Sep 22 2011

Public Health News Roundup: September 22

Traffic Pollution May Boost Heart Attack Risk

Exposure to pollution caused by motor vehicle traffic may boost the risk of a heart attack in people already at risk, according to a new study in the British Medical Journal.

CDC Proposes New Guidelines for Organ Transplantation

CDC is proposing new guidelines for organ transplants to help protect patients receiving transplants from infections. Major changes from the last update in 1994 would include hepatitis B and C screening in addition to the current HIV screening of donors, and a revised set of donor risk factors that can give clinicians a more thorough picture about possible risks associated with donors? organs.

Shorter Pediatric Visits May Be Sufficient

A new study in the journal Pediatrics finds that parents like longer visits, but that shorter visits may be sufficient for the appropriate examinations and discussion. The study authors found that when time was limited, pediatricians were more likely to cover traditional topics, such as breastfeeding and immunization, and then widen the discussion as time allowed. Development assessment was conducted half the time in shorter visits, and 70 percent of the time in longer visits.

VA Telephone Service Helps Family Members Encourage Veterans to Seek Medical Care

The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a telephone service, Coaching into Care, to provide assistance to family members and friends trying to encourage a veteran to seek health care and mental support. The program offers unlimited, free coaching. Callers can reach the program at 1-888-823-7458, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and can find more information online.

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