Thursday, August 30, 2007

The risk profile of the American adolescent smoker has changed

Today's adolescent smokers are more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior, risky alcohol-related behaviors, and to not use a seatbelt or bicycle helmet than adolescent smokers in the early 1990s. Dr. Jonathan Klein and colleagues at the University of Rochester School of Medicine suggest that doctors screen adolescents who smoke for other risky behaviors, and that adolescents may benefit from multifaceted prevention programs that target both smoking and other risky behaviors.

To read the full article:
Camenga, DR, Klein, JD, & Roy, J. (2006). The changing risk profile of the American adolescent smoker: implications for prevention programs and tobacco interventions. Journal of Adolescent Health, 39(1), 120-10.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

AHRQ Podcasts

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, features current healthcare news and information that can be accessed via Podcasts.

AHRQ’s mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. AHRQ is the lead Federal agency in the effort to improve patient safety and reduce medical errors.

This week's Healthcare 411 program features an interview about direct-to-consumer ads with AHRQ Director Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D. She advises listeners to be skeptical, ask questions, and not to make health decisions based on what they see in an advertisement.

Other podcast topics include:

  • cancer
  • health IT
  • medications
  • women's health
  • pediatric issues
  • more

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