Daily Rounds: Women's Health Declines; Youth In Nursing Homes; Health Spending Saps Schools; Humans Vs. Pets

Women’s Health Setbacks Seen - "More women are binge drinking, saying they downed five or more drinks at a single occasion in the past month, and fewer are being screened for cervical cancer. Over all, more women are obese, diabetic and hypertensive than just a few years ago, and more are testing positive for chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease linked to infertility." (The New York Times)

A New Nursing Home Population: The Young | WBUR & NPR "An analysis of federal data from the Department of Health and Human Services by NPR's Investigative Unit found that there's one age group that's going into nursing homes at a higher rate...Young people ages 31 to 64 now make up 14 percent of the nursing home population. That's up from 10 percent just 10 years ago." (WBUR | 90.9 FM)

Health care costs sap aid for Massachusetts schools - The Boston Globe Hundreds of millions of dollars the state has provided to local school districts to improve classroom education has instead been gobbled up by soaring health care costs for school employees, according to a new report that questions whether Massachusetts has fulfilled the ambitious goals of its 1993 education reform law." (Boston Globe)

In Radiation Treatment, Disparities in Rules for Humans and Pets -" One group of patients receiving treatment for a thyroid disorder are given a radioactive drug that makes them a potential hazard to children or pregnant women for several days. Still, doctors usually send them home immediately after treatment. Yet another group of thyroid patients given the same drug in much smaller doses must be quarantined for two to five days under government rules, until the radiation they emit is sharply reduced. What is the difference? The first group are human patients, and the second are cats and dogs." (The New York Times)

This program aired on December 9, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.


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