APHA’s Get ReadyPresident’s Day e-cards
Spread the official word about preparedness this President’s Day! Spread the official word about preparedness this President’s Day! For over four score and seven years…I’ve been washing my hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water and scrubbing vigorously to keep myself and others around me healthy.

Highlands TodayHealth department to celebrate 125 years of public health on Feb. 20, during National Public Health Week
The Florida Department of Health in Highlands County will celebrate 125 years of public health in Florida by having an open house featuring a historical presentation and educational materials 2-4 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Sebring location, 7205 S. George Blvd. The state legislature created the State Board of Health on February 20, 1889 in response to a yellow fever epidemic in Jacksonville, and Dr. Joseph Yates Porter from Key West became Florida’s first state public health officer. Yellow fever in Florida was eradicated in 1905.

BusinessweekTest could predict which teen boys get depression
A saliva test for teenage boys with mild symptoms of depression could help identify those who will later develop major depression, a new study says. Researchers measured the stress hormone cortisol in teenage boys and found that ones with high levels coupled with mild depression symptoms were up to 14 times more likely to suffer clinical depression later in life than those with low or normal cortisol levels. The test was tried on teenage boys and girls, but found to be most effective with boys.

The AlmagestFootball helmets and concussions – ‘terrible’ protection, study shows
Football helmets fail to efficiently protect against concussions, a new study shows. The recent findings will be presented at a meeting of the American Academy of Neurology. The research found that football helmets intended to prevent skull fractures and brain injuries don’t give enough protection against concussion, which happens when the brain shakes abruptly inside the skull. The news sounds alarming, especially as American parents send almost 4 million of their children out to play tackle football every year. The researchers compared 10 of the most widely used football helmets during 330 specially modified drop tests. They used the head and neck of a crash test dummy fitted with sensors to measure the damage caused by a 12-mile-per hour impact.