Oct 25 2011

Public Health News Roundup: October 25

Children in Rural Areas Face Unique Health Issues

Children in rural areas are likely to face different challenges to their health and have less access to care compared with children in urban areas, according to a new report from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The report, based on a survey of parents, finds greater prevalence of certain physical, emotional, behavioral and developmental conditions in rural areas.

Findings include:

  • Children living in rural areas are more likely to have public insurance, such as Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program, while urban children are more likely to be privately insured.
  • The percentage of children with chronic conditions such as obesity, asthma and diabetes is highest amongst teenagers living in small rural areas.

Read more on rural health.

DEA Acts to Control Ingredients in “Bath Salt” Synthetic Drugs

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration exercised its emergency authority on three synthetic stimulants used to make products marketed as “bath salts” and “plant food,” which are very dangerous synthetic drugs that have been reported to cause significant effects include severe paranoia and other types of mental impairment that can be present months after the drug is taken one time.

The DEA’s action makes possessing and selling the chemicals, or the products that contain them, illegal in the United States. The Food and Drug Administration has reported an increase in use of the drugs in the last six months. Get more news on substance abuse.

Drinking Water May Reduce High Blood Pressure Risk

A new study in the journal Diabetes Care finds that drinking less than two glasses of water each day may increase the risk of developing high blood pressure.

Tags: Food and Drug Administration, News roundups, Pediatrics, Public and Community Health, Rural Health, Substance Abuse