Friday, January 30, 2009

New Survey Results Show Huge Burden of Diabetes

"In the United States, nearly 13 percent of adults age 20 and older have diabetes, but 40 percent of them have not been diagnosed, according to epidemiologists from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), whose study includes newly available data from an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT)."

“These findings have grave implications for our health care system, which is already struggling to provide care for millions of diabetes patients, many of whom belong to vulnerable groups, such as the elderly or minorities,” said Griffin P. Rodgers, M.D., director of the NIDDK. “Of paramount importance is the need to curb the obesity epidemic, which is the main factor driving the rise in type 2 diabetes.”

“These findings of yet another increase in diabetes prevalence are a reminder that a full-scale public health response is in order. Re-directing the trends in diabetes will require changing the nutritional and physical activity habits of people at risk, and also creative and substantial efforts by health systems and communities," said Ed Gregg, Ph.D., epidemiology and statistics branch chief in CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation.

Click on the title to link to the NIH news release and further informational links on Diabetes.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Emerging Health Threats Forum

"The Emerging Health Threats Forum is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, established with support from the UK’s Health Protection Agency.
Their mission is to make a significant contribution to the preparedness for and response to emerging health threats by:
~ identifying and tracking emerging health threats.
~ publishing original research and critically reviewing other published research on emerging health threats.
~ providing early and accurate risk assessments for policymakers, fund-holders, and other public-health officials, particularly those charged with emergency planning and crisis management.
~ identifying and highlighting for policymakers and fund-holders potential deficiencies in present or future resource allocation.
~ providing an international forum for health-protection officials, scientists, and policymakers to debate emerging health threats.
~ publishing the latest best thinking on disaster preparedness and crisis management.
~ uniquely publishing strategic lessons learned in disaster and crisis response.
~ interpreting scientific developments for the media and general public.
~ providing an international forum for scientists concerned about the dual use of science."
Read the latest Emerging Health Threats Journal issue, the latest weekly newsletter, and sign up for RSS feeds from this informative site.

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What are NTD's and What do they have to do with me?

Read the latest editorial from
PLoS ~ The Public Library of Science
and their ~ Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Journal

Waging Peace through Neglected Tropical Disease Control: A US Foreign Policy for the Bottom Billion
by Peter J. Hotez1 & Tommy G. Thompson. [click on main title]

The Public Library of Science or PLoS provides this and other excellent open access peer-reviewed journals such as:

PLoS Medicine.
PLoS Pathogens
PLoS Genetics
PLoS Biology

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