Feb 24 2012
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Public Health News Roundup: February 24

Home Visit Program for Children with Asthma Improves Care and Saves Money

A home-visiting program for children with asthma, run by Children’s Hospital Boston, reduced hospitalizations and emergency room visits, improved patient outcomes and saved $1.46 for every dollar spent, according to a new study published in Pediatrics.

See a video about the Indiana State Department of Health, which highlights a similar home visiting program.

USDA Awards Grants to Help Farmers with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded 23 grants to organizations to help thousands of people with disabilities maintain their livelihoods as farmers. Nearly 2 million individuals working in agriculture in the U.S. live with a disability that affects their work and daily life. The grants program offers training and resources. Projects include educating professionals on how to assist those with disabilities and directly training disabled agricultural workers.

Survey Finds Higher Marijuana than Alcohol Use among Teen Drivers

A new survey of more than 2,000 teens in 11th and 12th grades by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions, a non-profit, peer-to-peer youth education, prevention group, found that 19 percent of the teen drivers surveyed reported that they have driven under the influence of marijuana, compared to the 13 percent of teens who reported that they drove after drinking. The survey researchers say many teens don’t consider marijuana use as a distraction to their driving. Get more substance abuse news.

Citrus May Reduce Women’s Risk of Ischemic Stroke

Flavonoids, a compound in citrus fruits, may reduce the risk of stroke for women, according to research reported in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers looked at 14-years of follow-up data from the Nurse’s Health Study, which included 69,622 women and found that women who ate high amounts of citrus had a 19 percent lower risk of blood clot-related (ischemic) stroke than women who consumed the least amounts. Read up on heart health.

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