Health Highlights: Feb. 21, 201402/21/14
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
More Than 1 in 4 U.S. Employees Work When Sick: Survey
More than one-quarter of Americans go to work when they're sick,
a new survey says.
It found that nearly 20 percent of Americans always go to work
when they're sick and 17 percent stay home only if a doctor tells
them to. Men are more likely than women to go to work when they're
Los Angeles Timesreported.
Surprisingly, more than two-thirds of the respondents in the NSF
International survey regard fellow employees who come to work sick
as "hard workers," while only 16 percent said they're showing
disregard for the health of their co-workers.
The main reason that many Americans go their jobs even if
they're feeling ill is because of workload, the
"Many have deadlines or are afraid they will have too much work to make up if they take a sick day," NSF said in a statement.
Colorado, Utah Move to Raise Tobacco Age to 21
Colorado and Utah are considering boosting the legal age for
tobacco purchases to 21 in response to research that shows that
many smokers pick up the habit when they're teens.
On Thursday, lawmakers in both states voted in favor of
proposals to regulate tobacco like alcohol and keep it out of the
hands of those younger than 21, the
A study published last year found that 90 percent of daily
smokers had their first cigarettes by age 18, and that 18- to
20-year-olds purchase 90 percent of cigarettes bought for minors.
The paper was published in the journal
Annals of Internal Medicine, the
A legal smoking age of 21 would greatly reduce tobacco deaths in
the future, according to the Washington-based Campaign For
"We see this as sort of an added step to reducing smoking rates," along with higher tobacco taxes and other restrictions, vice president Peter Fisher told the AP.
Four states -- Alabama, Alaska, New Jersey and Utah -- currently
restrict tobacco purchases to those 19 and older, while the age is
21 in New York and in Hawaii County, Hawaii. Bills to raise the
legal age for tobacco to 21 are also pending in Hawaii,
Massachusetts and New Jersey, Fisher said.
U.S. Veterans Receiving Unproven Therapies: Experts
Unproven prevention and treatment methods are being used in the
care of U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghan wars with disorders
such as anxiety and depression, a panel of experts say.
They also found that the Department of Defense has no proven
programs to prevent domestic abuse and that its programs to combat
sexual assault aren't being assessed to determine if they're
"A fundamental finding of the committee is that, with some notable exceptions, few of DOD's prevention interventions are theory- or evidence-based," wrote Kenneth Warner, a public health expert at the University of Michigan who led the Institute of Medicine panel.
The findings are important because many veterans of recent wars
are struggling with mental health and other types of disorders.
"Between 2001 and 2011 the percentage of active-duty service members diagnosed with a psychological condition increased by approximately 62 percent," the panel wrote, NBC Newsreported.
More than 963,000 veterans were diagnosed with at least one
mental disorder during service by 2011, and nearly half had more
than one such disorder.
The panel said that unproven methods should be discarded and if
military officials believe a program is effective, they should
conduct studies to prove it,
A defense department spokesperson said officials are reviewing
the Institute of Medicine report.
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