Volume 7 Issue 216
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 4-Aug-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 5-Aug-2005

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Obesity lowers likelihood of receiving preventive health care

Obese people are less likely to receive preventive services such as mammograms, Pap smears and flu shots from health care providers, according to an analysis of health care data by Duke University Medical Center researchers. more  

Groundbreaking study of 5700 women finds not enough exercise means serious risk for heart problems, death

In a groundbreaking first of its kind study, researchers studied over 5,700 women's fitness levels relative to age and lifestyle, and found that women who score less than 85 percent of their age predicted exercise capacity on an exercise stress test have a two times greater risk for serious heart problems and death. more

Men overcompensate when their masculinity is threatened, Cornell study shows

Threaten a man's masculinity, and he will assume more macho attitudes, according to a study by a Cornell University researcher. more  

Researchers model avian flu outbreak, impact of interventions

A carefully chosen combination of public health measures, if implemented early, could stop the spread of an avian flu outbreak at its source, suggest two international teams of researchers in Nature (August 3) and Science (August 5). more

New data show heavy impact of chlamydia on U.S. men and women, particularly young people 

New data show a heavy burden of chlamydia in young women and men in the United States, particularly among pregnant women attending publicly funded clinics and economically disadvantaged youth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). more

Chlamydia infection high among pregnant women, particularly minority women  

Researchers analyzed data on more than 86,000 women ages 15-45 who were screened for chlamydia at publicly funded prenatal clinics in 18 states 1. Test results were positive for 5.8 percent, with the highest prevalence among 15- to 19-year-olds (9.7 percent). Prevalence among black women (11.1 percent) was nearly four times that of white (3.9 percent) and Hispanic (3.8 percent) women. Because chlamydia can have serious consequences for newborns, including pneumonia and conjunctivitis, study authors recommend continued emphasis on prenatal chlamydia screening. more

Is melanoma being overdiagnosed in the United States?

New research published online by the BMJ today (Thursday 4 August 2005) suggests that melanoma is being overdiagnosed in the United States. more

 

Is it true that men who are insecure about their masculinity are willing to purchase an SUVs? New research says yes.