CNN – Could ‘broken windows’ policy reduce teen homicide rates?
It takes a village to raise a child, as the old saying goes. But according to new research, it may also take a village to keep a child safe from homicide.
The findings come from a study, published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, of 143 homicide cases involving adolescents ages 13 to 20 in Philadelphia between 2010 and 2012. Researchers compared the neighborhoods where the homicides took place with the neighborhoods where 155 control teenagers, who were not homicide victims, were located at about the same time as the crimes.
NBC News – Zika Fears Prompt Feds to Ship Blood to Puerto Rico
The federal government is shipping blood and blood products to Puerto Rico because of worries that local supplies might be contaminated with mosquito-borne Zika virus.
The Health and Human Services Department said it was organizing shipments of blood products from the continental United States to Puerto Rico, where Zika is spreading fast.
Kaiser Health News – Report Details Senior Health Care That Misses The Mark
Quality over quantity. As people get older, their health care goals may shift away from living as long as possible to maintaining a good quality of life. In key areas, however, the medical treatment older people receive often doesn’t reflect this change, according to a new study.
The wide-ranging report from the Dartmouth Atlas Project uses Medicare claims data to examine aging Americans’ health care. Among other things, it identified five key areas where too many older people continue to receive treatments that don’t meet established guidelines or, often, their own goals and preferences.
Los Angeles Times – As measures of health, fitness and fatness matter more than weight
Researchers are nurturing a growing suspicion that body mass index, the height-weight calculation that distinguishes those with “normal healthy weight” from the overweight and obese, is not the whole picture when it comes to telling who is healthy and who is not. Two new studies drive that point home and underscore that BMI offers an incomplete picture of an individual’s health.
Fitness matters, as does fatness. And the BMI is an imperfect measure of both.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – HHS Approves Major Medicaid Expansion for Flint (News Release)
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved the State of Michigan’s 1115 demonstration to extend Medicaid coverage and services to Flint residents impacted by the lead exposure. In recognition of the public health crisis in Flint, it is a top priority for the Administration and for the Department to ensure that all children and pregnant women exposed to lead in their water in Flint have access to the services they need. Approximately 15,000 additional children and pregnant women will be eligible for Medicaid coverage and 30,000 current Medicaid beneficiaries in the area will be eligible for expanded services under this new waiver agreement.