Aug 11 2011

Public Health News Roundup: August 11

Violence Toward Health Efforts Is Rampant in Conflict Regions

The International Committee of the Red Cross has issued a report that finds that care is disrupted for millions in conflict areas because of violence against health workers, facilities and vehicles.

New Truck Fuel Standards Will Reduce Some Pollution

New fuel standards, written by both the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency, require semi-trucks from model years 2014-2018 to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent, according to a news release.

FDA Approves Second Once a Day HIV Drug

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a second once-a-day HIV pill, Complera, marketed by Gilead Sciences, Inc. The pill contains three HIV drugs and is expected to help streamline drug therapy for appropriate patients. Reducing the complexity of drug taking can help improve drug compliance—and treatment.

Two Million Eligible Seniors Not Taking Advantage of Medicare Drug Subsidy

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services estimates that more than 2 million people on Medicare could qualify for financial assistance for their drug costs, but have not applied for the subsidy, according to a news release. Eligible individuals would pay no more than $2.50 for generic drugs and $6.30 for each brand name drug. The steps and requirements beneficiaries can take to check if they qualify for the Medicare Low-Income Subsidy Program (also known as LIS or “Extra Help”) can be done by phone or online.

Lifting Weights Helps Smokers Quit and Avoid Weight Gain

A new study in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research funded by the National Cancer Institute found that a group of smokers who were given nicotine patches were more likely to quit and to lose weight if they also participated in weight training. A control group that also received patches but didn’t do the training were less likely to quit and more likely to gain weight during the study period, a frequent problem for people trying to quit smoking.

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