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A new data brief released the the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health during Men’s Health Month examines the characteristics of uninsured adult males by race and ethnicity, using the most recent data from the 2012 American Community Survey. Findings from the survey, which include information on social determinants of health such as poverty and education level, underscore the social and economic factors that should be considered in developing strategies to increase coverage and access to care for minority adult males. The survey findings provide additional information on the patterns of uninsurance among non-elderly males prior to the establishment of the Health Insurance Marketplace and the expansion of Medicaid eligibility under the Afffordable Care Act.
Download the Data Brief here:http://1.usa.gov/1kfmWTD
The HHS Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents has announced the release of the updated Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-1-Infected Adults and Adolescents.
Key additions and revisions to the guidelines include:
- Addition of “Cost Considerations and Antiretroviral Therapy,” a new section that discusses strategies to contain costs without compromising treatment effectiveness.
- Changes to recommendations on the frequency of CD4 count monitoring, including a table that outlines the updated recommendations.
- Change in classification of recommendations for initial treatment from “Preferred Regimens” to “Recommended Regimens” to reflect the expanding options for treatment-naive patients.
- Increased emphasis on key principles to follow when switching ARV drugs in the setting of viral suppression.
- A new table listing ARV drug options to consider when switching ARV drugs because of adverse effects.
- For a complete preview of key updates to the guidelines, please see What’s New in the Guidelines. Additions and revisions are also highlighted in yellow throughout the text and tables of the PDF version of the guidelines.
Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-1-Infected Adults and Adolescents: http://1.usa.gov/Rbv6Eo
Earlier this week, JAMA Psychiatry published an article detailing a study that tested the effectiveness of an app designed to help recovering alcoholics. From Reuters:
“More recovering alcohol abusers also reported total abstinence from drinking when using the app, which has guided relaxation techniques and alerts users when they’re near bars and other places that may be risky to their recoveries.”
For the complete Reuters release: http://reut.rs/1iI1Fn1
For the JAMA Psychiatry article: http://bit.ly/1laudGD
A comprehensive health and lifestyle analysis of people from a range of Hispanic/Latino origins shows that this segment of the U.S. population is diverse, not only in ancestry, culture, and economic status, but also in the prevalence of several diseases, risk factors, and lifestyle habits. These health data are derived from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL), led by the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), a landmark study that enrolled about 16,415 Hispanic/Latino adults living in San Diego, Chicago, Miami, and the Bronx, N.Y., who self-identified with Central American, Cuban, Dominican, Mexican, Puerto Rican, or South American origins. These new findings have been compiled and published as the Hispanic Community Health Study Data Book: A Report to the Communities. The full report is available in English and Spanish.
Hispanic Community Health Study Data Book: A Report to the Communities (English and Spanish): http://1.usa.gov/1hTbu0J
Intimate Partner Violence in the United States – 2010 is a new report describing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS). This report presents detailed information describing the public health burden of intimate partner violence (IPV) in the United States, including an in-depth look at the scope of IPV and its far-ranging consequences. The report shows younger adults, racial/ethnic minorities, those with lower incomes, and those who have had recent food or housing insecurity experience higher rates of IPV. While many men experience IPV, women are disproportionately affected.
Intimate Partner Violence in the United States – 2010: http://1.usa.gov/1cBqtxG
The February NIH News in Health is now available. Articles include:
- Stop the Spread of Superbugs
- Gripped by Gout
- Distracted Driving Raises Crash Risk
- Caring for a Seriously Ill Child
- Featured Website: NIDA for Teens
Read these articles and access past issues: http://1.usa.gov/1fab6a9
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, teen pregnancy rates in the United States are at a record low. In 2012, the pregnancy rate among teenage girls was about 29 per 1000 girls, down from 62 in 1991.
Washington Post story: http://wapo.st/1iPzgOA
MedlinePlus (Teenage Pregnancy): http://1.usa.gov/1f1CpoW
The CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report – United States, 2013, published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), is the second consolidated assessment that highlights health disparities and inequalities across a wide range of diseases, behavioral risk factors, environmental exposures, social determinants, and health-care access by sex, race and ethnicity, income, education, disability status and other social characteristics. It provides new data for 19 of the topics published in 2011 and presents 10 new topics.
The latest report looks at disparities in deaths and illness, use of health care, behavioral risk factors for disease, environmental hazards, and social determinants of health at the national level. This year’s report contains 10 new topics including activity limitations due to chronic diseases, asthma attacks, fatal and nonfatal work-related injuries and illnesses, health-related quality of life, periodontitis in adults, residential proximity to major highways, tuberculosis, access to healthier foods, and unemployment.
CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report — United States, 2013: http://1.usa.gov/IOSyDb (PDF)
From the American Public Health Association Newswire:
“Low-income communities experience the greatest health gains from public health funding, according to new research released today at the American Public Health Association’s 141st Annual Meeting in Boston.
Researchers found that over 17 years communities given public health funding experienced 4.3 percent reductions in infant mortality, as well as reductions of 0.5 to 3.9 percent in non-infant deaths from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and influenza.
However, these health gains were 20-44 percent larger when funding was targeted to lower-income communities.”
For complete study information visit http://bit.ly/1c5E5LW