Feb 29 2012

Public Health News Roundup: February 29

FDA Announces Safety Changes to Statin Drug Labels

The Food and Drug Administration has announced some key safety changes to the labeling for some widely used cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins. The changes include a revised schedule for monitoring liver enzymes in patients taking the drugs, and new information on rare cases of memory loss, confusion and hyperglycemia. Read more prescription drug news.

National Guardsmen Face Alcohol Abuse Risk

Soldiers in the Army National Guard with no history of alcohol abuse are at significant risk of developing alcohol-related problems during and after deployment, according to a new study published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence Journal. Researchers found that the soldiers at greatest risk of developing alcohol-related problems also experienced depression or PTSD during or after deployment. Read more on military health.

Study: Condom-Use Errors Common

An analysis of data from 50 studies across 14 countries published in the journal Sexual Health finds that errors in using condoms are common and could contribute to unwanted pregnancies or sexually transmitted infections. Read the latest on sexual health.

Americans Increasingly Using ERs for Dental Emergencies

A new report from the Pew Center on the States finds that preventable dental conditions were the primary reason for 830,590 ER visits by Americans in 2009—a 16 percent increase over 2006. The researchers conclude that states can reduce the visits by making modest investments to improve access to preventive care. Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging will hold a hearing to examine barriers to dental care in the U.S.

Call for Proposals to Support Community Social Changes

The Roadmaps to Health Community Grants project, a collaboration from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin, is calling for proposals for projects that will support communities to implement policy or system changes to address social or economic factors that strongly influence health outcomes. Examples of projects could include education, employment and income, family and social support and community safety. The Roadmaps to Health Community Grants support two-year state and local efforts among policymakers, business, education, health care, public health and community organizations, and are managed by Community Catalyst, a national consumer health advocacy organization. Applications are due May 2. Read more on the County Health Rankings.

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