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October is SIDS Awareness Month

Friday, October 4th, 2013

October is SIDS Awareness Month. Learn more about the problem and the risk factors and take action to reduce the risk. Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden, unexplained death of an infant younger than one year old. Some people call SIDS “crib death” because many babies who die of SIDS are found in their cribs. SIDS is the leading cause of death in children between one month and one year old. Most SIDS deaths occur when babies are between two months and four months old. Premature babies, boys, African Americans, and American Indian/Alaska Native infants have a higher risk of SIDS.

The percentage of nighttime caregivers who reported that an infant usually shares a bed with a parent, another adult, or a child more than doubled between 1993 and 2010, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health. Sharing a bed, with an adult or another child, increases an infant’s risk of death from sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS or other sleep-related causes. To reduce infants’ risk of sleep-related deaths, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that infants should not be placed to sleep on an adult bed at any time.

SIDS resources:
Trends and Factors Associated With Infant Bed Sharing, 1993-2010: The National Infant Sleep Position Study:
MedlinePlus (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome):
CDC (Sudden Unexpected Infant Death and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome):

NHS Choices’ Behind the Headlines

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Behind the Headlines (, from NHS Choices (from England’s National Health Service), provides an unbiased and evidence-based analysis of health stories that make the news. The service is intended for both the public and health professionals, and endeavours to: explain the facts behind the headlines and give a better understanding of the science that makes the news, provide an authoritative resource for doctors which they can rely on when talking to patients, and become a trusted resource for journalists and others involved in the dissemination of health news.

Behind the Headlines (NHS Choices):

Video Game Training Improves Cognitive Control in Older Adults

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Researchers found that seniors who play a 3-D video game improve their ability to sustain focus and multitask successfully. The results highlight the potential of the aging brain to improve certain skills.

A team led by Drs. Joaquin A. Anguera and Adam Gazzaley from the University of California, San Francisco, examined the ability of seniors to multitask and improve their cognitive control—the ability to interact with a complex environment to accomplish a goal. The study, funded in part by NIH’s National Institute on Aging (NIA), appeared on September 5, 2013, in Nature.

Full NIH Research Matters post:

Article in PubMed:

Vitamin D deficiency and traumatic bone breaks

Monday, September 16th, 2013

According to a study by researchers at the University of Missouri found that over 75% of patients with traumatic bone breaks, such as from a car accident, have lower-than-recommended Vitamin D levels.

Read more about the study:

Find more information on Vitamin D and health at the following resources.

Harvard School of Public Health:


Institute of Medicine and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Reports on Obesity

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Obesity poses one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century, creating serious health, economic, and social consequences. Despite acceleration in efforts to characterize, comprehend, and act on this problem, further understanding is needed on the progress and effectiveness of implemented preventive interventions.

After three decades of increases, adult obesity rates remained level in every state except for one, Arkansas, in the past year, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2013, a report from the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Thirteen states now have adult obesity rates above 30 percent, 41 states have rates of at least 25 percent, and every state is above 20 percent, according to the report. In 1980, no state was above 15 percent; in 1991, no state was above 20 percent; in 2000, no state was above 25 percent; and, in 2007, only Mississippi was above 30 percent. F as in Fat features a series examining high-impact policies to prevent and reduce obesity in the United States. The series highlights significant policy accomplishments over the past decade, but stresses that they are not yet implemented or funded at a level to reduce obesity trends significantly.

An IOM committee developed a concise and actionable plan for measuring the nation’s progress in obesity prevention efforts – specifically, the success of policy and environmental strategies recommended in the 2012 IOM report Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation. Evaluating Obesity Prevention Efforts develops a concise and actionable plan for measuring the nation’s progress in obesity prevention efforts. This book offers a framework that will provide guidance for systematic and routine planning, implementation, and evaluation of the advancement of obesity prevention efforts. This framework is for specific use with the goals and strategies from the 2012 report and can be used to assess the progress made in every community and throughout the country, with the ultimate goal of reducing the obesity epidemic. It offers potentially valuable guidance in improving the quality and effect of the actions being implemented.

F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2013:
Evaluating Obesity Prevention Efforts: A Plan for Measuring Progress:

Bullying and Suicide: a Public Health Approach

Monday, August 19th, 2013

The Journal of Adolescent Health has published a supplement on The Relationship Between Youth Involvement in Bullying and Suicide.  Included in the issue is an editorial entitled Bullying and Suicide: a Public Health Approach by staff at the Centers for Disease Control and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The full Supplement is online and available at no-cost:

CDC Science Clips – CDC’s weekly digest

Friday, August 16th, 2013

CDC Science Clips is an online bibliographic digest featuring scientific articles and publications that are shared with the public health community each week, to enhance awareness of emerging scientific knowledge

Science Clips consists of four components:

  • Top ten articles of the week
  • CDC-authored publications
  • Key scientific articles in featured topic areas
  • Public health articles noted in the media

To view current and previous issues, visit:

Webinar: Lessons Learned from Early Outreach and Enrollment Projects

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

From Families USA:

Open enrollment in the new health care benefits available under the Affordable Care Act begins October 1. Engaging communities and uninsured stakeholders now is key to ensuring the success of enrollment efforts. Community groups, faith communities, health care providers, and advocacy organizations are busy making plans for outreach and education. Families USA next Health Action webinar will feature a discussion with Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Health Care Workers about the results of two pilot outreach projects. Both projects tested and evaluated effective methods for reaching, educating, and engaging target communities about health care coverage options.

Webinar: Lessons Learned from Early Outreach and Enrollment ProjectsWednesday, August 21, 20132:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT – 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT

Click here to register:

Planned Parenthood will discuss the two canvass pilot projects they conducted in Detroit, Michigan, and Dallas, Texas, from May to June, which tested messaging and enrollment best practices related to the Affordable Care Act. They will present their results and the lessons they learned.

SEIU will discuss the pilot program they ran in south Los Angeles, California, which focused on determining the obstacles that consumers face to getting health coverage and methods to find, screen, and enroll people in health coverage.

There is a lot of work to be done between now and October 1 to make sure we are ready for open enrollment. We hope you can join us for this important conversation that can inform your outreach and enrollment plans and goals.

Community Health Center Uses TeleMedicine to Improve Pain Management

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

A Community Health Center in Middleton, Connecticut is tackling disparities in pain management with a new program utilizing telemedicine. The program provides access to specialty care for minority patients who are underserved by pharmacies and by health care providers:

Spotlight On Minority Mental Health

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

From the Health and Human Services Administration’s National Partnership for Action To End Health Disparities Blog:

One in four.

That’s how many adults are facing mental health problems in our country – and there is evidence to suggest that the burden of mental health issues may be even greater among minority communities. But too often, the causes and consequences of untreated mental health problems are left out of the conversation when we talk about improving the health of our most vulnerable and underserved. For communities that are already confronting widespread barriers to health and opportunity, the consequences of mental health problems – among them, decreased worker productivity, increased economic costs to the health care system and heightened risk of premature death, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – can have a devastating toll.

During National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, we recognize the costly burden of mental health problems for diverse communities, and we shine a light on avenues for prevention, treatment, wellness and recovery. We acknowledge that mental health problems touch all communities, in all parts of our country – but that the struggle for equity persists in mental health as well.

To read the whole story, visit the blog site: