The Health News USA August 2 2017

Overview

  • Florida health officials are reporting the state’s first sexually transmitted case of Zika in 2017. According to a Florida Department of Health statement, the Pinellas County resident’s partner showed symptoms of the mosquito-borne virus after a recent trip to Cuba.
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of infants born in the U.S. in 2013 ,81.1 % were breastfed — with 51.8 % breastfeeding at six months and 30.7% breastfeeding at twelve months. Women who breast-feed have a lower likelihood of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Women can also maintain their weight and possibly lose weight.
  • Search terms relating to “suicide” spiked following the March 2017 release of the popular Netflix series “13 Reasons Why,” according to a research paper released Monday. According to new research cumulative searches for suicide-related terms went up 19% . Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz, president of the Child Mind Institute, said the study is a unique way of showing how children and teens were affected by the show just after its release.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 2nd of August 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health New

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/florida-reports-1st-sexually-transmitted-zika-case-2017-48975960

Florida health officials are reporting the state’s first sexually transmitted case of Zika in two thousand and seventeen. According to a Florida Department of Health statement , the Pinellas County resident’s partner showed symptoms of the mosquito-borne virus after a recent trip to Cuba. Officials said both patients tested positive for Zika.

Zika can cause a mild illness, with fever, rash and joint pain. Infection during pregnancy can lead to severe brain-related birth defects. The health department said there’s no evidence of mosquitoes transmitting Zika anywhere in Florida. Most of Florida’s one hundred eighteen Zika cases this year have been linked to travel outside the continental U.S. The only local cases confirmed this year all were linked to exposure to the virus in two thousand sixteen. Last week, Texas health officials reported a Zika infection likely contracted through a mosquito bite in recent months.

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2017/08/01/health-benefits-breast-feeding.html

August one marks the beginning of National Breastfeeding Month – as well as the start of World Breast-feeding Week.

Of infants born in the U.S. in two thousand thirteen, eighty one point one percent were breastfed — with fifty one point eight percent breastfeeding at six months and thirty point seven percent breastfeeding at twelve months, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC said.

The practice may offer babies and their moms a number of health benefits.

Doctor Deb Galuska, associate director of science with the CDC told Fox News that breast milk is “a great source of nutrition for the baby.’’ The milk offers health benefits and helps protect babies from diarrhea, ear infections and respiratory infections, she said, explaining that breastfed babies are also at a lower risk for sudden infant death syndrome, diabetes and obesity.There are also other positives.….

Women who breast-feed have a lower likelihood of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, type two  diabetes and heart disease. Women can also maintain their weight and possibly lose weight.

But long-term breast-feeding can increase the likelihood of cavities in young children. A study published in Pediatrics in June found there was a two point four times higher risk of severe cavities for children who were breastfed for two or more years compared to those breast-fed for up to one year, according to a press release for the study. Breast-feeding “between thirteen and twenty three months had no effect on” cavities, the study said. “There are some reasons to explain such an association,” the study’s lead author, Doctor Karen Peres, told CNN. “First, children who are exposed to breastfeeding beyond twenty four months are usually those breast-fed on demand and at night. Second, higher frequency of breastfeeding and nocturnal breastfeeding on demand makes it very difficult to clean teeth in this specific period.”

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/suicide-searches-increased-after-release-13-reasons-why-n788161

Search terms relating to “suicide” spiked following the March two thousand seventeen release of the popular Netflix series “Thirteen Reasons Why,” according to a research paper released Monday. Using data from Google Trends, suicide-related search results from March thirty one to April eighteen were studied by researchers who published their findings in a journal for JAMA Internal Medicine. Following the show’s release, cumulative searches for suicide-related terms went up nineteen percent, according to the new research. The phrase “how to commit suicide” went up twenty six percent, “commit suicide” rose eighteen percent, and “how to kill yourself” increased nine percent. Terms like “suicide hotline number” increased twenty one percent and “teen suicide” rose thirty four percent.

The dates selected encompassed the show’s release date and the day before the suicide of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez. Researchers said they used this end date so search results wouldn’t be contaminated with queries relating to Hernandez. Researchers selected twenty terms to study over the period of time, and removed from their search queries any terms that included “Suicide Squad,” which was a film released in August two thousand sixteen.

Overall, researchers found nine hundred thousand to one point five million more searches than expected following the nineteen-day period after the release of “Thirteen Reasons Why.”

Doctor Harold S. Koplewicz, president of the Child Mind Institute, said the study is a unique way of showing how children and teens were affected by the show just after its release.

“This is an innovative, and, I think, important study looking at a Netflix series on teenagers and the risk of suicidal behavior in teens,” Koplewicz said. The show centers around the suicide of Hannah Baker, who leaves behind tape recordings after she kills herself, explaining why others are at fault for her death. The show ends with a graphic three-minute scene of Hannah’s death. The series is based on the best-selling two thousand seven book by Jay Asher.

 

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