Jun 29 2011

Public Health News Roundup: June 29

U.S. Agencies Launch Food Safety Campaign

The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration have launched a joint national multimedia public service campaign, Food Safe Families, to help prevent food poisoning at home.

Study Confirms Mammograms Save Lives

A 29-year Swedish study published in the journal Radiology has found that mammogram reduce breast cancer deaths even more than had previously been thought. The study included over 130,000 women ages 40 to 74. For the entire group, the study found 30 percent fewer deaths from breast cancer compared to women who did not receive mammograms. The benefit was smaller, but still apparent, for women in their 40s.

Study: Tobacco Sales to Minors at Record Low

Tobacco sales to minors fell to an all-time low in 2010 after increasing in 2009, a new report shows.

Obesity Responsible for Many Premature Deaths in Non-Smoking Women

Obesity is an important contributor to premature death in women who have never smoked, especially among women in low income groups, according to a study in the British Medical Journal.

Low-Income Families Taking in Too Little of Vital Nutrients

An assessment of the diets of 100 low-income families in Nebraska found that over 70 percent were not taking in adequate levels of certain nutrients, including vitamins A and C, protein, calcium and iron. The study was published in the Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal. The researchers say eating together as a family, particularly at breakfast, might help individuals consume more of the food groups that will help supply vital nutrients, such as dairy products, fruit and fruit juices.

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