Despite mounting public health concerns about obesity and persistent social pressures dictating that slim is beautiful, young women in their '20s consistently exercise less than young men. And young black women showed significant declines in exercise between 1984 and 2006, according to a University of Michigan study to be published in the October issue of the American Journal of Public Health. The study is one of the first to analyze long-term patterns in weight-related activities, and to assess how these patterns vary by gender, race and ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. The disparities in health behaviors the study reveals are consistent with disparities in the prevalence of obesity, particular among women, according to Philippa Clarke, lead author of the study and a researcher at the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR).
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Lancet Infectious Diseases Features Reflection On Use Of HIV/AIDS Money In Mozambique A Lancet Infectious Diseases Reflection and Reaction piece says while PEPFAR's "investment of over US$228 million into Mozambique in 2008 alone" resulted in "an exponential increase in the number of people on" ARVs and boosted prevention programs, "[t]here is more money available for HIV/AIDS than can reasonably be spent, especially given Mozambique's poor infrastructure and large geographical area. Unfortunately, one side-effect has been an associated increase in corruption." To maximize aid money and limit corruption, "careful and creative resource management will be needed, " the author concludes (Johnson, 9/09).
Lord Peter Mandelson, who is the UK's First Secretary of State and the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, was full of praise for the NHS as he left hospital at the weekend following surgery for what was believed to be an enlarged prostate. Lord Mandelson, who is 55, underwent surgery at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, west London, on Friday and left on Saturday. As he left hospital he thanked staff and told the media that he had been treated "really well" and that "everything is now flowing extremely well". He said he had actually "had a jolly time", reported the BBC. Lord Mandelson who was left "in charge" of the government earlier this month while Prime Minister Gordon Brown was on holiday, said he was "very proud" to be an NHS patient".
With the seasonal flu season approaching and uncertainty over whether swine flu will become more severe, new research published by Yale School of Public Health has found that more people are likely to avoid illness if vaccines are given out first to those most likely to transmit viruses, rather than to those at highest risk for complications. This research differs from current vaccination recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The Yale study appears in the August 20 issue of the journal Science online at the Science Express website, http://www.sciencemag.org/sciencexpress.
BMA Cymru Wales has raised serious concerns about the conduct of the Vale of Glamorgan Council. The leading doctors union said that the local authority appeared to be dragging its feet over the removal of sunbeds in three of its leisure centres across the county - in the pursuit of profit. Back in May, a Vale Scrutiny Committee recommended in a report to the Cabinet that the sunbeds should be removed. The Council have met three times since then and, in what BMA Cymru Wales referred to as a "reckless failure to uphold their duty of care to the local population, " each time they failed to consider the issue or take action. The sunbeds are making a profit of around Â 15, 000 a year for the Vale Council.
An investigation into a fatal incident involving a top cutting machine, which is used to prepare trenches in roads, has prompted the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to issue a safety alert warning of the dangers of using these machines without proper safety devices. Last month a worker was fatally injured when he became entangled in the rotating drum of a top cutting machine in Wiltshire. HSE has issued a safety alert to the construction and utilities industry, warning of the dangers of becoming trapped in a top cutting machine, and to raise awareness of the potential risk. HSE Inspector, Helena Tinton, says: "Most machines of this type require a deactivation device which automatically stops the machine when the operator leaves the drivers seat.