News: September 2004 Archives

Study: Alcohol tied to 75,000 deaths a year in U.S.

Friday, September 24, 2004 Posted: 10:51 AM EDT (1451 GMT)

ATLANTA, Georgia (Reuters) -- Alcohol abuse kills some 75,000 Americans each year and shortens the lives of these people by an average of 30 years, a U.S. government study suggested Thursday.

Excessive alcohol consumption is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States after tobacco use and poor eating and exercise habits.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which published the study, estimated that 34,833 people in 2001 died from cirrhosis of the liver, cancer and other diseases linked to drinking too much beer, wine and spirits

Article from: CNN

U.S. should adopt Canada's public health care model

NUPGE president James Clancy contrasts advantages of Canada's single-payer system with America's failure to insure all and curb soaring costs

Lake Buena Vista, Florida - The United States could eliminate vast health care inequities and save huge amounts of money by adopting a single-payer system similar to the one pioneered by Canada, James Clancy, NUPGE national president, told an American union audience yesterday.

Clancy delivered the remarks Tuesday at the annual Inter-Union Gas Workers Conference, hosted this year by the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical, and Energy Workers International Union (PACE).

Article from: National Union of Public and General Employees

Epidemiologic Perspectives & Innovations--A new BioMed Central Journal

What is Epidemiologic Perspectives & Innovations?

Epidemiologic Perspectives & Innovations is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal of epidemiologic research methods, applications, critical overviews, teaching tools, perspectives, and other analytic work.

Epidemiology, is a critically important field in informing clinical, policy, and individual health decisions. It is a young field, experiencing major fundamental advances every year, however the high social value of its results means the science is primarily devoted to producing immediate results. Yet existing journals almost exclusively publish reports of new epidemiologic study results, leaving few pages available for other contributions to the science and its applications. Such contributions, including policy applications of epidemiologic findings, new methodology, critical overviews of the field, re-analyses of previous findings, and methods for teaching and communicating, require thoughtful, critical scholarly discussion.

Epidemiologic Perspectives & Innovations provides a forum for such contributions - anything in or about epidemiology other than just reporting new study findings. Of particular interest are articles about policy, philosophy, and practices in the field, which do not relegate to commentary or discussion, but are treated as analytic work. Epidemiologic Perspectives & Innovations emphasizes articles that are accessible and of interest to a broad range of health researchers, teachers, practitioners, and policy makers, rather than those that appeal primarily to a few specialists in a particular subfield.

Edited by Corinne Aragaki and Carl V. Phillips, Epidemiologic Perspectives & Innovations is supported by an international Editorial Board.

For more information and manuscript submission click here

Testing, testing: For doctors, it never ends

More physicians are finding that board recertification has evolved into a continuous certification process.

By Damon Adams, AMNews staff. Sept. 27, 2004.

Family physician Tony Golden, MD, has been through board recertification three times. He isn't sure he can stomach a fourth one.

"I've seriously questioned doing it again," said Dr. Golden, who practices in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Board-certified family physicians go through recertification every seven years, but Dr. Golden and other doctors are facing a new era in recertification. In 2000, medical specialty boards agreed to transition their recertification programs into maintenance-of-certification processes, which focus on continuous lifelong learning.

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NLM Launches NLM Catalog

NLM is pleased to announce the debut of the NLM Catalog, a new Entrez database. The NLM Catalog provides access to NLM bibliographic data for over 1.2 million journals, books, audiovisuals, computer software, electronic resources, and other materials via the NCBI Entrez retrieval system. Supporting automated mapping features such as explosions on MeSH terms, the new database is an alternate search interface to the bibliographic records resident in LocatorPlus. The NLM Catalog is available at from the "Search" pull-down menu and from the PubMed sidebar. It is also a hyperlink under "Library Catalogs and Services" on the NLM homepage.

For further information about the new database, see the overview at

U.S. Congress passes teen suicide prevention bill

U.S. Congress passes teen suicide prevention bill

Last Updated: 2004-09-10 10:25:29 -0400 (Reuters Health)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress on Thursday easily passed a bill to help prevent teen suicide, legislation named for a senator's son who took his own life a year ago this week.

The legislation, which authorizes $80 million over three years for prevention programs and research, now goes to President George W. Bush for his signature.

Link from Reuters: Health

WHO warns of bird Flu Epidemic

Big News Monday 13th September, 2004

The World Health Organization warned Sunday in China an avian influenza epidemic may occur unless Asian countries intensify preventative efforts.

Compared with SARS, I am a lot more concerned (with the avian influenza), Shigeru Omi, director of WHO Regional Office for Western Pacific, told reporters at Shanghai's 55th session of the WHO Western Pacific Regional Committee, reported Xinhua, China's main government-run news agency.

Articel from: Big News

HHS Continues to Strengthen Umbrella of Protection from Bioterrorism

/10/2004 5:25:00 PM


To: National Desk

Contact: HHS Press Office, 202-690-6343; Web:

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 /U.S. Newswire/ -- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson said the third anniversary of the worst attack on American soil marks a time to remember the lives lost and their families, take measure of the tremendous progress made in bolstering our nation's preparedness for another attack, and reaffirm our commitment to further strengthening our nation's public health system.

Since Sept. 11, 2001, the nation's public health infrastructure has been strengthened, hospitals' surge capacities have grown, new science to limit the dangers of bioterrorism have been created, and antidotes to deadly agents and other medical countermeasures have been produced and stockpiled. Yet, Secretary Thompson warns there is more work to do and the nation must remain vigilant and dedicated to further strengthening our public health system and preparedness for a terrorist attack.

Article from: U.S. Newswire

Government ignored public health warnings during fallout era

By Jennifer Sandmann
Times-News writer

TWIN FALLS -- It was July 6, 1962, and a professor from the University of Utah took his students on a routine field trip southeast of Salt Lake City to measure background radiation near various rock formations.

What their Geiger counters recorded instead was a national secret that today marks Idaho as one of the hottest fallout zones in the nation under the federal government's nuclear bomb testing program in Nevada.

A National Cancer Institute study unleashed the news seven years ago, but only now does it appear to be sinking in among Idahoans.

Article from The Times News

PUBLIC HEALTH: Rabies cases on the rise

Devils Lake girl receives treatment

By Lisa Davis

Herald Staff Writer

A Devils Lake family got a stark reminder of how serious rabies can be.

Two-year-old Jasmine Charboneau was bitten by a black Labrador retriever - normally a good-natured and patient breed - that was infected with rabies. Charboneau is undergoing a series of shots as treatment for the disease, and the dog has been put down.

Even without that wake-up call, increases already have been reported in the number of rabies cases in animals in Minnesota this year.

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UNC Public Health programs win $6.7M

9:57 AM EDT Thursday

Two University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health programs have received $6.7 million in funding.

The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has renewed funding for the North Carolina Center For Health Preparedness. That $5.6 million will enable the center, part of the School of Public Health's North Carolina Institute for Public Health, to expand its educational programming for public health professionals.

Article from Triangle Business Journal

Experts Call For National Collaboration on Medical Education Research

03 Sep 2004

Advocating a stronger scientific foundation for research into medical education, Dartmouth Medical School educators call for a comprehensive network of educational epidemiologists to study teaching in the health professions.

Their report, in the September 1 issue of JAMA, urges a national commitment to collaborate on research that can provide evidence-based standards to assess effectiveness in medical education. Such a commitment, according to the researchers, is critically important as there is currently no evidence basis for the national accrediting bodies for either medical schools or residencies.

Article from Medical News Today

Businesses Partner With Public Health to Handle Emerging Threats

Wednesday September 1, 1:30 pm ET

Leaders in Government, Business and Public Health Release Toolkit for Employers

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Employers face an array of emerging biological, chemical and terrorist threats and need to forge strong partnerships with public health agencies to help them handle life-threatening situations in the workplace, according to a prestigious group of private, public and government organizations who collaborated on a toolkit on emergency and bioterror preparedness for businesses.

Article from Yahoo Financial News

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