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Infant Mortality Statistics Show Variation by “Race”/ Ethnicity and State

A new NCHS report presents detailed data on infant mortality rates by “race’Vethnicity, leading causes of death, infant characteristics such as birthweight, and maternal factors such as receipt of prenatal care. These data are shown for the nation, along with three-year average infant mortality rates for each state. Highlights include: • More than 28,000 infants […]

WHO AND UN: AIDS Not Lozing Momentum

Since the beginning of the epidemic, 50 million people worldwide have been infected with HIV, of whom more than 16 million have died, according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). The report, AIDS Epidemic Update—December 1999, shows that AIDS deaths reached a record […]

Club Drugs – Take Center Stage

He National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and four partJ ner organizations have launched a multimedia public education strategy addressing the dangers of “club drugs” such as Ecstasy, GHB, and Rohypnol, often used at all-night “raves,” or dance parties. “Club drugs are not harmless ‘fun drugs.’ … [R]esearch shows these drugs can have long-lasting negative […]

Reducing Medical Errors Requires System Changes

Reducing one of the nation’s leading causes of injury and death—medical errors—will require rigorous changes throughout the health care system, including mandatory reporting requirements, according to the Institute of Medicine (IOM). An IOM report lays out a multifaceted strategy to reduce medical errors and calls on Congress to create a national patient safety center based […]


The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has launched the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank (HIPDB) to help stem health care fraud and abuse. The new data bank will contain information on: (a) civil judgments, except malpractice judgments, against health care providers, suppliers, and practitioners in federal or state courts related to the […]


Noting that mental disorders and neurological illnesses affect some 400 million people worldwide, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, has launched WHO’s new Global Strategies for Mental Health. [The first Surgeon General’s report on the issue of mental health has been released in the US. See pages 89-10L] Psychiatric disorders […]

Not-So-Sweet Charity

Sweet Charity: Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement by Janet Poppendieck (Viking Press; 1998) is finally beginning to receive the attention it deserves. My hope is that this book will provoke discussion in the nonprofit hunger industry, but Larry Brown’s safe summary [Public Health Rep 1999:114:381-3] just ratifies the obvious. The nonprofit hunger industry […]