Thursday, November 04, 2010

UN Releases the Latest Human Development Report

UNDP’s 20th anniversary Human Development Report entitled “The Real Wealth of Nations: Pathways to Human Development” launched today [November 4, 2010] at the United Nations.
"The past 20 years have seen substantial progress in many aspects of human development. Most people today are healthier, live longer, are more educated and have more access to goods and services. Even in countries facing adverse economic conditions, people’s health and education have greatly improved."
Click here for a summary of the report.

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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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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Florence Nightingale: The passionate statistician

Florence Nightingale pioneered the use of applied statistics to develop policy and developed novel ways of displaying them.
by Julie Rehmeyer, Science News, 11/26/08.
The Science News webpage includes a flash animation of this graph. Thanks Jordan for this link!

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