The “CDC Features” portion of the CDC web site has a new link in response to the recent news about the increased incidences of MRSA. Check out the comprehensive information at http://www.cdc.gov/Features/MRSA/.
Staying Well. Connected.
New CDC site about MRSA
Dolly Vinsant Hospital Closes
This morning’s Valley Morning Star reports a temporary closure of Dolly Vinsant Hospital in San Benito.
COWs in Rural Hospitals
Computers on Wheels or COWs are being used at Delhi Hospital in Louisana. “The computers can be easily transported to patients’ rooms for faster access of information. The Delhi facility is the first rural Louisiana hospital to become part of the Rural Hospital Coalition, a file database linked to LSU hospitals.” To read more about the COWs, click on the link below.
Racial Categories in Medical Practice
Two thought-provoking articles in the September 2007 PLoS Medicine take a look at the problematic use of “racial profiling” in medical treatment and discuss whether racial categories still have a useful place in medical treatment decisions or not.
- Braun L, Fausto-Sterling A, Fullwiley D, Hammonds EM, Nelson A, et al. Racial categories in medical practice: how useful are they? PLoS Medicine [Internet]. 2007 Sep; 4(9):e271. Available from: http://tinyurl.com/2geaw7 DOI:10.1371/journal.pmed.0040271
- Ellison GTH, Smart A, Tutton R, Outram SM, Ashcroft R, et al. Racial categories in medicine: a failure of evidence-based practice? PLoS Medicine [Internet]. 2007 Sep; 4(9):e287. Available from: http://tinyurl.com/3c8f9f DOI:10.1371/journal.pmed.0040287
Thanks to Siobhan for pointing out these articles.
New CDC report on HIV infection in Hispanics
A new report from the CDC is especially relevant on this National Latino AIDS Awareness Day. According to author Dr. Ken Dominguez, “The rate of HIV diagnosis for Hispanic males is about three times higher than the rate among white males. And for Hispanic females, it’s about five times higher than among white females.”
Among Hispanics with HIV, the means of infection varies widely. Much of the variation actually depends on where they were born: Mexican-born Hispanic injection-drug users were less knowledgeable about HIV and AIDS than their US-born counterparts, and Mexican-born men were more likely to be infected through male-to-male sexual contact. These and other findings can help focus prevention efforts in the right areas for specific populations.
New Report: Seeking Health Information Online
A new report from the Pew Internet & the American Life Project focuses on how people with disabilities and chronic conditions are seeking health information online. Earlier this week NPR featured the report during Morning Edition.
Citing Blogs — according to the NLM
Yes, that’s right, the National Library of Medicine’s style guide Citing Medicine now includes a reference format for citing an Internet blog — not only for citing an entire blog but also for citing specific blog entries or contributions. The guide also includes a wide variety of examples of proper blog citation style, including signed, anonymous, pseudonymous, organizational, foreign-language or governmental blogs.
UTEP Awarded $6.8 Million Dollar NIH Grant
New Project to Study how Hospitals Provide Language Services
Speaking Together: National Language Services Network, a project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), is helping 10 hospitals nationwide identify, test and assess strategies to effectively provide language services to patients with limited English proficiency (LEP). The project description document is available on the RWJF website.
National Latino AIDS Awareness Day
The fifth annual National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) is October 15, 2007. You can read Dr. Anthony S. Fauci’s, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and infectious Diseases at NIH, statement at http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/oct2007/niaid-10.htm.
It is important to note that racial and ethnic minorities continue to be disproportionately affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. In 2005, the adult and adolescent AIDS case rate was 3.5 times higher among Latinos than among whites. This is the second highest rate of any racial/ethnic group in the United States. By the end of 2005, an estimated 77,125 Latinos with AIDS in the United States had died.
The CDC has estimated that one-quarter of the people in the United States do not know that they have the virus. This day marks an opportunity to increase awareness of the devastating and disproportionate effects of AIDS in the Latino community. NLAAD is also a day to encourage HIV testing and to push for support from public officials and religious leaders.