Noteworthy News of the Week

Posted on March 18, 2011


U.S. reports 1st HIV case spread by live organ donor
Mar 17 2011, Reuters
A New York man has contracted the AIDS virus in the nation’s first case of transmission from a living organ donor since a screening test was implemented to prevent such infection, the New York State Department of Health said on Thursday.


Students moving to be fit: Watertown schools use grant to achieve health, weight goals
Mar 17 2011, Kathleen Burge, Boston Globe
School officials noticed a few years ago that local students were mirroring a national trend, falling short of recommended health and fitness standards.Tests found that 37 percent of sixth-graders were overweight or obese, and nearly two-thirds of eighth-graders fell below fitness standards on a 1-mile run.

So Donna Ruseckas, the district’s physical education director, applied for a federal grant to turn around her program. The school system won $673,000 over three years for the project, which began last year.


Diet: Eating Fish Found to Ward Off Eye Disease

Mar 17 2011, Roni Caryn Rabin, NY Times
The Harvard Women’s Health Study found that women who ate a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids found in fish were at significantly lower risk of developing macular degeneration.


Obama signals flexibility on health reform mandates
Mar 14 2001, Charles Fiegal, American Medial News

States could opt out of the law’s requirements earlier than expected, but they would need to offer comparable coverage to the same number of people.

US life expectancy surpasses 78, a new record
Mar 16 2011, Associated Press
U.S. life expectancy has hit another all-time high, rising above 78 years. The estimate of 78 years and 2 months is for a baby born in 2009, and comes from a preliminary report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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