If we want more evidence-based practice, we need more practice-based evidence.*


If we want more evidence-based practice, we need more practice-based evidence.*



Kids responding to CDC's VERB campaign. HBNS, 12/28/06.


Shifts to Prescription & OTC Drugs in Teens. Univ Mich., Dec 21, '06, see also SAMHSA and National Academies, Dec 22, '06.


States vary widely in pandemic flu prep. AP, Dec 17, '06. CDC.


US adult smoking rates stuck at 21%. NCHS, CDC, Dec '06.


Exercise reduces lung cancer risk in women smokers. Cancer Epi, Biomrkrs & Prev, Dec '06.


New York City bans trans-fats in restaurants. National Acad of Science, Dec 12, '06.


Tracking the Taco Bell e-coli outbreak in 6 states. CDC, Nov 20-Dec 11, '06.


Asthma increases in children, teens who smoke. National Academies, Dec 7, '06.


High BMI during child-bearing years protective against breast cancer, but not after. Archives Internal Med, Nov 27, '06.


Abortions at lowest rates since mid-1970s. MMWR, Nov 25, '06.


Teen births lowest ever, births to unwed mothers age 20-29 highest ever. NCHS, Nov 21, 06


53 European nations sign Anti-obesity charter. AP, Nov 16,'06.


US Population passes 300 million. Natl. Acad. Oct 17, '06.


CDC recommends universal HIV testing. Natl. Acad. Oct 3, '06. CDC.


E.coli outbreak from spinach hits 183 in 26 states since Aug 13. MMWR Sept 29, 2006. Time-line from infection to confirmation.


Fruits and vegetables added to WIC moms’ shopping lists. AP

Aug 4, 2006. Food Research & Action Center.


Obesity: Tougher on Women's Health. WebMD, July 27, 2006.

Chicken farms guard against avian flu. AP, Apr 22, 2006. Calif. Poultry Assn. CDC facts.

McDonald's & KFC fries in US have more transfats than in Europe. AP, Apr 13, '06. NEJM, Apr 13, '06.

Sleep deprivation linked to high blood pressure. Amer. Heart Assn., Apr 3, '06.

Cocoa intake associated with lower blood pressure. Annals of Internal Med. Feb 27, '06.

Avian H5N1, deadliest strain, in 3rd African country. AP, Feb 27, '06.

Governors grapple with states' health, including obesity. National Governors Assoc., Feb 24-25, '06.

EU agriculture ministers meet to deal with spreading bird flu in Europe. AP, Feb 20, '06.

Dark chocolate being marketed as health food. AP, Feb 19, '06.

Public supports quarantine, but with a lot of reservations. Health Affairs, Mar '06.

Estrogen levels affect stroke in women. AP, Feb 17, '06. See also American Stroke Association

CDC Testimony to Congress on Avian Flu Readiness. Senate Hearings, Feb 1, '06.

Congressional hearings on govt response to Katrina. Senate press release. Jan 31, '06.

Bill Gates pledges $900 million for TB research. AP, Jan 27, '06

EPA to phase out use of Teflon pans chemical. New York Times, Jan 26, 2006.

Calif. declares tobacco smoke a toxic air pollutant. Assoc Press, Jan 26, 2005. California Air Resources Board

Reptile pets expelled from NC schools. News & Observer, Jan 25, '06.

Diffusion of hookah bars to US. Assoc Press, Jan 1, 2006.

Strong law on smoking in public places goes into effect in Spain. Assoc Press, Jan 1, 2006.

U.S. prepares for Avian flu. Assoc Press, Jan 1, 2006.


Lawsuits target soft drinks in schools. CHHCS, Dec. 7, '05.

Obesity linked to prediabetes in children. Pediatrics, Nov '05.

House Committee to vote on budget with Medicaid cuts. CongressDaily, Oct 27, 2005.

New addition to chemotherapy for breast cancer increases survival. NEJM, Oct 20, 2005.

WHO: 5-150 million deaths if Avian flu transmits human to human. ABC News, Sept 30, 2005. 

Decline in US death rates, but increases in numbers of deaths. JAMA, Sept 14, 2005. 

CDC issues guidelines for Katrina's health and relief workers. MMWR, Sept 9, 2005. 

Agriculture Dept gives Gulf area schools waiver to serve school lunches to all kids. Center for Health and Health Care in Schools, Sept 1, 2005.

August 2005

Gulf declared public health disaster area. Aug 31, 2005.

Tracking the public health impact of Hurricane Katrina. Aug 24, and continuing. Red Cross. CDC. FEMA, USDA

Air pollution season killing half million in southeast Asia annually. WHO. Aug 20, 2005.

Avian flu spreads to Russia. WHO, Aug 18, 2005.

New global charter on health promotion signed in Bangkok. WHO. Aug 11, 2005. Bangkok Charter. Ottawa Charter (1986).

July 2005

Gaps in kids' health insurance. NEJM, July 28, 2005.

Child poverty rising again in US. Anney Casey Foundation, July 27, 2005.

Preparing for two incoming hurricanes. CDC, July 8, 2005.

London blasts and the public health threat of terrorism. News, July 7, 2005. 

Low-dose aspirin does not protect women against cancer. JAMA, July 6, 2005. Full-text.

Study suggests caution on use of BMI to screen adolescents. Pediatrics, July 2005. Full-text.

Weather limits on exercise. Am J Health Behav, July/Aug 2005.

June 2005

Advance release of 2004 NHIS survey data on health. NCHS, CDC, June 29, 2005.

Sen. Frist introduces bill on obesity reduction.CCHCS, June 29, 2005.

Chemical in Teflon found likely carcinogen. Environmental Working Group, June 28, 2005. EPA actions, to June 2005.

Cancer literacy low in US. Cancer online, June 27, 2005. Print Aug 2005. 

Chemical in Teflon found likely carcinogen. Environmental Working Group, June 28, 2005. EPA actions, to June 2005.

Cancer literacy low in US. Cancer online, June 27, 2005. Print Aug 2005. 

Study links race and colorectal cancer deaths. Cancer, online June 27, 2005. Print Aug 1, 2005.

Environmental impact of tobacco production in Central America. Hum Ecol, June 2005.

Combined uninsured and under insured put at 61 million. Health Affairs, June 14, 2005. 

18th edition of Communicable Disease Control Manual. APHA, June 9, 2005.

To cover uninsured, average family pays $922/year extra on health insurance. Families USA, June 8, 2005.

Bollywood fumes at smoking ban. Pak Tribune, June 4, 2005. 
Laughing found to help calorie burning...a little. USA Today, June 4, 2005. 

May 2005

Viagra causing blindness? Zee News, May 28, 2005.

Average US family will spend >$12K on medical care in 2005. Washington Times, May 26, 2005. Full report online.

Increased state revenues affect Medicaid spending? USA Today, May 25, 2005. 

Kudzu may contain chemical to suppress alcoholism. EarthTimes .com, May 18, 2005

Gates pledges another $250 million for disease control. USA Today, May 16, 2005.

Vaccine against nicotine addiction looks promising. Halifax News, May 15, 2005. 

Indonesia finds bird flu in pigs. Associated Press, May 14, 2005.

UK in grip of mumps epidemic. Medical News, May 13, 2005. Analysis: BMJ, May 2005

Yemen has largest number of polio cases. New York Times, May 11, 2005.

Underage drinking resource guide on state laws released for prom and grad weeks. Century Council, May 10, 2005.

Pediatric vaccine supply precarious. Health Affairs, May 9, 2005.

Reduced calorie intake by fasting alternate days adds years. Amer J Metabolism, Endocrinology..., May 2005.

April 2005

IOM report on rural health. Exec. Summary, Apr 27, 2005. 

Employers offering more smoking cessation support following CMS decision. Wall Street Journal, Apr 26, 2005.

Head Start's 40th anniversary on Capital Hill. National Head Start Association, Apr 25, 2005. 

Teen drug abuse shifts to Rx medicines. Partnership for a Drug Free America, Apr 24, 2005.

Last of fugitive Asian flu samples destroyed. Lebanon Daily Star, Apr 23, 2005.

Senator Harkin introduces Healthy Workforce bill. Apr 22, 2005.congressvote.html

New food pyramid released by USDA. Apr 21, 2005. 

Mercury in fish not harming cognition in older adults. JAMA, Apr 20, 2005. NIH on mercury.

Prevalence of all CVD risk factors except diabetes have declined, especially in the obese. JAMA, Apr 20, 2005.

Obesity, not overweight (BMI 25-30), associated with excess mortality. JAMA, Apr 20, 2005.

Faculty inequities persist. Report of AAUP commission, Online release on April 18, 2005.

50th anniversary celebrations of polio vaccine trials. Univ Michigan School of Public Health, (History)  April 12, 2005. Smithsonian exhibit, ongoing.

Uninsured still rising, projected to go to 75% by 2013. Health Affairs, April 5, 2005. 

March 2005:

Release of model school policies for nutrition and physical activity. National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity, March 28, 2005.

6 causes account for 73% of deaths to world's <5 children. WHO. Lancet, March 26, 2005.

Ebola-like Marburg outbreak in Angola. Sify News, March 26, 2005; MMWR Mar 30, 2005

Columbia U launches DrNP for nurses with emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention. Medscape interview with Dean Mundinger, DrPH. March 22, 2005.

States to increase spending on health from tobacco Master Settlement Agreement. CHHCS, March 22, 2005. GAO brief, full PDF

Rubella declared eliminated from U.S. in 2004. MMWR, March 21, 2005.

Congress intervenes on "right to die" vs "culture of life" case. NY Times, Mar 21, 2005.

Virginity pledge correlated with more alternative sex. Assoc Press, Mar 20, 2005. J Adoles Health, May 2005

WHO launches commission on Social Determinants of Health. Lancet, March 19, 2005.

Alcohol does not account for nonuse of condoms. Health Psychology, March 2005.

Obesity will reduce longevity 2-5 years. NEJM, Mar 17, 2005.

Borderline risk factors account for few coronary events. Annals of Internal Med., Mar 15, 2005

Smoking during pregnancy ups leukemia risk. JAMA, March 9, 2005.

Study shows cost-effectiveness of pre-diabetes lifestyle intervention. Annals of Internal Med., Mar. 2005.

Marijuana abuse treatment rates triple in last decade. SAMHSA.gov, Mar 4, 2005. 

Mayor Bloomberg receives award for tobacco control efforts. ASPH, March 4, 2005

UK renews Chiron license to produce flu vaccine. CHHCS, March 3, 2005.

US and Mexico have worst rates of child poverty among more developed countries. CHHCS, UNICEF, March 2, 2005.

February 2005

US life expectancy rises to 77.6 and gender gap narrows. CDC, Feb 28, 2005

FDA oks Vioxx back on market. Univ Mississippi, Feb 28, '05. See also SF Chron. Feb 27, 2005.

Treaty on tobacco control effective Feb 27. Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Feb 26, '05.

Experts differ on New York HIV super case. PlanetOut. Feb 26, 2005. (See SF Chronicle Feb 12 below).

Avian flu poses serious global threat with outbreaks in Asia. MCN Internatl. Feb 22, 2005.

Air pollution may cause fetal harm. NY Times, Feb 17, 2005.

Flu shots in elderly may not save lives. Sun-Sentinel, Feb 16, 2005.

HIV may hold key to cancer. ABC broadcast, Feb 15, 2005.

Dr. Lester Crawford nominated by Bush to be Commissioner of FDA. CHHCS, Feb 14, 2005.

Potent HIV strain found in NY. US health alert issued. San Francisco Chron., Feb 12, 2005. See later analysis in Lancet.

Racial/Ethnic, SES disparities in multiple risk factors for heart disease & Stroke. MMWR, Feb 11, 2005. 

Clearance problems that led to the CDC report overestimating obesity deaths. Los Angeles Times, Feb 10, 2005. See additional news from Kaiser Health News Jan 19, 2005 [Supporting news in Los Angeles Times - Jan 19, 2005] 

WHO official predicts AIDS vaccine in 10 years. All Africa.com, Feb 9, 2005. 

Prenatal screening for toxoplasmosis indicated by study. AP, Feb 9, 2005. Amer J Obst & Gyn. Feb 2005. 

Navajo reservation has no law criminalizing methadone. “Growing meth use on Navajo land brings call for Tribal action”. The New York Times, Feb 7, 2005. Joseph J. Kolb

Bush budget would eliminate Prevention block grants, reduce CDC by 9%. NY Times, Feb 5, 2005. Budget released Feb 7, 2005. 

Court stops Justice Dept from collecting $280 million from tobacco industry. CNN, Feb 4, 2005. 

Restaurants settle lawsuit with California state attorney general over mercury warnings. “Eateries agree to mercury warnings”. The Los Angeles Times, Feb 5, 2005.   Julie Tamaki

Wal-Mart gun safety law settlement reached. “Wal-Mart pays $14.5 million to settle California gun law violations” Andrews Publications, Feb 4, 2005. Ron Baker

State house committee approves Kentucky tobacco payout. “House panel votes to tap special fund to pay $114 million to tobacco farmers”. Lexington Herald-Leader, Feb 3, 2005. Ryan Alessi

Bill would allow Maine kids at camp to carry inhalers. “Bill aims to help youths with asthma”. Bangor Daily News, Feb 1, 2005. Meg Haskell

State will no longer require blood tests for marriage licenses. “ Massachusetts abolishes all blood tests for marriage licenses”. Associated Press, Feb 2, 2005. Steve LeBlanc

Jury finds tobacco co. liable for 25% of Missouri woman’s illness. “Jury orders Brown & Williamson to pay $22M” Reuters, Feb 2, 2005.

State Senate committee advances broad indoor smoking ban in Virginia. “Panel approves smoking ban; Restriction would apply to nearly all public buildings”. The Washington Post, Feb 4, 2005. Michael D. Shear

NIH to issue rules to make grant-funded scholarly articles free to public. “Latest research will be accessible” (subscription required). The Wall Street Journal, Feb 3, 2005. Bernard Wysocki, Jr. 

Appeals court rules in favor of tobacco companies. “Tobacco settlement unlikely, analysts say” Associated Press, Feb 5, 2005.

US teen pregnancy, birth, & abortion rates continue decline since late 80s, early 90s highs. MMWR, Feb. 4, 2005. 

Canada will spend $24M to establish national antiviral stockpile. “Canada stockpiles drugs to combat global flu pandemic” The Vancouver Sun, Feb 4, 2005. Mark Kennedy

NIH urges speedy publication online of research results. NIH, Feb 4, 2005. 

Singapore: Mosquitoes breeding in house plants could bring fines. “Dengue fever hits record highs in Singapore" Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Feb 4, 2005. 

Illness & injury are number 1 cause of bankruptcy filings in US. Health Affairs, Feb 2, 2005. 

NY Times notes that cancer overtakes heart disease as number one US killer, but fails to mention environmental carcinogens. Feb 1, 2005. 


January 2005


New IOM/National Academies report on built environment as it affects physical activity,. ATPM News. Jan 31, '05. For full report, click here


Barbara Rimer appointed Dean of UNC School of Public Health.  ASPH Friday Letter, Jan 28, 2005. 


Antibacterial additive widespread in US waterways. ASPH Friday Letter. Jan 28, 2005. 


Public health consequences of the Graniteville, SC and other toxic substance crashes. MMWR, Jan 28, 2005. 


Rapid health surveillance response following tsunami. MMWR, Jan 28, 2005. 


DHS braces for departure of managers. “Resignations leave void in top Homeland Security management ranks” GovExec.com, Jan 27, 2005.Chris Strohm.


US leads developed countries in sexually transmitted disease rates. Newsday, Jan 26, 2005, from British Journal Sexually Transmitted Infections. Jan 27, 2005.


Bill would repeal Arkansas school body mass assessment program. Associated Press, Jan 25, 2005. 


DHHS Secretary nominee Leavitt testifies on possibility of Medicaid cuts at Senate Finance Committee. Jan 21, 2005. 


Cesarean births in U.S. reach record level of 26.7%. MMWR, Jan 21, 2004. 


Arizona legislators approve anti-bullying bill. The Arizona Republic, Jan 20, 05.  Robbie Sherwood


New Dietary Guidelines released. The US Departments of Agriculture and Health & Human Services released the 2005 version of the periodically revised Guidelines, Jan. 12, 2005. 


Hidden danger in the delta: Fragile levees threaten state's water. State's drinking water could be polluted with salt water if the winter rains overrun levees. San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 9, 2005. Greg Lucas. 


Two fatal cases of rat-bite fever. Pet rats bit their handlers, both of whom died in recent incidents. MMWR, Jan. 7, 2005. 


Malaria in resort areas of Dominican Republic. MMWR, January 7, 2005.


Public health impact of the Indian Ocean Tsunami. Press accounts compiled by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, January 2005. 


Indiana: Bill would close state’s seat-belt loophole. “Seat belt pressure tightens”. Northwest Indiana Times, Jan 3, 2005,  Brendan O’Shaughnessy.


Ohio: Court says Master Settlement Agreement bans promo matchbooks “Court: Settlement bans cigarette ads on free matchbooks”. Associated Press, Jan 3, '05. 


Pennsylvania: Schools see promising results from obesity campaign “School district shows early success in fighting childhood obesity”. Associated Press, Jan 1, 2005. 


California: Cities and towns make effort to keep tobacco from minors. “Fee helps snuff out tobacco sales to minors” Monterey County Herald Jan 1, 2005.  M.S. Enkoji


South Carolina: Quirk in state’s tattoo law comes to light. “Tattoo law comes with sticking point” Charlotte Observer Jan 1, 2005.  Henry Eichel


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