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"Most Toxic" Cities: Fresno, Bakersfield, Philadelphia

"Most Toxic" Cities: Fresno, Bakersfield, Philadelphia

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Here's the latest in health and health journalism news from Reporting on Health.

Environmental Health:

Here's one "award" city mayors won't be touting: Bakersfield, Fresno and Philadelphia top's "most toxic cities" list based on air and water quality data, the number of environmentally tainted Superfund sites and toxic emissions as tracked by the EPA.

Patient Safety: In a bit of good news for hospitals, the CDC estimates that central line infections among intensive care patients have dropped by about 58 percent between 2001 and 2009, thanks to aggressive infection control policies.

STDS: The sexually-transmitted human papilloma virus might be more prevalent in men than previously thought: researchers studying 1,100 men in the United States, Brazil and Mexico recently found that about half of them had HPV.

HIV/AIDS: Local HIV epidemics can be tracked by a relatively new public health tool, the so-called community viral load, researchers said at a scientific conference in Boston, Michael Smith reports for MedPage Today.

Breast Milk: That was fast: authorities seized remaining supplies of a London ice cream parlor's breast milk ice cream after complaints from consumers and the British version of the FDA.

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