This post concludes the Year-In-Review Series, which has looked at the ten most significant public health moments of 2014. Last week we examined the increased use of e-cigarettes and major advances in HIV prevention. We close our list by looking at the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the rampant Ebola outbreak. 9. Healthcare …
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With so many significant health moments in 2014, I’m going to double-up the issues discussed in this week’s post for an extra dose of our year in review series. 7. Blowing Smoke: The Research Behind E-cigarettes The popularity of e-cigarettes skyrocketed in 2014, as the smoke-free nicotine delivery device gained traction with the younger generation. …
The Top Ten Biggest Public Health Issues of 2014 continues this week with a look at more moments in health that made this year memorable. The reframing of public health in the past year begins with the “T” in LGBT: 5. Transforming Health for Transgendered Populations Those who are transgendered have long faced the burden …