Mar 26 2012

Public Health News Roundup: March 26

Supreme Court Hearing on Affordable Care Act Begins Today

Kaiser Health News offers a roundup of news reports on the Supreme Court review of the Affordable Care Act.

HUD Awards Funding to Help Clean Up Home Hazards

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded over $110 million to 43 local projects to help protect children and families from potentially dangerous lead-based paint and other home health and safety hazards. The funding will help clean up health hazards in nearly 6,000 high-risk homes, train workers in lead safety methods, and increase public awareness about childhood lead poisoning. Read more on the link between housing and health.

New Study Links Suicide to Economic Low Points

A new study by researchers including several from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and other New finds that the monthly suicide rate in New York City from 1990 to 2006 was 29 percent higher at the economic low point in 1992 than at the peak of economic growth in 2000. White men under the age of 45 were most likely to present an association between the economy and suicide. The researchers say a key message from the findings is that, “when governments face budget shortfalls, they should think twice before cutting mental health services. At times of economic stress, people need help.” Read more on mental health.

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