Abstract BackgroundHealth inequalities are rooted in education and we investigate the association between early parental death and attainment across the educational spectrum.MethodsUsing total population data on Danes born between 1982 and 2000 (n = 1 043 813), we assess incidence rate ratios (RRs) by gender for attainment of each educational level (basic school, high school or vocational training, bachelor degree or professional programme, and university graduate degree) according to loss of a parent before the age of 18 years. We adjust for family income, education and psychiatric illness and examine parent’s gender, cause of death and child’s age at time of death as potential moderators.ResultsBereaved people had significantly lower attainment rates than non-bereaved people: basic school (RR = 0.95; 95% CI: 0.93–0.97 for men and 0.96; 0.94–0.98 for women), high school or vocational training (0.78; 0.76–0.80 for men and 0.82; 0.80–0.84 for women), … [Read more...] about Does losing a parent early influence the education you obtain? A nationwide cohort study in Denmark
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A new large-scale Swedish study has found that regularly eating nuts could help lower the risk of developing atrial fibrillation, a heart rhythm irregularity also known as heart flutter. Carried out by researchers from the Karolinska Institutet and Uppsala University, the study looked at 61 364 Swedish adults age 45-83 who had completed the Food Frequency Questionnaire, answering questions on their diet, lifestyle, and other risk factors for chronic diseases. The researchers then followed the participants for 17 years or until death, whichever came first, tracking their cardiovascular health. After taking into account age and gender of participants, the team found that nut consumption was associated with a lower risk of heart attack, heart failure, atrial fibrillation and abdominal aortic aneurysm, which is a bulge or swelling in the aorta, a major artery. However, once lifestyle, general diet, diabetes, and family history had been accounted for, only associations between nut … [Read more...] about Eating Nuts Could Lower A-Fib Risk
Produced by Josh Yager and Tom Seligson When Marsha Brantley, 50, of Cleveland, Tenn., suddenly vanished in 2009, her husband Donnie eventually became a suspect in her murder. But was Marsha even dead? The case was unusual from the start because for months after Marsha disappeared, nobody reported her missing – not her friends, her family or even her husband. No one took much notice until her hairdresser, Kelly DeLude, worried about a missed appointment and started asking questions. "I felt compelled to find out what happened to her," DeLude tells "48 Hours correspondent Peter Van Sant. "I wasn't trying to be a detective. I was trying to be a concerned friend." DeLude eventually called police, and investigators later picked up the case. The investigation was full of seeming contradictions from the start. Donnie Brantley claimed he hadn't reported Marsha missing because she had left him. Then, police say he lied repeatedly about where she had gone and what she'd … [Read more...] about Was a missing Tennessee woman murdered or did she willingly disappear?
By Erin Allday Updated 4:41 pm, Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Now Playing: New numbers show a spike in flu cases with officials deeming flu activity "widespread" across California. Santa Clara County health officials say this year's flu season is more severe than average and one reason is because of the type of flu strain g Media: KTVU A flu season that has laid up families and thinned out workplaces is shaping up to be the worst in a decade, California health officials said Tuesday. Flu-related deaths are well above normal for this time of year. So are hospitalizations and doctor visits for the flu. Still, though the season clearly got off to a rough start, it’s too soon to say whether it’ll go on record as particularly awful, public health experts said. The state has reported 27 flu-related deaths among people under age 65 so far this season — at least five times the number typically seen by now. ALSO READ: Deadly E. Coli outbreaks traced to … [Read more...] about California’s deadly flu season could be worst in a decade
Maybe it was her own birth that inspired this Newport News mother to enter a drug rehab program before she got pregnant.Born to a heroin addict, she weighed only 3 pounds, 6 ounces when she arrived in a Baltimore hospital 32 years ago. She spent a month in an incubator, a few more in the hospital nursery.“Back then, they didn’t test mothers for drugs,” she said. “If the babies had withdrawals, it was like, ‘Whatever … ’ ”But she does know this: Her father remembers her nonstop crying in the months after her birth.Now she knows that’s the classic symptom of babies exposed to drugs in the womb. And it’s becoming more common in hospital nurseries as an opioid epidemic unfolds across the country.During a 12-month period ending in mid-2016, there were 1,334 drug-exposed babies born in Virginia, twice the number from a decade before. Of those, about half were diagnosed with what’s called “neonatal abstinence … [Read more...] about A Hampton Roads woman was born to a drug addict. She’s urging pregnant women to get treatment.