Weekly Health Watch with news facts about binge drinking in America, new research with polio, Greek yogurt and more.
Binge drinking is more common among those with household incomes of $75,000 or more, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the largest number of drinks consumed per occasion is significantly higher among binge drinkers with household incomes of less than $25,000 –– an average of eight to nine drinks.
Binge drinking is defined as consuming four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men on an occasion. Binge drinkers also put themselves and others at risk for many health and social problems, including car crashes, other unintentional injuries, violence, liver disease, certain cancers, heart disease, sexually transmitted diseases, and both unintended and alcohol–exposed pregnancies.
Drinking too much, including binge drinking, causes more than 80,000 deaths in the United States each year, making it the third leading preventable cause of death, and was responsible for more than $223.5 billion in economic costs in 2006. Over half of these deaths result from injuries that disproportionately involve young people.
“Binge drinking causes a wide range of health, social and economic problems, and this report confirms the problem is really widespread,” said Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, CDC Director. “We need to work together to implement proven measures to reduce binge drinking at national, state and community levels.”
Adult binge drinking is most common in the Midwest, New England, the District of Columbia, Alaska and Hawaii. However, binge drinkers consume more drinks in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, the Midwest and some states where binge drinking is less common, including Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina.
New Research: India may have stopped polio
India appears to have interrupted wild poliovirus transmission, completing one year without polio since its last case on Jan. 13, 2011, which occurred in a 2-year-old girl in the state of West Bengal. India was once recognized as the world’s epicentre of polio. If all pending laboratory investigations return negative, India will officially be deemed to have stopped indigenous transmission of wild poliovirus.
-- World Health Organization
Did You Know?
Half of all home-heating fires from 2005 through 2009 occurred in December, January and February. – National Fire Protection Agency
Health Tip: At-home workout equipment
If you want to workout at home, you don’t have to splurge on expensive machines. A stability ball, resistance tubing and hand weights will give you a complete strength-training system. Add a jump rope for cardio.
Use the stability ball to engage your core muscles (abs and back) as you try to stay balanced. Resistance bands offer variety and allow you to switch up the level of difficulty. Plus, you can do all sorts of exercises, from bicep curls to overhead presses, with both the bands and hand weights.
-- Life Fitness
Number to Know
Adolescents who are 8 to 18 years old spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using entertainment media, including TV, computers, video games, cellphones and movies, in a typical day.
Children’s Health: Hospitalizations decrease from downing
In the U.S., drowning accounts for nearly 1,100 deaths of children aged 1 to 19 years each year, making it the second leading cause of unintentional injury death in this age group. For every pediatric drowning death, another two children are hospitalized after nonfatal drowning injuries. However, in a recent study, researchers found rates of pediatric hospitalizations associated with drowning declined 49 percent during the study period of 1993 to 2008. Hospitalization rates decreased across all geographic regions of the U.S., with the greatest decline in the South.
-- American Academy of Pediatrics
Boomer Health: Is Greek yogurt better?
There's a lot of buzz lately about Greek yogurt and whether it is in fact better for you than regular American yogurt. The truth is, it depends on what aspect of your health you are trying to improve. Here's a breakdown of the facts:
- Greek yogurt has nearly twice the protein of regular yogurt.
- Greek yogurt has half the salt, or sodium, of regular yogurt.
- Regular yogurt has about three time the calcium as Greek yogurt.
- Both yogurts have about the same calories.
GateHouse News Service