Issue 4, January 28, 2013

The report consists of four components:

Several important articles on the ongoing burden and prospects for prevention of chronic diseases lead off this week’s Science Clips features. P Jhaexternal icon and colleagues, writing in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), document that smokers lose on average one decade of life expectancy. However at the state level, an analysis first authored by MC Farrellyexternal icon shows that both smoke-free laws and state tobacco control funding are associated with reduced youth smoking. A meta-analysis led by TJ Bradyexternal icon and published in the CDC journal Preventing Chronic Disease finds some evidence of enduring individual benefit from Chronic Disease Self-Management.

The past, present, and future of influenza occupies a prominent role in this week’s Clips. A group led by EIS alumnus SG Agoloryexternal icon surveyed New York City schools on the use of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPI) during the 2009-2010 H1N1 pandemic, finding that response teams and preparedness plans facilitated the school-level implementation of NPI. Current influenza prevention and treatment strategies and prospects for further enhancements are summarized by Bresee and Hadenexternal icon in a timely commentary in NEJM.

Understanding transmission and enhancing prevention of hepatitis B and C are ongoing public health priorities. The investigation by KB Enfieldexternal icon et al, which combines a retrospective cohort study with DNA sequencing, finds evidence of transmission of hepatitis B from a surgeon to two patients. The analysis by K Carneyexternal icon and colleagues finds evidence that receipt of tattoos may be an independent risk factor for acquiring hepatitis C. Looking at another high-risk group, Schillie, Spradling, and Murphyexternal icon find in a systematic review that children and young adults with diabetes respond well to immunization against hepatitis B.

Our features conclude this week with two forward looking articles of different types. A group of CDC laboratorians led by CY Katoexternal icon has developed two new, highly sensitive real-time PCR assays for the detection of Rickettsia spp. Finally, three years after the Haiti earthquake, a CDC-authored Commentexternal icon in the Lancet notes reasons for “cautious optimism” about the big picture future of public health in Haiti.

John Iskander
Editor, Science Clips



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