Volume 7 Issue 120
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 30-Apr-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 1-May-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Community efforts can reduce alcohol fatalities

Communities can decrease alcohol-related fatal crashes by providing better access to substance abuse treatment while reducing the availability of alcohol in the community, according to a new study supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). A report of the study appears in the April, 2005 issue of the journal Injury Prevention. more  

Updated information regarding insect repellents

A wide variety of insect repellent products are available. CDC recommends the use of products containing active ingredients which have been registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use as repellents applied to skin and clothing. EPA registration of repellent active ingredients indicates the materials have been reviewed and approved for efficacy and human safety when applied according to the instructions on the label. more

Fiber supplements may lower cardiovascular risk in type 2 diabetics

Fiber supplements lower "bad" low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and increase "good" high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association's Sixth Annual Conference on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology. more  

Vascular structure and function improve with diet and exercise

Some structural and functional measures of cardiovascular disease risk may improve by the eighth week of a diet and exercise regimen, according to a study presented today at the American Heart Association's Sixth Annual Conference on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology. more

Breast-cancer risk linked to exposure to traffic emissions at menarche, first birth 

Exposure to carcinogens in traffic emissions at particular lifetime points may increase the risk of developing breast cancer in women who are lifetime nonsmokers, a study by epidemiologists and geographers at the University at Buffalo has found. more

Use of antibiotics to treat ear infections is falling  

The proportion of children who were given an antibiotic specifically to treat otitis media, a commonly diagnosed ear condition, declined from 14.4 percent in 1996 to 11.5 percent in 2001, according to new data from HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The data also showed declines in both the percentage of children reported to have otitis media and the percentage of children whose parents sought treatment for the condition. more

Health centers mark cover the uninsured week

Community, Migrant and Homeless Health Centers are joining the groundswell of support for Cover The Uninsured Week (May 1-8), a national campaign organized to galvanize public awareness about the need for affordable and reliable health care coverage. Health center recognition of Cover The Uninsured Week comes as more and more uninsured people look to America’s health centers for care, and independent studies conclude that uninsured people who live near a health center are less likely to have an unmet medical need. more


Fiber supplements may hold a special benefit for type 2 diabetics.