Public Health News Roundup: June 10
Reuters is reporting that bean sprouts are again the suspected culprit in the e.coli outbreak in Germany that has killed at least thirty people. The Robert Koch Institute, Germany’s disease prevention and control agency, plans to issue an update later today.
A version of swine flu detected in Australia and Asia is showing some resistance to two drugs, Tamiflu and Relenza, that are commonly used to treat the virus. Researchers said more than 30 percent of H1N1 swine flu infection samples from northern Australia and more than 10 percent collected in Singapore had somewhat reduced sensitivity to the two drugs. Resistance so far hasn’t been seen to Peramavir, a drug still being tested.
Some current smoking cessation drugs have been linked to weight gain, a reason some people don’t take the drugs. But a new study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, has discovered a brain mechanism that could be targeted for new medications designed to help people quit smoking without gaining weight.
A new study in the journal Science finds that children who went through preschool have health insurance, higher incomes, higher education levels, a higher socioeconomic status and are less likely to use drugs or commit crimes than children who did not attend preschool.
More than 1 billion people in the world are living with some sort of disability, according to a new international survey. That's about 15 percent of the world's population, or nearly one of every 7 people.