May 2 2012

Public Health News Roundup: May 2

JAMA Study Raises Concerns about Quality of Clinical Trials

A new analysis of three years of clinical trial data published on, a registry maintained by the National Institutes of Health, found that many of the trials were too small and of too poor quality to provide sufficient results for practitioners. The study authors, who published their findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association, reported that their “analysis raises questions about the best methods for generating evidence, as well as the capacity of the clinical trials enterprise to supply sufficient amounts of high-quality evidence needed to ensure confidence in guideline recommendations.”

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HUD Awards Grants to Increase Housing and Improve Infrastructure in Tribal Communities

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded more than $56 million to 76 tribal communities to improve housing conditions and promote community development. Funding can be used for a variety of projects such as rehabilitating housing , building new homes, to purchase land to support new housing construction, to build infrastructure such as roads, water and sewer facilities and to build community and health centers.

Examples of the new projects include:

  • The Caddo Nation in Oklahoma will build a community facility for elderly low income residents.
  • The Ho-Chunk Nation in Wisconsin will install solar photovoltaic panels on low-income single-family home and apartment rental units to decrease resident energy costs by 24 percent, and to decrease emissions.
  • The Cook Inlet Tribal Council in Alaska will help build a group home for Alaska Native youth to reduce the number of homeless youth and increase academic stability and support.
  • The Chemehuevi Indian Tribe of California will use its grant to upgrade the reservation’s old sewer lines.

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May is Older Americans Month

The theme of Older Americans Month 2012 is “You’re Never Too Old to Play.”

Seniors can find resources for mental and physical health-related activities on this site, maintained by the National Institute on Aging.

Read more on senior health

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