//
archives

Public Policy

This category contains 1623 posts

As U.S. Confirms First Zika-Related Death, Congressional Republicans Still Won’t Approve Emergency Funding

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed the first Zika-virus-related death in the United States, raising new concerns about the severity of the mosquito-borne disease and prompting renewed calls for Congress to approve the Obama administration’s two-month-old request for emergency funding to fight the ongoing outbreak. According to a report released Thursday by the CDC, health officials … Continue reading

5 Things You Should Know About Vaccines

The development of vaccines is classified as one of the top ten public health accomplishments of the 20th century, and deservedly so — these cost-effective measures avert hundreds of millions of cases of disease and save millions of lives each year. As we celebrate World Immunization Week (April 24-30), here’s a look at some of the key facts about vaccines: Continue reading

A Mysterious Bacterial Infection Is Killing People In The Midwest

A mysterious blood infection that has killed 17 people in Wisconsin over the past four months has now been linked to the death of a Michigan resident, raising the stakes for medical investigators who are scrambling to trace the source of the outbreak. Since November, at least 54 people in Wisconsin have fallen seriously ill … Continue reading

A Surgical Tech May Have Exposed Over 5,000 Patients To Hepatitis And HIV In Hospitals Across Four States

Hospitals in four states are warning thousands of patients that they may have been exposed to hepatitis and HIV by a former hospital worker who allegedly tampered with patients’ syringes to steal narcotic pain medication. The alert comes after Rocky Allen, 28, a former surgical technician, was indicted last month in Colorado on charges of … Continue reading

STUDY: Domestic Violence During Pregnancy Doubles The Risk Of Preterm Birth

Women who experience any form of domestic violence during pregnancy are twice as likely to give birth to a premature baby or a baby with low birth weight, according to a new meta-analysis that adds to the evidence linking intimate partner violence to a range of adverse health consequences. Researchers from the University of Iowa … Continue reading

New Evidence Undermines The Entire Premise Of Anti-Abortion Laws

As the Supreme Court deliberates over one of the most critical abortion rights cases of the last several decades, a newly-published study has revealed findings with profound implications for the abortion debate as a whole: In contrast to what abortion opponents claim, recent reductions in the U.S. abortion rate are attributable almost entirely to a … Continue reading

Unintended Pregnancy Plunges To Lowest Rate In 30 Years, Thanks To IUDs

A new study finds that the unintended pregnancy rate in the United States declined by 18 percent between 2008 and 2011, falling to the lowest rate in more than three decades. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, attributes the dramatic decline in unintended pregnancies to the increasing use of long-acting reversible … Continue reading

4 Students Injured In Shooting At Ohio High School

Two students were shot and two additional students were injured Monday during a shooting at a high school in Madison Township, Ohio. A suspect is in custody and all other students are safe, according to the school district’s Facebook page.  Madison Local School District confirmed the incident on Facebook, saying that none of the students … Continue reading

‘A Militia Of Toddlers’: Iowa Lawmakers Approve Bill Allowing Children To Have Handguns

In a move that’s being described as “completely ridiculous,” Republican lawmakers in Iowa passed a bill this week to explicitly allow kids to use handguns without any lower age-limit. The measure, which was approved Tuesday by Iowa’s GOP-controlled House of Representatives, would permit children under age 14 to use “a pistol, revolver or the ammunition” with parental supervision. … Continue reading

BREAKING: 5 Dead After Domestic Violence-Related Shooting In Washington State

Five people are dead, including a gunman, after a shooting in rural Washington State Friday, according to the Mason County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office received reports of four shot at a home in Belfair, the agency said on Twitter. A SWAT team assisted the sheriff’s office on the scene, where a standoff and negotiations … Continue reading

Follow publichealthwatch on WordPress.com