The Next Big Thing: Public Health's Biggest Concerns

May 10, 2004
by Stephanie Stapleton
American Medical News

When it comes to the future, public health experts have a lot to worry about. Obesity and chronic disease, already high-ranking causes of death and disability, threaten to increase at exponential rates... ..."It is going to shorten life. And it is going to add extraordinarily to health care costs," said Shelley Hearne, PhD, executive director of the Trust for America's Health, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization. "We're just seeing the tip of the iceberg."

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