Jun 27 2011
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Public Health News Roundup: June 27

Pediatricians: Ban Junk Food Advertising

A new policy statement issued today by the American Academy of Pediatrics focuses on the impact of food advertising on television and through digital media. The statement urges pediatricians to work with other child health advocates at the local, state and national levels toward a ban on junk food advertising, restrictions on digital media food advertising and increased funding for research on the impact of heavy media use by children.

Today is National HIV Testing Day

National HIV Testing Day is an annual campaign coordinated by the National Association of People with AIDS to encourage individuals of all ages to be tested for HIV. Currently, almost 40 percent of people with HIV are not diagnosed until they already have developed AIDS. That can be up to 10 years after they first became infected with HIV. Early diagnosis and treatment can be life saving and life-prolonging for people diagnosed with HIV and their sexual partners.

Flooding Impacts Drinking Water for Thousands of Residents in North Dakota

The North Dakota Health Department has instructed residents in Minot, North Dakota to drink bottled water or boil tap water after the Souris river crested and likely contaminated the water supply.

Diabetes Rising Twice as Fast in U.S. as in Western Europe

A new study in The Lancet finds that nearly 350 million people worldwide now struggle with diabetes. Over the past three decades the number of adults with diabetes has more than doubled, jumping from 153 million in 1980 to 347 million in 2008. The incidence of diabetes in the United States is rising twice as fast as that of Western Europe. The study was conducted by an analysis of blood samples taken from 2.7 m illion people age 25 and older living in 199 countries and territories.

Drug Use Linked to One Quarter of All Car Crashes

Among U.S. drivers who died in a car crash, about one in four tested positive for drugs, and that drug use may have been a key factor in the crash, according to a new study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. Researchers reviewed federal drug test information from over 40,000 who died in car crashes between 1998 and 2009. The most commonly used drugs by the crash victims, according to the study, were marijuana and stimulants such as cocaine and amphetamines.

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