Top Weekly Public Health News Stories

Posted on June 7, 2010

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Here are the Mayor’s Health Line’s top picks in public health news for this week!

WHO Says H1N1 Flu Still a Pandemic
ABC News, Lauren Cox, 06/03/2010
Even as an emergency committee that advises the World Health Organization announced today that swine flu is still a pandemic, medical authorities in the United States say the H1N1 virus is past its peak. World Health Organization director Margaret Chan acknowledged that flu activity has begun to decline, but will keep the current pandemic alert level at the highest possible — phase 6. Chan said the WHO may revisit the decision in July.

Air Pollution May Help Trigger Cardiac Arrest
Reuters, 06/03/2010
The dirtier the air, the more likely people are to suffer sudden cardiac arrest, new research from Australia shows. Particulate matter — tiny specks of soot, dust, and other pollutants in the air that can be breathed deep into the lungs — has been “consistently” linked to increases in deaths from heart disease and clogged arteries, Dr. Martine Dennekamp of Monash University in Melbourne and her colleagues note.

Toxic Chemicals Finding Their Way Into the Womb
CNN, Stephanie Smith, 06/03/2010
Five years ago Molly and Zachery Gray were in the midst of a dark, lonely spiral. It began with Molly’s first miscarriage. “It was a really emotional process of being so joyful and so happy and ready to make that step into parenthood and that being pulled away from you,” said Molly, 32. “[The pregnancy is] happening and all of a sudden it’s gone. It’s really hard.”

National Health Data Initiative Unveiled
Modern Healthcare, Jennifer Lubell, 06/02/2010
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Harvey Fineberg, president of the Institute of Medicine, unveiled the Community Health Data Initiative, a national effort to promote the use of community health data to spur innovation and development of new applications.

U.S. Cigarette Brands Tops in Cancer Causing Chemicals
CNN (Paging Dr. Gupta Blog), Miriam Falco, 06/01/2010
Smokers of U.S. brand cigarettes may get more bang for their buck in the worst way according to a small study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers found U.S. made cigarettes contain more cancer-causing chemicals than some cigarettes brands made elsewhere around the world.

June Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available: http://newsinhealth.nih.gov/issue/Jun2010
The June issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research, is now available. In this edition, learn about a condition called “primary ovarian insufficiency” that can mimic menopause-like symptoms; find out how to take advantage of the warm summer weather to improve your health with local produce and outdoor activities; and read about a patient whose genome estimated his risk for dozens of diseases. All this and more at NIH News in Health!

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