Washington Post blog – Obama administration plans to appeal Plan B ruling
The Justice Department filed notice late Wednesday that it will challenge a federal court decision requiring the government to make emergency contraceptives available over the counter to women of all ages.
The move came hours after the Food and Drug Administration approved over-the-counter sales of emergency contraceptives to women 15 and older. Previously, Plan B was available to teenagers younger than 17 only with a prescription. Older women had to request it from a pharmacist.

NPR - New York tobacco regulations light up public health debate
If you’re under 21, you may soon have a hard time lighting up in New York City. Public health officials in New York want to raise the minimum age for buying cigarettes.
The initiative is one of three proposed tobacco regulations the City Council will debate at a hearing Thursday afternoon.
“We think if we can prevent people from taking up the habit before they’re 21, we might just be able to prevent them from taking it up at all,” says New York Health Commissioner Thomas Farley.
City officials say 80 percent of smokers in New York start before they are 21.

New York Times – For healthier flying, pack a pair of walking shoes
Christopher Berger, 42, an exercise physiologist and professor at the University of Indianapolis, has an uncommon view of airports and business travel.
Where some see frustration, anxiety and long lines, Dr. Berger sees opportunities to move and relieve stress. Where some see an interminable wait, he sees an invigorating walk.

Reuters – Contaminated ground turkey found in 21 states: report
Dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria has been found in ground turkey on U.S. grocery shelves across a variety of brands and stores located in 21 states, according to a report by a consumer watchdog organization.
Of the 257 samples of ground turkey tested, more than half were found to be positive for fecal bacteria and overall, 90 percent were contaminated with one or more types of disease-causing organisms, many of which proved resistant to one or more common antibiotics, Consumer Reports found.

Politico’s, “The next sequester victors?” reviews the existing sequester cuts and their effect on public health and other high stakes areas.  APHA’s Executive Director, Dr. Benjamin, discussed the cuts’ impact on public health,  particularly if a deadly illness hits. “My best hope is nothing happens. But I think if something did happen, we’d be challenged, we’d really be challenged if these cuts continue,” Benjamin said.

 

 

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