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THE 2X2 PROJECT TAGS THE BEST AND WORST OF PUBLIC HEALTH IN THE NEWS

Published May 8, 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.

UNIVERSAL COVERAGE SAVES LIVES
The death rate in Massachusetts dropped significantly after the state adopted mandatory health care coverage in 2006

HEROIN EPIDEMIC TAKES HOLD
Heroin’s new surge on Staten Island takes toll, primarily on working and middle class communities

STRESSED OUT
For gay and lesbian teens, stressful experiences may contribute to high rates of binge drinking

HOLD THE BOTTLE
Breastfeeding shown to promote the growth of child’s gut flora

WHOSE LIFE IS WORTH $100,000?
There are drugs available to cure Hepatitis C, but at $1000 per pill, and an average cost of treatment of $100,000, there is debate on who gets the cure

THOSE CLEVER VAMPIRES
Multiple studies have shown that putting the blood from young mice into older mice makes them more youthful, reversing aging to their brains and hearts

A BONER A DAY KEEPS THE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY AWAY
Meds normally prescribed to treat erectile dysfunction provide hope those suffering from muscle disorders

FAKE N’ BAKE
Synthetic marijuana overdoses responsible for over 100 deaths in Texas in the past week

INSURERS MOSTLY POSITIVE ABOUT ACA
Insurance company CEOs disappoint Republicans in testimony before Congress

ABORTION CLINICS CLOSING IN WAKE OF TEXAS LAW
Texas abortion law leads to closure of 20 of Texas’s 40 clinics, with 14 more expected this year

HOW ‘BLACK DEATH’ CHANGED A POPULATION
Survivors of bubonic plague lived significantly longer and were healthier than those before them

VACCINE REFUSERS CAN’T HANDLE THE FACTS?
Study finds that anti-vaccinators are not swayed by education campaigns

HOW POLIO CAN YOU GO?
WHO delares spread of polio a health emergency

DEUCE IN THE WILD
One billion people still defecating out in the open, endangering public health, UN says

IT’S SIMPLE, YET COMPLICATED
Focusing on neonatal survival in the 1st 24 hours has potential major impact on Infant/Child morality rates

RISE OF THE SYPHS
U.S. rates of syphilis on the rise, primarily in gay and bisexual men

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