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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Faculty Publication: Shortridge, McPherson, Ellison, Kientz

August 30, 2011

Shortridge, A. M., McPherson, M., Ellison, G., & Kientz, E. (2008). A case study implementing high fidelity clinical skills education using innovation diffusion theory. Paper presented at the ED-MEDIA 2008: World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications Charlottesville VA.

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Faculty Publication: Shortridge, McPherson, Loving, Lee

August 29, 2011

Shortridge, A., McPherson, M., Loving, G., & Lee, L. (2010). Using web-based approaches to enhance high fidelity clinical skills education. Paper presented at the ED-MEDIA 2010: World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications. Charlottesville, VA.

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Faculty Publication: Scott, Weidner, Synovitz, Knight, Steinheider, Shortridge, Lee, Lamb

August 27, 2011

Scott, R., Weidner, V., Synovitz, C., Knight, D., Steinheider, B., Shortridge, A., Lee, L., & Lamb, J. (2011). Development of interprofessional simulation to improve team dynamics. IMSH: International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare Conference Proceedings, 344.

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Faculty Publication: Schieche, Weidner, Synovitz, Knight, & Shortridge

August 26, 2011

Schieche, C., Weidner, V., Synovitz, C., Knight, D., & Shortridge, A. (2011). Research in progress track. Simulation and standardized direct observational tool for summative evaluation of resident competency.  IMSH: International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare Conference Proceedings, 343.
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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.


Free Ebook Downloads from the National Academies Press

June 21, 2011

Are you a digital reader? If so, you might be interested in the following news. On June 2nd, the National Academies Press (NAP) began offering the PDF versions of their reports and books as FREE downloads.

Who is the National Academies? The National Academies is a collection of four private, nonprofit institutions: the National Academy of Science, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Center. Each year, the NAP publishes over 200 authoritative books and reports that address science, engineering, and health topics.

More the 4000 NAP titles are now freely available to download. Users can choose to download entire books or individual chapters. To download a book, visit the NAP website at http://www.nap.edu/. Select a topic to browse (for example, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Education, Food & Nutrition, and Health and Medicine) and explore the available titles. Once you select a title, look for the DOWNLOAD FREE PDF option. To complete the download, you will need to create an NAP user account or register as a guest.

The following list comprises a small sampling of NAP titles: