Aug 12 2011

Public Health News Roundup: August 12

EPA and USDA Join Forces to Improve Rural Water Quality

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have announced a national partnership to use federal funds to train people for jobs in the water industry, including jobs related to safe drinking water and waste water. The industry currently has a shortage of trained staff, which could compromise public safety.

Depression Linked to Increased Stroke Risk in Women

A recent study in the journal Stroke found an increased risk of stroke in women diagnosed with depression, according to a news release. One reason for the increase may be that depression can keep people from taking care of health conditions that can lead to stroke, such as hypertension.

Female Smokers at Higher Risk for Heart Disease than Male Smokers

Women who smoke have a 25 percent higher risk of heart disease than men who smoke, according to a study in The Lancet.

Urine Test Can Help Predict Prostate Cancer, Aid Treatment Decisions

Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a new urine test that may aid early detection of, and treatment decisions about, prostate cancer, according to a news release. The test, reported in the journal Science Translational Medicine, would be an add-on to current testing.

Preventive Measures Reduce Disease Transmission after Handling Pets in Public Settings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report on measures – including hand washing – that can help prevent disease transmission after people handle pets in public settings, such as zoos and county fairs.

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