Voters from across the country cast their ballot on Tuesday for state and local measures that will have tremendous impact on the health of their communities. From fracking to tobacco control, we rounded up a variety of initiatives with implications for public health that made their way to the ballot.
Landmark legislation with major implications for public health reached a critical point Tuesday as the U.S. Senate began voting on the future of the farm bill, which governs the nation’s food and agricultural policies.
The two-year-old Prevention and Public Health Fund has provided a long-overdue boost in funding for prevention, wellness and public health programs that improve health and lower health care costs. Yet much of the amount originally intended for the fund has already been cut, says a new APHA report.
The failure of the U.S. health system to develop and deliver effective preventive strategies is taking a toll on the nation’s economy and society, according to a recent report from the Institute of Medicine. Read about it as reported in The Nation's Health newspaper.
The impact of soda intake on public health spawned major legislation last week. On May 31, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the city’s Department of Health proposed a ban of sweetened drinks larger than 16 ounces at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts. On its heels, the Center for Science in the Public...
How eating more fruits and vegetables promotes tobacco-free lives; CDC finds teens less likely to smoke but more likely to commit suicide; texting behind the wheel also prevalent in teens; and can HIV really be cured? These stories and more topping public health headlines today, June 8, 2012.
Asthma is not only one of the most widespread chronic diseases nationally, affecting nearly 26 million Americans, but it also disproportionately affects poor and minority children. To culminate Asthma Awareness Month, U.S. agencies on Thursday presented the “Coordinated Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities” in Washington, D.C.
With the upcoming Memorial Day weekend kicking off the unofficial start to summer, public health officials are preparing to address several of the challenges posed by warmer weather.
APHA’s Midyear Meeting will bring together a robust program that will look at the challenges and opportunities facing public health today. Learn more about the meeting from Susan Polan, APHA’s associate executive director.
As public health technology continues to progress, communities have more resources to ensure unparalleled personal safety. Unfortunately, findings from Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are proving the old adage — that society’s worst enemy might be itself.
Decline in NIH funding leaves U.S. science industry in peril; National Underage Drinking Prevention Day; getting outside could prevent allergies; and why the Affordable Care Act helps the economy, according to a California study. Those stories and more topping public health headlines today, Monday, May 21, 2012.