Public Health News Roundup: September 20
The United States and the World Health Organization have signed a memorandum of understanding to help developing nations strengthen their capabilities to support the International Health Regulations. The regulations are an international agreement that requires WHO member countries to prevent and respond to public health risks that have the potential to cross borders and threaten people around the world.
A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services task force released recommendations yesterday on using text messaging to convey health information. The recommendations include development of HHS-sponsored health text message libraries, creating partnerships to develop and disseminate health text messages, and integration of health text messaging with other HHS health information technology priorities such as electronic health records, cloud computing and health games.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has proposed a regulation that would require airlines to make their websites and airport kiosks accessible to individuals with disabilities. While currently people with disabilities can get assistance using these technologies as well as fee waivers, if necessary, on telephone reservations, the new rule will increase the opportunity for disabled individuals to use the technologies independently.
A new study in the journal Pediatrics found that adding a physical activity component to an established smoking cessation program significantly increased the cessation rate of the participants compared to those who joined the cessation program without the exercise program.