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

Published March 28, 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.

THIS IS THE BRAIN THAT DOES DRUGS
Brain differences found among occasional drug users among college students

DISABILITY IS A PAIN IN THE BACK
Researchers name low back pain as the number one cause for disability worldwide and call for more focus on the issue

FAILINGALCOHOL.EDU
Web-based alcohol screening has limited effectiveness among university students

MJ FOR MS
A pill form of marijuana may offer relief from some of the pain and symptoms of multiple sclerosis

GUNS IN GEORGIA ON MY MIND
The Georgia state legislature has passed a bill allowing guns in bars, schools, restaurants, churches and airports

STUDIOUS POTHEADS
Canadian study finds pot smokers fare better academically than their cigarette-smoking peers

POLIO CONFLICT
A case of polio has been confirmed in Iraq; conflict in Syria is contributing to the resurgence of the disease

EXERCISE NATION
Prescribing exercise before medication to treat depression

REALITY BITES
Gen Xers in Australia have higher levels of diabetes, obesity than Baby Boomers

DRUG RESISTANT TB CRISIS
The wealth gap and the longevity gap in the U.S. drug resistant cases of TB are proving fatal in many cases and Medcins Sans Frontiers is calling for an immediate international response (also Frontline’s TB Silent Killer)

THE SICK GETTING SICKER
Despite coming to improve health, many end up getting an infection at the hospital

TAN AT YOUR OWN RISK
Tanning salons barred from making false claims in settlement with New York State

DID NO ONE SEE THIS COMING?!
Increase in e-cigarette use sees liquid nicotine poisonings up 300%

BLAME THE BARBECUE?
South has highest rates of heart attacks in U.S., but they are down across country

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