Sept. 25 news: How to get local healthcare, global AIDS progress, will FDA regulate e-cigarettes?

APHAAPHA applauds EPA protections from carbon pollution from new power plants
The American Public Health Association announced its strong support for a new standard proposed today by the Environmental Protection Agency that will safeguard the public’s health against the impacts of climate change by limiting carbon emissions from new power plants.

Healthcare.govFind your own local personal health exchange
As we prepare for open enrollment, CMS has soft launched a new online “Local Help” function to help locate in person enrollment assistance in the Health Insurance Marketplace.   At LocalHelp.healthcare.gov users can input their geographic location to identify local consumer assistance destinations to serve consumers and small businesses. The information is mobile optimized so it can be easily accessed on tablets and smartphones. The data behind the Local Help tool consists of many Navigator grantees, Certified Application counselors, state Medicaid and CHIP agencies and others who are trained to provide in person assistance to consumers and small businesses.  As many organizations are still completing the training and certification process the database will be regularly updated to add new locations as they become available.

USA TodayWorld continues enormous progress against AIDS
The world has made “enormous progress” against AIDS, with global HIV infection rates and AIDS deaths continuing to fall, says an annual report on the epidemic from the United Nations. Increases in global spending and effective treatment are making a difference, the report says. But it also says much remains to be done, with more than 35 million people living with HIV and “disturbing signs” of increasing sexual risk behaviors among young people in some countries. Stigma, discrimination and “punitive laws” also continue to keep many people at high risk from getting help, the report says. New infections each year are down 33% since 2001.

Columbus DispatchDeWine urges FDA to regulate electronic cigarettes
Should the federal government regulate Brutus, Banana Nut Bread and Cotton Candy the same way it does Camel, Marlboro and Kool? The National Association of Attorneys General says it should because flavored electronic-cigarette products and regular cigarettes both contain nicotine, the addictive substance in tobacco. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and his counterparts in 39 other states and territories sent a letter yesterday to Commissioner Margaret Hamburg of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration urging the agency to begin testing and regulating e-cigarettes, something the agency pledged to do four years ago but has not yet done.The attorneys general are concerned that there are “no federal age restrictions that would prevent children from obtaining e-cigarettes, nor are there any advertising restrictions.”

Wheeling News RegisterHigh school players show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
For the fourth consecutive year, Wheeling Hospital is providing pink ribbon helmet decals to the 48 OVAC varsity football teams to help promote October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The pink ribbon is recognized nationally as the symbol of breast cancer awareness. The decals will be placed on the back of each team’s helmets.

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