This month, the American Journal of Public Health featured a range of studies taking on sugar-sweetened beverages, Facebook’s promotion processes and ‘stop and frisk’ policing. In case you missed it, learn more about these research findings through recent news articles and the studies now available online.

Study finds anxiety after street stops by police
In this study, researchers reviewed the mental health impacts of aggressive policing practices.

ABC News: “The analysis found anxiety symptoms were related to the number of times men were stopped and how they perceived the encounter, and more anxiety among participants who have had more intrusive encounters.”

Junk food brands targeting Facebook kids
The Australian based study investigated the role that social media promotion, such as through Facebook, might have on youth nutrition choices.

The Daily Telegraph: “Lead author Dr Becky Freeman, of the University’s school of public health, said one of the powerful environmental factors influencing the rise in obesity was the ubiquitous presence of food and beverage marketing. Yet most of the research of this marketing had focused on TV advertising, she said.”

Soda may age you as much as smoking, study says
Researchers studied how drinking sodas could affect your cellular make-up in this paper.

Time: “Nobody would mistake sugary soda for a health food, but a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health just found that a daily soda habit can age your immune cells almost two years.”

Reality check: To burn off a soda, you’ll have to run 50 minutes
According to this study, providing more details about sugary beverage calories, like how much you would have to exercise to burn it off, can decrease the likelihood of young black teens purchasing the sugary drinks.

NPR: “People don’t really understand what it means to say a typical soda has 250 calories,” says Sara Bleich, an associate professor in the department of health Policy and management at Johns Hopkins.
“So, if we’re going to put this information in restaurants,” Bleich says, listing the miles of walking it would take to work it off “may be the more persuasive way.”