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

Published March 14, 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.

HOPE FOR JOSH
Drug maker Chimerix gives in to pressure to provide experimental drug to a seven-year-old patient who may benefit from the anti-viral medication

NYC MEASLES OUTBREAK
The highly contagious disease has spread to 19 people in uptown Manhattan

COLOR CODING CONCUSSIONS
Hockey players try out impact sensors that change color to indicate when a player has suffered a hit to the head

PRESCRIPTION CHECKPOINTS
Drug monitoring programs effective in stabilizing rampant opioid prescriptions

ABUSE DETERRENT?
New abuse deterrent formulation of single entity hydrocodone completes Phase III trial

RITALIN ME THIS
Adult use of ADHD medication skyrockets

NO SMOKE FOR YOU
Awareness about prevention raised in UK’s ’No Smoking Day’

DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE FARMS
Rural America facing geographic maldistribution of cancer doctors
IT’S CHEAPER, SAFER AND EFFFECTIVE
Researchers find that acetic acid in vinegar is effective in killing the TB bacteria

ALL NEED TO PRACTICE SAFELY
CDC reports on documented woman-to-woman HIV transmission, heralding a call to renewed vigilance for prevention

HEADBANNED
Headband approved by FDA uses transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation to decrease headache frequency in migraine sufferers

PUT YOUR PHONE AWAY, DAD!
When observing children and caregivers eating out at dinner, 40 of 55 adults used a smartphone, some throughout the entire meal

PROMISCUITY NOT A SIDE EFFECT OF CONTRACEPTION
Study shows that providing free birth control did not increase the number of men women had sex with

I WAS BORN TOO SOON
Based on research of adolescent body clock, some high schools starting school later to allow teens to sleep in
ANTI-GAY, ANTI-HEALTH
Unite Nations says Nigeria’s anti-gay law will have negative public health consequences

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