New APHA

“The new APHA” launched at the APHA 141st Annual Meeting, which featured news coverage from powerhouses such as The Boston Globe, CBS News, Forbes, Huffington Post and Men’s Journal. Check out APHA’s Storify recap to read the new scientific research. Photo by APHA

It was a special year at APHA’s 141st Annual Meeting in Boston, as the Association launched a new logo, tag line and framework to help guide its path forward at the Nov. 2-6 event. But the real newsmakers were the health discoveries on display at more than 1,000 scientific sessions.

The Boston Globe, CBS News, Forbes, Huffington Post and Men’s Journal were among major news outlets to chronicle the latest research. Visit APHA’s Storify recap to read the stories in entirety, including:

  • Light drinking mixed with acetaminophen increases your risk of kidney disease by 123 percent;
  • Women who exhibit “risky behaviors” are more than four times as likely to transfer HPV from their genitals to their mouth;
  • Secondhand smoke varies dramatically in the workplace, from just 3 percent in professional fields to 37 percent among trade workers;
  • Overall, 15 percent of people do not believe bisexuality is a real sexual orientation;
  • Women who are obese as they near retirement age have a higher risk of early death — and have a three to six times greater likelihood of being disabled;
  • Hospitals spend more than $2 billion per year on gunshot victims, while the average victim costs roughly $75,000 to treat;
  • Public health funding works everywhere, but makes more impact in lower-income areas;
  • Fewer than 1 percent of all kids’ meals meet recommended nutrition standards set by the Institute of Medicine;
  • An online toolkit helped lower rates of childhood obesity by educating mothers; and
  • In the U.S. non-citizen women are 24 percent less likely to receive colorectal cancer screenings than naturalized citizens, and 69 percent less likely than U.S. natives;

Additionally, visit Pump Handle and Medscape for stories on public health funding, prescription drug deaths and how tai chi and exercise benefit seniors.

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