Health Watch: December 31st

Health Watch: December 31st

The stories affecting your health.
A new study finds that doctors do not spend enough time talk about sexual health with their teen patients. Researchers at Duke found that less than two thirds of doctors even bring up the subject. When they do, the conversation often lasts less than one minute. Girls were more than twice as likely to discuss sexual health than boys. The study will help develop new recommendations for discussing teen sexual health. 

Black, Hispanic and Asian physicians are more likely to care for patients who have low incomes and are from racial and ethnic minorities. Researchers at Cambridge Health Alliance found that minority physicians care for half of minority patients and 70 percent of non-English speaking patients. Currently, African-American and Hispanic doctors make up just 15 percent of all physicians. The report finds that patients from these groups have a harder time getting proper care. 

Seventy-year-old who rarely need to visit the doctor may have something in common- they played high school sports. Cornell University tracked 700 World War II veterans who were healthy as young men. Those who had played a high school sport reported fewer doctor visits. Mos were still active into their 70s. The findings could benefit youth, encouraging them to lead a more active life. 
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