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On Vacation

Public Health Post is taking our summertime break. Thank you from the whole crew for reading PHP and The Public’s Health. We’re back online Monday, August 20. See you then!

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Research

Blowing in the Wind: Plastic Bag Use

Single-use plastic bags are a number one flyaway issue at landfills, and permanent features of the landscapes they litter. Research examined the effectiveness of various approaches used by local governments to reduce plastic shopping bags.

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Drug Arrests Before and After Prop 47

New research looked at total drug-related arrests, and differences due to race and ethnicity on drug-related arrests, before and after the passage of Proposition 47.

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Health Care Service for Snowbirds

A small proportion of the American Medicare population consists of migratory elders. Snowbirds, the most common type, often receive medical attention in two sites, creating complexities in medical care.

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Medicaid for Idaho?

A group of activists has collected signatures to put Medicaid expansion on the Idaho ballot this November. Idaho is a deeply red state, but they hope expansion will pass on a popular vote.

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Savory Neighborhood

In urban environments, food deserts are often cited as a main reason for poor nutrition. Geographic access, however, may not paint a complete picture explaining what affects diet.

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Infant Mortality and Medicaid Expansion

Average death rates among all infants decreased in states that expanded Medicaid coverage, and increased in states that did not.

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Clarifying Medical Bankruptcy

A group of economists recently reexamined medical bankruptcy, concerned that the discrepancies in statistics were causing a misunderstanding of the problem.

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Preventing Tan-cer

Recently the CDC evaluated relationships between state indoor tanning laws and indoor tanning behaviors among high school students.

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Citizenship and Heat-Related Mortality

A recent study by researchers at the National Center for Environmental Health assessed whether non-US citizens have a higher risk of heat-related death than US citizens.

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Avik Roy: One Republican’s Advice on Health Care

Public Health Post spoke with Avik Roy, president of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, on health care spending, the problems with Medicaid, and the path to universal coverage.

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How Cities Can Reduce Neighborhood Violence

Alcohol outlets are closely associated with violent crime. CityHealth identified local control of alcohol outlets as one of nine policies that cities can use to improve the health of their residents in areas of everyday life.

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