Sep 30 2011
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Public Health News Roundup: September 30

Mining, Hotel and Food Service and Construction Industries Have Highest Smoking Rates

Thirty percent of workers in mining and hotel and food service industries smoke, followed closely by those in construction, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which analyzed data from 2004-2010. Smoking rates among working adults were highest among those with less than a high school education, those with no health insurance, those living in poverty, and those 18-24 years old. Read more news from the CDC.

Twitter Study Reveals Worldwide Mood Changes

A new study published in the journal Science analyzed Twitter messages of 2.4 million people in 84 countries to find that moods vary in much the same way across the world. People are generally happy in the morning, but that happiness declines throughout the course of the workday, not picking up again until evenings and weekends. Results held true across countries and cultures. Researchers set up a website to allow users to track and plot use of different terms on Twitter across the world. Check out more health technology stories.

CMS Funds Program to Provide Housing for People with Disabilities

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the award of $1.9 million in grants to six states to develop sustainable partnerships with State Housing Agencies. These grants will result in long-term strategies to provide permanent and affordable rental housing for people with disabilities who receive Medicaid services. View more stories on the connection between housing and health.

AHRQ Features New Innovations in Smoke-free Air and Smoking Cessation

The latest issue of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Health Care Innovations Exchange focuses on smoking cessation and prevention strategies that work, including a practical tool to help hospitals and health systems develop and implement policies to go smoke-free; and a "Quitline" that proactively calls patients referred by physicians. Read more about what works in tobacco cessation and smoke-free policies.

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