Find out how the White House budget could impact critical disease prevention programs, questions remain about why cancer strikes more men than women; plus, new research on the potential for a MRSA immunization released today, Wednesday, February 15, 2012.

Science Blog – Immunization for MRSA on the horizon
A team of investigators from the University of Rochester Medical Center has developed a vaccine that can prevent bacterial infection of orthopaedic implants. Their findings were presented at the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) 2012 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California.

News at Harvard School of Public Health – Most Cancers Strike Men, But Reasons Are Enigmatic
It is well known that most cancers strike men more often than women. In many cases these differences can be explained by known risk factors such as smoking, drinking, or occupational hazards. But more than one-third of the cancers that disproportionately strike one sex or the other—men, in particular—cannot be explained by known risk factors and seem to be associated with gender alone, according to research led by Gustaf Edgren, a research fellow in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).

Wall Street Journal – What Obama’s Budget Proposal Means for Disease Prevention
Investments in disease prevention — a core principle of President Obama’s health-care overhaul legislation — would face a setback under his budget proposal for next year.

The Hill – White House issues veto threat for House transportation bill
The White House on Tuesday threatened to veto a wide-ranging transportation package from House Republicans. The administration raised concerns about a provision to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, and argued the legislation’s funding for roads and bridges is inadequate.

The Des Moines Register – Helping businesses build a healthier workplace
Amy Liechti, worksite wellness coordinator with the Iowa Department of Public Health, helps businesses of all sizes build healthy work environments. Employees feel more valued when a wellness program is offered, she said, leading to less stress and a happier, more positive culture. The focus has been on small businesses — two to 100 employees — which have fewer resources to offer such programs.

The Atlantic – The Many Questions Surrounding Walmart’s ‘Great for You’ Initiative
Last week, in conjunction with the announcement of the new “Great for You” front-of-pack icon that Walmart introduced for its private-label products, which Marion Nestle summarized, I moderated a panel on the effects it might have on underserved communities, and how closely or not the criteria for the icon do and don’t match the Institute of Medicine’s report on and recommendations for front-of-pack labeling last November — recommendations that the FDA has yet to act on.

The Public’s Health – What’s likely to come next in contraception debate? A culture war.
For a very brief moment on Friday it looked as if the administration’s “accommodation” for the mandate for contraception coverage had taken the heat off the President during this election year.

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