HealthDay – Health groups demand ‘R’ rating for movies that show smoking

A group of America’s leading health organizations, including the American Public Health Association, is demanding that any movie that depicts smoking or tobacco use come with an “R” rating. The demand is in response to a recent report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that found there has been no progress in reducing the number of tobacco scenes in youth-rated movies

HealthDay – Harvey’s floodwaters harbor many health hazards

Filthy water in flooded areas also is likely contaminated with chemicals and toxins, from a combination of household sources and commercial sources like car dealerships and industrial plants, explained Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. “At some point, even the water that comes out of your tap might become contaminated,” Benjamin said. “If you are drinking water from a well, that can easily become contaminated.”

Reuters – Cardiac arrest help from bystanders less common in black neighborhoods

Neighborhoods with higher proportions of black residents might benefit from programs that teach people how to help others with cardiac arrest, U.S. researchers say. People whose heart stopped in predominately black neighborhoods were less likely to receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and get a shock to restart their heart than people who suffered cardiac arrest in mostly white areas, the researchers found.

STAT – Houston hospitals may not be back to normal for a month

Amid the evacuation of approximately 1,500 patients from Houston-area hospitals, officials are commending the emergency response by health providers — while also cautioning that it may be weeks before the facilities are back to business as usual.