Jan 4 2012

Public Health News Roundup: January 4

Shorter Hospital Stays Linked to Hospital Readmissions for U.S. Heart Attack Patients

Patients treated for acute heart attacks in the United States are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of their initial discharge more often than in other countries, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study found that 60 percent of severe heart attack patients admitted to U.S. hospitals were discharged in three days or less, yet 14.5 percent of the U.S. patients required another stay within a month. By comparison, 54 percent of study participants in other countries spent at least six days in the hospital and only 10 percent were readmitted to the hospital within thirty days. Read more on heart health.

National Diabetes Education Program Offers Help for Keeping New Year’s Health Resolutions

A new tool from the National Diabetes Education Program offers users the chance to declare resolutions, such as losing weight and exercising more, and share the resolutions through social media. The site offers information and tools to bolster efforts to be healthier in 2012. Get more updates on new technology and apps to support better health.

DOT Announces New Passenger Train Safety Regulations

The Department of Transportation has announced proposed improvements to Passenger Train Emergency System regulations for emergency passenger and crew evacuations. The proposed regulations include improvements to compartment doors, emergency lighting, signage and markings for emergency entrance and exit, and rescue access. The agency also recommends stronger requirements for debriefing passengers and crews after emergency situations and simulations. The comment period for the proposal closes March 5, 2012. Read more on transportation and health.

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