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Michigan Council Of Nurse Practitioners Applauds Bi-Partisan Effort To Define Advanced Practice Nurses’ Role In The Public Health Code

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Kathleen Lefevre, a nurse practitioner from International Relief Team embarked aboard the Military Sealift Command dry cargo-ammunition ship USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4) consults with patients

From the 21 June 2011 Medical News Today article

Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners (MICNP) President MaryLee Pakieser, MSN, RN, NP, today praised state Senator Mark Jansen (R-Grand Rapids) and state Representative Lesia Liss (D-Warren) for introducing legislation to update regulations concerning nurse practitioners. Nurse practitioners, also known as advanced practice registered nurses, are registered nurses who have earned a master’s degree in a nursing specialty and obtained national board certification. Currently their practice is regulated by provisions of the 1978 Public Health Code of Michigan….

….The proposed legislation (House Bill 4774 and Senate Bill 481) will help expand health care access in Michigan by permitting advance practice registered nurses (nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and clinical nurse specialists) to practice more autonomously within the specific scope of their specialty and licensure. This is especially important in many areas of the state which lack sufficient health care professionals. “This legislation is supported by AARP Michigan,” according to Joann Genovich Richards, PhD, RN, the Executive Council Volunteer for Health and Long Term Services and Support for AARP…

June 22, 2011 Posted by | Medical and Health Research News, Public Health | , | 2 Comments

Urgent Need To Fight Diseases Affecting The World’s Poor

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From the 22 June 2011 Medical News Today article 

Despite significant advancements in increasing distribution and development of vaccines against childhood killer diseases – including pneumococcal disease, rotavirus, and Haemophilus influenzae Type B – global efforts to reduce the burden of infection from neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) has greatly lagged, argues Sabin Vaccine Institute (Sabin) President Dr. Peter Hotez in an article for the June edition of Health Affairs.

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NTDs, a group of 17 parasitic infections, represent a significant contributor to global poverty, and have well documented chronic and disabling effects. Yet efforts to develop vaccines for NTDs have not benefitted from larger ongoing initiatives to combat major childhood diseases.

In his article, “A Handful of ‘Antipoverty’ Vaccines Exist for Neglected Diseases, But the World’s Poorest Billion People Need More,” Dr. Hotez cites three critical reasons for the lack of interest in “antipoverty” vaccines:

  • Though NTDs disable, they do not typically cause high levels of mortality leading some in the public health community to misleadingly conclude that NTDs are not a significant public health threat;
  • NTDs predominately occur in rural settings and are largely hidden diseases unknown to the public and infrequently documented; and,
  • Pharmaceutical companies are reluctant to make an investment in NTD vaccines because there is no financial incentive.

June 22, 2011 Posted by | Public Health | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

What’s Cooking Uncle Sam?

What’s Cooking Uncle Sam? The Government’s Effect on the American Diet. In the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery, National Archives Building, Washington, DC, June 10,2011-January 3, 2012
What’s Cooking Uncle Sam?
An Exhibition at the National Archives through January 3, 2012 

The National Archives just opened a new exhibit “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?” which is intended to “explore the records of the National Archives that trace the Government’s effect on what Americans eat.” The Home page has links to Exhibit information (hours, directions) as well as Exhibit Events.
This exhibit has been reported favorably in the New York Times (available through free subscription) and the Washington Post.
(Tip of the hat to the folks at  Government Book Talk for the information.)

If you cannot make it to DC, a few highlights, including videos,  are available online at

From the Preview tab

  • Farm link includes historical images and an historical video of the roles of USDA stations
  • Table link includes historical images and a video on ” how the Government has affected our eating habits and its unintentional effects on the American appetite”
  • Factory link includes historical images and a video on “how Government regulation of food processing and labeling evolved after the industrial revolution.”

June 22, 2011 Posted by | Educational Resources (High School/Early College(, Nutrition | , , , , | Leave a comment


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