public health

Dear Research Advocate: Earlier this week, the House passed an inadequate proposal for $622.1 million in emergency Zika funding, falling far short of the bipartisan Senate proposal of $1.1 billion passed this week, not to mention the President’s request of $1.9 billion. Appropriations subcommittee Chairman Cole (R-OK-04) has stated that subsequent Zika funding will come in the next appropriations cycle, but public health experts tell us we cannot wait. (This is especially true since the pattern of the last many years is for appropriations to go undetermined until almost calendar year end.) Summer months are approaching and half the continental U.S. is home to potential disease-carrying...
Founded : 2008 Location : Washington, D.C. Mission : Conduct intervention and policy research to make a public health impact on preventing the premature deaths and disease burden of tobacco use behavior. The Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies at Truth Initiative conducts tobacco control research with a clear and specific public health impact. Using a transdisciplinary “team science” approach, we work collaboratively with scientists, practitioners, policymakers and other stakeholders to strengthen the science of tobacco control implementation, dissemination and policy. Our vision is to use research to achieve a culture where all youth and young adults reject tobacco...
President Obama’s decree proclaiming April 4 – 10 National Public Health Week focuses on several key objective: stemming the tide of infectious disease like Zika; improving access to healthcare domestically and globally; promoting healthy behaviors in adolescents; preventing opioid and illicit drug abuse; decreasing gun violence; addressing climate change-related health issues; and improving access to mental health resources. National Public Health week is an opportunity to reflect on the pivotal role public health research and practice play in advancing the wellbeing of Americans and populations across the globe, and recognize the individuals, organizations and agencies that carry out...
Despite the tremendous improvements in health we’ve made in the 20th century, Americans live shorter lives and suffer worse health outcomes than people in many other high-income countries. That’s why this week, during National Public Health Week , the American Public Health Association, Research America and hundreds of partners across the country are rallying around a goal of making the U.S. the Healthiest Nation in One Generation — by 2030. We're building a national movement of people, communities and organizations working to ensure conditions where everyone has the opportunity to be healthy. While maintaining a healthy lifestyle and having access to health insurance are critical...
Consensus across numerous scientific studies shows that increased emissions of carbon dioxide contribute to the formation of ground level ozone and to increases in allergenic pollen production – both of which trigger asthma attacks and worsen allergic symptoms among the millions adults and children nationwide who are affected by asthma and/or seasonal allergic rhinitis. This mounting evidence demonstrates that the same changes that are contributing to changing the climate are affecting the health of people in the United States, especially those who have allergies or asthma. In collaboration with a research center at George Mason University, the national association of allergy doctors called...
As 2015 comes to an end, let’s revisit the top ten most popular Research!America blog posts of the year (based on page views) that emphasized the importance of communicating the value of research and making research and innovation a higher national priority. We would like to thank our outstanding guest bloggers, including early career scientists, and leaders representing academia, industry, patient groups and scientific societies, who believe in the endless possibilities of scientific discovery, development and delivery to improve our nation’s health. 1) Lessons learned from a workshop on effective science communication April 24 : Our most popular post of the year! Debra Cooper, Ph.D., a...
Dear Research Advocate, The shocking attacks in Beirut and Paris serve as reminders of the global interconnectedness of our society. In so many ways, the tragedies others face are also ours and their challenges are our challenges, health challenges very much included. Last evening I interviewed Dr. Tamar Kokashvili, a grantee of CRDF Global, at their 20th anniversary dinner. Dr. Kokashvili, who hails from the nation of Georgia, collaborates with University of Maryland scientists to characterize genetic diversity of cholera bacteria (over 200 strains, complicating both diagnosis and treatment). Just in the last few weeks we have learned of cholera outbreaks in Syrian refugee camps, and...
As flu season approaches Families Fighting Flu is working to make sure children don’t die needlessly. Influenza (the flu) is a serious disease. More than 200,000 people are hospitalized for influenza each year in the United States and 20,000 – 30,000 people die. During the 2014 – 2015 flu season alone, 146 children died from this highly contagious disease but preventable disease. As Executive Director of Families Fighting Flu (FFF), I am all-too-familiar with these statistics. Families Fighting Flu was founded in 2004 by families who lost a child to influenza; their heartbreaking stories are shared on our website . Now a trusted source of information and resources, FFF’s mission is to save...
Leading up to Public Health Thank You Day (PHTYD), there is no accomplishment more worthy to celebrate than community water fluoridation . Optimal water fluoridation is a safe and cost-effective intervention, reducing oral health disparities and preventing tooth decay by 25% over a lifetime. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers community water fluoridation as one of the ten greatest public health achievements of the 20 th century. September marked the 70 th anniversary of community water fluoridation and its longstanding public health benefits. To commemorate this seminal anniversary, Representative Mike Simpson, D.M.D. (R-ID) introduced H.Res.416 , a resolution...
While the annual flu vaccine saves thousands of lives every year , most people don’t give much thought to the work that takes place behind the scenes to determine what’s in that injection. The US has a system for national influenza surveillance which collects data from across the US to identify which influenza viruses are circulating, if the current season’s vaccine is a good match, and which viruses should be included in the next year’s vaccine. Preparations for next season’s flu vaccine start at the beginning of each flu season. In fact, it is the specimens collected at the beginning of each new flu season that help inform vaccine virus selection for the next year. Public health...

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