Latest Prevalence Stories

2011-12-10 01:17:10

In populations with a low prevalence of tuberculosis (TB), the majority of positives with the three tests commercially available in the U.S for the diagnosis of TB are false positives, according to a new study. "We compared commercially available tests for latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) in a diverse population with a low LTBI prevalence," said James Mancuso, MD, DrPH, of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research Preventive Medicine Residency Program. "Our results suggest that in...

2011-11-16 07:35:11

Public health officials need to give more attention to needs of people with blood disorders: American Journal of Preventive Medicine supplement Public health should focus not only on reducing the burden of common diseases but also address the needs of people with blood disorders, experts say in a supplement to December's American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Even relatively common blood disorders fly below the public health system's radar with no established mechanisms for...

Percentage Of Americans With Heart Disease Decreasing
2011-10-16 04:53:57

Better diets and lifestyle habits are being credited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a decline in cases of heart disease in the U.S., according to various media reports published late last week. According to an October 13 AFP article, the CDC's random telephone survey of all 50 states found that just 6% of the American population had coronary heart disease (CHD) in 2010, compared to 6.7 percent in 2006. The CDC study also found that self-reported cases of CHD...

2011-05-09 21:12:02

Leading digestive disease specialists are available for expert commentary on the latest research findings presented at Digestive Disease Week Among those presenting at this year's Digestive Disease Week meeting are physician-scientists from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. The meeting takes place May 7-10, at McCormick Place, Chicago. The following are two notable research studies: Dr. Benjamin Lebwohl A gastroenterologist at NewYork-Presbyterian...

2011-04-05 00:21:49

The prevalence of plagiocephaly, a condition marked by an asymmetrical, flattening of the skull, appears to be increasing in infants and young children, according to a report posted online today that will appear in the August issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "Plagiocephaly is characterized by unilateral flattening of the head either in the frontal or occipital [rear] region," the authors write as background information in the study....

2010-09-22 09:10:00

Despite government-led efforts to reduce the American obesity rate to 15% by 2010, a study published earlier this month in the International Journal of Obesity has found the actual percentage of obese adults in the U.S. are on the rise. In fact, the study, which was written by officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found that obesity rates among adults have risen from 13% in the early 1960s, to more than 30% in 1999, to 32% in men and 35% in women by 2007-2008....

2010-08-04 06:10:00

More than 72 million U.S. adults, or 26.7 percent, are now obese, while the number of states with an obesity prevalence of 30 percent or greater has tripled in two years, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Tuesday. The figures represent a 1-percentage point increase during the past two years in the number of obese Americans, with nine states now having obesity rates higher than 30 percent, according to latest CDC Vital Signs report. The nine states are...

2010-07-27 15:32:57

Thanks to rising obesity rates in Latin America and the Caribbean, elderly people there are becoming more likely to suffer from disabilities, according to a paper recently published by University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston researchers in the American Journal of Epidemiology. The UTMB study drew on data from a Pan-American Health Organization and National Institute on Aging survey that covered more than 6,000 people over age 65 in six cities: Bridgetown, Barbados;...

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  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
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This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.