Friday, May 28, 2010
Big Islanders live shorter lives and face higher cancer, heart disease and suicide rates compared with the rest of Hawaii, according to a recent report on health on Hawaii Island.
Lack of access to doctors and health information, the economy, behavior and being of certain ethnic backgrounds appear to decrease life expectancy and the overall health of Big Isle residents, said Sharon H. Vitousek, an internal medicine specialist and director of the North Hawaii Outcomes Project, which produced the Community Health Profile 2010 report.
North Hawaii Outcomes Project
Friday, May 21, 2010
NLM recently announced two newly-issued grant programs, NLM Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities and NLM Independent Career Development Award for Biomedical Informatics. Applications for both programs must be submitted through Grants.gov.
The grant program to reduce health disparities solicits applications for projects that will bring useful, usable health information to populations affected by health disparities and the health care providers who care for them. Proposed projects should utilize the capabilities of computer and information technology and health sciences libraries to bring health-related information to consumers and their health care providers. The application deadline is July 14, 2010.
The purpose of the NLM Independent Career Development Award for Biomedical Informatics program is to facilitate the transition of investigators from the mentored to the independent stage of their careers. The award applies to research in clinical informatics, public health informatics or translational informatics. Preference will be given to candidates who received their informatics training at one of NLM’s university-based training programs in biomedical informatics. There are multiple application deadline dates.
Additional information regarding both grant programs is available in this recently published Latitudes article, http://nnlm.gov/psr/newsletter/?p=2883.
Thanks to Alan Carr at UCLA
Monday, May 17, 2010
A family history of type 2 diabetes increases risk factors associated with overfeeding
D. Samocha-Bonet, L. V. Campbell, A. Viardot, J. Freund, C. S. Tam, J. R. Greenfield and L. K. Heilbronn
May 2010 online
For UHM only
Friday, May 14, 2010
Many who think they have food allergies actually do not. A new report, commissioned by the federal government, finds the field is rife with poorly done studies, misdiagnoses and tests that can give misleading results.
JAMA. 2010 May 12;303(18):1848-56.
Diagnosing and managing common food allergies: a systematic review.
Chafen JJ, Newberry SJ, Riedl MA, Bravata DM, Maglione M, Suttorp MJ, Sundaram V, Paige NM, Towfigh A, Hulley BJ, Shekelle PG.
For UHM only cut and paste PMID into PubMed search box
Friday, May 07, 2010
Thanks to the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, the Get Ready campaign is pleased to provide its fact sheet on H1N1 preparedness in common Asian and Pacific Islander languages.
The health forum translated the Get Ready campaign's popular H1N1 flu preparedness fact sheet (also available in English and Spanish) into 10 languages: Chinese, Chamorro, Chuukese, Japanese, Korean, Marshallese, Samoan, Thai, Tongan and Vietnamese.http://www.getreadyforflu.org/H1N1api.htm
Monday, May 03, 2010
Cardiology demand leads to fellowship at UH, Queen's
A shortage of heart doctors on Oahu has led to a three-year accredited cardiology fellowship under the University of Hawaii and The Queen's Medical Center.The goal of the UH Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship program is to recruit, train and retain cardiologists in Hawaii because 80 percent of doctors end up practicing where they trained, according to a news release from Queen's.