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The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) is the official journal of The American College of Preventive Medicine and The Association for Prevention Teaching and Research. AJPM publishes original research and review articles in the areas of prevention research, teaching, practice, and policy

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November 7, 2022: Ultraprocessed foods linked to premature deaths


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June 17, 2022: New research delves into the contributors to obesity-related health disparities

Obesity-Related Health Disparities: Addressing the Complex Contributors
Guest Editors: Mona N. Fouad, MD, MPH, Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Heersink School of Medicine, and Professor and Director, Division of Preventive Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA, and Gareth Dutton, PhD, Endowed Professor of Diabetes Prevention and Control, Division of Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA


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April 4, 2022: What’s the skinny on those pandemic pounds?


FULL LENGTH ARTICLE
Association of Membership at a Medical Fitness Facility With Adverse Health Outcomes

Ranveer Brar, Alan Katz, Thomas Ferguson, Reid H. Whitlock, Michelle Di Nella, Clara Bohm, Claudio Rigatto, Navdeep Tangri, Sue Boreskie, Casie Nishi, Carrie Solmundson, Jennifer Marshall, Leanne Kosowan, Darlene Lamont, Paul V.J. Komenda
Published online: October 12, 2021


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May 11, 2021: Social isolation has a profound and increasingly negative impact on physical functioning in older adults
Researchers highlight the importance of incorporating strategies to reduce social isolation and promote successful aging, in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine


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April 22, 2021: Individuals in lower-income US counties or high support for former President Trump continue to be less likely to socially distance
A new nearly yearlong study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that lower-income and Republican-leaning communities are less likely to socially distance than other communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, suggesting the need for more nimble policy


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>April 6, 2021: People with HIV at high risk for intimate partner violence
Intimate partner violence found to be associated with riskier behaviors associated with elevated transmission of HIV, increased depression and anxiety, and poor adherence to HIV treatment, scientists report in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine


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March 11, 2021: Black and Hispanic workers overrepresented in occupations with higher risk for COVID-19 exposure
Black workers are especially overrepresented in indoor jobs that require close proximity to others, while Hispanic workers are especially overrepresented in high proximity outdoor jobs, researchers report in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine

Global disparities in vaccination persist and leave many children at risk
Challenges of providing childhood vaccinations in hard-to-reach populations, the emergence of “vaccine hesitancy” in less wealthy countries, and other barriers and challenges contributing to vaccination inequalities around the world are addressed in a special supplement to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
December 22, 2020

Global Vaccination Equity
Edited by Matthew L. Boulton, Abram L. Wagner
American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Volume 60, Issue 1, Supplement 1 (January 2021)


Structural racism severely impacts the health of foreign-born Blacks and Latinx
New study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine highlights the magnitude of the disparities in health of racial/ethnic minorities and immigrants in the United States, notably foreign-born Blacks and Latinx, which accumulates throughout life
December 15, 2020


State-reported data underestimate the true impact of COVID-19 social distancing
Well before stay-at-home orders were announced, individuals began to stay home, leading to an underestimation of the impact of the measures; delays in social distancing may explain the disproportionate burden of COVID-19 in vulnerable communities, researchers report in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
December 10, 2020


Close to 17 percent of patients recovered from COVID-19 could still carry virus
Although meeting the criteria for discontinuation of quarantine, patients with persistent respiratory symptoms are more likely to test positive for the virus, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
October 28, 2020


When reproductive rights are less restrictive, babies are born healthier
Women, particularly US-born Black women, in states with restrictive reproductive rights policies deliver more low birth weight babies and experience greater health inequities, according to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
October 13, 2020


Gun laws in neighboring states affect state gun deaths, new evidence
Weaker gun laws in neighboring states appear to increase gun deaths in adjoining states, and strong gun laws may be negated by more permissive laws among neighboring states, according to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
September 14, 2020


AJPM COVID-19 NEWS BRIEF #3
How effective does a COVID-19 vaccine need to be to stop the pandemic? This question plus coronavirus-related discrimination, population vulnerability, anxiety, and depression are explored in recent articles in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
August 25, 2020


Premature deaths from alcoholic liver disease rising as gap between men and women narrows
Since the early 2000s, alcoholic liver disease deaths among non-Hispanic whites, particularly women, have increased more rapidly than rates among other ethnic groups., reports a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
August 27, 2020


Doing good does you good
Regular volunteer work provides demonstrable benefits for the health and well-being of older adults, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
June 11, 2020


Veterans battle homelessness long after discharge from the military
New study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine documents the “sleeper effect” among veterans who become homeless years after leaving the military
May 5, 2020


Evaluating grip strength to identify early diabetes
Healthcare practitioners can use assessment of normalized grip strength to routinely screen for type 2 diabetes in apparently healthy adults, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
April 6, 2020


Sobering new data on drinking and driving: 15 percent of US alcohol-related motor vehicle fatalities involve alcohol under the legal limit
Accidents involving drivers testing below legal blood alcohol concentration limits are more likely to cause harm to others than drivers with levels at or above the limit, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, however, stronger alcohol control policies were protective against alcohol involvement in motor vehicle crashes, even at low levels
March 16, 2020


More than half of US opioid prescriptions for dental procedures exceeded 3-day supply recommendations from CDC 2016 guidelines
A new largescale study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that overprescription of opioids by dentists was common, particularly to patients at high risk for substance abuse, and that almost a third of patients received more powerful drugs than needed
February 4, 2020


Young adults using both e-cigarettes and combustible cigarettes at significantly higher risk of stroke
A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows that switching from combustible to e-cigarettes does not reduce stroke risk
January 7, 2020

Three quarters of teens who vape report using nicotine, marijuana, or multiple substances
A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine provides data that highlight disturbing trends in teen e-cigarette use
December 16, 2019


New study confirms American children and teens are consuming significantly less sugary drinks
Although daily consumption and caloric intake of sugar-sweetened beverages have declined substantially over the past decade, American youth – including SNAP participants – still drink too many sugary drinks, according to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
November 21, 2019


A tale of two cities: Impact of reducing teens’ access to flavored tobacco products
A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine reports that teen use of both flavored and non-flavored tobacco decreased with enforced restrictions, but increased with unrestricted access
October 24, 2019


Racial/ethnic mortality disparities widen among many age groups
A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine demonstrates progress reversals fall disproportionately among African American and American Indian infants and children
September 24, 2019


Depression, cannabis use, and binge drinking are on the rise among US former smokers
A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine cautions that these risk factors increase the risk of relapse among former smokers
August 20, 2019


Gun ownership linked to greater incidence of domestic homicides
A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine demonstrates that firearm ownership significantly increases the risk of intimate partner and family homicide
June 24, 2019


Suicide, accidents, and hepatitis – The leading causes of death for Veterans in their first year of PTSD treatment
A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine identifies and stratifies the mortality risks by age group, providing valuable insights for guiding prevention and treatment efforts
June 24, 2019


Eating healthily at work matters
A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds unhealthy worksite food purchases associated with unhealthy diet outside of work and more risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease
May 22, 2019


Consumption of caffeinated energy drinks rises in the United States
A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine examines the growing trend and recommends actions to minimize its risks
April 29, 2019


Affordable Care Act delivers significant benefits for women
A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine demonstrates the ACA’s positive impact on healthcare affordability and access, especially for women in low- and middle-income groups
March 21, 2019


Over half of ED visits for nonmedical prescription drug use are patients under 35
CDC and FDA investigators identified medications with the highest numbers of ED visits for harms following nonmedical use of medications to target patients at greatest risk and guide prevention efforts, reports the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
March 6, 2019


Higher suicide rates evident among youth in certain groups of Medicaid enrollees
Findings of a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine will enable more targeted screening and prevention efforts for youth at greater suicide risk
January 17, 2019

Medical emergency department visits can indicate increased suicide risk among teens and young adults
Identifying patterns in medical encounters prior to self-directed violence events can help shape screening and prevention strategies, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
December 17, 2018


New research provides guidance on how to successfully motivate California’s Medicaid population to quit smoking
Investigators describe components of California’s Medi-Cal Incentives to Quit Smoking (MIQS) program in a special supplement to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
November 16, 2018

Advancing Smoking Cessation in California's Medicaid Population
Edited by Steven A. Schroeder, MD
American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Supplement 2, Volume 55, Issue 6 (December 2018)


One in five homicides of children 2 to 14 years of age is related to intimate partner violence
Greater accuracy in reporting IPV-related child homicide cases is needed to improve prevention, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
November 8, 2018


Data does the heavy lifting: Encouraging new public health approaches to promote the health benefits of muscle-strengthening exercise (MSE)
A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine reports that nearly three quarters of US adults fall short of the MSE minimum guideline, while individuals who meet that standard report fewer chronic diseases
October 24, 2018


African American men’s health disparities: Research, practice, and policy implications
The Center for Healthy African American Men through Partnerships (CHAAMPS) presents results of studies to address health disparities impacting black men in a special supplement to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
October 17, 2018

African American Men’s Health: Research, Practice, and Policy Implications
Edited by James M. Shikany, Yu-Mei Schoenberger, Badrinath R. Konety, Selwyn M. Vickers
American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Supplement 1, Volume 55, Issue 5 (November 2018)


Children whose mothers use marijuana are more likely to try it at younger age
As prevailing regulatory and cultural shifts normalize adult medical and recreational cannabis use, identification of potential risk factors is key to preventing public health consequences, according to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
September 24, 2018


One in three US Veteran firearm owners keeps a gun loaded and unlocked
These unsafe practices are more prevalent among those who cite safety as the primary reason for gun ownership and contribute to heightened suicide risk, according to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
August 27, 2018


Individuals shot by police exhibit distinct patterns of recent prior hospitalizations and arrests
Multiple encounters with healthcare and law enforcement institutions foreshadow firearm injuries and present opportunities for crisis intervention, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
August 16, 2018


New study sheds light on the opioid epidemic and challenges prevailing views about this public health crisis
Fatal drug overdoses in young non-Hispanic white adults accounted for 62 percent of mortality rate growth among midlife non-Hispanic whites in the US between 1999 and 2015, according to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
May 22, 2018


Behavioral health workforce faces critical challenges in meeting population needs
Experts discuss the human resource issues and propose strategies and best practices in a special supplement to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
May 17, 2018

The Behavioral Health Workforce: Planning, Practice, and Preparation
Edited by Angela J. Beck, Ronald W. Manderscheid, and Peter I. Buerhaus
American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Supplement 3, Volume 54, Issue 6 (June 2018)


Pregnant moms and their offspring should limit added sugars in their diets to protect childhood cognition
Consuming more fruits and less sugar and avoiding diet soda during pregnancy could have a beneficial effect on child cognitive functioning, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
April 19, 2018


Drug-related mortality rates are not randomly distributed across the US
Economic and social conditions underlie geographic disparities in overdose rates and addressing them will be key to reversing the rising tide of drug deaths, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
March 26, 2018


Canada–US Free Trade Agreement (CUSFTA) increased caloric intake in Canada
New study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine indicates these changes corresponded with increased US exports and investment in the Canadian food and beverage sector
March 26, 2018


Sexual orientation discordance puts adolescents at greater risk for nonfatal suicidal behaviors
Discordant students are 70 percent more likely to have had suicidal ideas or to have made suicide attempts, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
February 20, 2018


Will there be enough public health workers when baby boomers retire?
While there might be sufficient replacement staff, complications remain, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
January 17, 2018


Dementia and cognitive impairment more prevalent in rural than urban seniors
Increased educational attainment has helped to mitigate cognitive decline among seniors in rural communities, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
December 12, 2017


Blood lead levels lower, but tooth decay higher in children who do not drink tap water
New study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine explores the trade-off between higher blood lead levels and tooth decay in children who drink tap water vs bottled water
November 27, 2017


Older-Adult Patients More Likely to Disclose Suicidal Thoughts as They Age
Depression and health problems in older adults are linked to willingness to disclose suicide intent, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
October 4, 2017


Important to Communicate Cancer Prevention Message to Young Adults to Reduce Risks Later in Life
In a Special Supplement to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine experts examine the challenges of effectively communicating with young adults regarding cancer prevention and explore possible solutions
August 14, 2017

Opportunities for Cancer Prevention During Early Adulthood
Edited by Claire D. Brindis, Dawn M. Holman, Mary C. White
American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Supplement 1, Volume 53, Issue 3 (September 2017)


New Study Generates More Accurate Estimates of State Opioid and Heroin Fatalities
Developing a statistical model to fill in the blanks on death certificates presented in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
August 7, 2017


Study Links Maternal Obesity During Pregnancy to Behavioral Problems in Boys
Researchers highlight the need for women to enter pregnancy at a healthy weight to promote healthy behavioral and emotional development in their children, particularly boys, in a new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
July 13, 2017


More Guns Now Being Purchased for Self-Defense than Recreation
More lethal, higher caliber weapons are dominating manufacturing, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
June 22, 2017


Burden of Physical Health Conditions Linked to Increased Risk of Suicide
Chronic illness, even in patients with no record of mental health problems, raises suicide risk substantially, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
June 12, 2017


Women Should Continue Cervical Cancer Screening As They Approach Age 65
Adjusted rates for cervical cancer do not decline until age 85, signaling a need for ongoing surveillance, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
May 1, 2017


Food Insecurity Can Affect Your Mental Health
Large worldwide survey points to link, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
April 27, 2017


Significant Increase in Number of Women Tested for BRCA Gene, but Many High-Risk Patients Are Still Missing Out
Detection of mutation carriers is still not being maximized, despite more and more women being tested, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
March 22, 2017


E-Cigarettes Popular among Smokers with Existing Illnesses
Current and former smokers suffering from illnesses like chronic lung or cardiovascular disease are more likely to use e-cigarettes, reports the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
February 21, 2017


Public Health Experts Celebrate 30 Years of CDC’s Prevention Research Solutions for Communities with Health Disparities
Special Supplement to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine highlights how applied public health research has been translated into policy and practice
February 16, 2017

Prevention Research Centers Program – 30th Anniversary: Translating Applied Public Health Research into Policy and Practice
Edited by Alice S. Ammerman, Ross C. Brownson, Jeffrey R. Harris, Mehran S. Massoudi
American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Supplement, Volume 52, Issue 3 (March 2017)


Less Driving Linked to a Decrease in Roadway Fatalities
A drop in the amount of time spent behind the wheel had little effect on how active Americans were, but did show a significant reduction in car crash deaths, reports the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
February 9, 2017

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