Thursday, May 26, 2016
One potential viable public health measure to curb gun morbidity and mortality entails firearm education in public schools, and its important for policymakers considering firearm education to know whether these programs are working in places where they have been implemented.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
A number of major regulatory announcements from federal agencies grabbed headlines in May ― including the FDA’s deeming regulation on tobacco products, the USDA’s new nutrition label, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s rules on employee wellness programs.
This system of mass incarceration is, needless to say, bad for health, particularly for those who were already vulnerable by virtue of their age, sex, race, gender or health needs. Compounding the problem, people who leave confinement are often not connected with the health services they need and to which they’re entitled. To attempt to reduce this lack of access to health care, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released two documents.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
In addition to physical and psychological trauma, domestic violence has another serious public health implication - homelessness. Homeless individuals have problems accessing healthcare, which contributes to increased rates of chronic health problems, mental illness, substance abuse and sexually transmitted disease. To exacerbate this situation, the complex safety needs of domestic violence victims frequently exceed the capabilities of traditional shelters and temporary housing programs.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Lead poisoning affects people of all ages. Children and pregnant women who suffer from prolonged lead exposure are especially at risk for serious lifelong health and socioeconomic consequences. Lead poisoning is often irreversible and policymakers have the opportunity to increase measures to mitigate the effects of lead poisoning.