Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) 2012 National Data Analysis Now Available

From the National Library of Medicine (NLM): The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), a resource of the US Environmental Protection Agency, is a set of publicly available databases containing information on releases of specific toxic chemicals and their management as waste, as reported annually by US industrial and federal facilities.  This inventory was established under the … Continue reading Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) 2012 National Data Analysis Now Available

“Smoking & Health” Turns 50 — Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of February 24, 2014)

It's pretty interesting that there have been so many different reports from the Surgeon General's Office, but if people simply say, "the Surgeon General's report" they mean the first one, from 1964, on Smoking and Health. I'm glad to see that the SGO is taking advantage of the 50th anniversary to release a new and … Continue reading “Smoking & Health” Turns 50 — Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of February 24, 2014)

New from the National Academies Press: Including Health in Global Frameworks for Development, Wealth, and Climate Change

From the NAP: Including Health in Global Frameworks for Development, Wealth, and Climate Change is the summary of a three-part public webinar convened by the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine and its  collaborative on Global Environmental Health and Sustainable Development. Presenters and participants discussed the role of health in … Continue reading New from the National Academies Press: Including Health in Global Frameworks for Development, Wealth, and Climate Change

Rural health

From the Health Resources and Services Administration: New publications focussing on rural health are now available from the HRSA Information Center. Causes and Consequences of Rural Pharmacy Closures: A Multi-Case Study identifies factors that contributed to the closing of six local rural pharmacies and the impact of the closings in their communities.  Order using inventory … Continue reading Rural health

New from the National Academies Press: Caffeine in Food and Dietary Supplements: Examining Safety

From the NAP: Caffeine in Food and Dietary Supplements is the summary of a workshop convened by the Institute of Medicine in August 2013 to review the available science on safe levels of caffeine consumption in foods, beverages, and dietary supplements and to identify data gaps.  Scientists with expertise in food safety, nutrition, pharmacology, psychology, … Continue reading New from the National Academies Press: Caffeine in Food and Dietary Supplements: Examining Safety

New edition of Health Communication Science Digest

From the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC): This month in the Digest there are several papers reporting the effectiveness of public health communication messaging (Auchincloss et al; Beales & Kulick; Chang [2 papers]; Dillard & Main; Glanz et al; Huang & Yang; Lee, J.). Other reports examine audience segmentation and targeting (McInnes et … Continue reading New edition of Health Communication Science Digest

“Toward Quality Measures for Population Health and the Leading Health Indicators”

If you, like me, missed this report when it first appeared last summer, visit the Institute of Medicine website to read the free PDF (or to order a copy). Public health practice and health care delivery in the United States share a common goal: longer, healthier lives for all. Quality in health care is essential … Continue reading “Toward Quality Measures for Population Health and the Leading Health Indicators”

HCUP’s “Most Expensive Conditions” infographic

From the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ): HCUP has released a new infographic, The Top Five Most Expensive Conditions Treated in U.S. Hospitals, which represents data from the recently released Statistical Brief #160: National Inpatient Hospital Costs: The Most Expensive Conditions by Payer, 2011. This statistical brief provides HCUP data on the distribution … Continue reading HCUP’s “Most Expensive Conditions” infographic

Strategies to facilitate the use of health-related evidence

The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) has released a systematic review, Communication and Dissemination Strategies To Facilitate the Use of Health-Related Evidence.  The review focuses on 3 areas. First, it addresses the comparative effectiveness of communicating evidence in various contents and formats that increase the likelihood that target audiences will both understand and … Continue reading Strategies to facilitate the use of health-related evidence

Capturing Change in Science, Technology, and Innovation

New from the National Academies Press: Capturing Change in Science, Technology, and Innovation:  Improving Indicators to Inform Policy Since the 1950s, under congressional mandate, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) - through its National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) and predecessor agencies - has produced regularly updated measures of research and development expenditures, … Continue reading Capturing Change in Science, Technology, and Innovation