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The 2x2 Project Tags the Best and Worst of Public Health in the News

Published December 13, 2013

The 2×2 Project seeks to translate emerging public health science through compelling and timely communication in order to elevate the conversation. Thus, an inherent part of our mission is to keep current on when and how public health science is featured in the news. Some is headline-worthy, some represents the successes and shortcomings of public health. And some just makes you go, “Hmm….” Our Communicating Health and Epidemiology Fellows (CHEFs) will tag the best and worst of public health in the news every Friday. We’re covering health beyond the headlines. The writing is on the wall.

BEATING BACK MALARIA
A new WHO report finds major declines in the global incidence and mortality rate of malaria

MEAT INFESTATION
A USDA investigation identifies rodent activity in meat production, storage and retail facilities, forcing the recall of 90,000 pounds of meat

DUDE WHERE’S MY… IBUPROFEN
Over-the-counter pain pills may alleviate marijuana side-effects related to memory loss

GET IT STRAIGHT
FDA approves drug to treat curved penis

IMPLANT FAIL ENDS IN JAIL
French implant founder headed to jail for knowingly using subpar silicone in 300,000 sets of implants

PAINFUL BALANCE
tudy highlights delicate balance of prescription opioid regulation, leaving many struggling to manage chronic pain

NIPPING CANCER IN THE BREAST?
FDA warns against validity of nipple aspirate test for detecting breast cancer

DIET COKE DRINKERS BREATHE SIGH OF RELIEF
Europe says no evidence aspartame causes cancer

BUBONIC IS BACK

The ‘Black Death’ has made a resurgent return taking the lives of dozens in Madagascar

A.G.’S SAY N.G. ON ZOHYDRO
Twenty-eight state attorneys general petition the FDA to rethink their decision on approving the easily-abused opioid

BEATING BACK RESISTANCE
FDA restricting antibiotic use in livestock

DEBUNKING HEALTH OBESITY
Researchers indicate healthy obesity unlikely

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