Latest news and information affecting your health, selected from sources around the nation.
MSDH Health Headlines
Selected headlines of special interest from sources worldwide appear below.
U.S. Measles Cases Triple from Unvaccinated Children and Adults
Three major U.S. outbreaks of measles this year were due to rapid spread among unvaccinated children and adults following exposure to overseas travelers.
Eating Nuts Linked with Lower Weight and Longer Life
Results from a long-term study of U.S. adults show that men and women who ate nuts every day had a lower risk of major diseases, less body fat, and a 20 percent lower chance of dying from any cause.
High Chair Accidents Show Surprising Increase
A new safety study found that high chair accidents increased 22 percent between 2003 and 2010, despite safety straps designed to protect children from falling.
One to Two Hours of Sports Each Day Is Best for Teens: Study
A survey of 1,200 Swiss adolescents finds that teens who spent a very low or very high number of hours on sports each week rated their well-being the worst.
Sugary Drinks Raise the Risk of Endometrial Cancer in Older Women
In a new long-term study, U.S. women over 60 who drank the largest amounts of sugar-sweetened beverages had a 78 percent higher risk for estrogen-dependent cancer of the uterus.
Healthy Aging Three Times More Likely in Older Adults Who Exercise
Exercise among older adults helps ward off depression, dementia, and health problems such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes, even if they didn't exercise in middle age.
Three Factors Dramatically Affect Heart Disease Risk for the Obese
Obese or overweight people who lower their blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels could cut their risk of heart disease and stroke by more than half, a new study concludes.
Long-Term Study Links Screen Time to Weight Gain in Children
A study of children ages 9 to 16 found that each extra hour of daily TV watching added about half a pound of weight, with girls being especially affected by DVD and video watching.
New Guidelines Discourage Unnecessary Antibiotic Use in Children
Parents and doctors are urged not to use antibiotics too soon for sinus and ear infections, most of which can't be improved with antibiotics.
Solid Food While Breastfeeding Reduces Childhood Allergy Risk
In a new study, breastfeeding infants who also started solid food at around 17 weeks of age were found to have a lower chance of developing food allergies.
Mediterranean Diet May Help Women Live Longer
A large new study of women in France finds that older women who closely followed a Mediterranean style diet were 40 percent more likely to live to 70 and beyond.
Flu Can Kill Even Healthy Children, Study Finds
Children, even those without severe medical conditions, can die from the flu in as little as three days after symptoms appear, U.S. health officials warn.
Number of Vaccines in Childhood Not Linked to Autism: Study
A new study of U.S. children that measured vaccination levels in children under 2 found no association between autism symptoms and the amount or frequency of children's exposure to vaccines.
FDA Recalls and Safety Alerts