Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) at work, mainly in the 1970s and 1980s, was associated with a 40% increased risk of developing asthma in young adults, according to new research presented today at The British Thoracic Society Annual Winter Meeting (Friday 4th December). The major study, conducted at Imperial College, London in collaboration with other universities and occupational experts used information on the job history of over 10, 000 people born in Britain in the first week of March 1958. They examined the link between workplace exposure to a range of different agents including ETS, and the development of asthma between the ages of 16 and 33 (i.
An analysis of brain tumor incidence in Scandinavian countries from the mid 1970s to the early 2000s found no substantial change in brain tumor rates in adults 5 to 10 years after cell phone usage rose sharply. However, the researchers cautioned that there could be reasons other than the absence of a link to explain these findings, and suggested longer follow up studies were needed. The study was the work of Dr Isabelle Deltour of the Institute of Cancer Epidemiology, Danish Cancer Society, in Copenhagen, and colleagues, and a paper on it was published in the Advance Access issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, JNCI on December 3.
The federal government will offer $235 million in grants for communities to upgrade and improve their health information technology, The Dallas Morning News reports. Only organizations that are already using health IT are eligible. Health secretary Kathleen Sebelius said, "Our hope is that the communities will become models for the rest of the country" (Roberson, 12/2). Modern Healthcare has the details: "Awards ranging from $10 million to $20 million each will be made in the form of 'cooperative agreements' to organizations that are already 'national leaders in the advancement of health IT, workflow redesign and care coordination, or quality monitoring and feedback';
Leading mental health researchers are warning that some of the most important health consequences of climate change will be on mental health, yet this issue is unlikely to be given much attention at the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen next week. Dr Lisa Page and Dr Louise Howard from the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) at King's College London reviewed a range of recent research by scientists into the potential mental health impacts of climate change. In an article published in Psychological Medicine online, the two mental health experts conclude that climate change has the potential to have significant negative effects on global mental health.
A New Mental Treatment Based On Attention Improves Anxiety And Depression In Secondary Education Teachers
A doctoral thesis carried out at the University of Granada has proved that a mental training based on mindfulness - an emotional self-regulating tool that consists in focusing on what we are doing, thinking about or feeling at every moment - helps to fight against psychological diseases such as anxiety, depression, concern or complaints about health, very common among secondary education teachers, and is very positive for emotional regulation. This research work has analysed the psycho-physiological mechanisms related to the mindfulness, checking the effectiveness of a training programme that works as an emotional self-regulating tool. Mindfulness is a type of mental training increasingly popular in the U.
News outlets report on legal immigrants and the cost of health reform in Massachusetts, new hospital fees in Ohio, coverage shortfalls in Tennessee and registered nurse practitioners in Florida. The Boston Globe: "More than 100 legal immigrants who were supposed to start receiving care yesterday under a new state health insurance plan will have to wait because the contractor hired to run the program has been unable to reach agreement with providers in Western Massachusetts. The immigrants, 123 in Pittsfield and 16 in Adams, are among roughly 5, 000 in western and central Massachusetts who became eligible yesterday for coverage under the CeltiCare Health Plan of Massachusetts.