ABC News – NYC Can Require Restaurant Chains to Display Sodium Warning Icons, Judge Rules
A little black and white salt shaker will start popping up on menus in New York City after a New York State Supreme Court judge upheld the city rule requiring chain restaurants to warn patrons if they’re eating a meal with excessive amounts of sodium, according to a statement by the New York City Health Department.
The rule was passed unanimously last fall by the New York City Board of Health, but was challenged in court by a preliminary injunction requested by the National Restaurant Association.
The Associated Press via The Houston Chronicle – Flu vaccine more effective this year; milder season so far
The flu vaccine is doing a better job this year.
Preliminary data suggest it is 59 percent effective. That’s a big improvement from last winter’s nasty flu season when the vaccine was less than 20 percent effective.
NPR – Ithaca’s Plan To Open A Safe Site For Heroin Users Faces Legal Hurdles
The mayor of Ithaca, N.Y., wants to create a place where people can use heroin or other drugs injected drugs under supervision, in an effort to combat soaring deaths from overdoses. But that’s a lot easier said than done.
The idea is that people addicted to heroin or other injection drugs would show up at the facility. They’re provided with clean needles, and trained medical staff stands vigilantly by with naloxone, an opioid overdose antidote, to prevent overdose deaths. Medical personnel don’t help users get high, but would give care and referrals to addiction treatment programs.
BBC News – Ebola ‘devastates long-term health’
Most people who survive an Ebola infection will have long-lasting health problems, say doctors from the US National Institutes of Health.
Their studies on survivors in Liberia showed large numbers had developed weakness, memory loss and depressive symptoms in the six months after being discharged from an Ebola unit.