News Stories for Monday

Posted on June 14, 2010

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The Mayor’s Health Line found these recent news stories very interesting reads!

AHRQ Unveils New Software to Reduce Costs and Time for States to Report Hospital Quality Information to the Public
http://www.ahrq.gov/news/press/pr2010/monahrqpr.htm
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has unveiled MONAHRQ-My Own Network Powered by AHRQ-a free software application that significantly reduces the cost and time a State, hospital or other organization would need to spend to compile, analyze and post data on quality of hospital care, its cost and how that care is used.

CDC Survey Finds that 1 in 5 U.S. High School Students Have Abused Prescription Drugs
http://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/2010/r100603.htm?s_cid=mediarel_r100603
One in 5 U.S. high school students say they have ever taken a prescription drug without a doctor’s prescription, according to the 2009 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

IOM Report Says FDA Should Adopt Risk-Based Approach to Food Safety and Take Steps to Prevent Foodborne Illnesses More Effectively
http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2010/Enhancing-Food-Safety-The-Role-of-the-Food-and-Drug-Administration/Press-Release-Enhancing-Food-Safety-The-Role-of-the-Food-and-Drug-Administration.aspx
A new report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council says that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s abilities to discover potential threats to food safety and prevent outbreaks of foodborne illness are hampered by impediments to efficient use of its limited resources and a piecemeal approach to gathering and using information on risks.

NCHS Data on the Prevalence of Overweight, Obesity, and Extreme Obesity Among Adults
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hestat/obesity_adult_07_08/obesity_adult_07_08.htm
Results from the 2007-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), using measured heights and weights, indicate that an estimated 34.2% of U.S. adults aged 20 years and over are overweight, 33.8% are obese, and 5.7% are extremely obese.

New NLM Online Exhibition of Chinese Public Health Posters
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/healthforthepeople/index.html
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces “Health for the People,” a new web exhibit focusing on Chinese public health posters and other paper ephemera.

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