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Children who witness violence or are sexually abused are 3 and 5 times more likely to inject drugs as adults

Children who are sexually abused are nearly five times more likely to inject drugs in adulthood as those who are not — while children who witness violence are about three times more likely — according to new research released today at the American Public Health Association’s 2016 Annual Meeting and Expo in Denver.
Farmers markets, community gardens improve health. And not just for rich people

Farmers markets, community gardens improve health. And not just for rich people

Farmers markets are great for our health, especially our nutrition. But there’s one big problem.
How can we reduce gun violence? Less politics, more working together

How can we reduce gun violence? Less politics, more working together

The gun violence epidemic in America got worse in 2016. As of October, more than 40 people every day have died in the U.S. by gunfire. That’s three more deaths every day than in 2015 and seven more than in 2014.

Sports injury app detects 99 percent more health conditions

A new cell phone app specializing in sports injury detection captured 99 percent more physical and mental health symptoms for college athletes than traditional sports medicine surveillance, according to new research released today at the American Public Health Association’s 2016 Annual Meeting and Expo in Denver.

State policies will determine whether or not most Americans smoke marijuana

More than 50 percent of Americans changed their minds about intentions to smoke marijuana based on ramifications — or lack thereof — set forth by their state of residency, according to new research released today at the American Public Health Association’s 2016 Annual Meeting in Denver.

Nearly 600 Zika investigations force Harris County Public Health to ad-lib

The Harris County Public Health Department — which this past summer confirmed the state of Texas’ first Zika-associated death — has investigated nearly 600 suspected cases this year, 55 percent of which were pregnancy-related, according to new research released today at the American Public Health Association’s 2016 Annual Meeting in Denver.

Oct. 28 news: Welcome to APHA’s Annual Meeting, male birth control, Zika

Check out today's public health news on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016

Oct. 21 news: TFAH social media on Zika, vaccinations, ‘Juju on that chemo’ video

Check out today's public health news on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016.

Oct. 20 news: HPV vaccine, mental illness care, APHA on social determinants

Check out today's public health news on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

Oct. 19 news: Investing in environmental health, TFAH report on a healthier America, Zika

Check out today's public health news on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016.
Public Health 3.0: HHS' DeSalvo launches new era of public health

Public Health 3.0: HHS’ DeSalvo launches new era of public health

Public health is undergoing a big change — and Acting Assistant Secretary for Health Karen DeSalvo is helping to lead the revolution. DeSalvo spoke to APHA about new "Public Health 3.0" recommendations.

Oct. 17 news: Public health and soda, breast cancer activism, cancer moonshot progress

Check out today's public health news on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016.