Public Health News Stories of the Week

Posted on May 6, 2010


ASTHO Commends Companies for Committing to Reduce Salt in the American Diet
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) joined its partners in the National Salt Reduction Initiative (NSRI) in commending the 16 food and restaurant companies that publicly committed to helping people stay healthy by reducing the level of salt in their products.

National Infant Immunization Week – April 24 – May 1
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual celebration of the significant role immunizations play in keeping our children and our communities healthy.

New Report on Depression and Smoking in the U.S.
New report from NCHS shows that depressed adults are nearly twice as likely to smoke as those not depressed.

CDC: U.S. Smoking Kills 440,000 a Year
UPI (United Press International), 04/30/2010
More than 440,000 U.S. residents die annually from cigarette smoking and secondhand smoke, while 8.6 million are sickened by smoking, officials said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report said tobacco use is the single leading preventable cause of disease, disability and death in the United States.

Swine Flu Fears Push Seasonal Shots to Record High
Associated Press, Mike Stobbe, 04/29/2010
Fears of swine flu helped boost vaccination for ordinary seasonal flu last year, with a record 40 percent of adults and children getting the vaccine, federal health officials said Thursday. The jump was most dramatic in children, but vaccinations also increased in healthy adults under 50, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers.

Consumers’ Tastes Make It Difficult to Dash Salt From Diets
USA Today, Nanci Hellmich, 04/28/2010
For years, Americans have been advised to consume less sodium, and they’ve taken that advice with a grain of salt. Even many health-conscious consumers figured it was the least of their worries, especially compared with limiting their intake of calories, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol and sugar.

Produce Rules Aim to Stop Illness Outbreaks
San Francisco Chronicle, Stacy Finz, 04/28/2010
Nearly 200 California farmers, conservationists, scientists and federal officials gathered in Monterey County on Monday and Tuesday to help shape the first-ever federal safety regulations for growing, harvesting and packing produce. The new rules, which are separate from food safety legislation that’s before the Senate, are in reaction to the growing number of fruit and vegetable related food-borne illnesses, including California’s devastating 2006 E. coli outbreak traced to Salinas Valley spinach.