Statewide public health conference set for Oct. 8-9

Topics ranging from water fluoridation to prenatal care issues to the Oregon Health Plan will be discussed at the Oregon Public Health Association Conference Oct. 8-9 at Oregon State University’s LaSells Stewart Center.

Preschool children who can pay attention more likely to finish college

Young children who are able to pay attention and persist on a task have a 50 percent greater chance of completing college, according to a new study at Oregon State University.

Lower vitamin D could increase risk of dying, especially for frail, older adults

A new study concludes that among older adults – especially those who are frail – low levels of vitamin D can mean a much greater risk of death.

Physical health problems increase use of mental health services

People who experience a physical health problem, from diabetes and back pain to cancer or heart disease, are three times more likely to seek mental health care than patients who report having no physical ailment.

Frail, older adults with high blood pressure may have lower risk of mortality

A new study by an Oregon State University researcher suggests that higher blood pressure is associated with lower mortality in extremely frail, elderly adults.

Moderate alcohol consumption may help prevent bone loss

A new study has found that drinking a moderate amount of alcohol as part of a healthy lifestyle may benefit women’s bone health, lowering their risk of developing osteoporosis.

Survey: Health care providers not checking for family food insecurity, barriers still exist

A survey of pediatric physicians and nurse practitioners in the Portland metro area shows that a majority are not regularly asking about household food practices, including nutritional quality or whether there is enough food in the home.

Parents, not TV, may determine whether kids are active or couch potatoes

In two studies out online today, OSU researchers examined how parenting style – whether a strict but loving parent or a less-involved and more permissive parent – was associated with sedentary behavior.