Higher BMI in Teenagers Tied to Heart Risks Later
Although BMI is not an ideal measure of health, recent research has shown that teens with higher BMIs have and increased risk for cardiovascular disease later in life. The correlation exists even for individuals with healthy BMIs; as BMI increases among teens, so does future risk. Risk doubles based on BMI even among those who are considered to be at a healthy weight. This study highlights the potential long-term consequences of being overweight. Additionally, the findings show that BMI cannot completely capture health since even those considered "healthy" or normal by BMI standards can have double the risk of developing cardiovascular disease than peers with lower BMIs.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reporting that between January 1, 2010 and October 31, 2015, 350 patients across 41 medical facilities were infect or exposed to tainted gastrointestinal scopes. A look at the years from 2012 to 2015 found 250 infections from scopes across 12 facilities in the US and Europe. These rates are much higher than previous estimates.
Local Zika outbreaks in United States 'likely': US official
According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the U.S. is likely to see outbreaks of the Zika virus. There have been more than 350 cases of people infected abroad and who have returned to the U.S. While there is no confirmation of a person infected within the borders, that may change. The virus is spread through mosquitos, and the Aedes aegypti mosquito is present in 30 U.S states. Fauci stated he expected to see some bitten by a mosquito contract Zika, but not a large number of people to fall ill.
Thick skinned bed bugs are beating bug spray
A new study shows that bed bugs are developing a thicker skin which makes them more resistant and allows them to be survive exposure to commonly sprayed bug sprays, according to a study published by the University of Sydney. These bloodsucking parasites have had a global resurgence, and over the past decade the number of bed bugs have increased, and they grown stronger. The study, backed by Bayer Crop Science, a major pesticide manufacturer, is now looking to find weaknesses in the armor that would allow for us to fight these parasites.
Since 1980, the number of people in the world living with diabetes has quadrupled to reach more than 400 million, according to the WHO. Diabetes is largely preventable through dietary and lifestyle changes. The rise in diabetes follows the rise in overweight and obese people. On a more positive note, 72% of countries have a policy and funding dedicated toward improving diets and physical activity. Though some countries have struggled to implement these policies, it is a step in the right direction.
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