Vaccines, Medicare, Minorities and More: New Reports From the National Academies Press

November 1, 2011

Check out these new titles and prepublications available from The National Academies Press (http://www.nap.edu/). All NAP titles can be read online or downloaded in PDF format free of charge! NAP publishes authoritative reports issued by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council.

Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality (prepublication), Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, edited by Kathleen Stratton, Andrew Ford, Erin Rusch, and Ellen Wright Clayton

Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies (2011), Institute of Medicine, edited by Leann L. Birch, Lynn Parker, and Annina Burns

Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads (2011), Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy

Geographic Adjustment in Medicare Payment: Phase I: Improving Accuracy (prepublication), Second Edition, Board on Health Care Services

The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding (2011), Board on the Health of Select Populations

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24% U.S. Counties Report More Deaths than Births

June 30, 2011

Last year, more people died than were born in nearly one-quarter of all U.S. counties, a new study shows.

This trend, known as natural decrease, is the result of younger people moving away, as well as decreases in fertility levels. Researchers from the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) also found that rural areas are particularly hard hit by natural population decrease, which is taking a toll on local schools, hospitals and other family services.

“Last year, 24 percent of all U.S. counties experienced natural decrease. And, for the first time in U.S. history, deaths now exceed births in an entire state,” Kenneth Johnson, senior demographer with the Carsey Institute and professor of sociology at UNH, said in a university news release.

The state to which Johnson referred was West Virginia, the study revealed. Another key study finding: more than 90 percent of U.S. counties with a natural decrease are in rural America.


HealthResearchFunding.Org assists unfunded research projects

June 3, 2011

Each year, there are numerous research proposals for promising new treatments that make their way through a peer-review process but do not receive funding, although they have the potential to make significant contribution to scientific discovery. The National Health Council (NHC), with input from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has developed a web database designed to bring researchers together with patient advocacy organizations and other funding sources. It’s called HealthResearchFunding.Org.

By using this database, potential research supporters among NHC membership and those outside the NHC community can avoid duplication of effort and more efficiently identify and evaluate NIH-reviewed research proposals. By utilizing the HealthReserachFunding.Org database, researchers gain an organized and unvarying environment in which to exhibit their proposals alongside their peers. Their respective research institutions could spend less time, effort, and resources looking for financial support and more time conducting research to aid in the development of new treatments for patients.


Help for Flood Victims

May 18, 2011

The MedlinePlus consumer health web site (medlineplus.gov) has created a page that links individuals to web sites providing high quality information on floods and flooding. You’ll find links to FEMA, CDC, EPA and Department of Homeland Security web sites to assist those needing information on topics such as flood disaster plans, cleanup, mold, air quality, power outages, water safety, repairing your flooded home and more.


Social and Emotional Development in Children and Adolescents

May 13, 2011

The Maternal and Child Health Library releases Social and Emotional Development in Children and Adolescents Knowledge Path. A companion resource brief for families is available at this site.


Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing

April 22, 2011

Johns Hopkins School for Public Health established the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) in 1981. Although the concept of devising alternatives to animal testing is controversial, the CAAT website dispels the myths about the efficacy of using animals in testing everything from pharmaceuticals to cosmetics to medical procedures. Visitors interested in listening to or watching presentations about alternatives to animal testing should check out the “Media Center” for the link to the “CAAT Youtube Channel”. Visitors interested in taking a free online course offered by CAAT entitled “Humane Science Course”, should check out the “Resources” tab.


Hmong Cultural Center

April 22, 2011

The Hmong people came to the United States as refugees after the Vietnam War, and they were mainly resettled in California, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. The Hmong Cultural Center was established in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1992, and their website has a wealth of resources “that enhance cross-cultural awareness and understanding between Hmong and non-Hmong persons.”