Top 4 Public Health News Stories For the Week

Posted on June 30, 2010

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FDA Seeks Less Use of Antibiotics in Animals to Keep Them Effective for Humans
The Washington Post, Lyndsey Layton, 06/29/2010
The Food and Drug Administration urged farmers on Monday to stop giving antibiotics to cattle, poultry, hogs and other animals to spur their growth, citing concern that drug overuse is helping to create dangerous bacteria that do not respond to medical treatment and endanger human lives. Joshua M. Sharfstein, the FDA’s principal deputy commissioner, said antibiotics should be used only to protect the health of an animal and not to help it grow or improve the way it digests its feed.

New York City’s Superior Health
The New York Times (Economix Blog), Ewdard L. Glaeser, 06/29/2010
Last week, I began an examination of the remarkable health of New York City by discussing the two-centuries-old fight against urban disease. The vast urban investment in clean water and street cleaning may explain why New York City became a lot healthier, but it doesn’t explain why life expectancy is now 1.5 years higher in New York than in the nation as a whole.

Supreme Court Rejects Appeals of Tobacco Ruling
The New York Times, Duff Wilson, 06/28/2010
The Supreme Court announced on Monday that it would not take up either government or industry appeals of a landmark racketeering verdict against cigarette companies for what a lower court judge had termed a half-century of lying over the health effects of smoking. The court’s action surprised analysts on both sides of the issue and pushed tobacco stocks sharply higher.

FDA Tobacco-Control Center Starts 2nd Year With Big Steps Ahead
Louisville Courier-Journal, James R. Carroll, 06/27/2010
When Dr. Lawrence Deyton arrived at the federal government’s new Center for Tobacco Products last September, he was its first employee. Less than a year later, he is presiding over an agency of 100 employees and an annual budget of $235 million, paid for by fees from the tobacco industry. The center, part of the federal Food and Drug Administration, has already hit several milestones.

FDA Seeks Less Use of Antibiotics in Animals to Keep Them Effective for Humans
The Washington Post, Lyndsey Layton, 06/29/2010
The Food and Drug Administration urged farmers on Monday to stop giving antibiotics to cattle, poultry, hogs and other animals to spur their growth, citing concern that drug overuse is helping to create dangerous bacteria that do not respond to medical treatment and endanger human lives. Joshua M. Sharfstein, the FDA’s principal deputy commissioner, said antibiotics should be used only to protect the health of an animal and not to help it grow or improve the way it digests its feed.

New York City’s Superior Health
The New York Times (Economix Blog), Ewdard L. Glaeser, 06/29/2010
Last week, I began an examination of the remarkable health of New York City by discussing the two-centuries-old fight against urban disease. The vast urban investment in clean water and street cleaning may explain why New York City became a lot healthier, but it doesn’t explain why life expectancy is now 1.5 years higher in New York than in the nation as a whole.

Supreme Court Rejects Appeals of Tobacco Ruling
The New York Times, Duff Wilson, 06/28/2010
The Supreme Court announced on Monday that it would not take up either government or industry appeals of a landmark racketeering verdict against cigarette companies for what a lower court judge had termed a half-century of lying over the health effects of smoking. The court’s action surprised analysts on both sides of the issue and pushed tobacco stocks sharply higher.

FDA Tobacco-Control Center Starts 2nd Year With Big Steps Ahead
Louisville Courier-Journal, James R. Carroll, 06/27/2010
When Dr. Lawrence Deyton arrived at the federal government’s new Center for Tobacco Products last September, he was its first employee. Less than a year later, he is presiding over an agency of 100 employees and an annual budget of $235 million, paid for by fees from the tobacco industry. The center, part of the federal Food and Drug Administration, has already hit several milestones.

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