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Study: Positive parental interactions and involvement may help lessen the odds of a child becoming a bully

Parent-child communication and involvement may be key protective factors to help lessen bullying in the United States, finds a new study published online ahead of print on Oct. 18 in the American Journal of Public Health.

Suicide leading cause of U.S. injury mortality, says AJPH study

While motor vehicle traffic deaths in the U.S. have declined over the past decade, mortality rates for suicide, poisoning and falls increased substantially, according to a new study published online Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health, November 2012.

Study: School-based health services may help lower pregnancy incidence among high schoolers

Fewer pregnancies occurred among high school teens in schools with more than 10 hours of nursing and doctor time per 100 students, finds a new study published online yesterday in the October 2012 issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

CBO report: Raising cigarette tax would lower teen smoking rates, federal deficit

A report released last week by the Congressional Budget Office suggests a 50-cent tobacco tax increase would improve the population’s health by decreasing the prevalence of smoking, particularly among teens, while lowering the deficit.

Study: Cyclists using bicycle-sharing programs much less likely to wear helmets

As bike-sharing programs gain in popularity, a timely study from the American Journal of Public Health finds that cyclists utilizing a bike-sharing program in Washington, D.C., are much less likely to wear helmets than their counterparts riding personal bicycles.

Study: Cheaper food prices linked to obesity rates

Shopping at lower cost supermarkets may be closely linked to higher obesity rates, reports a study published online yesterday in the American Journal of Public Health.

Required PE in schools helps kids meet physical activity recommendations, a new study reports

As many schools eliminate physical education classes, even while childhood obesity and diabetes rates skyrocket in this country, a national study published today in the American Journal of Public Health finds that state laws that require schools to offer PE for a specific amount of time help ensure that daily physical activity recommendations among...

Digital media has growing impact on kids’ health

With the ever-evolving and increasingly accessible digital and media landscape, health and media advocates convened a symposium Thursday in Washington, D.C., to address the cognitive, social and emotional impact of media on children’s lives.

Today’s news: Costs of health care overhaul, new cancer findings, potential bike laws

If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the health care law, retirees may pay about $20,000 for medical care; new study reports that one in every six cancers worldwide is caused by a treatable or preventable infection; video spurs advocacy of systematic reforms in the treatment of the mentally ill. All this and more, rounding up...

Study: Poor urban areas have higher rates of traffic injuries

Significantly more road traffic injuries occur in poor urban areas compared with wealthier areas, indicates a study recently published in the American Journal of Public Health.

Carters talk mental, global health at health journalism conference

Former President Jimmy Carter and first lady Rosalynn Carter discussed two of their life’s passions since leaving the White House — mental health and global health — in remarks before the Association of Health Care Journalists conference Thursday in Atlanta.

Healthy Aging Symposium focuses on maximizing the golden years

“Good health adds life to years.” That was the theme of April 7’s World Health Day, as well as today’s Healthy Aging Symposium hosted by the Pan American Health Organization in Washington, D.C.