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

Published December 20, 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.

MOMENTOUS VICTORY AGAINST LEAD PAINT
A California judge orders three corporations to pay $1.1 billion to clean up lead paint hazards in a landmark case

EASING PRESSURE
Panel of experts says hypertension guidelines can be eased

TOLD YA!
As previously reported by the 2×2 project, an editorial in Annals of Internal Medicine declares an end to the debate over multivitamins and says it’s time to advise patients NOT to take a daily dose

¡SOCORRO!
In wake of austerity, London School of Health warns of Spain’s weakening health system and risk of outbreaks

EVERYTHING IN MODERATION
Study shows benefits of moderate (but not excessive) alcohol consumption on the immune system

H1ON8’s FIRST VICTIM
The World Health Organization confirmed that a Chinese woman was the first person to die from this new strain of bird flu

MAPPING THE UNINSURED
Revealed using Census data released December 17th

DR. CASH
Psychiatrists are by far the least likely specialty to accept private insurance or Medicaid, operating more often on a cash only basis

BONER PATROL
Stimulants used in A.D.H.D. meds may lead to prolonged, painful erections cautions the F.D.A.

HOLY NOT-SMOKE!
N.Y.C. passes legislation for an e-cigarette ban in places where cigarettes are banned

ROAD RAGE GETS UNDER THE SKIN
Experts suggest explosive outbursts on the road may lead to inflammation and stress

UNFORTUNATELY, IT WON’T LOOK SO FOREIGN FOR LONG
Mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus landing on the shores of the Caribbean and may make it’s way to U.S. shores nestled in the unassuming tanned-bodies of holiday vacationers

SPEND LESS, GET MORE
Proponents of value-based insurance advocate against expensive medical procedures that may be unneccessary

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