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Surgeon General Demands Warning Label on Social Media Apps

Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy emphasizes the urgent need for warning labels on social media apps, akin to those on cigarettes and alcohol, due to their detrimental effects on children's mental health. Citing studies, Murthy highlights the doubled risk of depression in teens spending excessive time on social media.   Murthy urges parental vigilance and legislative measures, advocating for r...
The Biden administration has moved to prohibit medical debt from impacting credit scores, citing the significant harm it causes to individuals' financial well-being. The decision underscores a crucial link between public health and financial equity. By alleviating the burden of medical debt on credit scores, the move seeks to address disparities in access to credit, particularly affecting margi...
CDC’s new MMWR report spanning eight states reveals disparities in secure firearm storage practices. Adult respondents varied from 18% (California) to 51% (Alaska) in reporting firearms kept in or around the home. Notably, in states with available data, between 25% (Ohio) and 41% (Alaska) of adults with loaded firearms and children or teens at home stored them unlocked.   Secure storage is cr...

Join AIM’s webinar on July 15, "Slam Dunk Strategies for Adolescent Immunization: Utilizing Sports-Based Approaches to Increase Catch-up and Engagement" from 1-2pm ET. Facilitated by immunization advocate Ethan Lindenberger, panelists will discuss integrating adolescent immunizations into team sports and events.   Gain insights and tools to implement effective immunization awareness programs,...
Anthony Fauci’s new memoir "On Call: A Doctor’s Journey in Public Service" sheds light on his 40-year tenure advising seven U.S. presidents and STAT News reviewed it here. Fauci emphasizes his commitment to public health over politics, recounting efforts like securing HIV funding under Reagan and spearheading initiatives with subsequent administrations.   Reflecting on the COVID-19 response, ...
The recall of dozens of CVS generic drugs reveals a concerning association with tainted manufacturing facilities. CVS's own-brand medications faced recalls roughly twice as often as those of its main competitor, Walgreens.   This raises significant public health concerns regarding the safety and quality of pharmaceuticals supplied by CVS. The link to tainted factories underscores the importan...
Extreme weather conditions in low- and middle-income countries adversely affect maternal health, as revealed by a recent study in BMJ Open. The research highlights how infrastructure disruptions and limited access to medical services during extreme weather events impact maternal well-being. Findings underscore the scarcity of comprehensive studies on this issue, emphasizing the need for further...
The CDC has launched an American Sign Language (ASL) YouTube Playlist, featuring informative videos on various health topics. The playlist covers vital subjects such as health equity, cancer screening, smoking cessation, maternal health, and infectious diseases. It includes campaigns like Vital Signs, Tips From Former Smokers®, Hear Her and more.   This resource aims to support the deaf and h...
A recent UNICEF report sheds light on the dire state of child nutrition worldwide. In regions like East Africa and Yemen, infants survive on limited diets. Shockingly, one in four children under five face "severe food poverty," lacking essential nutrients for growth. The pandemic, conflicts like Ukraine, and inflation exacerbate food shortages and price hikes.   However, some low-income count...