Friday, July 30, 2010
Healthiest state for kids? MSNBC.com/AP, 7/27/10
Brief Intro: "The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its report Tuesday on how the 50 states fared in 10 categories of children's health. Survey organizers said the numbers do not reflect the current economic downturn. The data were collected from 2000 to 2008, before most U.S. families were hit by the recession."
New insurance pool set up for Kansans with pre-existing conditions Kansascity.com/AP, 7/30/10
Brief Intro: "The state of Kansas is taking applications for a temporary insurance program that would offer coverage to those with pre-existing medical conditions who have not been able to find other insurance for six months or more."
New sensor brings fresh hope to diabeteics, Foodconsumer.org, 7/30/10
Brief Intro: "In the July 28, 2010 issue of the journal Science Translational Medicine, the article titled “Function of an Implanted Tissue Glucose Sensor for More than 1 Year in Animals” describes the use of this glucose-sensing device as an implant in animals for over one year
At the conclusion of human clinical trials and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, the device may be a welcome alternative for people with diabetes currently required to use finger sticks, and short-term needle-like glucose sensors that have to be replaced every three to seven days."
Judge blocks controversial parts of Arizona law MSNBC.com, 7/28/10
Brief Intro: "The law will still take effect Thursday, but without many of the provisions that angered opponents — including sections that required officers to check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws. The judge also put on hold a part of the law that required immigrants to carry their papers at all times, and made it illegal for undocumented workers to solicit employment in public places."
U.S. senator Lindsey Graham: Deny citizenship to children of illegal immigrants Examiner.com, 7/30/10
Brief Intro: "Senator Lindsay Graham announced today that he has talked with other key senators about drafting an amendment to the Constitution that would deny citizenship to illegal immigrants' children born in the United States."
In Colorado, debate over program to check immigration history of the arrested New York Times, 7/29/10
Brief Intro: "Now, as Gov. Bill Ritter Jr. weighs whether to use Secure Communities, already in effect in 480 jurisdictions in 27 states, immigrant rights groups have been privately pushing him to reject the program. Critics say it promotes racial profiling by the local police and would undermine trust between immigrants and law enforcement, in a state that has particularly strict immigration laws."
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Since the start of the project, the program has helped with more than 12,000 babies in 94 community chapters in the U.S. At-risk pregnant women are paired up with more experience women who have further education and a more stable income. This partnership helps improve birthing outcomes as both work to ensure that the mother-to-be is engaging in healthy behaviors and attending prenatal appointments.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Click on the link above to view this 62 minute documentary in its entirety or visit the film website to learn more.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Nevada retains highest state unemployment rate - New York Times, July 20, 2010Brief Intro: "Michigan had previously held the highest state jobless rate for four years running. But that changed in May, when Nevada overtook it. And according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report released today, Nevada held onto that top slot with a rate of 14.2 percent in June. Michigan, by comparison, had a rate of “only” 13.2 percent."
The gender pay gap by state - New York Times, July 13, 2010
Brief Intro: "For all full-time wage and salary workers across the country, women’s median weekly wages were 80.2 percent of men’s last year. But there is considerable variation among the states."
Study finds Americans' economic insecurity at 25-year high - Newsweek, July 22, 2010
Brief Intro: "Newsweek published a story today that takes a look at the findings of a recent Rockefeller Foundation study that found that Americans are less economically secure than in any time over the last 25 years".
What the doctor is really thinking - New York Times, July 20, 2010
Brief Intro: "A study currently under way, called the OpenNotes project, is looking at what happens when doctors' notes become available for a patient to read, usually on electronic medical records. In a report on the early stages of the study, published Tuesday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers say that inviting patients to review the records can improve patient understanding of their health and get them to stick to their treatment regimens more closely."
In US cities, HIV linked more to poverty than race - Yahoo News (AP), July 19, 2010
Brief Intro: "The study, released Monday, suggests that HIV is epidemic in certain poverty-stricken urban neighborhoods. And, more significantly, poor heterosexuals in those neighborhoods were twice as likely to be infected as heterosexuals who lived in the same community but had more money."
Economic status may affect kids' hearing aid care - Yahoo News (Health Day), July 20, 2010
Brief Intro: "Poor children with hearing loss are as likely as other children to receive cochlear implants, but they may experience more complications afterward, a U.S. study has found."
NC protesters march over school busing decision - Yahoo News (AP), July 20, 2010
Brief Intro: "About 1,000 people marched through North Carolina's capital to protest a school busing policy that they say will lead to resegregation of area schools."
NBC hosting education summit in September - Yahoo News (AP), July 19, 2010
Brief Intro: "NBC News is convening its own summit with education and political leaders in September to talk about ways to improve schools in light of statistics showing the U.S. lagging in student achievement."
Topic: Juvenile justice
Federal oversight for troubled N.Y. youth prisons - New York Times, July 14, 2010
Brief Intro: "Four of New York’s most dangerous and troubled youth prisons will be placed under federal oversight, strict new limits will be imposed on the use of physical force by guards, and dozens of psychiatrists, counselors and investigators will be hired under a sweeping agreement finalized on Wednesday between state and federal officials."
Juvenile detention center offers education to kids - The Spokesman Review, July 19, 2010
Brief Intro: "In the 2009-’10 school year, the programs at Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center and Martin Hall in Medical Lake reached more than 2,200 kids between the ages of 8 and 18. About 200 additional young people were served by the Structured Alternative Confinement School, which is for juveniles on electronic home monitoring or who are court ordered to go to school."
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Would a similar strategy of financial rewards help those in the U.S. engaging in unhealthful behaviors change their ways? Programs are being made use of by companies trying to reign in out of control healthcare costs. But do these programs provide meaningful gains in the long-run? One small study points out that while participants were enrolled in a program that provided financial incentives as well as lifestyle counseling, the average participant lost between 13-14 pounds while participants in another group that only received counseling lost almost 4 pounds. But for participants in both groups, the weight returned once the program was over.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
You can learn more about this partnership by clicking here to access the article.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Viewers will be provided with a better understanding of the kind of hardships immigrants face. While one hopes that the workers profiled in this work will succeed in making their way out of the situation, you'll end up being surprised and saddened at how their lives actually turnout.
Viewer's notes: The documentary does not have subtitles and much of the discussion is in Spanish. Warning:The first five minutes of the documentary shows raw footage of a pig being killed and prepared for a party.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Caught in the Crossfire is an eye-opening documentary that I recommend viewing.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Current awareness articles published within the last 7-10 days.
Topic: Health disparitiesPoll: Fewer opportunities seen for minority kids – AP, July 7, 2010
Brief Intro: “Minority children have fewer opportunities than their white peers to gain access to high-quality health care, education, safe neighborhoods and adequate support from the communities where they live, according to a nationwide survey of professionals who work with young people.”
Disparities in Care: Grant secured to help get dental care to disadvantaged children – Redlands Daily Facts, July 15, 2010
Brief Intro: “A dental program targeting disadvantaged children expects to serve 3,000 kids and 1,000
pregnant moms in
UMMC seeks greater collaboration on health issues – Northeast Mississippi Daily
Journal, July 13, 2010
Brief Intro: “
Topic: Children and obesity
Child obesity programs not created equal – Chicago Tribune, July 16, 2010
Brief Intro: “Researchers studied the success of three three-year community intervention programs, each targeting a different age group of more than 1,000 children — those younger than 5, primary school-age children and teens. Each group had a similar control population that received no intervention.”
Ambitious Best Food FITS! Program to combat obesity in San Marcos – Texas State University News Service,
July 15, 2010
Brief Intro: “Supported by a $150,000 grant from the Texas Department of State Health Services, Best Food for Families, Infants and Toddlers! (Best Food FITS!) will attempt a community-wide intervention designed to influence eating habits from an early age.”
Community works in fight against obesity – Herald Tribune, July 15, 2010
Brief Intro: “Area health care professionals, dietitians, teachers, fitness specialists and concerned parents attended a workshop Wednesday to help develop a school-based obesity intervention plan for students and families.”
Topic: Vulnerable populations
Economic security index – A new measure of economic risk for American families – Rockefeller Foundation, July 13, 2010
Brief Intro: “The
the media to attend the launch of the "Economic Security Index" (ESI). The ESI is the first simple,
integrated measure of income insecurity. The ESI launch will highlight new statistics on the percentage of
American families with a 25% or greater income loss in 2010 and in prior years.”
More families, single adults seek shelter – Journal Sentinel, July 15, 2010
Brief Intro: “A sharp increase in calls for emergency shelter in
more families and single adults exhausted their means and their housing options in the first half of the year.”
HUD TO HOLD NATIONAL FAIR HOUSING POLICY CONFERENCE IN NEW ORLEANS – HUD.GOV, July 15, 2010
Brief Intro: “Demonstrating the urgency to end housing discrimination, the U.S. Department of Housing and
Urban Development today announced that it will hold a national fair housing conference in
starting Monday, July 19. The five-day conference will feature leading scholars, advocates, government
officials, and community leaders focused on providing equal housing opportunities, increasing economic
opportunities for low-income individuals, and meeting the needs of persons with disabilities.”