Archive for Health/Nursing

NCAA and the Well-Being of Student Athletes

NJCU sponsored an extremely informative talk today by Dr. Brian Hainline, the NCAA’s chief medical officer, on the trends, data, and best practices that should be employed when dealing with the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects of student-athletes who are  ambassadors from our university to the outside world. Here are some relevant links:

The Sports Science Institute of the NCAA, headed by Dr. Hainline, has many publications exploring the intersections of science, medicine, and sports.

This key article contains many of the points Dr. Hainline stressed in his presentation – A National Study on the Effects of Concussion in Collegiate Athletes and US Military Service Academy Members: The NCAA–DoD Concussion Assessment, Research and Education (CARE) Consortium Structure and Methods

PubMed Central contains almost 300 full-text articles on “ncaa medicine“; these articles are from only 2016-17! A search on “concussion sports” yields almost 600 full-text articles for the same time period.

The CARE Consortium “… endeavors to provide necessary infrastructure and scientific expertise to study concussion.” Please check its “Resources” and “Publications” tabs.

Here is a YouTube video of Dr Hainline discussing concussion and college sports; here is another one of him explaining what symptoms athletic officials should look for if they suspect a concussion.

The HEADS UP site from the CDC contains a plethora of useful information along with a credit-bearing training video for clinicians. Publications, reports, and fact sheets are here.

Please come here for the hundreds of bills and reports from Congress dealing with concussion.


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Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Statistics for the United States

Two major reports, along with additional data, on these topics have just been released by the Census Bureau. The information contained therein reflects 2016 national statistics. Overall the reports show a modest rise in median income to its highest level since 1999 and a fall in both poverty and those not covered by health insurance. A plethora of facts and charts are available in these annual releases.

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How To View Solar Eclipses Safely

In case you do not know, there will be a rare total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21. (Come here to find data on previous, and future, occurrences.) DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE ECLIPSE. Follow these recommendations from NASA. You can view a live feed of this celestial phenomenon here.

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What Is the CBO Scorecard?

Although we have been hearing a lot recently on “CBO Scores” or “CBO Scorecard”, these terms actually do not exist within the federal government. These terms are really shorthand for “cost estimates” that the Congressional Budget Office issues. Of late, with the various iterations to replace/repeal the Affordable Care Act, the CBO has issued reports on the impact of each one. To review these health care “scorecards”, please come here.

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United States Health Statistics, 2016

Health, United States, 2016 is the fortieth volume in this ongoing series of presenting vast amounts of data regarding the health of this country. Rather than plow through this voluminous report, selected topics are broken out and aggregated for ease of reading. This year the “chartbook” focuses on long-term trends in health.

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Here’s What the RAND Corporation Says About Transgender Military Personnel

The RAND Corporation is one of the most prestigious think tanks around. Read its report of transgender people serving in the military: Assessing the Implications of Allowing Transgender Personnel to Serve Openly. This CRS report – Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity in the Armed Services: Background and Issues for Congress – provides needed contextual information.


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Are Sugar-Free Foods Good For You?

If you read this article from the Canadian Medical Association Journal, you won’t think so. Its interpretation reads thusly: “Evidence from RCTs [randomized controlled trials] does not clearly support the intended benefits of nonnutritive sweeteners for weight management, and observational data suggest that routine intake of nonnutritive sweeteners may be associated with increased BMI and cardiometabolic risk.”


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