Archive | October, 2014

REGISTER for the SAAPHI Pre-Conference Meeting Happening at APHA

20 Oct

APHA is quickly approaching and we are looking forward to seeing all of you at the SAAPHI Pre-Conference Meeting on Saturday, November 15th, 8:30-12:30pm. If you haven’t registered yet, it is not too late.

To register for the conference use the link below:

We like to support our SAAPHI members, so if you have a presentation at the APHA conference please send us the title,abstract number, time, and date of your presentation or poster so that it can be listed in our SAAPHI pre-conference program.

CURRENT RESEARCH: Low vitamin D related to mental stress-induced, but not physical-stress induced myocardial ischemia

7 Oct

vitamin D

A recent study found that vitamin D insufficiency was independently associated with mental-stress induced myocardial ischemia, but not physical stress induced myocardial ischemia.

Vitamin D has been shown to be related to CAD, but researchers have yet to explore vitamin D in myocardial ischemia in depth and the different factors contributing to myocardial ischemia.

Results showed that vitamin D was independently related to mental-stress induced myocardial ischemia after adjusting for variables that may impact the analysis. There was no relationship between vitamin D levels and physical-stress induced myocardial ischemia.

The researchers concluded, “We found that patients with stable CAD and vitamin D insufficiency had a higher prevalence and severity of myocardial ischemia during mental stress, but not during physical stress.

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CURRENT RESEARCH: Preterm birth complications, pneumonia are leading causes of death in children under five years

5 Oct

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Complications from preterm (premature) births and pneumonia are now the leading causes of death in children under five years, together responsible for nearly 2 million deaths in 2013, according to the latest estimates.

Researchers led by Professor Robert Black, of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA, used the latest available data and modelling methods to examine what caused an estimated 6·3 million deaths of newborn babies (neonates) and children under five years in 2013.

They found that complications from preterm birth were the largest single cause, responsible for 965000 deaths in under-fives, with pneumonia responsible for a further 935000 deaths, and complications from childbirth (intrapartum complications) the next leading cause, responsible for 662,000 deaths.

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Call for Articles — SAAPHI Fall/Winter Newsletter

5 Oct

Do you have public health related news and views to share? Well, as a member of the Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues, you are invited to submit articles for our newsletter.

We welcome submissions on ANY topic related to public health. Perhaps you would consider submitting an article about any of the following:

Work with a public health program or research project
Thoughts on a policy with public health implications
Commentary on a public health issue
Public health career advice
Local, state, or national public health events, projects or advocacy efforts
National Public Health Week events
For students – An internship or practicum experience

Please include the following with your submission:
Professional affiliation or if a student, Academic institution
Title of article
A headshot or picture of yourself engaging in public health work 

Also, please follow these guidelines:
12-point, Times New Roman font
No more than 300 words
Single spaced
List of references (if applicable)

Please email your article and any questions to