Public Health News Roundup: February 13
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $4.1 million to 17 public housing authorities to address emergency, safety and security needs at their public housing properties, including measures necessary to fight crime and drug activities. The grants can be used to install, repair, or replace items such as security systems, surveillance cameras, fencing, lighting, emergency alarm systems, window bars, deadbolt locks and doors.
"Feeling safe in your own home is essential in any neighborhood," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "These grants allow public housing authorities to make the necessary improvement to ensure families who live in public housing feel safe in their homes and surrounding neighborhoods." Read more on violence prevention.
Fifty-five percent of adult cats and 53 percent of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese, according to a survey of veterinarians conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, whose board of directors is made up of veterinarians in private practice. That works out to 88.4 million overweight or obese cats and dogs.
Twenty-two percent of owners with fat dogs and 15 percent of those with fat cats believed their pets were "normal weight," the survey found. Read up on obesity news.
Nearly two million Tassimo single-cup brewers have been recalled in the United States and Canada after reports of the appliances spraying hot liquid, coffee grounds or tea leaves onto people. The problem results from a disc that holds the tea or coffee in the appliance, which can burst during brewing, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Read more on safety.