Apr 12 2012
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Public Health News Roundup: April 12

FDA Acts to Limit Use of Antibiotics in Animals

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is calling on food producers, drug companies and veterinarians to help limit the use of antibiotics in farm animals. The FDA issued three documents to these three groups to encourage them to use medically-important antibiotics wisely by limiting their use only to fight diseases in animals. Other uses for antibiotics for animals can include preventing disease and making animals fatter.

Most Assisted-Living Residents are White Women

White women accounted for the majority of the 733,000 people in the United States who lived in assisted living facilities in 2010 according to a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics.

Half of those residents were 85 and older, nearly 20 percent were on Medicaid and more than 75 percent had at least two of the 10 most common health conditions, such as high blood pressure and Alzheimer's disease

Novel Idea at the DMV May Increase Number of Organ Donors

An organ donation video people can watch on an iPod while they wait on line at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) may encourage more people to become donors, according to a new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Among people who watched the video in line, 84 percent signed on to be a donor versus 72 percent of those who had not seen the video.

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