Repost: Gun control laws can impact death rates. It’s time to let public health research lead the way.

Guns are the third leading cause of injury-related death in the country. Every year, more than 12,000 gun homicides happen in the U.S., and for every person killed with a gun, two more are injured. Whether Congress will do anything about this violence is a whole other (depressing) article. But there is evidence that change is possible.

By | 2018-02-16T16:40:48+00:00 February 16th, 2018|0 Comments

For newborns with opioid withdrawal, forgoing intensive care and rooming with mom may be best

One of the more heartbreaking ripple effects of America’s opioid addiction epidemic is a massive increase in newborns experiencing drug withdrawal. Public health officials have tracked a 400 percent increase in such cases — technically known as neonatal abstinence syndrome — with one impacted baby born every 25 minutes as of 2012.

By | 2018-02-12T08:42:13+00:00 February 10th, 2018|0 Comments

New HIV saliva test offers hope for earlier detection, greater prevention

Public health workers have two main tools for HIV screening: a blood test that detects HIV a couple weeks after infection or a saliva test that detects the virus more than a month after infection. With a trick of chemistry, however, scientists at Stanford University have combined the best attributes of both — and the result could mean a serious boost for HIV prevention.

By | 2018-02-05T21:52:41+00:00 February 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Occupational Health News Roundup

Sanitation workers in the meatpacking industry face life-threatening dangers on the job; number of OSHA inspectors down under Trump; truckers feel the pressure to work while sleep-deprived; and despite increased demand for sexual harassment training, there's little evidence it actually works.

By | 2018-01-16T09:26:30+00:00 January 9th, 2018|0 Comments

Worth reading: The census, sexual assault, and “Trump’s disdain for science”

Recent pieces address how Trump administration moves threaten the census response rate, AIDS prevention efforts, and other crucial work that depends on science; delve into statistics on sexual assault in the US; investigate the working conditions behind Ivanka Trump-branded clothing and accessories; and consider how human bodies and healthcare systems maintain themselves.

By | 2018-01-08T09:56:02+00:00 January 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Occupational Health News Roundup

An Oklahoma rehab center funnels forced free labor into private industry; the National Labor Relations Board reconsiders Obama-era union election rules; farmworkers at risk from California's wildfire smoke; and domestic workers organize for greater labor rights in Seattle.

By | 2018-01-16T14:56:21+00:00 December 13th, 2017|0 Comments