Estimating Healthy Life Expectancies

May 22, 2008

Estimating Healthy Life Expectancies Using Longitudinal Survey Data: Methods and Techniques in Population Health Measures. Read more here!

Teen Suicide and Antidepressants

May 22, 2008

The Washington Post ran a story today based on an article appearing in the journal American Journal of Psychiatry.

Warnings from federal regulators four years ago that antidepressants were increasing the risk of suicidal behavior among young people led to a precipitous drop in the use of the drugs. Now a new study has found that the drop coincides with an unprecedented increase in the number of suicides among children.

From 2003 to 2004, the suicide rate among Americans younger than 19 rose 14 percent, the most dramatic one-year change since the government started collecting suicide statistics in 1979, the study found. The rise followed a sharp decrease in the prescribing of antidepressants such as Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil after parents and physicians were confronted by a barrage of warnings from the Food and Drug Administration and international agencies.

Lack of Sleep Linked With Adverse Health Behaviors

May 20, 2008

Adults who sleep less than 6 hours are more likely to smoke, drink, or be obese. Read more about sleep duration, the prevalence of cigarette smoking, alcohol use, leisure-time, physical inactivity, and obesity here!

Million of U.S Adults are Identified as Wireless Families

May 14, 2008

Did you know that one in six homes have only wireless telephone? Approximately 31 million adults (14.0%)  lived in wireless-mostly households during the last 6 months of 2007, an increase from 28 million (12.6%) during the first 6 months of 2007. Read more about wireless-mostly households here!