Public Health News Roundup: July 15
A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that smoking in top grossing child-oriented films has dropped for the fifth year in a row. The study shows a nearly 72 percent drop since 2005 in smoking images in top-grossing movies rated G, PG or PG-13, from 2,093 incidents in 2005 to 595 in 2010.
The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $95 million to 278 school-based health centers that serve close to 800,000 students, according to a news release from the agency. HHS expects the award to help the centers to expand their services by over 50 percent.
The Social Security Administration has announced compassionate allowances for twelve heart conditions, which can expedite benefits for people who meet the agency’s criteria.
California health officials say smoking rates in the state are down to 11.9 percent, a new low. And the latest figures make it only the second state so far to achieve a federal target of reducing adult smoking rates to 12 percent by 2020 so far.