Public Health News Roundup: August 15
The Department of Transportation has issued a rule, effective October 15, 2011, limiting the number of consecutive hours passenger railroad workers can be on the job, according to a news release. The regulation is aimed at reducing risk and improving safety.
Reuters is reporting that the U.S. Department of Agriculture said National Beef Packing Co has recalled about 60,000 pounds of ground beef products that are suspected of being contaminated by e.coli 0157:H7 bacteria. No illnesses have been reported. The meat was sold across the U.S. and stores are alerting consumers.
Children who have an older sibling diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are more likely to receive the same diagnosis, according to an international study in the journal Pediatrics. The authors monitored 664 infants with an older biological brother or sister with ASD from infancy to 36 months, and found that the overall risk of ASD diagnosis was 18.7 percent. In families with more than one affected sibling, the risk rose to about 32 percent. Previous studies had shown a lower risk of diagnosis of between three and 10 percent when older siblings had an ASD diagnosis. A day before the study was released, the New York Times had a story about helping children with autism break through their isolation. A number of transit museums around the world are taking the interest many children with autism have in transportation, particularly trains and buses, and using it to help the children connect socially.
Examining patients and taking a medical history are more useful to hospital doctors in diagnosing patients than high-tech scans, according to a new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine.