Jan 5 2012

Public Health News Roundup: January 5

FDA Bans Certain Antibiotics in Livestock

The Food and Drug Administration has issued an order that prohibits certain uses of the cephalosporin class of antimicrobial drugs in cattle, swine, chickens and turkeys, effective April 5, 2012. Prohibiting these uses is intended to reduce the risk of cephalosporin resistance in certain bacterial pathogens in humans. Read more on antibiotic resistance.

CDC Announces State and Local Health Department Funding for HIV Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has begun awarding about $330 million to state and local health departments to fund HIV prevention activities. The funds are allocated to individual health departments according to a formula that matches dollar amounts to the geographic burden of HIV, measured by the number of people reported living with HIV in each jurisdiction. CDC will award an additional $20 million to health departments by March 2012 to implement innovative HIV prevention demonstration projects. CDC is currently reviewing applications for this next round of funding. Read up on HIV news.

Researchers Examine Limited Physical Activity for Day Care Kids

Injury concerns, insufficient funding and a focus on academic activities are the main reasons why many children in daily childcare don’t get enough physical activity, according to a new study in Pediatrics. Read more on physical activity.

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