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County Health Rankings & Roadmaps

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps

The Insane Growth Of China's And India's Megacities Mapped Through Satellite Imagery Faced with the incomprehensible scale of worldwide mega-urbanization, observers have alternately fallen back on sheer numbers or city comparisons to drive home the speed at which cities in the developing world are growing. For example, New York University’s Shlomo "Solly" Angel projects the world’s urban population will double in 40 years, while urban land cover—including everything from skyscrapers to slums—will triple in size during that span. Grasping to put such numbers into context, the McKinsey Global Institute estimates China will build the equivalent of New York every other year for 20 years, while India needs to add the equivalent of a Chicago to its building stock annually. The mind reels, but such comparisons tell us little about the truth on the ground—is the urban future of India more likely to look like Chicago or Dharavi (Mumbai’s famous slum) or something else completely? A satellite designed to measure ocean winds offers us a clue.

Downloads - Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care [ Home Page > Tools > Downloads ] Downloads Care of Chronically Ill Patients during the Last Two Years of Life All chronically ill patients Deaths occurring in 2010 Deaths occurring 2003-07 More information about the data can be found in Trends and Variation in End-of-Life Care for Medicare Beneficiaries with Severe Chronic Illness. Deaths occurring 2001-05 More information about the data can be found in Tracking the Care of Patients With Severe Chronic Illness: The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care 2008. Click here to read about changes in methods between the 2001-05 and 2003-07 analyses. NOTE: the rates and populations in the HRR and state tables are lower than those in the hospital tables. Cancer patients More information about the data can be found in Quality of End-of-Life Cancer Care for Medicare Beneficiaries. Please enter a valid email address. Enter email address to learn about site updates and news. Join Notification List Address received.

One Of The World's Top Aging Researchers Has A Pill To Keep You Feeling Young Say someone came up to you selling a dietary supplement—a pill that you take once a day—that could boost your energy, improve your body’s ability to repair its DNA, and keep you healthier as you get older. It might sound like a scam, or more likely just another in a sea of confusing, undifferentiated claims that make up the $20 billion dollar supplement industry. But let’s say that someone is MIT’s Lenny Guarente, one of the world’s leading scientists in the field of aging research. And he’s being advised by five Nobel Prize winners and two dozen other top researchers in their fields. The Scientist And The Startup Cofounding a supplement company seems an unlikely career move for someone like Guarente, a man who is one of the most well-respected scientists in his field. "My biggest hope is that we can make available to people something that is currently unavailable, and that it will have a positive impact on their health," Guarente says. The Future Of Dietary Supplements

Controversies in Hospital Infection Prevention National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) The 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy is a nationally representative assessment of English literacy among American adults age 16 and older. Sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), NAAL is the nation's most comprehensive measure of adult literacy since the 1992 National Adult Literacy Survey (NALS). In 2003, over 19,000 adults participated in the national and state-level assessments, representing the entire population of U.S. adults who are age 16 and older, most in their homes and some in prisons from the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Approximately 1,200 inmates of federal and state prisons were assessed in order to provide separate estimates of literacy for the incarcerated population. By comparing results from 1992 and 2003, NAAL provides the first indicator in a decade of the nation's progress in adult literacy. NAAL Components NAAL includes a number of components that capture the breadth of adult literacy in the United States:

How much time do you spend traveling to work: Map Jump to navigation  Menu 🔊 Listen Transportation NationTransportation Share330Share95Share13 How much time do you spend traveling to work: Map Play Pause Support Us by Adriene Hill Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 00:17 Story Census Poster: Mega-commuting in the U.S. The average commute time is about 30 minutes. "One way to work is 90 minutes and 50 miles," says New York trader Pete Sylvestri. "It's got a beach, it's got great schools. And Sylvestri is pretty much the type of person that makes these mega-commutes. Alison Fields, with the Census Bureau, says they often work in fields like management and business. "They also tend to have a higher salary than the average commuter, they tend to be male and they tend to be in the prime working age," says Fields. These mega-commuters are outliers. "Everybody's different. And as for the perception that we're all wasting so much more time getting to work these days, Moore says nope. We just go further in the same amount of time. About the author Read More » Comments

About Health Insurance - U.S Census Bureau The Census Bureau produces health insurance data from three surveys and one model-based program. Depending on your needs, one data source may be more suitable than another data source. The following is a list of programs from the Census Bureau: CPS ASEC: The Annual Social and Economic Supplement to the Current Population SurveyACS: The American Community SurveySAHIE: The Small Area Health Insurance Estimates ProgramSIPP: The Survey of Income and Program Participation The programs differ in length and detail of the survey questionnaire, the number of households interviewed, the methodology used to collect and process the data, and consequently, in the health insurance estimates produced. The chart below summarizes the recommendations at various geographic levels: Figure 1. Footnote 1 Use CPS ASEC non-overlapping 2-year averages when examining state trends that include years prior to 2008. 2 ACS recommends using non-overlapping periods for trend analysis with multiyear estimates. Links:

Meditation is an Effective Treatment for Depression, Anxiety and Pain Data from 47 different clinical trials finds meditation is as effective as antidepressants. A medical journal review has found that just 30 minutes daily meditation can improve the symptoms of depression, anxiety and pain. The research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, included studies with a total of 3,515 participants (Goyal et al., 2014). All of the research involved active control groups so it was possible to discount the placebo effect. The placebo effect occurs when people expect to get better–sometimes simply as a result of being in a study–and so they do. Studies with active control groups, though, can help discount the placebo effect as the treatment can be compared with a group who have similar expectations. Meditation is more than relaxation Participants in this review had had at least 4 hours of instruction in a form of meditation, such as mindfulness or mantra-based programs. Madhav Goyal M.D. explained: No side-effects Image credit: c_liecht

Health | Tests find 80% of chickens in Seattle-area groceries carry pathogens Most cooks know by now that raw chicken can be a bacterial time bomb. But tests commissioned by a Seattle law firm are bringing that message home. Out of 100 whole chickens purchased at Seattle-area grocery stores in March, 80 harbored at least one type of disease-causing bacteria, including campylobacter and salmonella. Ten percent of the samples tested positive for the same antibiotic-resistant strain of staphylococcus bacteria responsible for an epidemic of hospital infections. The tests were paid for by Marler Clark, which built its legal reputation on food-safety cases. A study by Consumer Reports last year showed two-thirds of whole chickens purchased nationwide harbored salmonella or campylobacter, the leading bacterial causes of food poisoning. "I was intrigued by these studies and wanted to see if we were having the same issues," said attorney Bill Marler. A spokesman for the National Chicken Council said the industry has done an "excellent job" of improving food safety. The U.S.

Literacy and Health Outcomes: Summary of Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, No. 87 This information is for reference purposes only. It was current when produced and may now be outdated. Archive material is no longer maintained, and some links may not work. Persons with disabilities having difficulty accessing this information should contact us at: Let us know the nature of the problem, the Web address of what you want, and your contact information. Please go to for current information. Under its Evidence-based Practice Program, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is developing scientific information for other agencies and organizations on which to base clinical guidelines, performance measures, and other quality improvement tools. Select for PDF version (200 KB). Introduction / Methods / Results / Discussion / Availability of Full Report / References Introduction Instruments for measuring literacy in the health care setting have focused on the ability to read and, in some cases, to use numbers. Return to Contents 1a.