Health Highlights: March 21, 201203/21/12
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
More Young Adults OK Living With Parents: Study
The stigma of having to move back in with their parents appears
to be fading for young adults in the United States, a new study
Pew Research Center investigators found that more than 75
percent of young adults who moved back home during and after the
recent recession say they're fine with living at home and feel good
about their future financial prospects, according to
U.S. News & World Report.
The fact that living with friends and relatives has become so
common in a challenging economy may be one reason why so many of
the so-called boomerang generation are less likely to be ashamed to
be living with their parents.
The study found that 61 percent of young adults say they have
family or friends who have been forced to return to their parents'
home in recent years due to money problems,
U.S. News & World Report said.
Unnecessary Sedation for Colonoscopy Is Common: Study
Many colonoscopy patients in the United States receive extra and
unnecessary anesthesiologist-monitored sedation, resulting in
nearly $1 billion in health care costs a year, according to a new
The researchers said many of these cases involve low-risk
patients who don't require the service,
CBS News and the
Associated Press reported.
An analysis of insurance claims data from more than 6 million
adults showed that the number of colonoscopies that included
anesthesiologist-monitored sedation grew from 14 percent in 2003 to
more than 30 percent in 2009.
On average, this extra treatment added about $500 to an insured
patient's bill in 2009, and $150 to a Medicare patient's bill,
The study was published Tuesday in the
Journal of the American Medical Association.
Tobacco Killed Nearly 6 Million People in 2011: Report
Nearly 6 million people worldwide died last year due to tobacco
use, according to an American Cancer Society and World Lung
It said that tobacco-related deaths nearly tripled in the past
decade along with a 17 percent increase in cigarette production and
increased affordability of tobacco products in low-income
Bloomberg News reported.
In 2011, four of every five tobacco-related deaths were in low-
and middle-income countries. Tobacco use was the leading cause of
death in China, the world's largest cigarette market.
The document said that if current trends continue, tobacco use
and exposure may kill 1 billion people this century,
Bill Proposes New Warning Labels for Most Video Games
A new bill being considered by U.S. lawmakers would require most
video games to carry a warning label about a possible link between
violent video games and aggressive behavior.
The bill submitted to the House of Representatives would require
all games rated "E" (Everyone), "Everyone 10+" (Everyone 10 and
older), ''T'' (Teen), ''M'' (Mature) or ''A'' (Adult) to carry the
warning label. Only games rated "EC" (Early Childhood) would not be
affected by the bill,
CBS News reported.
If the bill becomes law, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission would have 180 days to ensure that the new labels were
on the video games.
The bill was introduced by Rep. Joe Baca and Rep. Frank
"The video game industry has a responsibility to parents, families and to consumers - to inform them of the potentially damaging content that is often found in their products," Baca told The Hill,
CBS News reported. "They have repeatedly failed to live up to
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