Department of Health and Human Services: Federal Health Agencies Unveil National Tool to Measure Health Impacts of Environmental Burdens

Department of Health and Human Services: Federal Health Agencies Unveil National Tool to Measure Health Impacts of Environmental Burdens . “Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Environmental Justice, announce the release of the Environmental Justice Index (EJI). The EJI builds off existing environmental justice indexes to provide a single environmental justice score for local communities across the United States so that public health officials can identify and map areas most at risk for the health impacts of environmental burden.”

Penn State: Lessons on nutrition easy to digest in virtual reality spaces

Penn State: Lessons on nutrition easy to digest in virtual reality spaces. “Virtual reality (VR) may provide nutrition teachers and dietitians with an entirely new way to serve real lessons on healthy eating, according to a team of Penn State researchers. In a study, students learned about nutrition both through an interactive VR lesson, as well as during a more traditional lecture that was hosted in a VR environment. The research also showed that nutrition educators might not even need all the bells and whistles of VR interactivity for those lessons to be effective.”

State of Michigan: New tool available to track harmful algal bloom reports

State of Michigan: New tool available to track harmful algal bloom reports. ”
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) are reminding Michiganders to be aware of the potential for harmful algal blooms (HABs) in bodies of water. To help the public know where HABs have been reported, a new Michigan Harmful Algal Bloom Reports map is now available online at Michigan.gov/HABsMap.”

Editorial: Open the NYC 9/11 files: The city must release its archives on air quality during the rescue and recovery efforts (New York Daily News)

New York Daily News: Editorial: Open the NYC 9/11 files: The city must release its archives on air quality during the rescue and recovery efforts. “Lawyers for the City of New York are sitting on a hidden library of documents about the environmental and health hazards from Ground Zero dating back to 2001 that must be published. Survivors and responders want to know what the city knew, and Reps. Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney have been pressing for years for City Hall to release the archive.”

Open Medicine Foundation: Announcing Our Newest Center to Advance Medical Education

Open Medicine Foundation: Announcing Our Newest Center to Advance Medical Education. “Big news! Open Medicine Foundation (OMF) is thrilled to announce the launch of our 7th funded Center: The OMF Supported Medical Education Resource Center (MERC) at Bateman Horne Center. In partnership with Bateman Horne Center, the MERC aims to increase the number of knowledgeable healthcare providers equipped to treat ME/CFS, Long COVID, and related multi-system chronic complex diseases (msCCD).”

Newswise: UTSW researchers document “infodemic” of false information on COVID-19 in first year of pandemic

Newswise: UTSW researchers document “infodemic” of false information on COVID-19 in first year of pandemic. “The researchers used a Twitter scraping tool called Twint to collect English-language tweets including #scamdemic or #plandemic. After eliminating retweets, replies, and duplicate tweets, they found that 40,081 users tweeted 227,067 times using the selected hashtags. While Twitter suspended one-fifth of the users associated with the tweets, 80% of them were left to post and repeat misinformation (defined as false information not intended to harm) and disinformation (false information that carries an intent to harm).”

Stanford News: Stanford-based initiative WastewaterSCAN will monitor wastewater for COVID-19, monkeypox, influenza A, and RSV genetic markers to help guide public health responses

Stanford News: Stanford-based initiative WastewaterSCAN will monitor wastewater for COVID-19, monkeypox, influenza A, and RSV genetic markers to help guide public health responses. “Researchers at Stanford University and Emory University have launched a nationwide initiative to monitor monkeypox, COVID-19, and other infectious diseases in communities by measuring viral genetic material in wastewater. The effort will also provide health officials and the public with free, high-quality data, which is critical to informing public health decision making.”

ProPublica: How Misinformation About COVID Vaccines and Pregnancy Took Root Early On and Why It Won’t Go Away

ProPublica: How Misinformation About COVID Vaccines and Pregnancy Took Root Early On and Why It Won’t Go Away. “Before coronavirus vaccines were even released, a disinformation campaign used a moment of national and personal vulnerability to prey on those who were pregnant or who planned to become pregnant.”

International Atomic Energy Agency: IAEA Launches Database on Breast Milk Intake

International Atomic Energy Agency: IAEA Launches Database on Breast Milk Intake. “The IAEA’s Database on Human Milk Intake is a growing global collection of studies, currently representing research from 28 countries across all regions, using the nuclear technique, deuterium oxide dose-to-mother (DTM), to determine how much breast milk breastfed infants consume.”

Mainichi: Rare records of A-bomb survey at Hiroshima junior high school in 1947 donated to museum

Mainichi: Rare records of A-bomb survey at Hiroshima junior high school in 1947 donated to museum . “Hiroshima Daiichi Junior High School was located approximately 850 meters from the hypocenter, and many students were working at munitions factories in and around the city when the atomic bomb was dropped on Aug. 6, 1945. According to the documents, a total of 1,334 students and staff were registered at the time, and more than half, or 727 were exposed to the A-bomb.”

University of Hawaii: Study finds college vaccine mandates lowered COVID-19 deaths by 5%

University of Hawaii: Study finds college vaccine mandates lowered COVID-19 deaths by 5 . “A national study looking at the impacts that mandated vaccine policies had on universities and colleges and their surrounding communities found that those policies reduced the overall death rate of the U.S. in fall 2021 by about 5%, roughly 7,300 lives.”

SC Media: HHS alerts to ongoing healthcare web app attacks, urges review of tactics

SC Media: HHS alerts to ongoing healthcare web app attacks, urges review of tactics. “Healthcare entities are being urged to review tactics and potential remediation strategies for ongoing web application attack campaigns targeting the sector. The Department of Health and Human Services Cybersecurity Coordination Center shared insights into health sector impacts.”

KRDO: State launches new online directory to find behavioral health specialists in Colorado

KRDO: State launches new online directory to find behavioral health specialists in Colorado. “This online directory helps people to find behavioral health providers licensed by the [Colorado Behavioral Health Administration] and to search for specific services or use a guided search to identify providers or resources that best meet their needs. Searches can be specific and narrowed down by criteria such as location, days of operation, language support, payment types accepted, and more.”

WSFA: Alabama launches new substance abuse, mental health app

WSFA: Alabama launches new substance abuse, mental health app. “A new tool is now available to those who may be struggling with substance abuse and mental health. Connect Alabama is a new app that was created through a partnership with the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Alabama Department of Mental Health…. Alabamians can now access resources related to mental health, substance use, and prevention in the palm of their hand.”

Penn State University: Race matters in COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, research finds

Penn State University: Race matters in COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, research finds. “A new Penn State study analyzed data collected when COVID-19 vaccines first became available to determine whether these racial and ethnic disparities are related to vaccine hesitancy. Among their findings, the team discovered that disparities between Black and white adults in COVID-19 vaccine uptake may largely be due to anti-vaccine beliefs among Black adults. By contrast, the team found that U.S.-born Hispanic adults were less vaccine hesitant than U.S.-born white adults.”