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These stories were released by CFAH’s Health Behavior News Service between 5/7/2013 and 5/16/13. We provide high-quality reports on new scientific studies that can help you make good choices about your health and the health of your family.

Trauma care disparities persist for blacks…

Where trauma victims receive care impacts their likelihood of recovery. Despite efforts to reduce health care disparities and the fact that trauma outcomes overall have improved in the past decade, Blacks are more likely to die or experience serious complications from trauma. “We showed that the disparity in care reflects the fact that Blacks are typically treated in different hospitals, ones with lower quality care,” said Dana Mukamel, Ph.D. of the University of California in Irvine. The study, published in Health Services Research, included data for 191,887 patients admitted to Pennsylvania trauma centers between 2000 and 2009.

Calorie info on menus starts to have an effect…

“Most people have no idea how many calories are found in restaurant meals,” said James Krieger, M.D., M.P.H., of the public health department of Seattle and King County in Washington, lead author of a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. In fact, the more calories an item contains, the bigger the difference between what people think the calorie count is and how many it actually has. Though the study finds that printing calorie counts next to menu items does raise awareness, there’s only small evidence that people alter their selections based on that information.

Soda in schools may lead black students to drink more…

First the good news: soda machines in schools don’t appear to increase most kids consumption of either sugar-sweetened or diet soda. The bad news: African-American students do appear to drink more soda when it’s available at school, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. This may be due to less availability of soda at home or because these students are more likely to buy soda at school if it is available there, said lead researcher Yvonne M. Terry-McElrath, M.S.A., of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She believes that removing soft drinks from the school environment all together is a good idea.


“Eat Fresh”? Not necessarily…

While their tag line may be “Eat Fresh”, Subway still leads many teens to eat unhealthily. A new study in Journal of Adolescent Health finds that teens eat roughly the same amount of calories at Subway and McDonalds, a restaurant they view as less healthy. “At Subway, there are a few opportunities to make more healthful choices, but there are lots of opportunities to make unhealthful ones. If the general mantra at these restaurants and other restaurants is to eat a lot and eat unhealthily, just sticking healthful things [on the menu] is not going to change a lot of people’s behavior,” commented Brian Saelens, Ph.D., of the Seattle Children's Hospital Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development.

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