Monday: 141st Annual Meeting in Boston

Day two of the Annual Meeting didn't feature the glitz and glamour of nationally-renowned speakers and a "new APHA" launch. Day two was all about SCIENCE. Brand new, never-published data hallmarked the first day of scientific sessions.

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  1. Several grabbed national headlines, including one study showing that even minimum amounts of alcohol paired with acetaminophen increases your risk of kidney disease by 123 percent.
  2. Other newsmakers included hospitalization costs for gun victims topping $2 billion per year, while a workplace ban on smoking did not reduce secondhand smoke for lower-paid workers.
  3. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, spoke at a session on preventing school dropout and increasing graduation rates.
  4. Most of the world uses social media but how should public health practitioners use it? Staff from APHA and AIDS.gov offered one-on-one training to Annual Meeting attendees — from social media "newbies" to experts seeking high-level strategies. We're here from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through Tuesday!
  5. The Public Health Expo is going strong, with more than 700 booths of information for health professionals and scholars. The University of Illinois at Chicago, George Washington University and Johns Hopkins were among the many schools representing from miles away ... and even winning awards.
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  7. Stay tuned. The second half of the meeting awaits.
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