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 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.
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, in an order released Thursday, scheduled for June 8 the hearing of the Obama administration's appeal over the constitutionality of the health care law. Three randomly selected judges will hear the appeal, according to the order.
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 People older than 65, those with diabetes and those who weren't immunized or had outdated vaccinations were most likely to die of tetanus, according to data published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
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.