Public Health News Roundup: August 12
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.
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.
Women who smoke have a 25 percent higher risk of heart disease than men who smoke, according to a study in The Lancet.
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.
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.