Here are the latest news in public health today, Monday, April 29, 2013.

CBS Local – State health director calls for better sex ed in schools
Illinois’ top health official is pushing for broader sex education classes in the public schools, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
Illinois Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrook says that when it comes to the number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases among the population, Cook County holds a dubious distinction.

Healio – HPV vaccine led to significant declines in genital warts
Significant declines in the number of young women presenting with genital warts in 2011 were attributed to an HPV vaccination program that began in Australia in 2007, according to recent data.
“Provided the HPV vaccination coverage is high enough, dramatic reductions in genital warts can be expected at a population level,” Basil Donovan, MD, professor and head of the Sexual Health Program, The Kirby Institute, at University of New South Wales in Australia, told Infectious Disease News. “Hopefully, this will flow onto similar reductions in ano-genital and oropharyngeal cancers in the future.”

U.S. News and World Report – It’s time to worry about the new Chinese bird flu
It’s time for the world’s public health officials to pay very close attention to the new bird flu outbreak in China first detected in March. To put it bluntly, there are now some seriously dangerous developments occurring around the new disease outbreak in China that infectious disease specialists and international public health specialists need to track closely.

The Atlantic – Study: Facebook likes predict obesity
There has been a lot of interest lately in ways we can use Internet behavior to monitor public health. Facebook likes seem to be a good tool for this – researchers have already figured out how to use interests expressed on the site to make strong inferences about users’ race, gender, age, political affiliation, and sexual orientation. They can even indicate mortality rates for hospitals.

This week is Screen Free Week – Organized by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, Screen Free Week encourages people throughout the country to turn off their electronic devices and engage more with the world around them.

American Academy of Pediatrics addresses gun control at 2013 Legislative Congress – Child health advocates meet in DC this week to discuss the impact of gun violence along with various other child health issues.

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