Monthly Health E-News November 2011

November 2011

NCH publishes monthly newsletters covering several health topics that may be of interest to you. Please click on a newsletter below:
Breast Health News
This month's featured topic: Earlier Breast Cancer Diagnosis for Some Women
Better screening may be one reason that women with BRCA mutations are being diagnosed with breast cancer earlier today than in previous generations. Another reason is that the mutation may trigger the cancer at an earlier age
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Diabetes Health News
This month's featured topic: Electronic Medical Records Boost Diabetes Care
Electronic medical records (EMRs) may improve care for people with diabetes by ensuring better communication between doctors and patients. Clinical offices with EMRs are more likely to meet all four benchmarks for diabetes care.
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For Your Child News
This month's featured topic: Pertussis Vaccine's Effectiveness May Be Short Lived
Young children who are immunized against whooping cough (pertussis) are well protected against this illness, but a new study finds that the vaccine's effectiveness declines sharply after just three years.
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Heart Care News
This month's featured topic: 'Million Hearts' Program Launched
U.S. health officials have set an ambitious goal: prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. The goal is both easy and hard; easy, because officials know the steps needed to improve heart health, and hard, because the program focuses on prevention.
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Men's Health News
This month's featured topic: When Real Men Become Fathers
Fatherhood brings many changes, but one of them may be particularly surprising: a drop in testosterone levels. Researchers suspect it's because a man with children no longer needs to compete with other men for a mate.
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Mind & Body News
This month's featured topic: Good Hygiene, Bad Results?
Are Americans too clean? Proponents of the "hygiene hypothesis" argue that a societal emphasis on cleanliness has impaired the immune system's ability to respond as it was meant to. And that has left us open to other illnesses such as severe allergic reactions, gastrointestinal disorders, and autoimmune diseases.
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Women's Health News
This month's featured topic: Moderate Drinking May Offer Benefits to Women
Middle-aged women who drink moderate amounts of alcohol may end up in better physical and mental health in old age than women who don't drink.
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