Dec 12 2011

Public Health News Roundup: December 12

E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Romaine lettuce from one farm was the likely source of an E. coli outbreak that sickened 60 people in 10 states between Oct. 10 and Nov. 30, 2011. Contamination likely occurred before the product reached retail stores. This particular outbreak appears to be over and consumers are not being advised to avoid eating any specific foods at this time. Get more food safety news.

Survey: Long-term Unemployed Report Negative Health Effects, Trouble Paying Medical Bills

NPR News and the Kaiser Family Foundation released a joint survey looking at the experiences and views of the long-term unemployed and underemployed—those who have been out of work or working only part-time for a year or more and would prefer to be working full-time—and health concerns emerged as a major theme. Findings include:

  • More than half say that as a result of being out of work they have had difficulty sleeping or gained or lost more than 10 pounds.
  • More than four in ten say they or another member of their household have had problems paying medical bills in the past two years.
  • Nearly three-quarters also report at least one problem in the household with skipping or delaying care due to cost in the past year.

HHS Boosts Funding to School-Based Health Centers

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced more than $14 million in additional funds to 45 school-based health centers across the country allowing the number of children served to increase by nearly 50 percent. Typically, a school-based clinic provides a combination of primary care, mental health care, substance abuse counseling, case management, dental health, nutrition education, health education and health promotion activities, and can help children with chronic conditions continue to attend school. Read more on school-based health centers.

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