Aug 23 2011
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Public Health News Roundup: August 23

USDA Awards Grants to Provide Broadband to Rural Communities

The Department of Agriculture has awarded $103 million in funding for 23 projects to provide broadband services to unserved and underserved rural communities. Funding recipients include areas in Oklahoma damaged by a tornado earlier this year. "These loans and grants will bring the benefits of broadband, including new educational, business and public health and safety opportunities, to residents living in some of the most remote parts of [the U.S.],” said USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Hookah Use on the Rise in California

A new study in the American Journal of Public Health finds that hookah, a water pipe used to smoke tobacco, is on the rise in California. Study results showed that from 2005 to 2008, hookah use among all adults increased by more than 40 percent; by 2008, hookah use in California was much higher among young adults – 24.5 percent among men, 10 percent among women – than it was among all adults – 11.2 percent among men, 2.8 percent among women.

Drop in Hormone Use Results in Fewer Mammograms

A new study in the journal Cancer finds that that a decline in hormone therapy use, and therefore doctor visits, among women aged 50 to 64 years is linked with lower mammogram rates in that age group as well.

Extra Benefits Of Smoke-Free Policies: A Saving In Cleaning Costs

By implementing smoke-free rules throughout properties, owners of California multi-unit rental buildings could save up to $18 million a year statewide on the cost of cleaning apartments vacated by tenants who smoke, according to a new UCLA study.

Patients Getting Vital, Timely Heart Attack Care Increases

More than 90 percent of heart attack patients who require an emergency artery-opening procedure known as angioplasty are treated within the recommended 90 minutes, compared to less than half five years before, according to a new study in the journal Circulation.

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