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provided by the American Medical Association's electronic publication, Morning Rounds. [This article is updated weekly.]
menopause may be associated with heart attack, stroke before age 60, study
(10/18, Rapaport) reported, “Women who go through menopause earlier in life may
be more likely to have a heart attack or stroke before they reach age 60 than
their counterparts who go through menopause later on,” investigators concluded
after examining “data from 15 observational studies with a total of more than
300,000 women, including almost 13,000 women who survived events like a heart
attack or stroke after menopause.” The findings
were published online in The Lancet Public Health.
Young people are having less sex, contracting greater number of
STDs, research suggests
Street Journal (10/18, McGinty, Subscription Publication) reported that
young people are reportedly having less sex compared to older generations at
the same age, while contracting a higher number of sexually transmitted
diseases. A CDC report found that cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis
rose to an all-time high, and half of the reported cases occurred in those ages
15 to 24.
Rates of crash fatalities involving kids on bikes or on foot
continue to decline each year, researchers say
(10/18, Crist) reported, “Although motor vehicle crashes remain a leading cause
of death for U.S. children, rates of crash fatalities involving kids on bikes or
on foot continue to decline each year,” research indicated. After reviewing
data from 2000 to 2014 “from 26 states,” investigators found that “crashes
declined by 40% for child pedestrians and 53% for child cyclists.” The findings
were published online in the journal Injury Prevention.
Study: People exposed to more sources of stress in utero and early
childhood may be more sensitive to pain by early adulthood
(10/18, Rapaport) reported, “People who were exposed to more sources of stress
in the womb and early childhood may be more sensitive to pain by early
adulthood than their counterparts with little or no exposure to stress early
on,” research indicated. The findings
of the 1,065-participant study were published online in the journal PAIN.
Physical fitness may lower lung cancer risk among current and
former male smokers, study indicates
(10/18, Rapaport) reported researchers found that “men who are current or
former smokers may be less likely to develop or die from lung cancer when
they’re more physically fit.” The findings
were published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.