April 21, 2008 - Health Headlines

Preventing Hospital Infections, Happiness Study

A report by a congressional committee says it's up to the government to do more to prevent infections in U-S hospitals.

The committee wants to create universal infection control rules that hospitals would have to adhere to.

But, it also says many infections can be prevented if medical staff would follow simple hygiene rules like washing their hands.

Each year, it's estimated about 100-thousand people die from an infection they got in the hospital.

And chances are an 80-year-old grandfather is happier than his 18-year-old grandson.

A University of Chicago study followed people for three decades.
It found more than half of people in their 80s described themselves as very happy.

That's compared with just a quarter of 18-year-olds.