CNN – Where climate change is threatening the health of Americans (featuring APHA’s Dr. Georges Benjamin)
As President Donald Trump looks to curb the government’s enforcement of climate regulations, experts are concerned about how the action might impact public health.
“The current federal political climate in the United States bodes ill for the future of the world’s climate and by extension for the health of people around the world, Americans included,” said Dr. Mona Sarfaty, director of the program on climate and health at George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication.
ABC News – Mumps outbreak in Texas reaches 23-year high
Texas health authorities are trying to combat a record-breaking outbreak of mumps that has swept through the state.
The Texas Department of State Health Services reported there have been 221 cases of mumps in the state this year, the highest number since 1994 when 234 cases were reported. College students in particular have been among the hardest hit by the virus, which spreads through close personal contact and can result in swollen glands, fever and headache.
Los Angeles Times – Type 2 diabetes, once considered a disease for adults, is increasingly common in tweens and teens
For years, health experts have bemoaned the rise of childhood obesity in the United States. About 17% of kids and teens in the U.S. are now considered obese, a figure that has more than tripled since the 1970s, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A report in this week’s edition of the New England Journal of Medicine lays out one of the consequences of all this excess weight: a corresponding increase in childhood cases of type 2 diabetes.
NBC News – Heroin Crisis: Nevada Becomes First State to Install Syringe Vending Machines
Las Vegas is betting on a new approach to combat rising heroin and HIV rates: vending machines of clean needles.
But the syringe exchange vending machines, a first in the United States, aren’t open to just anyone walking by. They are accessible to clients of Trac-B Exchange, a program run by the Las Vegas Hard Reduction Center.