ABC News – Stomach Bug Sickens People in 8 States
A parasite has sickened 269 people from eight states since last month, but health officials still don’t know where it originated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cyclospora, the one-celled parasite that causes diarrhea, stomach cramps and other symptoms normally associated with a viral stomach bug, is common in tropical regions like Latin America, but isn’t typically seen in the United States, according to the CDC.
Huffington Post – Coal Exports Contradict Obama’s Climate Pledge, Critics Say
The centerpiece of the climate plan Obama unveiled in June was a pledge to reign in the global-warming emissions of U.S. coal-fired power plants. Environmental and public health advocates further warn of the risks to local air and water quality from the mining and transport of coal.
NPR – Marketing ‘Obamacare’ Shaping Up As Big Challenge
The Obama administration and many states are launching campaigns this summer to get the word out before enrollment for new benefits begins in October. The targets are mostly the working poor, young people who are disengaged, or those who gave up their insurance because of the cost.
USA Today – Anti-abortion measures may hit women’s health care
Now abortion opponents in some states are pushing for new standards for clinics, such as requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, that may be difficult or impossible for them to meet. Abortion rights supporters fear the new rules could force many clinics to close — a result that would make it more difficult for women to get a broad array of health care services, not just abortions.
CNN – Oahu bans smoking at the beach
Honolulu mayor Kirk Caldwell has signed into law two bills that ban smoking in public places across Oahu, including beaches, parks, tennis courts, softball fields and public pools. According to CNN affiliate KHON, the ban is part of a statewide effort to reduce cigarette-butt litter and address public health concerns about secondhand smoke.
A report released by the Institute of Medicine details the difference in regional health spending and it’s relation to post-hospital care and provider prices.