Jan 30 2012

Public Health News Roundup: January 30

Major New Effort Announced to Help Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases

Reuters is reporting that the world's major pharmaceutical companies are joining with governments and leading global health organizations to donate drugs and technical expertise to help control or eliminate ten neglected tropical diseases by 2020. The diseases include leprosy and sleeping sickness, and largely impact the developing world. Estimates suggest a billion people, including 500 million children, are impacted by these diseases. Read more global health news.

Reducing the Pain of the iPad

Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, Microsoft Corp. and Brigham and Women's Hospital say shoulder and neck pain associated with iPad use can be avoided if people don’t use iPads while they’re resting in a lap and instead use cases that enable higher viewing angles. The recommendations appear in the journal Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation. Read more on injury prevention.

Hosts Are Biggest Drinkers at College Parties

A new study in the journal Addictive Behaviors finds that college students who host off-campus parties drink more than their guests. The study also found that hosts tend to be males, members of a fraternity, in their sophomore year or higher and have more money to spend than other students. Read more on substance abuse.

Sobering Mental Health Concerns Among Returning Members of the Military

The American Public Health Association (APHA) has released a veteran's health-themed supplement to the March 2012 issue of the American Journal of Public Health. Key findings in the supplement include:

  • Suicide rates among active duty military increased between 2005-2007.
  • Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan experience elevated mental health and substance abuse risks; Army and Marine veterans fared worst.
  • Major depression and substance use disorders have increased among active duty combat-exposed veterans.

Read more about this supplement over at the APHA blog, Public Health Newswire. Also, read more news on the topic of military health.

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