Check out the latest news, reviews and happenings in public health today, April 24, 2013.

New York Times – A Health Provider Finds Success in Keeping Hospital Beds Empty
On a stormy evening this spring, nurses at Dr. Gary Stuck’s family practice were on the phone with patients with heart ailments, asking them not to shovel snow. The idea was to keep them out of the hospital, and that effort — combined with dozens more like it — is starting to make a difference: across the city, doctors are providing less, but not worse, health care.

Las Vegas Sun – Town hall speakers urge education about new health insurance exchanges
One group that stands to benefit from the Affordable Care Act is Hispanics, who make up 16 percent of the U.S. population but 30.7 percent of the nation’s uninsured population. Starting in October, the Nevada health insurance exchange, Nevada Health Link, will start enrolling members, and on Tuesday the League of United Latin American Citizens played host to a town-hall meeting at the Grant Sawyer Building with various officials. The meeting’s emphasis was informing the Hispanic community about the changes in the health care law and how it affects them.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
The 2013 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign focuses on healthy sexuality and child sexual abuse prevention. This April, join the conversation. Start talking about healthy childhood development to prevent child sexual abuse.

New York Times – Our Feelings About Inequality: It’s Complicated
How much do Americans care about rising income inequality? Surveys send mixed signals. In a poll released last year by the Pew Research Center, two-thirds of Americans agreed that there were “strong conflicts between the rich and poor” — up substantially from when the question was asked in 2009 — but in a Gallup poll taken at the height of Occupy Wall Street, in the fall of 2011, reducing the income and wealth gap was low on respondents’ list of priorities for government action.

Lab Matters – The state of HIV diagnostics in public health

Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

Live Science – Parks Pay Off: Green Cities Boost Happiness
Avoid the concrete jungle: A new study finds that people who live in cities with more green space feel better than those surrounded by stone and steel. In fact, the well-being boost associated with green space is equivalent to one-third the jump in well-being people get from being married and to one-tenth of the extra life satisfaction derived from being employed versus jobless, according to a study to be published in a forthcoming issue of the journal Psychological Science.

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