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Health News: Uplifting Research Findings on Pain, Abuse, Sugar, PTSD, Rape Prevention, Doctors Missing Health Issues | Health News: Inner Life, EMF, Internet / Gaming, Multitasking, Highway Deaths, Violent / Hate Crimes & Wounds | Health News: Healthy Naturalistic Practices, Teen Pregnancy / Birth Rate, Menopause & Retirement

Pain: Effective Treatment and Research Findings

Reducing Acute and Chronic Pain: Pain could be reduced by crossing your arms, according to May 2011 research report. Other links provide a wide variety of alternative approaches to reduce pain.
heralddeparis.com/crossing-your-arms-stops-pain/133804
astonishinglifestyle.com/pain-and-stress-reduction.html
a-good-night-sleep.com/pain-and-stress-reduction.html
lifemojo.com/lifestyle/hypnosis---a-pain-reduction-technique-122010418
drmartytashman.com/pain.htm
beliefnet.com/healthandhealing/getcontent.aspx?cid=91720

Also peruse Dr. Friedman's pain reduction / transformation article "Your Healing Place of Comfort—A Supportive Meditation"
willjoelfriedman.com/articles/articMedit-Your.html

How Acupuncture may alter perception of pain: Preliminary research results released in late November 2010 showed that acupuncture works directly on the brain to alter the way we process and perceive pain. The new study involved brain scans and suggests that the carefully placed pricks with acupuncture needles may change the way the brain's neurons process pain. Acupuncture also affected brain activation in areas governing expectation of pain, similar to a placebo analgesic response, according to study leader Nina Theysohn, MD of the University Hospital in Essen, Germany.
webmd.com/pain-management/news/20101130/how-acupuncture-may-alter-perception-of-pain

Abuse Reports Decline

Massive new federal study shows an unprecedented and dramatic decrease in incidents of serious child abuse, especially sexual abuse: Experts hailed the findings of child physical abuse dropping 29% and sex abuse dropping 40% between 1993 and 2005-2006 as evidence that crackdowns and public awareness campaigns had made headway. Sadly, the estimated number of emotionally neglected children more than doubled during this time period.
boston.com...2010...apnewsbreak_us_study_shows_drop_in_child_abuse~
hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CHILD_ABUSE_DECLINE?~

Sugar & Sugar Substitutes: Dangers

Aspartame: Health Dangers and side effects of ingesting the sugar substitute Aspartame—Others conclude the weight of existing scientific evidence show Aspartame is safe at current levels of consumption as a non-nutritive sweetener. The jury still seems to be out. Given this state of affairs, do you really want to be a guinea pig or play it conservative and safe?
organichealthadviser.com/archives/aspartame-dangers
articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/04/09/victoria-innessbrowns-aspartame-experiment.aspx
aspartame.mercola.com/
articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/07/31/aspartame-update.aspx
articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/09/15/aspartame-side-effects.aspx
holisticmed.com/aspartame/
spiritual-endeavors.org/health/aspartame.htm
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspartame
thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2010/03/18/is-aspartame-safe/
webmd.com/food-recipes/news/20070911/expert-panel-aspartame-sweetener-safe
thatdanny.com/2008/06/25/is-aspartame-safe-an-unbiased-review-of-aspartame~

Is Sugar Toxic?—An April 2011 New York Times article asks this question with disturbing findings.
nytimes.com/2011/04/17/magazine/mag-17Sugar-t.html~

Soft drinks are not good for your health—21 percent of all sugar in the average American diet comes from soft drinks, drinking one soft drink per day increases risk of metabolic syndrome 44% and increases a child's risk of becoming obese 60%, while drinking two soft drinks per day increases the risk of pancreatic cancer 87% and increases the risk of gout 85%! Increased risk of tooth decay/cavity-prone, caffeine dependence, obesity, cancer, gout, diabetes, heart disease, kidney damage, harmful effects on liver, dehydration, toxins, possible cell damage, low nutrition levels, hypertension, and bone weakening/calcium loss/osteoporosis are also documented consequences of soft drink use. Athletes may be interested in the effects of soft drinks on exercise, including detriment to weight loss, dehydration and increased risk of bone fractures and injuries. Fresh water along with organic 100% fruit juice and herbal/non-black teas are healthier alternatives. Of course, water alone is recognized by the body as water, while everything else is recognized as food. Thus when you are thirsty, which is often mistaken for hungry, the body is crying out for water alone.
articles.mercola.com...can-you-believe-these-statistics-on-soft-drink-use~
articles...what-happens-to-your-body-within-an-hour-of-drinking-a-coke~
articles.mercola.com...soda-dangers-part-two~
articles.mercola...sugary-sweet-drinks-bring-on-chronic-disease-later-in-life~
westonaprice.org/Soft-Drinks-America-s-Other-Drinking-Problem.html
chetday.com/softdrinkdangers.htm
red-branch.com/soft_drinks,_hard_facts.htm
ajph.aphapublications.org/cgi/content/short/97/4/667
ionizers.org/soft-drinks.html
mindconnection.com/library/health/softdrinks.htm
melslife.com/42/Soft_Drinks.html
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soft_drink
naturalnews.com/soft_drinks.html
examiner.com...DC-Health-Examiner~y2010m2d10-Health-effects-of-soft-drinks
ehow.com/list_6197090_effects-soft-drinks-exercise.html
emedexpert.com/tips/soft-drinks.shtml
health.yahoo.com...what-soft-drinks-are-doing-to-your-body~
environment.about.com/od/health/a/soft_drinks.htm
articles.mercola.com...shocking-sugar-content-of-common-food-products~ 

Research shows that avoiding a diet high in fructose, including high fructose corn syrup, can lower your blood pressure
articles.mercola.com...Fructose-Tied-to-Higher-Blood-Pressure~
reuters.com/article/idUSTRE58M6D820090923...healthNews~ 

Doctors Miss Specific Health Problems

Forewarned is forearmed! Women's and men's health problems medical doctors still miss.
cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/10/19/undiagnosed.women.problem/index.html
health.yahoo.com/women-overview/seven-diseases-doctors-miss/prevention~
rd.com/living-healthy/10-diseases-doctors-miss/article29414.html
women.webmd.com/features/conditions-doctors-miss
living.health.com/2009/02/23/problems-doctor-may-miss
thyroid.about.com/cs/basics_starthere/a/symptoms.htm
organizedwisdom.com/Heart_Attack_Symptoms_in_Men~

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Research Findings

Keeping a diary in intensive care halves the risk of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): The September 2010 issue of the British Medical Journal found that patients who spent more then three days in intensive care are less likely to develop PTSD (and had significantly fewer symptoms compared with those who did not) if staff and relatives make a diary of their stay and go through it with them afterwards.
medindia.net/news/Patients-Protected-from-PTSD-by-Intensive-Care-Diaries~
health.am/psy/more/intensive-care-diaries-protect-patients-from-ptsd
sciencecentric.com...intensive-care-diaries-protect-patients-from-ptsd~
bmj.com/content/341/bmj.c5102.full

Rape Prevention / Rapists / Undetected Rapists

Rapists, Undetected Rapists, Rape Prevention (including tips by rapists!) and Date Rape Prevention: In large-sample surveys undetected rapists show revealing results the defy common stereotypes and point to the societal need for men and women who are part of the social-cultural milieu in which rapes are spawned to mobilize to identify perpetrators and intervene in high-risk situations: In a 2009 study by Lisak & Miller found undetected rapists to be measurably more angry at women, more motivated to dominate and control women, more impulsive and disinhibited in their behavior, more hypermasculine in their beliefs and attitudes, less empathic and more antisocial. McWhorter and her colleagues completed a study in 2009 that seems to have replicated the important findings of the Lisak & Miller study. Both studies were researching what is called "Predator theory." As the link below states, " Predator Theory is the theory that acquaintance rape as we know it is overwhelmingly caused by a relatively narrow portion of recidivist undetected rapists in the population, each of whom will have several victims, and that these rapists select targets based on the likelihood that they can rape without meaningful consequence, and favor alcohol and avoid overt force as tools to defeat resistance for just this reason." These studies are essential for all women and men who love them to read and take necessary precautions to prevent such violent, degrading, damaging sexual crimes.
feministe.us/blog/archives/2010/03/25/predator-theory
preventconnect.org/wiki/index.php?title=Undetected_Rapist
docs.google.com...crisisconnectioninc.org/pdf/undetected_rapist.pdf~

A June 2011 Los Angeles Times article states that every two minutes someone is sexually assaulted in the U.S., according to the Department of Justice's Crime Victimization Survey, and that an estimated 60% of these assaults go unreported. An estimated 1 out of 16 rapists spends time in jail with this findings being linked to police officers being much more likely to mistrust an alleged rape victim than to mistrust other victims, particularly if the women alleging sexual assault doesn't conform to police notions of how women should act. Interestingly, research also suggests that 3% to 8% of rape complaints are false, a finding similar to the proportion of other crime complaints. The model of New York state is offered that had the arrest rate rise over five years from 40% to 70% of complaints filed, along with the proportion of convictions as well, given the decision to pursue rape cases. The U.S. justice system on a state-by-state basis deals unevenly with sexual violence. Given these statistics, the justice system's dealing with sexual assault is hardly working well by anyone's estimation. Several links below provide a wide range of rape prevention resources and practical strategies to protect yourself if attacked and lower the risk of this occurring.
latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-mollmann-rape~
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rape
kevincoffee.com/women_safety/rape_prevention_tips.htm
cityofdavis.org/police/investigations/rapeprev.cfm
washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/sexist/2009/08/10/rape-prevention-tips-stay-inside-or-die-a-horrible-death/
snopes.com/crime/prevent/rape.asp
littlerock.about.com/cs/moreresources/a/rape.htm
aware.org/
www.truman.edu/~aweitz/prevent_date_rape/prevention_recommendations~
acog.org/departments/dept_notice.cfm?recno=20&bulletin=483


Health News: Uplifting Research Findings on Pain, Abuse, Sugar, PTSD, Rape Prevention, Doctors Missing Health Issues | Health News: Inner Life, EMF, Internet / Gaming, Multitasking, Highway Deaths, Violent / Hate Crimes & Wounds | Health News: Healthy Naturalistic Practices, Teen Pregnancy / Birth Rate, Menopause & Retirement

Prayer: How Effective

Prayer—Efficacy of prayer, especially what is called "intercessory prayer or prayer for another, is a controversial area of research with mixed results. Alternative Medicine visionary Larry Dossey, M.D. has written three books specifically addressing the power of prayer. Make your own determination of the effectiveness of prayer in perusing the following links
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Efficacy_of_prayer
webmd.com/balance/features/probing-power-of-prayer
thefreelibrary.com/Science+discovers+the+power+of+prayer~
timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article1072638.ece
nytimes.com/2005/07/27/health/27iht-snpray.html
dosseydossey.com/larry/book.html

Lighting: Full Spectrum & Fluorescent Lights

Fluorescent lights and full spectrum lighting: Some information says fluorescent lights are harmful to your health and others say there is no scientific evidence of health benefits—The value of full spectrum lighting. According to some sources, exposure to fuorescent lights can cause negative effects on our health, including migraine headaches and overall stress. An association with depression, eye strain and melanoma skin cancer, along with being problematic for people with light sensitivity some individuals with autism/Aspergers syndrome, photosensitive epilepsy, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, and vertigo are also mentioned. Regular exposure to full spectrum lighting is often part of the treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), that is, getting down and depressed when not receiving sufficient exposure to sunlight. Some sources list health benefits of full spectrum lighting in treating Seasonal Affective Disorder, decrease in eye strain and fatigue, increases brightness perception and visual acuity, stimulates the pineal glad that produces melatonin which regulates normal sleep patters and thus aids mental alertness, and generally gives people a feeling of well-being and improves mood. Of course, please check carefully all such claims and be sure the claimed benefits are real. Caveat Emptor (Let the buyer beware).
ehow.com/about_6293388_health-issues-fluorescent-lights.html
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fluorescent_lamp
copublications.greenfacts.org/en/energy-saving-lamps/l-3/4-cfl-non-skin-diseases~
nyc.indymedia.org/en/2007/01/81805.html
lrc.rpi.edu/programs/nlpip/lightinganswers/fullspectrum/abstract.asp
buildings.com/Default.aspx?TabId=3321&ArticleID=2797
lrc.rpi.edu/programs/nlpip/lightinganswers/fullspectrum/claims.asp
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Full-spectrum_light
ehow.com/facts_4963791_health-benefits-full-spectrum-lighting.html 

Electro Magnetic Field (EMF) / Cell Phones / Power Lines / Microwave Ovens Dangers

Electro Magnetic Field (EMF) / Power lines/ home wiring/ cell phones/ radar, transformers/ computers/ appliances / microwave ovens—Are these hazardous to our health?: Numerous studies show contradictory results and some experts are fully convinced that the threat is real. Is this whole argument alarmist or realistic? Again, forewarned is forearmed. New EMF dangers—Type 3 diabetes and heart disease: Type 3 diabetes refers to those people who may be showing abnormal fluctuations in blood sugar because they are electronically sensitive according to Dr. Magda Havas. It is estimated that 3-8 percent of populations in developed countries experience serious electrohypersensitivity symptoms, while 35 percent experience mild symptoms, according to Dr. Thomas Rau, medical director of the world-renowned Paracelsus Clinic in Switzerland. Like Dr. Havas and Dr. Mercola, Dr. Rau says he is convinced ‘electromagnetic loads’ lead to cancer, concentration problems, ADD, tinnitus, migraines, insomnia, arrhythmia, Parkinson’s and even back pain. For people with Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome (EHS), just walking into a coffee shop that is Wi-Fi equipped can be debilitating, triggering a wide array of symptoms including headache, fatigue, nausea, burning and itchy skin, and muscle aches. A study has provided unequivocal evidence that the radiation from a cordless (DECT) phone interferes with your heart.
mercola.com/article/emf/emf_dangers.htm
articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2001/03/10/cancer-high-voltage.aspx
lef.org/magazine/mag2007/aug2007_report_cellphone_radiation_01.htm
mercola.com/forms/ferrite_beads.htm
mercola.com/article/microwave/hazards2.htm
globalhealingcenter.com/microwave-ovens-the-proven-dangers.html
buzzle.com/articles/dangers-of-microwaves.html
emf.mercola.com
equilibrauk.com/emfsbio.shtml
bodyecology.com/archive/little-known-dangers-of-emf.php
lessemf.com/emf-news.html
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electromagnetic_radiation_and_health
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_phone_radiation_and_health
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless_electronic_devices_and_health
articles.mercola.com...2010/04/08/emf-and-type-3-diabetes~

Cellphones

Risk of brain damage from mobile phone radiation, current cell phone ratings and how to protect yourself: A September 2009 report from a collaborative team of international EMF activists details eleven design flaws of the 13-country, Telecom-funded interphone study. A March 2010 Time magazine article discusses "How safe is your cell phone?" and provides a cell phones' radiation report card for the most popular cell phones. A non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) has published an online consumer guide reporting in excess of 1,000 cell phones, PDAs and smartphones on how much radiation they emit and the link below reviews the lowest radiation top 10 best cell phones and the highest radiation top 10 worst cell phones as well as the link to the entire list.
articles.mercola.com...Brain-Damage-From-Mobile-Phone-Radiation~
time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1969732-1,00.html
time.com/time/specials/packages/completelist/0,29569,1970021,00.html
cellphones.about.com...ewg.org/cellphone-radiationddd~
cellphones.about.com/od/coveringthebasics/a/cellphoneradiationguide.htm
cellphones.about.com...ewg.org/cellphone-radiation~
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_phone_radiation_and_health
cellphones.about.com...ewg.org/cellphone-radiation~
emf-health.com/articles-10tips.htm
buzzle.com/editorials/7-13-2006-102304.asp
mercola.com/forms/ferrite_beads.htm
cellphonedefense.com
google.com/products?client=safari&rls=en&q=cell+phone+radiation+protection~

Videos
articles.mercola.com...your-cell-phone-and-brain-tumors~
articles.mercola...why-children-and-teens-should-stay-away-from-cell-phones~
harticles.mercola.com...what-s-more-important-your-cell-phone-or-your-brain~

February 2011 research results showed cellphone use tied to changes in brain activity, a study that is among the first and largest to document the potential of cellphone signals altering brain function. Scary indeed.
well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/22/cellphone-use-tied-to-changes-in-brain-activity/?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha23

Cellphone radiation may cause cancer, global advisory panel reports in May 2011—Numerous links provide many simple ways to lower your cellphone radiation risk / exposure.
well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/31/cellphone-radiation-may-cause-cancer-advisory-panel-says/?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha23
washingtonpost.com...cellphones...possibly-carcinogenic...same...as-ddt~
smart-goals-guide.com/Protection-from-cell-phone-radiation.html
articlefriendly.net...Top-Mobile-Phone-Radiation-Protection-Tip~
bodyecology.com/articles/5-cell-phone-radiation-tips
golfclubstarter....2011/06/01/3-cell-phone-radiation-protection-tips~

Internet Use / Gaming / Massive Online Games: Advantages & Disadvantages

Internet Use—Advantages, disadvantages and strategies: Research dated 11/4/2009 show that internet and mobile phone use are not linked to social isolation. The internet also hasn't pulled people away from public places like cafes, parks and restaurants, actually just the opposite. Research reported from the United Kingdom in May, 2010 found that there is a link between Internet access and well-being. Those with lower incomes or fewer qualifications, people living in the developing world and women benefit more. Overall the study showed that access to the Internet leads people to feel better about their lives, and this finding does not appear to increase with age—old and young all get something out of surfing the web.The surprising finding that women benefit more may relate to the Web being used as a tool to help keep their home lives organized by giving them communication with the outside world, access to networks and broadly supporting friendships through emails and social networks. Dangers of the internet include the negative impact of internet addiction, pornography, on-line gambling, cyber-crime, cyber-stalking, predators, identity theft, and increased loneliness and depression. People at high risk for getting into trouble on the internet include lack of family bonds, low self-esteem, inability to express opinions and questions, and inability to socialize. See warning signs for internet addiction along with dos and don'ts for safer internet use for our kids.
invir.com/int-bus-advantages.html
youngmedia.org.au/mediachildren/06_10_internet_benefits.htm
buzzle.com/articles/advantages-disadvantages-internet.html
pondered.org/the_internet.html
free-computer-tips.info/tutorials/internet-tips/advantages-and-disadvantages-of-internet.html
nytimes.com.../business/AP-US-TEC-TechBit-Internet-Isolation~
cyberethics.info/cyethics2/page.php?pageID=70&mpath=/86/88
simpletoremember.com... Internet-Addiction...Warning-Signs~
ehow.com/how_5186978_protect-child-dangers-internet-predators~
docs.google.com/gview?a=v&q=cache:X4SxM1UprXgJ~
time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1989244,00.html?xid=newsletter-daily 

Also read a fine article of one person's downward out-of-control journey into and out of Massive Online Games (MOG), Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO), Massive Multiplayer Online Games (MMOG) or Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG), like EverQuest (EQ), Final Fantasy XI, World of Warcraft and Happy Farm, are a subcategory of internet addiction. Links are also provided on warning signs of MMORPG addiction and how to overcome an MMORPG addiction.
kotaku.com/5384643/i-kept-playing--the-costs-of-my-gaming-addiction
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massively_multiplayer_online_game
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_MMOGs
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiplayer_online_game
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Online_game
hubpages.com/hub/MMORPG-addiction
cryosphere.f2s.com/articles/games/ten-signs-of-mmorpg-addiction.html
exgamer.net/blog/?p=948
ocf.berkeley.edu/~jenchan/Conclusion.html
healthexpertadvice.org...Overcome-an-MMORPG-Addiction-257~
wikihow.com/Overcome-an-MMORPG-Addiction
docs.google...netaddiction.com...addiction_to_mmorpgs~

Digital Devices & Media Multitasking

Operating digital devices is associated with brain fatigue and deprives the brain of needed restful downtime—In the guise of refreshing and relaxing themselves, people are actually fatiguing and stressing themselves when overusing digital devices, according to research released in late August 2010.
nytimes.com/2010/08/25/technology/25brain.html

Media Multitasking shows decreased performance in cognitive control, especially with attention, control of their memory or switch from one job to another in contrast to those who complete one task at a time (single-tasking) Stanford University researchers reported in August 2009 (story and video below). Also peruse related research findings on multitasking. This research supports enhanced performance when one brings presence, or giving pure attention to just the one task in front of you this moment. A March 2010 article in the Contra Costa Times reports that high tech multitasking slows you down, specifically that a 2009 Standford University study showed that heavy media multitaskers were poor at filtering out irrelevant information. Participants who juggle multiple forms of electronic media where shown to have difficulty controlling their memory, paying attention or switching from one task to another as effectively as those who single task or complete one task at at time. More confirmation of these results come from research findings released in late March 2010 that found that "supertaskers"—those who have an extraordinary ability to multitask, such as talk on a cell phone and safely drive—constitute only a rare 2.5 percent (i.e., 1 in 40) of the population. This research also found that performance suffered across the board while driving and talking on a hands-free cell phone, specifically it took the 97.5 percent of non-supertaskers 20 percent longer to hit the brakes when needed an following distances increase 30 percent as the drivers failed to keep pace with simulated traffic while driving, and memory performance declined 11 percent. Another research article from October 2009 showed that those using a cell phone can be distracted and fail to see what is sitting there right in front of them, specifically experience "inattentional blindness" using the unicycling clown test. Compared with individuals walking alone, in pairs, or listening to their ipod, cell phone users were the group most prone to oblivious behavior: only twenty-five percent of them noticed the unicycling clown!
news.stanford.edu/news/2009/august24/multitask-research-study-082409~
eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-07/uoc--maa072506.php
apa.org/releases/multitasking.html
contracostatimes.com/news/ci_14702110?source=rss&nclick_check=1
strategy-business.com/article/10116c?rssid=recent_research&gko=8c1ef
strategy-business.com/article/10116c?rssid=recent_research&gko=8c1ef
strategy-business.com/article/10116c?rssid=recent_research&gko=8c1ef
msnbc.msn.com/id/36090382/ns/technology_and_science-wireless
sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100329075911.htm
wired.com/wiredscience/2010/04/supertasker
sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/10/091019172628.htm

Research findings from the University of Hertfordshire released in July 2010 is the first to find concrete evidence that women are better multitaskers than men, with 70 percent of women performing better than their average male counterpart when multitasking.
yubanet.com/life/First-concrete-evidence-that-women-are-better-multitaskers~
telegraph.co.uk...Scientists-prove-that-women-are-better-at-multitasking~

Multitasking in the form of frequently switching your mind-set or focus uses a lot of self-control, leaving you with less ability to control your temper, resist cheating on your diet or to continue your exercise routine, according to June 2011 research findings. Related research findings on "ego depletion" suggest that when you exert a lot of self-control at one time, it can be more challenging to exert self-control later. The notion is that self-control is a limited resource that takes time to rebuild. The recent study above suggests that switching mindsets does require self-control.
yourlife.usatoday.com...Shifting-focus-a-lot-at-work-could-wreck-your-diet~
newsroom.goizueta.emory.edu...changing-mindsets-may-prove-costly~
psychologytoday.com...the-costs-changing-your-mindset~

Highway Deaths / Violent & Hate Crimes Decline in U.S.

Highway deaths plummet to 60-year low!—A September 2010 U.S. government report shows that total roadway deaths plunged 9.7% in 2009 to 33,808, the lowest since 1950 with the death rate peaking in 1988 at 47,087. Besides the possibility of people driving less given the economic recession, other ways to understand this change include 85% of American motorists now buckle up along with the introduction of other technologies, like passive systems like airbags and active systems like anti-lock brakes.
thedetroitbureau.com/2010/09/highway-deaths-plummet-to-60-year-low

Violent crime rates are down and going lower still in recent years:: A 10/7/2009 USA Today article "Reported rapes hit 20-year low" gives us all, especially women, some wonderful news. Also read from the U. S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, how violent crimes, including rape, robbery, aggravated and simple assault, and homicide, are at their lowest levels since data began being collected in 1972. CNN also contributes an article, "FBI: Violent crime dropped in 2008, preliminary data shows
usatoday.com/news/nation/2009-10-06-rape-decline_N.htm?csp=34
ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/glance/viort.htm
cnn.com/2009/CRIME/06/01/violent.crime.declines/index.html

The 2010 FBI data for crime in the U.S. continued to decline. The number of violent crimes in the U.S. dropped significantly in 2010 to what appeared to be the lowest rate in nearly 40 years that baffles experts, according to a May 2011 New York Times article. Additionally in California, both San Francisco in 2010 and Los Angeles in 2009 reported the lowest crime rates in 50 years!
nytimes.com/2011/05/24/us/24crime.html?ref=us
fbi.gov/news/stories/2011/may/crimes_052311/crime_052311
nbcbayarea.com/news/local/SF-Crime-Rate-Hits-Historic-Low-112962769~
huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/06/las-crime-rate-lowest-in-_n_413760.html

"Hate Crimes, 2003-2009" from the U.S. Department of Justice found that the rate of violent hate crime victimizations in the U.S. decreased 0.8 per 1,000 persons age 12 or older to 0.5 per 1,000, and in nearly 90% of hate crimes during the reporting period, the victim suspected the offender was motivated by racial or ethnic prejudice or both.
bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=1760
upi.com/Top_News/US/2011/06/18/US-hate-crimes-down-from-2003~
hc0309.pdf

Soldiers Survive Wounds Better

More soldiers surviving war wounds in Afghanistan war—Bittersweet data shows that in Afghanistan in 2010 the intensified fighting led to the highest U.S. combat casualties yet in the war, and given advances in the treatment of the fallen, the rate at which wounded soldiers died reached a wartime low. In other words, survival rates of troops wounded in Afghan war is rising. An excerpt: "Several doctors said the improvements came not from a single breakthrough but through a series of lessons learned over nearly a decade of fighting two wars, such as placing medevac helicopters closer to the fighting and the more extensive use of tourniquets." and "Several soldiers and those who care for them, however, framed the improved survival rates as the grimmest sort of success. Many more troops—some missing multiple limbs—are being rescued from near death. But their wounds will be exceptionally difficult to overcome as they try to resume work, social and family lives." William Tecumseh Sherman's view still rings true: "It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell." Bittersweet is a gross understatement.
contracostatimes.com/news/ci_17039779?source=rss&nclick_check=1


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Breast-Feeding / Family Bed / Naturalistic Child-Rearing Behaviors

Benefits of breast-feeding, extended breast-feeding, and the family bed (co-sleeping) are healthy naturalistic child-raising behaviors—La Leche League International has spearheaded all of these naturalistic health approaches and attachment parenting for decades: April 2010 research published online in the journal Pediatrics showed that the lives of nearly 900 babies would be saved each year, along with billions of dollars, if 90 percent of U.S. women breast-fed their babies for the first six months of life. Problems that breast-feeding may help prevent include stomach viruses, ear infections, asthma, juvenile diabetes, obesity, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and even childhood leukemia. Breast milk contains antibodies that help babies fight infections and affect insulin levels in the blood. Other studies show a wide range of health benefits from attachment parenting using breast-feeding, extended breast-feeding and the family bed or co-sleeping.
sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/04/05/MNUS1CPND0.DTL
who.int/nutrition/topics/exclusive_breastfeeding/en
nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_94018.html
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breastfeeding
babycenter.com/0_how-breastfeeding-benefits-you-and-your-baby_8910.bc
medelabreastfeedingus.com/benefits-of-breastfeeding
mothering.com/breastfeeding
mothering.com/breastfeeding/extend-breastfeedings-benefits
parenting.com...Ask-Dr-Sears-Extended-Breastfeeding----Handling-the-Criticism
llli.org/NB/NBextended.html
llli.org/NB/NBNovDec07p244.html
llli.org/NB/NBJulAug03p151.html
askdrsears.com/html/7/T071000.asp
bygpub.com/natural/family-bed.htm
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Co-sleeping
breastfeeding.com/reading_room/co_slepping.html

Breastfeeding reduces risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), according to June 2011 research findings in the journal Pediatrics. Specifically, a meta-analysis of 18 studies reveals that breastfeeding to any extent and of any duration is protective against SIDS, while the protective effect is even stronger for exclusive breastfeeding.
cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-20071121-10391704.html
dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2003219/Breastfeeding-lowers-risk-sudden-infant-death-syndrome.html
pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/128/1/103.full
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21669892

Teen Pregnancy, Birth Rate & Health

Teen pregnancy rate for the decade between 1996 to 2006 declines 25 percent in the United States, 36.9 percent in Canada, 4.75 percent in England, and increased 19.1 percent in Sweden according to May 2010 research findings: Speculation to account for these results include easier access to birth control, girls being smarter about using protection and an increasing number of young women feeling optimistic about educational and employment opportunities that are associated with lower teen pregnancy rates. The study was published in the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality. The author cited the following statistics: "In 2006, the lowest teen birth/abortion rate per 1,000 women aged 15-19 was in Canada (27.9) followed by Sweden (31.4), England/Wales (60.3), and the U.S.A. (61.2),"
cbc.ca/health/story/2010/05/26/teen-pregnancy.html#ixzz0p5CMpSwn

Teen birth rate at Record Low in California (and Federal health officials announced that the U.S. teen birth rate has dropped to its lowest level in seven decades!) drawing upon the most current data from 2009, reports released in February 2011 show: The 2009 teen birth rate in California was less than half the rate in 1991 (32 births per 1,000 females teens age 15 to 19 compared with 71 births per 1,000 female teens). Federal health officials reported a new analysis showing significant decreases in U.S. teen birth rate across the majority of states and throughout all racial and ethnic groups from 2007 to 2009. The U.S. teen birth rate has dropped by 37 percent in the twenty years between 1991 and 2009. Increased sex education and birth control/contraceptive programs, the difficult economy, increasing abstinence and increased use of contraceptions are mentioned as ways to understand these findings.
latimesblogs.latimes.com...teen-pregnancy-record-low-rate-california~
sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article~
healthnews.com...pregnancy-childbirth/us-teen-birth-rate-declines-to-record-low~

Menopause for Women & Men

The Benefits of Menopause: Hot flashes during female menopause may protect the heart, February 2011 study results show—Women who have hot flashes in their 50s and 60s, the typical age range for menopausal symptoms, have an 11 percent lower risk of heart disease over the next 10 years when compared with women who don't suffer the same symptoms. Women who had hot flashes at the start of menopause but not later seemed to have a lower risk of heart attack and death than women who never had hot flashes, or those whose symptoms persisted long after menopause began. Yes, there are other benefits of menopause as well discussed in the other links below.
time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2056704,00.html
kcci.com/r/26995212/detail.html
womenshealthcaretopics.com/lifeaftermenopause.htm
ehow.com/list_7547710_benefits-menopause.html
gynob.com/menopause-benefits.htm

Retirement Impact on Health

Taking early retirement may retire memory too: Research findings released in October 2010 based on data from the United States, England and 11 other European countries suggest that the earlier people retire, the more quickly their memories decline. The implication is something akin to the "use it or lose it" notion that keeping active may help preserve memories and reasoning abilities. Social and personality skills in the work environment, like getting up in the morning, knowing the value of being trustworthy, promptness, and dealing with people, appear to be quite important inhelping maintain cognitive functioning.
nytimes.com/2010/10/12/science/12retire.html
 
 


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