Issue 12, March 26, 2012

Vol. 4, Issue: 12, 3/26/12

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Leading off this week’s featured articles is a study published in JAMA by Yang and colleaguesexternal icon. Using data from NHANES, they found that persons meeting more measures of cardiovascular health had lower mortality, but in the 2005-2010 cohort only about 1% met all seven metrics. A community intervention to promote physical activity, one of the seven factors in the NHANES study, is the focus of a cost-benefit study authored by F. Montes et alexternal icon, writing in the Journal of Urban Health. Asthma, a disease with considerable public health burden in urban communities, may be amenable to home and community-based interventions, according to a “review of reviews” by M.P. Labreexternal icon writing with several CDC co-authors in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

New discoveries highlight features in infectious diseases. The first confirmed G8P[4] strain rotavirus infections in the US are reported by G.A. Weinberg et alexternal icon in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology. A newly identified Cryptosporidium species, identified by X. Renexternal icon along with CDC and non-CDC collaborators, has been named after Ernest Edward Tyzzer, a Cryptosporidium research pioneer. Infectious disease studies with important clinical implications include a review of pH1N1 influenza-associated pneumonia by S. Jain et alexternal icon, who conclude that patients with suspected influenza and pneumonia should be treated early and aggressively. In another clinically relevant study, J. Piesman and A. Hojgaardexternal icon provide evidence from a mouse model that antibiotic prophylaxis should be given very soon after tick bites for prevention of Lyme disease.

Public health surveillance and laboratory science played key roles in the early identification of a typhoid fever outbreak in Nevada, as described in an article in Clinical Infectious Diseases by A. Loharikarexternal icon along with CDC and state health department colleagues. Health disparities, as well as environmental and social determinants of health, appear to be factors in the findings by R.J. Singleton et alexternal icon regarding higher rates of lower respiratory tract infection among American Indians and Alaskan Natives. Other broad factors affecting community health include laws; a recently published Community Guide review authored by R.A. Hahnexternal icon and collaborators concludes that there is strong evidence that privatizing retail sales of alcohol leads to increased alcohol consumption.

John Iskander

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