AAP launches ‘Put kids first’ campaign as Congress debates gun violence

Put kids first — that’s what the American Academy of Pediatrics is saying, and tweeting, to help raise awareness to gun violence.

Gun violence research back on federal public health agenda: Funding requested

The work of researchers who study gun violence has been much more difficult for the past 17 years, during which federal funding for gun violence research has been virtually nonexistent.

Q&A with Stephen Teret on gun policy reform

While the nation grieves over the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., public health professionals are joining national policymakers, parents and community stakeholders in calling for meaningful action to prevent gun violence.

Injury, illness among low-wage workers cost $39 billion

People working in low-paying jobs represent a growing proportion of the U.S. workforce and are particularly vulnerable to financial stresses resulting from work-related injury and illness that cost the nation $39 billion in 2010, according to a new brief out today.

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.

Cultural norms, safety laws key to reducing motor vehicle injuries

When it comes to following traffic safety laws, Jeffery Michael, associate administrator at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, contends that people “aren’t changing their behaviors because they are afraid of a fine. They are changing their behaviors because the law is a statement of community expectations."