Public Health News Roundup: June 13
Eight new substances have been added to the Report on Carcinogens, a review released periodically by the Department of Health and Human Services. The newly added substances include formaldehyde and styrene, found in a range of materials including cigarette smoke and disposable food containers. The report, required by Congress and prepared by the National Toxicology Program, now includes 240 substances.
A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found that about 230,000 people were treated for bathroom-related injuries in one year. More than 80 percent of the injuries were caused by falls, and the most common injuries were cuts, scrapes, and bruises. The rates of fractures and hospitalizations were highest among adults ages 65 and older. Installing grab bars could make the bathroom safer for people of all ages, according to the report.
The percentage of American kids getting all their shots has never been higher. However, parents continue to be concerned about vaccines' safety.
Several groups, including the American Public Health Association, have issued an “Action Agenda” to help protect the public from chemical exposures, according to a news release from the APHA.
A recent outbreak of salmonella in several states has been linked to baby chicks and ducklings from a mail order hatchery, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No deaths were reported as a result of the outbreak.