AADT's Session Wrap-Up
> 7/16/2007 9:31:08 AM

Last week saw a handful of topics generate reams of column inches at news sources around the country. Obesity related issues, teen behavior concerns, smoking cessation and military mental health all played prominent roles in health news, and so it should come as no surprise that these topics also flesh out our Session Wrap-Up this week.

Fewer Young Smokers Seek Help to Kick the Habit - Several studies from the American Journal of Public Health examined the issue of teens and smoking, including racial disparities observed in quitting patterns. As this new information was surfacing, Congress was already at work on legislation that could have significant repercussions for the tobacco industry.

Postpartum Depression Bill Likely to Move Forward - The 108th Congress has begun to move forward on two separate bills, one in the House and one in the Senate, that would provide funds for research into postpartum depression.

'Fat Tax' Could Save Thousands of Lives Each Year - Researchers in England say that taxes on unhealthy foods, like the taxes already levied on cigarettes, could reduce demand and improve society-wide health.

Recovery Brings Stress, Bonds at Army Burn Unit - A close examination of what doctors face at a burn unit for those wounded in combat reveals the struggles and the triumphs that face those aiding in recovery.

Fat Children Face Stigma, Report Says - A comprehensive meta-analysis of data on childhood weight bias shows that stigmatization of obese children begins early and has many damaging effects.

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