The Million Women's Heart Project began in New York this week, encouraging women to learn about their cardiovascular risks and offering free tests for hypertension, cholesterol and blood sugars. Hospitals, insurers and US Wellness are part of the program, which also will feature stories from women about their health.
The CDC said there were 233 reported cases of tetanus or lockjaw in the U.S. from 2001 to 2008, and that 13.2% of 197 people who had known outcomes died. People older than 65, those with diabetes and those who weren't immunized or had outdated vaccinations were most likely to die of tetanus, according to data published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
More than half a million Americans -- almost 290,000 men and 230,000 women -- died of smoking-related causes annually from 2002 to 2006, according to a study in the journal Epidemiology. Researchers said former and current smokers ages 65 to 74 were most likely to suffer smoking-related deaths compared with other smokers and former smokers, and they were also three times as likely as nonsmokers to die from other causes when factors such as alcohol consumption were considered.
Data from the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics indicate U.S. births dropped from more than 4.3 million to more than 4.1 million in the 2007-2009 period, with rates declining for all women younger than 40 and across all major racial and ethnic groups. Researchers said birth rates for women ages 15 to 19 and those ages 20 to 24 hit a record low after an 8% and 9% decrease, respectively.
The NIH on Thursday outlined a plan to combat obesity in the U.S., including a shift from laboratory work to real-world research on ways to achieve a healthy weight and a better understanding of the biological processes that influence weight, obesity and related health problems. "This plan is a bold blueprint that will encourage the research community to examine the epidemic of obesity from diverse perspectives," said NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins.