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

National Academies report “dire need” for robust occupational health surveillance system

A report released this week by the National Academies calls on federal and state agencies to establish and strengthen the systems for assembling data on work-related injuries, illnesses, and exposure to hazards. The last report of this type was published more than 30 years ago by the National Research Council.

By | 2018-01-22T20:27:29+00:00 January 10th, 2018|0 Comments