Issue 17, April 30, 2012

Vol. 4, Issue: 17, 4/30/12

Welcome to Science Clips, CDC’s weekly digest!

The report consists of four components:

Two related reviews on mental health from the Community Guide are featured in this week’s Science Clips. AB Thotaexternal icon and multiple collaborators find strong evidence of clinical and public health effectiveness for collaborative care for depression, while V Jacobexternal icon writing with others concludes that collaborative depression care “provides good economic value”.

Surveys as surveillance tools, and new state and local surveillance methods, also figure prominently in the week’s featured articles. C Liexternal icon, writing with several CDC colleagues in Preventive Medicine, compare prevalence estimates for chronic conditions and risk behaviors across three of CDC’s major surveys: BRFSS, NHIS, and NHANES. Writing for an international collaborative group, V Balabanexternal icon documents less respiratory illness and shorter duration of illness in surveyed Hajj pilgrims who complied with protective practices including hand hygiene and social distancing. A joint academic-public health group of authors, led by E Samoff, describe the integration of syndromic surveillance into public health practice in North Carolina; they also discuss implications for the sensitivity and efficiency of surveillance systems.

“Winnable battles” often merit special attention in Science Clips, with this week being no exception. Safe injection practices are an important component of healthcare-associated infection prevention. AY Guhexternal icon and colleagues from the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion review patient notifications for bloodborne pathogen testing resulting from unsafe injection practices. A randomized trial led by LR Metschexternal icon finds value for using rapid HIV testing in drug treatment settings, but no additional benefit from providing HIV risk-reduction counseling. Motor vehicle injury prevention, as well as injury prevention more broadly, may depend in part on legal authorities of public health to intervene. DD Stierexternal icon, writing in the American Journal of Public Health, finds that only 20% of state health departments have full authority over injury prevention.

Diverse aspects of viral diseases comprise our final featured selections. KM Gustinexternal icon and colleagues from CDC’s Influenza Division review recent innovations in laboratory models of influenza infections. The potential severity of Dengue virus infections is well known, but KM Tomashek et alexternal icon provide data indicating that deaths due to Dengue that were part of a recent outbreak in Puerto Rico may have been preventable.

John Iskander

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