May 29 2012

Public Health News Roundup: May 29

Study: Pandemic Flu Vaccine Helps Prevent Stillborn, Preterm Babies

Pregnant women who received a vaccine against H1N1 during the pandemic were much less likely to have babies who were still born, pre-term or small for gestational age. Researchers at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute in Canada reviewed data on over 55,000 babies born during the pandemic. Their research was published in the American Journal of Health. The study found no adverse events from the vaccine for either the mothers or the babies and will be continuing to follow the babies long-term. Read more on maternal and infant health.

Dermatology Academy Awards Grants for Shade Structures to Help Improve Sun Protection

The American Academy of Dermatology has awarded 18 new grants for the purchase of shade structures to organizations that serve kids age 18 and younger, including elementary schools, a day care program, the city of Cloquet (Minn.) Park Commission and the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association. Since 2000, the Academy has awarded more than 264 shade structure grants, which currently protect over half a million people. The grants are funded by contributions from Academy members. Grants are available for permanent shade structures over outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun, such as playgrounds, pools and eating areas. Read more on cancer prevention.

Almost Half of Current Veterans Seeking Disability Benefits

The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that 45 percent of veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are filing for mental health or medical health benefits for injuries related to their service. According to the AP, that more than doubles the estimate of 21 percent who filed such claims after the Gulf War in the early 1990s. Read more on military health.

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