Aug 22 2011

Public Health News Roundup: August 22

HHS Awards State Grants to Help Sign Kids up for Public Health Insurance

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced $40 million in grants to help and enroll eligible children for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The two year grants were awarded to state agencies, community health centers, school-based organizations and non-profit groups in 23 states.

Vitamins Reduce Likelihood of Premature, Smaller Babies

A new study of close to 40,000 women in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that pregnant women who take multivitamins regularly about the time they get pregnant seem to have a lower risk of going into labor prematurely or having a smaller-than-normal weight baby.

First Study of Window-Related Injuries in Children Finds Rate is High

Between 1990 and 2008, close to 100,000 children under r 18 were treated at hospitals for injuries they sustained after falling out of a window, according to a new study in Pediatrics. Toddlers accounted for two thirds of all cases and two in 1,000 cases resulted in deaths.

Ban on Using Food Stamps for Soda Rejected

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg last year proposed a two-year trial ban on using food stamps to purchase soda and other drinks with added sugar, but the Obama administration has turned down the request, the WSJ reports.

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