Public Health News Roundup: August 24
Is the Republican Convention Prepared for a Possible Hurricane?
The Republican National Convention in Tampa could very well be affected byTropical Storm Isaac, projected to turn into a hurricane and approach Florida’s western shore. More than 50,000 people are expected to attend the convention. Florida Governor Rick Scott said it is too early to early to predict the location or intensity of the storm, according to The Los Angeles Times. “Just remember: Florida’s used to this. We’ve had hurricanes before,” he said. Read more onpreparedness.
DOT “Glee” PSAs Show the Dangers of Distracted Driving Dangers for Teens
As part of the national Stop the Texts. Stop the Wrecks campaign, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are joining the Ad Council and others to launched new distracted driving public service announcements featuring the cast of the television show “Glee.” The PSAs are targeted at teen drivers. The PSAs illustrate the dangers of texting while driving by showing Dianna Agron’s character, Quinn Fabray, crash her car while distracted by texting. NTHSA also announced $17.5 million in 2013 grants for states with laws against distracted driving. Read more on distracted driving.
NIH Studying Whether Anti-inflammatory Drug Can Prevent Heart Attacks, Strokes and Cardiovascular Deaths
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has begun trials to determine whether Methotrexate, a common anti-inflammatory drug, is effective at reducing heart attacks, strokes and deaths due to cardiovascular disease. The NHLBI is a part of the National Institutes of Health. More than 2 million people in the United States suffer from a heart attack or stroke annually. “If this generic drug, which is already on the market at low cost, proves effective for reducing risk of heart attacks, stroke, or death, it has the potential for broad public health impact in saving lives and reducing disease,” said Paul Ridker, MD, MPH. Read more on heart health.