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Social Capital and Natural Disasters

Social capital can improve mental health after disaster strikes. Strong social networks helped the elderly cope with housing damage in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, per research in the Lancet.

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The Black-White Infant Mortality Gap

64,876 babies could have been saved between 1999 and 2013 by eliminating the Black-White infant mortality gap , according to a recent study in the American Journal of Public Health.

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Following the Law while Improving Public Health

Governor Andrew Cuomo used executive action to place the homeless in shelters on freezing winter nights, raising questions about paternalism and public health.

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The Opioid Crisis: Implications for Addiction Management

Prescribing practices, while an important part of the story, cannot fully explain the opioid crisis. An examination of the communities most affected over time suggests a process driven by severe economic strain and protracted war.

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The Stress of the Nation

Regardless of age, a majority of Americans surveyed feel that this is the lowest point in the nation’s history. Worries about the future are the biggest source of stress.

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Working Longer in Worse Health

Americans are working longer to be eligible for Social Security benefits but a recent study in Health Affairs show delayed retirement is linked to worse health.

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Attention: Alcohol Deaths Still Rising

Alcohol death rates are at a 35-year high. Alcohol’s wide acceptance and stark increase in death rates requires national attention.

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LGBT Rights and Adolescent Health

New research shows the extent of health disparities affecting transgender populations, making research and programs to improve transgender health more vital than ever. 

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Low Birth Weights after ICE Raid

Evidence from Novak et al. shows aggressive immigration policy has a tangible health impact. Infants born to Latina mothers had a greater risk of low birth weights after the Postville, Iowa ICE raid.

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Happy Holidays!

Public Health Post is taking a publishing break for the holidays. Thank you for reading PHP and for joining us in conversation on social media. We’ll be back online on Monday, January 8, 2018. Best wishes for a festive holiday season, and see you next year!

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2017 Year in Review

David Jones reflects on the past year at Public Health Post, including the top five articles of 2017.

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Back to Nature for Better Attention Spans

Time spent outdoors can improve symptoms of attention disorders, according to a new study of children in daycare centers in Norway.

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