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

Published January 10, 2014

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.

LASER VISION
New malaria test detecting pathogens with a laser requires no blood

NO LONGER THE MUFFIN
New test can distinguish false positives in drug tests due to poppy seeds

AFGHAN HUNGER CRISIS
Years of war may be contributing to malnutrition crisis

CAN YOU HAVE YOUR SWEETS AND EAT THEM TOO?
The search for a natural sugar substitute continues… but at what cost?

HOSPITALIZED DUE TO HUNGER
Spike in hospital admissions at the end of the month, likely caused by people eating less as their money runs low

CANCER 20/20
The American Cancer Society reports a 20 percent drop in overall risk of dying from cancer over the past 20 years and 50 percent middle-aged black men

KATIE COURIC’S MEA CULPA
Journalist admits to hosting a show on the HPV vaccine focusing more instead rare, severe side-effects than scientific evidence

33,000 CHILD SAFETY SEATS RECALLED
Combi USA Inc. recalled three of their child safety seat products which were deemed incompatible with national standards

GIVE THE BRAIN A BREAK
Children who have suffered a concussion advised to avoid brain-stimulating activities during recovery

GOOGLING MY ULCER
Health-related searches increased during recession

FAT FINES
The Federal Trade Commission fined four companies a total of $34 million for false claims of their weight-loss products

‘THE NATION’S MOST COMMON MENTAL ILLNESS’
One man chronicles his struggle with anxiety

AVIAN FLU LANDS IN NORTH AMERICA
Canada report’s North America’s first human avian flu H5N1 death this week

GOING GREEK
Spanish study finds that a Mediterranean diet is sufficient for lowering diabetes risk among adults at risk for heart disease

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