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In US, spread of Zika linked to time outdoors
New research by a Northeastern infectious disease modeling expert has linked a person's risk of contracting Zika in the U.S. to time spent outdoors. The findings could impact how communities address the spread of the virus. (2017-09-21)

Study examines racial residential segregation and blood pressure in black adults
If exposure to neighborhood-level racial residential segregation changes is that associated with changes in blood pressure in a group of black adults? A new article published by JAMA Internal Medicine reports on a study by Kiarri N. Kershaw, Ph.D., of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, and coauthors that used data from a geographically diverse group of 2,280 black adults whose addresses were tracked over 25 years of follow-up. (2017-05-15)

Exercise to prevent, manage diabetes is more effective for college graduates
Key prescriptions to prevent and manage diabetes -- physical activity and a healthy diet -- don't appear to be working as well for Americans who didn't graduate college, according to a University of Kansas researcher's new study. (2015-08-19)

Racial minorities live on the front lines of heat risk, study finds
Some racial groups are more likely to bear the brunt of extreme heat waves because of where they live, finds a new UC Berkeley study. The study highlight racial disparities at a time when the frequency and intensity of extreme heat waves is expected to increase with climate change. (2013-05-14)

CWRU School of Dental Medicine receives $2.6 million in grants
The US Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is supporting pre- and post-doctoral training programs in dental public health at Case Western Reserve University in an effort to combat disparities in oral health. (2011-08-22)

Does race dictate quality of care?
Racial minorities have reduced access to high-quality joint replacement care, according to Dr. Xueya Cai and colleagues from the University of Iowa in the US. Their work, published online in Springer's journal Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, shows that African American patients are more likely than Caucasians to receive total knee arthroplasty (or replacement surgery) in low-quality hospitals. (2011-09-13)

Public event to address childhood poverty and education outcomes March 23 in Detroit
Dr. Charles Payne, an expert in urban education and school reform, social inequality, social change and modern African American history, will deliver a public lecture titled 'The Limits of Schooling, The Power of Poverty,' as part of the American Educational Research Association's Centennial Lecture Series. The event is free, open to the public, and includes an informal buffet reception. (2017-03-10)

Competing attitudes about the homeless complicate public policy
Many people support both policies aimed at helping the homeless and those that make their lives more difficult, such as banning sleeping in public. New political science research explains that disconnect as a result of a deep-seated desire to avoid disease. (2016-10-24)

When Marriages Fail, The Home Is Often A Major Source Of Conflict
Home may be where the heart is, but when homes and hearts break apart, the family home is less a haven and more a source of stress and conflict, a University of Illinois professor reports (1997-06-03)

TORC at UH turns to virtual world of Second Life for new study
The University of Houston department of health and human performance is launching an international effort to recruit 500 participants for a study promoting healthy dietary habits and physical activity. The study will take place entirely in the virtual world of Second Life. The project is part of the UH Texas Obesity Research Center's International Health Challenge, and offers an enjoyable way for participants to learn about preventing and treating obesity through education, skills training and outreach. (2008-08-07)

Tracking urban change and flood risk with Landsat satellite
When it comes to helping communities across the United States stay up-to-date on their flood risk, the Landsat satellite can take a bow. (2014-03-20)

Researcher says flu responders can learn from 1918 epidemic
Jim Higgins, a doctoral candidate at Lehigh University, has been researching the 1918 flu pandemic that killed an estimated 50 million worldwide and attributes the high death toll to a weak health care infrastructure. (2005-10-25)

Poor African-American men have lowest likelihood of overall survival
African-American men living below poverty had the lowest overall survival in a study that examined the effects of sex, race and socioeconomic status on overall mortality, according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. (2016-07-18)

Climate change poses major risks for unprepared cities
Cities worldwide are failing to take necessary steps to protect residents from the likely impacts of climate change, even though billions of urban dwellers are vulnerable to heat waves, sea level rise and other changes associated with warming temperatures. (2011-04-07)

Big cities breed partners in crime
Researchers have long known that bigger cities disproportionately generate more crime. Now a new study from Northwestern University and the Santa Fe Institute explains why: It's easier for criminals to find collaborators. (2019-09-19)

What's holding black entrepreneurs back?
It's not laziness or lack of initiative that's keeping African-Americans from starting their own businesses, but instead a centuries-old racial disadvantage that's not experienced by other minority groups, a Michigan State University scholar argues in a new paper. (2016-03-31)

The GovLab launches collective intelligence to solve public problems
A new report from The Governance Lab at NYU's Tandon School of Engineering examines global examples of how public institutions are using new technology to take advantage of the collective action and collective wisdom of people in their communities and around the world to address problems like climate change, loneliness and natural disaster response (2020-10-20)

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