinence, high blood pressure and allergies -- are more likely to be dependent in one or more activities of daily living and to walk slower, according to new findings from researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and colleagues.

1 in 10 children using cough, cold medications
Researchers from Boston University's Slone Epidemiology Center have found that approximately one in ten US children uses one or more cough and cold medications during a given week.

Uninsured kids in middle class have same unmet needs as poor
Nationwide, uninsured children in families earning between $38,000 and $77,000 annually are nearly as likely to forgo health care as uninsured children in poorer families.

Fixing up 'this old house' may increase young
Ripping out and tearing down to create a divinely designed home, a la HGTV, is all the rage today -- and the economic downturn may be leading more families to renovate rather than relocate.
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