Health Alert 4-19-12

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

April 19, 2012 - Scientists have discovered two new genes which could lead to childhood obesity. The results could one day be used to help design ways to prevent childhood obesity based on each individual's genes. However, scientists caution that is still a long way from happening. They add that genetics are only a part of the problem...what kids eat and how active they are also play an important role.

Also, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sex education is becoming less prevalent in American middle schools. In 2010, researchers studied schools in 45 states to see how many are teaching about pregnancy and STD prevention. 11 states teaching what the CDC considers essential information declined compared to its 2008 study. None of the remaining states had rising numbers. Researchers say education on avoiding STDs, especially HIV, is critical, particularly for middle school aged children who probably haven't started having sex. The survey also shows a disparity between the states on how many high schools are teaching proper condom use.


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