Here are the latest news in public health today, Friday, April 26, 2013.
Los Angeles Times — Talk back: Should California pass a soda tax
Should the state play a role in preventing obesity among its residents? State Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel) has introduced legislation that would levy a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages, including sodas, as part of an effort to fight obesity among young people, The Times’ Patrick McGreevy reported. The measure is meant to discourage people from consuming sweetened drinks, and the money collected would pay for a statewide childhood obesity prevention program through a Children’s Health Promotion Fund.
Fox News — Donations for Boston Marathon bombing victims top $21 million
Days after the Boston bomb attacks, Americans were quick to open their hearts and wallets to victims of the deadly blasts, raising more than $21 million so far for those who lost limbs and sustained life-changing injuries that will take years to adjust to. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino announced last week the creation of The One Fund Boston, the largest fundraising website in the wake of the blasts that puts money into one account — later to be divided up for victims and their families.
USA Today — Salmonella-tainted Mexican cucumbers sicken 73
Tainted Mexican cucumbers have been linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 73 people in 18 states. The Food and Drug Administration is blocking cucumbers at the border from the two growers linked to the outbreak. No one has died in the outbreak, but 27% of the people who got sick have been hospitalized, said Lola Russell, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All of the contaminated cucumbers are now off the market, she said.
It’s National Infant Immunization Week — an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities.
Next week is Air Quality Awareness Week —This Enviromental Protection Agency has set five daily themes from April 29-May 3 to explain how air quality affects your health.