APHA — TFAH reports Prevention Fund facts, success
The impact of the Prevention and Public Health Fund, suggests a Trust for America’s Health report, may be determined by the future health of this generation’s children. “Today’s kids could become the first in American history to live shorter, less healthy lives than their parents,” said Jeffrey Levi, executive director of TFAH. “We can resign our kids to that fate or invest in proven, effective programs to reduce obesity, tobacco use and the prevalence of preventable chronic conditions.”
Kaiser Health News — Entrepreneurs at health ‘datapalooza’ asks feds for more data
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the agency’s latest liberation of data from its vast trove of health care information this week, making public for the first time price and quality specifics for 30 different out-patient procedures at hospitals nationwide.
Xinhua — Study: Elderly more at risk from H7N9 virus
Most of those infected with the H7N9 bird flu virus have been older people with pre-existing medical problems, putting them at greater risk of getting critically ill or dying, according to China’s first comprehensive study of the new virus. The analysis was led by scientists from Fudan University and was published in the latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.”With the elderly population rising, the study indicates that controlling chronic diseases is also important for controlling infectious diseases,” said Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center’s Lu Hongzhou, a leading researcher in the study. The average age of the patients was 61 years, while 42 percent were 65 or older. Male patients were 68 percent of the total.
Voice of America — Researchers develop treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder
Researchers have developed a possible treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, a mental condition characterized by increased anxiety, depression and problems with memory triggered by witnessing a traumatic event. Scientists say the drug potentially could be given to someone immediately following a trauma to prevent development of the psychiatric condition.
And from APHA’s Get Ready blog …
Advice from the experts: Preparing for hurricane season — Q&A with James Franklin, branch chief, and Dennis Feltgen, public affairs officer, of the National Hurricane Center
Hurricanes are a threat for many Americans, particularly those who live along the nation’s coasts. The best time to prepare for hurricanes is before they occur, according to experts with the National Hurricane Center, which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service.