Apr 20 2011
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Public Health News Roundup: April 20

BP oil disaster at one year: Assessing public health threats

One year later, the oil is not all gone, many communities are continuing to struggle, and there are significant questions about health impacts that need to be addressed.

The Impacts Of Parks And Green Environments On Human Health

Research shows that a walk in the park is more than just a nice way to spend an afternoon. It's an essential component for good health, according to University of Illinois environment and behavior researcher Frances "Ming" Kuo.

Prescription Drug Abuse Targeted as a 'Public Health Crisis'

A major campaign launched Tuesday to combat prescription drug abuse, one of the nation's fastest growing drug problems.

Inaccurate Picture Of Health-Care Disparities Can Be Created By Limitations Of Question About Race

What race best describes your background? That one question, which appears on most paperwork for health care, could leave entire groups of people underserved and contribute to racial health disparities, according to new research from Rice University published in the current issue of the journal Demography.

Minority Kids With Heart Defects More Likely to Die in Childhood

Minority children in the United States born with heart defects are more likely to die in early childhood than whites, a new study finds.

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