Jun 2 2011

Public Health News Roundup: June 2

Health Disparities Persist In Every State

2010 State Snapshots, a new report from the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, finds that while health quality has improved in many states, disparities for minorities and those with low incomes remain. The report looks at 100 health measures, such as diabetes-related foot care, and compares standings among states in a region, and against national averages.

USDA to Reshape How We See Dietary Nutrition

The decades-old food pyramid is on the way out. It is expected to be replaced with a plate-shaped icon that experts say better depicts the balance of food groups recommended in a healthful diet.

Treatment for Mental Health And Drug Addiction Would Reduce or Eliminate Prison Time for Many

Incarceration has grown by 600% in the last 40 years, often the result of untreated mental illness and addiction, according to a new article in the New England Journal of Medicine. Additionally, sexually transmitted diseases and other infectious illnesses acquired in prison pose a risk to the community after prisoners are released.

New Orleans Child is Number 500 To Be Left In A Car And Die of Heat Stroke

A three year old New Orleans child died this week after being left unattended in a vehicle according to a press release from Safe Kids USA. That death brings the total of children in the U.S. who have died of heat stroke while unattended in a vehicle to 500. Safe Kids USA has resources on its website to help reduce the risk of leaving a child in a car unattended.

Head Injuries During Childhood Can Prompt Violence

Young adults who have suffered a head injury are more likely than kids who didn’t sustain a similar injury to get into fights or engage in other violence, often within a year of the injury, according to a new study in the journal Pediatrics.

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