Reporting: health

Autism rates soar, now affects 1 in 68 children


Autism rates climbed by nearly 30% between 2008 and 2010, and have more than doubled since the turn of the century according to a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Almost every grade in every elementary school has at least one child with autism now.

HHS hits 6 million health care enrollment mark


More than 6 million people have enrolled in the federal and state health exchanges, President Obama announced Thursday, meaning the administration has met its latest goal to ensure the insurance system is sustainable.

Adults should cut sugar intake to less than a can of Coke a day, says WHO


According to the World Health Organisation, adults should cut their sugar intake to 5% of their daily calories if possible - less than the amount, for an average person, in a single can of Coca-Cola. WHO reiterated its 2003 guidance that countries should set an upper limit of 10% of daily calories from sugar, but said the ideal level would be 5%.

Researchers Find That Twitter Can Locate HIV Outbreaks


A UCLA team mapped over 9,800 tweets with sexual and drug-related themes and found that their locations were a good predictor for established statistics on HIV-prevalence. They said that the growing amount of social media data will prove useful for researchers and public health departments to monitor and detect health behaviours and disease outbreaks.

About 20 cases of polio-like illness found in California


About 20 polio-like illness cases have been found in children in the California in the past 18 months. These cases don’t seem to be a major epidemic but only a very rare phenomenon, said a neurologist.