In Washington state's first study to examine driver use of electronic devices, investigators from the University of Washington found that more than 8 percent of drivers were engaged in the use of devices behind the wheel, higher than previously estimated. Among those driving distracted, nearly half (45 percent) were observed texting.
New maps outlining state laws in two public health topics were published today on LawAtlas.org, the Public Health Law Research (PHLR) website dedicated to legal and policy surveillance. The two new state law maps on child restraint laws (i.e., seat belts) and scope of practice laws for dental hygienists add to an already existing library of state law maps on important public health issues, such as distracted driving, youth concussions, and sterile syringe access for drug users.
A new study published online in the Journal of Health Economics finds no association between parental involvement (PI) laws and direct measures of sexual behavior or rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
For more than 30 years, the CDC has recommended that health care workers receive flu vaccines to prevent the spread of the illness. Despite this recommendation, less than two-thirds of health care workers were vaccinated in 2010-2011. Vaccine mandates, either by hospital policy or state law, are intended to help reach vaccination goals among health care workers.
Scott Burris, professor of law at Temple University and director of the Robert Wood Johnson Public Health Law Research Center, and Evan Anderson, senior legal fellow at PHLR, explore the unique challenges of the new field of public health law research in an editorial in the latest American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Two-thirds of Oregon school districts are substantially compliant with the current legal/statutory requirements of the Oregon Safe Schools Act, according to a new report.
Mortality due to drug overdose has risen consistently in the United States since the early 1990s, according to national statistics. But new research reveals that those numbers may not be accurate and deserve a closer look.
Public Health Law Research has released its fifth call for proposals on studies that focus on the effects of laws and policies on public health.
The new call for proposals is available online: www.rwjf.org/cfp/phlr5
The deadline for submitting proposals is July 24, 2013 at 3 p.m. ET.
As much as $1 million is available in this round of funding for short-term studies. Studies up to 18 months long will be funded at up to $150,000 each.
A new study published today in the American Journal of Public Health describes the current state of laws across the United States aimed at combatting concussions, commonly referred to as “traumatic brain injuries” or TBIs, among young athletes. Since 2009, 47 states and Washington, DC, have passed legislation designed to reduce the long-term consequences of TBIs in youth sports.
When families face issues like divorce, child custody, juvenile delinquency, and drug or alcohol abuse, it is the children that often suffer. Sometimes these children have to be placed in foster care, while the issues get resolved. A new study finds that if these issues are brought before a specialty court, children spend less time in foster care and are more likely to be reunited with their parents or primary caregivers.