Top Public Health News Stories

Posted on June 9, 2010

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The Mayor’s Health Line was watching these top public health news stories of the week!

Some H1N1 Vaccine Being Trashed
The Cincinnati Enquirer, Peggy O’Farrell, 06/07/2010
Health departments are throwing out unused, expired doses of H1N1 vaccine. But not all the leftover H1N1 vaccine is going into the trash, say local health officials: Some is still being given out. And more doses will be kept in storage until it’s time to start vaccinating consumers for the 2010-11 flu season.

EDITORIAL: Prevention Defense: Service Providers Must Pitch In to Help Cash-Strapped Local Health Departments
Modern Healthcare, Robert Pestronk, 06/07/2010
Basic health and safety protections that people take for granted are seriously threatened by the current adverse economic conditions. Budget cuts and job losses in industry have been big news for more than a year, but local health departments have been hard hit, too.

Public Smoking Bans Effective for Youth
UPI (United Press International), 06/07/2010
Children and teens who live in counties banning smoking in public places have much lower levels of a secondhand smoke biomarker, U.S. researchers found. Study leader Melanie Dove, who received her doctorate in environmental health at Harvard School of Public Health this year, said the team examined data from the 1999-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a cross-sectional survey designed to monitor the health of the U.S. population.

Cigarette Packs Get Colorful for ‘Light’ Label Ban
Associated Press, Michael Felberbaum, 06/04/2010
“Light” cigarettes are going up in smoke by the end of June, but their names and packaging are getting a colorful makeover. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says cigarette packs no longer can feature names such as “light,” “mild,” “medium” or “low,” which many smokers wrongly think are less harmful than “full-flavor” cigarettes.

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