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A Happy Marriage Positively Influences Heart Health, Study Says

The goal of this study was to determine whether or not the positive or negative interactions between married couples would impact heart health. For the purposes of this heart health study , scientists monitored 281 healthy middle-aged adults. All of them were employed and either married or living with a partner in a relationship that was very similar to marriage. Across a period of four days, the researchers evaluated interactions between study subjects and their partners every hour. Also, the subjects were asked to rate those interactions as ones that were either positive or negative. Besides that, scientists checked the thickness of the subjects carotid arteries. Those are major factors in heart health, because they supply the neck and head with oxygen-filled blood. When carotid arteries become too thick, they can also narrow.
A Happy Marriage Positively Influences Heart Health, Study Says

State health official: Pregnant women should get pertussis vaccine – Los Angeles Times

Above, students who have received their whooping cough vaccine submit proof of immunization at Huntington Park High School in 2011. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times) California reports 4,558 cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, this year All pregnant women should get vaccinated to protect infants, officials say California’s pertussis epidemic has escalated, state health officials said Friday, with 4,558 cases reported this year as of Tuesday 1,100 of those in the last two weeks. “We are off to a really bad start in 2014,” said state epidemiologist Gil Chavez, of the California Department of Public Health, during a phone call with reporters on Friday. Los Angeles County has already logged 345 confirmed and probable cases of pertussis this year, health officials said Thursday. ( Eryn Brown ) Chavez delivered his comments as the state health department released a new report summarizing the latest data on this year’s pertussis, or whooping cough, epidemic. Of this year’s cases thus far, 3,614, or 84%, have occurred in patients 18 or younger. Out of 142 illnesses that required hospitalization, 89, or 63%, were in infants 4 months old or younger. Three babies in the state have died from pertussis infections in 2014, Chavez said, though two of those will be attributed to alex simring page here 2013’s case count because they initially became ill last year. 8 Because infants less than a year old are at the highest risk of hospitalization and death from pertussis and because babies generally do not receive pertussis vaccinations until they’re 8 weeks old Chavez said that all pregnant women should receive a dose of the Tdap vaccine during their third trimester. “Vaccination of pregnant women is the most important thing that can be done to protect infants,” he said, because the mothers’ antibodies can get passed along to their newborns. Vaccination of pregnant women is the most important thing that can be done to protect infants. – Gil Chavez, California Department of Public Health Whooping cough cases peak on a three-to-five-year cycle.
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-california-pertussis-epidemic-20140627-story.html

Opinion: The real gun problem is mental health, not NRA – CNN.com

Connecticut State Police evacuate children from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012. Adam Lanza opened fire in the school, killing 20 children and six adults before killing himself. Police say he also shot and killed his mother in her Newtown home.

During the November 5, 2009 shooting, 13 people died and 32 were injured. Jiverly Wong shot and killed 13 people at the American Civic Association in Binghamton, New York, before turning the gun on himself on April 3, 2009, police say. Four other people were injured at the immigration center shooting. Wong had been taking English classes at the center. Pallbearers carry a casket of one of Michael McLendon’s 10 victims. McLendon shot and killed his mother in her Kingston, Alabama, home, before shooting his aunt, uncle, grandparents and five more people. He shot and killed himself in Samson, Alabama, on March 10, 2009. McClendon left a note saying he put his mother “out of her misery.” Virginia Tech student Seung-Hui Cho went on a shooting spree on the campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, on April 16, 2007.
http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/24/opinion/robbins-mental-health/index.html

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