Sep 28 2011

Public Health News Roundup: September 28

Death toll from Listeria Linked to Cantaloupes Stands At 13

At least 13 people in 18 states have died of a bacterial infection linked to cantaloupes contaminated with the bacteria listeria, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The New York Times is calling this the the deadliest outbreak of food-borne illness in the U.S. in more than a decade. An additional 59 people have become ill. Get more updates on food safety.

Community Transformation Grants Announced By HHS

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced today grants of more than $100 million to 61 states and communities – serving more than 120 million residents – to fight chronic disease, the leading cause of death in Americans. Grants will focus on tobacco-free living; active living and healthy eating; preventive services, including prevention and control of high blood pressure and cholesterol; creating healthier environments; and reducing health disparities. Groups such as Trust for America's Health have applauded this effort for moving the country toward a prevention-oriented approach to health. View more community health and prevention stories.

Health 2.0 "Code-a-thon" Yields Innovative Health Tech Ideas

A group of health developers, designers and entrepreneurs met in San Francisco this week for the Health 2.0 Code-a-Thon, a live event to bring different perspectives together and build exciting new applications and tools for improved health care in a short amount of time. The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships' Reporting on Health program offers highlights of the innovations developed there, including an online and mobile platform for virtual Alcoholics' Anonymous support, a slew of apps to support coordinated care and medication management, and an app that rewards people for healthy behaviors. Read more innovative health technology stories.

CDC Awards HIV Prevention Grants to 34 Community Centers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded $55 million over five years to 34 community-based organizations to expand HIV prevention services for young gay and bisexual men of color, transgender youth of color, and their partners. View more HIV news.

Employee Share of Health Costs Rises

Annual premiums for employer-sponsored family health coverage rose to $15,073 this year, according to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Premiums increased by 9 percent, faster than workers’ wages (2.1 percent) and general inflation (3.2 percent). Read more updates on access to healthcare.

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