Public Health News Roundup: November 16
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, American Heart Association Announce Joint Effort to Combat Childhood Obesity
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the American Heart Association (AHA) have announced a new collaboration aimed at reversing the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015. The joint advocacy initiative will focus on changing federal, state and local policies in ways that research shows are likely to have the greatest impact on the epidemic. RWJF will provide AHA with $8 million in initial funding to begin the effort. Read more on obesity.
NAS to Establish $350M, 30-year Program to Improve Health in the Gulf Coast Region
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) will establish a $350 million, 30-year program to study and improve human health and environmental protection policy in the Gulf Coast region. The funds come from the $4 billion fine BP has agreed to pay over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. The work will include oil spill prevention, education, research and training. NAS, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council will all work on the long-term program. Read more on disasters.
Study: Diabetes Cases Up Dramatically Since 1995
The number of people with diabetes in the United States jumped dramatically between 1995 and 2010, according to a new study in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Total cases climbed by at least 50 percent in 42 states, with 18.8 diagnosed cases in 2010 and an estimated 7 million undiagnosed cases. The numbers were especially high in the South and Appalachian areas. Researchers noted that the increase in cases could be because improved treatments are allowing people to live longer. "These rates will continue to increase until effective interventions and policies are implemented to prevent both diabetes and obesity," said Ann Albright, director of CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation, in a statement. Read more on diabetes.