Public Health News Roundup: July 11
A single booster to prevent diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (pertussis) has been approved for adults 65 and older, according to a news release from the Food and Drug Administration. Previously, three injections were required for additional protection against the three diseases for this age group.
A recent survey by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, found that thirty percent of North Carolina mothers of children less than 2 two years old say they have spanked their children in the last year. The survey was published in Frontiers in Child and Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry. The researchers say the survey is concerning being spanking has been associated with poor self-esteem; impaired parent–child relationships; child and adult mental health problems; substance abuse; and an increased likelihood of spanking one’s own children.
The Environmental Protection Agency has issued final regulations aimed at cutting air pollution from power plants in more than 20 states. The new rules will require that the power plants install new technology to reduce the levels of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions that travel across states via wind and weather.
Only about a quarter of parents make their kids shower before spending time at a water park, according to a survey from the University of Michigan. Showering is crucial because it can remove many germs from a child’s skin that can then spread to others playing in the water.