Sep 20 2012

Human Capital News Roundup: Voter ID laws, bloodstream infections, allergic reactions, and more.

Around the country, print, broadcast and online media outlets are covering the groundbreaking work of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) leaders, scholars, fellows and grantees. Some recent examples:

The Associated Press reports that “as many as 700,000 minority voters under age 30 may be unable to cast a ballot in November because of photo ID laws in certain states.” That’s according to a study led in part by Cathy Cohen, PhD, an alumna of the RWJF Scholars in Health Policy Research program and recipient of an RWJF Investigator Award in Health Policy Research. The story was picked up by CBS News, ABC News, and U.S. News & World Report, among other outlets.

Health Canal reports on a study by grantees of the RWJF Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI) that finds combining several tested and proven practices for preventing central line associated bloodstream infections with a program to improve safety, teamwork and communication can dramatically reduce infection rates. Read more about the study.

RWJF Physician Faculty Scholar Deverick J. Anderson, MD, MPH, was a guest on NPR to talk about infection control in hospitals with limited resources.

As fast food chain McDonald's begins posting the calorie counts of its food on menus, Health & Society Scholars alumnus Jason Fletcher, PhD, spoke to the Chattanooga Times Free Press about how the move will affect consumer choices and obesity.

Physician Faculty Scholar Ruchi S. Gupta, MD, MPH, is part of a group of researchers publishing results from a study that concludes children with mild-to-severe food allergies “should be receiving better care, including diagnostic testing and attention to severe allergic reaction symptoms,” Medical News Today reports.

Kathleen Ziol-Guest, PhD, an alumna of the Health & Society Scholars program, continues to receive media coverage for her study that finds low-income children of immigrants are in significantly poorer health and see doctors and dentist fewer times than low-income, native-born children. United Press International reports on the findings.

RWJF/U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Physician Faculty Scholar Rebecca Sudore, MD, also continues to receive media coverage, most recently from Health Canal. Sudore led a study that finds nearly half of adult type 2 diabetes patients experience acute and chronic pain.

Health Canal, Medical XPress and Medi Lexicon report on a study by RWJF Clinical Scholar Alan Teo, MD, that finds a simple checklist could help less experienced psychiatrists evaluate the risk of violent behavior in their patients—something the study found they did less accurately than veteran psychiatrists.

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