Issue 16, April 23, 2012

Vol. 4, Issue: 16, 4/23/12

Welcome to Science Clips, CDC’s weekly digest!

The report consists of four components:

Clinically oriented guidelines and studies lead off this week’s featured Science Clips articles. The new Infectious Disease Society of America sinusitis guidelines, contributed to by LA Hicksexternal icon from CDC, address a common and seasonally relevant clinical scenario with important implications for public health. EIS officer SJ Swansonexternal icon and colleagues, writing in the New England Journal of Medicine, document significant reductions in intestinal nematodes in U.S. immigrants empirically treated with the anthelminthic agent albendazole.

Additional articles with global health relevance include two laboratory-focused contributions. EK Rottinghausexternal icon, writing with multiple CDC collaborators, concludes that dried blood spot specimens may be useful for monitoring HIV drug resistance in resource-constrained settings. H Wangexternal icon and others from the Division of Viral Diseases provide data on multiple virus infection, which may help explain rotavirus vaccine efficacy in low income countries.

Surveillance and screening represent core public health tools which cut across disciplines. In an analysis involving both mental health surveillance and emergency response, a group of authors led by ME Kingexternal icon demonstrate the combined value of mental health triage and community assessment in a post-disaster setting. JR Mendellexternal icon, writing with CDC and non-CDC colleagues, proposes a two-phase newborn screening method for Duchenne muscular dystrophy which is intended to minimize false positive results.

Marking health observances and important milestones in public health involves simultaneously looking back at history and forward to emerging developments. NIOSH Director John Howardexternal icon commemorates the 1970 passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act in an article published in Industrial Health; the review also surveys current occupational health accomplishments and challenges. As Autism Awareness Month draws to a close, a trio of articles in Nature from BM Nealeexternal icon, BJ O’Roakexternal icon, and SJ Sandersexternal icon explore the complex role of de novo mutations in the genetics of autism and autism spectrum disorders.

John Iskander

Editor, Science Clips

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  1. Top Ten Articles of the Week

  2. CDC Authored Publications

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  3. Key Scientific Articles in Featured Topic Areas

  4. Public Health Articles Noted in the Media

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