Sep 12 2011

Public Health News Roundup: September 12

HHS Awards $700 Million to Help Expand Community Health Centers

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced $700 million in grants to help build, expand and improve community health centers across the country.

Listeria Outbreak in Three States Linked to Cantaloupe

Reuters is reporting that a listeria outbreak in Nebraska, Colorado and Texas has caused at least one death so far. The outbreak has been linked to cantaloupe, though officials have not yet tracked the source of the outbreak.

FDA Announces Public Meeting on Drug Shortages

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration held a stakeholder meeting last week on acute drug shortages across the country, including shortages of cancer and anesthesia drugs. Some of the shortage is the result of raw ingredient supply disruptions and the discontinuation of some drugs. The FDA will hold a public hearing on the issue on September 26.

Study Looks at Possible Link between DDT and Asthma, Autism

A new study by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and researchers from Denmark has found a link between exposure to the pesticide DDT and asthma as well as a possible link between DDT exposure and autism, using a new computer modeling system. The study was published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

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