Today’s Headlines: Pancreatic Cancer, Measles and Junk Food

Pancreatic cancer will be 2nd deadliest by 2030: Study: “Pancreatic cancer is set to become the second deadliest cancer in the United States by 2030, new research predicts. If the projections hold, pancreatic cancer will bypass breast, prostate and colorectal cancers, ending up second only to lung cancer as the nation’s deadliest cancer.” While death rates of many other cancers have been declining, pancreatic cancer has not seen the same improvements. In addition, researchers said, “an aging population, the relative growth of high-risk minority populations and an underfunding of pancreatic cancer research” might also contribute to the upward trend in pancreatic cancer deaths. (CBS News)

Study: Don’t delay measles vaccine: Parents considering delaying their children’s measles vaccine due to concerns about the safety of current vaccine schedules might want to reconsider according to the results of a new study. Researchers found that “in the first year of life, there is no relationship between the recommended vaccine schedule and seizures. But delaying the measles vaccine until after a child is 15 months old may raise his or her seizure risk.” A 2009 survey showed that about one in four parents chose to delay their children’s vaccines and 8.2% refused to vaccinate their children. (CNN)

U.N. food chief: Obesity, unhealthy diets a greater threat than tobacco: “The United Nations’ leading voice on hunger has declared that the international community must mobilize to combat obesity and unhealthy diets, not a lack of food, and called on U.N. members to rally around a ‘bold framework’ of regulations limiting access to salty, sugary foods that are high in saturated fats and contribute to obesity.” Olivier De Schutte, the “special rapporteur to the U.N. on the right to food” tweeted that poor eating habits are now “a greater threat to global health than tobacco.” He called for countries to increase taxes and regulations on unhealthy food, restrict junk food marketing, overhaul agricultural subsidies that increase the availability of unhealthy foods, and support local food production. (Los Angeles Times)