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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Big Data and Public Health

Categories: Great Britain,Health/Medical,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/POST-PN-474.pdf

Examines the current and potential uses for big data in health improvement and the legal and practical issues raised by data use for public health or research purposes.  One of a series of Big Data studies released by this organization. From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Extramural R&D Funding by U.S.-Located Businesses Nears $30 Billion in 2011

Categories: Business/Economics,Health/Medical,Manufacturing,Science/Technology,Statistics,Transportation

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf14314/nsf14314.pdf

Reports on the spending by U.S. corporations for research and development performed by other entities both domestic and foreign.  Also reports on the type or category of industries that spent the most on extramural R&D, with pharmaceuticals and transportation equipment manufacturing leading the list.  From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation

 

Reasons for Emergency Room Use Among U.S. Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2012

Categories: Children,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Statistics

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db160.pdf

Reports that health insurance may have played a factor in visits to the emergency room by families with children.  Children with Medicaid coverage were more likely than uninsured children or those with private insurance coverage to have visited the emergency room.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

Perception of Weight Status in U.S. Children and Adolescents Aged 8-15 Years, 2005-2012

Categories: Children,Health/Medical,Statistics,Youth

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db158.pdf

About 30% of children and teens misperceive their weight status.  Accurate weight status perception has been linked to appropriate weight control behaviors in youth at a time when nearly 17% of children and adolescents are obese. From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

Census Bureau Updates Interactive HIV/AIDS Database

Categories: Births/Deaths,Health/Medical,Statistics

http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/miscellaneous/cb14-134.html

Press release announcing new annual data updates to the HIV/AIDS database showing prevalence of HIV infection and AIDS cases and death.  Includes individual country surveillance reports, sources in scientific and medical journals, and papers from international conferences.  From the Census Bureau

 

2014 State Indicator Report on Physical Activity

Categories: Athletics/Exercise,Health/Medical,Statistics

http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/downloads/pa_state_indicator_report_2014.pdf

Presents state-level information on physical activity behaviors and on environmental and policy supports by states for physical activity. Shows that physical activity among adults and high school students is higher in some states than others.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

First Chikungunya Case Acquired in the United States Reported in Florida

Categories: Headlines,Health/Medical

http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/p0717-chikungunya.html

Reports on the first locally-acquired case of the mosquito-borne virus Chikungunya in Florida.  Prior to this, the only occurrence of cases in the U.S. were in travelers returning from trips overseas.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

The Gap Report

Categories: Africa,Asia,Health/Medical,Latin America,Statistics,United Nations

http://www.unaids.org/en/media/unaids/contentassets/documents/unaidspublication/2014/UNAIDS_Gap_report_en.pdf

 

Estimates that 19 million people of the 35 million people living with HIV are unaware of their HIV-positive status. Offers regional snapshots of trouble areas, and portraits of the 12 populations who are at greatest risk of being left behind in the campaign to eradicate AIDs.  From UN Aids

 

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