Here are healthcare safety issues that have appeared in the news and medical journals throughout the last 30 days or so:
A study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity demonstrated a link between increased screen time and poor grades. Children who spend more than the average 4 hours a day on screen time (TV, computers, internet and games) have poorer academic performance.
The American Journal of Public Health published an article discussing the annual probability of attaining normal weight for obese people. The probability is 1 in 210 for men and 1 in 124 for women who are obese. Meanwhile the probability decreases to 1 in 1290 for men and 1 in 677 for women in people suffering from morbid obesity.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices released recommendations for the prevention and control of influenza for this year’s flu season. Vaccination was recommended for everyone over 6 months of age. Different influenza A H3N2 and influenza B antigens than were used last year were recommended.