Jul 15 2011

Public Health News Roundup: July 15

Smoking in Movies Aimed at Kids Drops for Fifth Straight Year

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.

HHS Awards $95 million to 278 School-Based Health Clinics

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.

Social Security Adds 12 Heart Conditions to Expedited Benefit Process

The Social Security Administration has announced compassionate allowances for twelve heart conditions, which can expedite benefits for people who meet the agency’s criteria.

Smoking in California Hits Record Low

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.

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