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February 24, 2014 - Weekly Roundup Archive


February 24, 2014

News Clips

  • Legal Drinking Age of 21 Saves Lives, Review Finds
    A legal drinking age of 21 saves lives. And demands by some to lower the age limit should be ignored, a new review says. Researchers examined studies conducted since 2006 and found that a minimum drinking age of 21 is associated with a reduced rate of drunk driving crashes among young Americans. That age limit also lowers young people's risk of other health threats associated with heavy drinking, such as dating violence, unsafe sex and suicide.
    February 24, 2014

  • Frequent School Moves May Harm Kids' Mental Health
    Preteens who changed schools frequently when they were children are at increased risk of developing psychotic symptoms, a new study suggests. Having such symptoms at a young age is associated with a greater likelihood of mental health problems and suicide in adulthood, according to the researchers at Warwick Medical School in Coventry, England.
    Health Day
    February 23, 2014

  • Kids' Checkups Should Include Cholesterol, Depression Tests, Doctors Say
    HIV screening also recommended under revised American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines.
    Doctors should test middle school-age children for high cholesterol and start screening for depression at age 11, according to updated guidelines from a leading group of U.S. pediatricians. Doctors should also test older teens for HIV, the AIDS-causing virus, the revised preventive-care recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics say.
    February 24, 2014

  • Are Slimmer, More Attractive Men More Germ-Free?
    Fitter, slimmer men are more likely to have fewer potentially dangerous germs in their nasal passages compared to heavier guys, a new study contends. The finding gives credence to the theory that one reason women are attracted to fitter males is that these men keep bacteria at bay and are more resistant to disease, the Polish researchers said.
    February 21, 2014

  • HIV Rate Among Black and Latino Gay Men Continues to Rise
    Black and Latino gay men continue to make up the majority of those contracting HIV, as 58 percent who tested positive in 2010 were black and Latino, according to the CDC. NY1 health reporter Erin Billups filed the following report. 
    Time Warner Cable News
    February 18, 2014

International News



  • Young, Male, Childless Most Likely to Quit HIV Treatment
    Treatment is extremely important for curbing the spread of HIV. However, new research reveals that younger people, men and people without children are most likely to drop out of HIV care in South Africa. This is worrying as the African country has the world's largest HIV positive population, with one in five adults being HIV positive.
    Counsel & Heal
    February 20, 2014