Daily Rounds: Trans-Fats Plummeting; Measles Alert For Super Bowl Village; Head Lice Breakthrough; Premiums Rising

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Blood Levels of Trans Fats Are Declining in Americans - ( "The intense battle that public health advocates have waged against trans fats appears to be working: A new report shows that since 2000, levels of trans fats in Americans’ bloodstreams have plummeted nearly 60 percent."

Measles alert issued for those who attended Super Bowl Village in Indianapolis - Boston Medical News - White Coat Notes - ( "Massachusetts health officials are warning that people who visited the Super Bowl village outdoor festival in Indianapolis last Friday may have been exposed to measles. Indiana health officials said Wednesday one person with a confirmed case was among the more than 200,000 people who visited the Super Bowl Village on Friday. Indiana officials say one other case of measles has been confirmed in the state and two others are suspected."

FDA approves no-comb head lice treatment - (Los Angeles Times) "On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new lotion called Sklice for treatment of head lice in kids 6 months and older. Sanofi-Pasteur U.S., which makes Sklice, said in a statement that the lotion could treat lice in most patients in a single dose, no nit-combing required. In clinical trials, the majority of patients treated with Sklice (but not offered nit-combing) were louse-free after two weeks."

Health insurance premiums poised for quick rise - ( "Most health plans represented at yesterday’s program...estimated that their “cost trend’’ increase - a combination of overall medical claims and the price of doctors visits, tests, and procedures - declined to between 6 and 8 percent during the past year but is likely to return to between 8 and 10 percent this year and next."

This program aired on February 9, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.