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

Published April 25, 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.

FOR FREE?
Study finds that free samples influence prescribing practices for acne

GETTING SALTY
Researchers debate the health benefits of salt reduction

THROWING KIDS UNDER THE BUS
CDC advocates for eliminating child pneumonia booster in an effort to save money

MARIJUANA HIGHS, HEART LOWS?
Marijuana may be more harmful to individuals with pre-existing cardiovascular vulnerabilities

SENIORS SURF AND SMILE
Teaching senior citizens to use the internet can reduce their risk of depression by 30 percent

GUN CONTROL BUDGET AT $0
CDC funding for gun violence prevention remains at $0; U.S Congressman describes such research as propaganda

HAPPY TO SEE YOU
Researchers detect brain activity in vegetative patients when shown photos of friends and family

MAKING HEADWAY ON HEADACHES
For the first time in 50 years, new medicines developed for the prevention of migraines

ALLERGIES: BIGGER IN TEXAS
After cold winter, Texas gets hit hard with asthma and nasal allergies

MONEY LAUNDERING
Study finds bacteria on dollar bills mostly harmless, but some drug-resistant

MERS MULTIPLIES
Saudi Arabia reports large uptick in MERS cases, especially in healthcare workers, suggesting that the virus is may be transforming

SNUFFING THE FLA-…VAPOR
FDA proposes regulations on tobacco products and e-cigarettes including a ban on sales to children under 18

MEDICALIZING DAYDREAMING
Scientists—some with drug company ties—claim to have identified a new disorder characterized by lethargy and daydreaming

POST-PARTUM DEPRESSION NOT JUST FOR MOMS
Dads also vulnerable to depression in early parenting years

THE COFFEE SWEET SPOT
Increasing coffee consumption by more than one cup per day reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes

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