APHA’s Annual Meeting continues to capture headlines. Here’s another roundup of news from events and research presented this week. Take a look at the latest coverage.
CNN – Why is infant mortality still a U.S. problem?
If a measure of a successful society is its ability to prevent infant deaths, then there is an ugly truth in the United States today that public health officials know but the public largely does not: Too many of our babies are dying, and they don’t have to. Public health officials, doctors and researchers from around the world are gathering in Washington this week for the 139th annual meeting of the American Public Health Association to address the pressing public health issues of the day, and it is imperative that they focus their attention on protecting the most vulnerable members of our society.
CNN – Teens don’t know how to lose weight properly
Teens who try to lose weight may be going about it the wrong way. A study presented by a doctoral student at Temple University found that obese students have great interest in weight loss, but this intent can mean increased smoking and soda drinking. Temple University’s public health doctoral candidate Clare Lenhart presented data from a 2010 survey of 44,000 students at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association this week.
ABC News — FDA Should Cut the Salt, Public Health Group Says
One public health group wants the federal government to skimp on the salt, in the name of helping Americans cut their risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.
NPR’s Shots Blog — Exhibitors Strut Offbeat Wares At Public Health Confab
At the heart of every convention worth its salt is the exhibit hall. But only at the American Public Health Association annual meeting can you find a plush heart for sale. Along with stuffed spleens, brains and uteruses.
Star Tribune – More Bikes, Healthier Cities
If half of all short trips during the summer months were done on two wheels instead of four, the Twin Cities would prevent nearly 300 deaths each year and save $57 million in medical costs, according to a study on biking and air pollution published Wednesday. If trips of 5 miles or less were conducted by bicycle during the 124 best weather days of the year, 11 major cities in the Midwest would prevent 1,100 deaths from lung diseases, obesity and heart disease and save $7 billion annually.
iHealthBeat — New HHS Contest Seeks Apps To Track Progress on Public Health Goals
On Monday, HHS launched a contest that challenges software developers to create Web- or mobile device-based applications to help public health professionals track, measure and report progress on the Leading Health Indicators for the Healthy People 2020 campaign, Healthcare IT News reports.
Politico – Social forces may limit health care reform
On Monday, HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Howard Koh announced new final standards for measuring race, ethnicity, primary language and other characteristics in order to better track disparities and target interventions in the health care system. He also unveiled a set of health priorities known as “leading health indicators,” which include education levels as a measure of the country’s well-being.
Washington Examiner – Construction Workers at High Risk
During the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA) conference statistics were released Monday that shows construction workers in the U.S. have a high risk of work-related injuries. They also have an increased risk of work-related illness and death. Additionally, according to a study from the Center for Construction Research and Training, Hispanic construction workers have a 20 percent higher risk of dying from a work-related injury than whites.
MedPage Today – APHA: Vodka, Malt Liquor Most Likely to Buy Trip to ED
Vodka and malt beverages were the forms of alcohol most likely to have been consumed by patients who wound up at the emergency department seeking treatment for an injury, according to a small study. In addition, more men than women presented to the ED with injuries after drinking (69% versus 31%), according to the study presented at the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting.