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Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Consumer Info/Protection,Headlines,Health/Medical,Mental Health

https://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov/surgeon-generals-report.pdf

The first ever Surgeon General’s report on the threat to the health of Americans from drugs and alcohol.  Covers the neurobiology of addiction, treatment, and prevention issues, the role of health care systems, and a vision for the future.  Argues that addiction is a brain disease, not a moral failing.  From the Office of the Surgeon General

 

Green Space and Health

Categories: Environment,Great Britain,Health/Medical,Mental Health,Science/Technology,Urban Issues

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/POST-PN-0538/POST-PN-0538.pdf

Summarizes the evidence for physical and mental health benefits from contact with nature.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Census of Problem-Solving Courts, 2012

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Marriage/Family,Mental Health,Supreme Court/courts,Youth

http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/cpsc12.pdf

Describes type, location, and characteristics of all problem-solving courts, such as drug, mental health, family, youth, DWI, domestic violence and other specialty courts.  Covers such topics as funding sources, points of entry, services, and benefits to participants.  From the Bureau of Justice Statistics

 

Connectome Map More Than Doubles Human Cortex’s Known Regions

Categories: Headlines,Health/Medical,Mental Health,Science/Technology

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/news/science-news/2016/connectome-map-more-than-doubles-human-cortexs-known-regions.shtml

Press release about the mapping of 180 distinct areas in the brain’s cortex.  Includes a brief description of the research and a citation to the article in the issue of Nature where the research was fully reported.  From the National Institute of Mental Health

 

The Effect of Changes in Selected Age-Specific Causes of Death on non-Hispanic White Life Expectancy Between 2000 and 2014

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Births/Deaths,Headlines,Health/Medical,Mental Health,Statistics

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db250.pdf

Life expectancy for whites is not increasing as fast as that for African Americans and Hispanics.  Between 2000 and 2014 life expectancy increased by 3.6, 2.6, and 1.4 years respectively for African Americans, Hispanics, and non-Hispanic whites. The lower number for whites was attributed to drug overdoses, suicide, and chronic liver disease—so-called deaths of despair.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

Early Release of Selected Estimates Based on Data From the 2015 National Health Interview Survey

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Mental Health,Smoking/Tobacco,Statistics

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/earlyrelease201605.pdf

Updates estimates for 15 selected health measures based on data from the 2015 Survey and compares to estimates from 1997 through 2014.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

Health of Non-Hispanic Asian Adults: United States, 2010-2014

Categories: Asian Americans,Health/Medical,Mental Health,Statistics

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db247.pdf

Presents estimates on the health status, chronic conditions, serious psychological distress, and limitations on work or social participation for all non-Hispanic Asian American adults and for the six largest subgroups: Chinese, Filipino, Asian Indian, Japanese, Vietnamese and Korean.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

The National Football League’s Attempt to Influence Funding Decisions at the National Institutes of Health

Categories: Athletics/Exercise,Govt Procurement,Headlines,Health/Medical,Lobbying,Mental Health

https://democrats-energycommerce.house.gov/sites/democrats.energycommerce.house.gov/files/Democratic%20Staff%20Report%20on%20NFL%20NIH%20Investigation%205.23.2016.pdf

Reports on the outcome of an investigation by Democratic Congressional staff members on alleged interference by the National Football League in attempting to influence the selection of research applicants for federal brain research funding.  From the Minority Staff of the House Energy and Commerce Committee

 

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