Public Health Stops at the School House Door

Conclusions Recommendations from the Meeting’s Participants In November 2015, Healthy Schools Network, Inc. convened the first national facilitated discussion of children’s environmental health in schools and child care centers (Healthy Schools Network 2015). The authors organized the meeting that consisted of a public forum with presentations from the U.S. EPA, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and indoor air researchers; a facilitated workshop was also organized and attended by representatives of more than two dozen federal and state health agencies, as well as an array of nongovernment organizations (NGOs) from the fields of health, environment, and education. While the meeting was not facilitated to full consensus, the authors, advised by the NGO attendees, summarized the following major recommendations from official notes taken during the meeting: Call to Action. There are scores of national organizations concerned about traditional school health (Michael et al. 2015), but this effort is distinct from the traditional view and should be known as “Environmental Health at School,” as the panel and workshop are titled. Develop a communication and advocacy strategy. Advocacy organizations should coordinate a communication and advocacy strategy to demonstrate the urgent moral, ethical, cost savings, and legal imperatives to care for children where they learn and play and to integrate children’s environmental health ...
Source: EHP Research - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Brief Communication October 2016 Source Type: research

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Authors: Kohler B, Kellerer C, Schultz K, Wittmann M, Atmann O, Linde K, Hapfelmeier A, Schneider A Abstract BACKGROUND: Asthma education (AE) is associated with reduced hospitalization and disability. We compared the effectiveness of an electronic AE program (eAEP) with a conventional face-to-face AE program (presence-based AEP; pAEP) for asthma knowledge (AK) with regard to self-management. METHODS: A randomized controlled pilot study was conducted in a pulmonary reha- bilitation clinic. AK was determined by means of the Asthma Knowledge Test (AKT). The change in AKT score within each group was calculated wit...
Source: Deutsches Arzteblatt International - Category: General Medicine Tags: Dtsch Arztebl Int Source Type: research
Asthma affects over 8% of the U.S. population, and is associated with significant morbidity, disability, decreased quality of life, and economic burdens.1 –4 Lung function and sleep disruption are two key components of determining asthma control and severity, used in valid and reliable assessments to guide clinical management.5 Lung function measurement, specifically, Forced Expiratory Volume in 1 s (FEV1) is an objective measure of lung obstructio n in asthma physiology. The remainder of standard asthma control assessment items used for clinical management rely on the patient's subjective recall (for the last 2...
Source: Heart and Lung - Category: Intensive Care Authors: Source Type: research
Abstract Compared with the general population, justice-involved youth have substantially higher rates of several health conditions. Less is known about their use of health services to address these conditions. Using data from a statewide survey of 217 youth in juvenile correctional facilities and 164,832 youth in public schools, we examined selfreported health (health overall, weight status, disability, asthma, allergy, mental health) and receipt of care. Justice-involved youth reported a high number of physical health concerns; however, physical health conditions were not related to receipt of care. Youth who rep...
Source: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: J Health Care Poor Underserved Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 12 December 2019Source: Neuroscience &Biobehavioral ReviewsAuthor(s): Naomi Tistarelli, Corrado Fagnani, Miriam Troianiello, Maria Antonietta Stazi, Walter AdrianiAbstractAttention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neurodevelopmental disorder in children worldwide, and also the recognition of its persistence into adulthood is increasing. While ADHD in childhood is highly heritable and mostly driven by familial factors, during adulthood it appears to show a lower heritability, even if there is not total agreement on this yet. This disorder often co-occurs with many othe...
Source: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews - Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research
Abstract Rhinoconjunctivitis is a public health problem that causes major illness and disability worldwide. Epidemiological studies intended to determine the burden of rhinoconjunctivitis in Kuwait are limited. Hence, this study sought to estimate the prevalence of rhinoconjunctivitis among adolescents in Kuwait and explore its association with different risk factors. Schoolchildren aged 11-14 years (n = 3,864) were enrolled in a cross-sectional study. Parents completed questionnaires regarding their children's clinical history and symptoms of rhinoconjunctivitis and relevant exposures. Associations ...
Source: Biomed Res - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Biomed Res Int Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: To our knowledge, this is the first time that the child-specific health outcomes of preterm birth, low birth weight, asthma, autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and IQ reduction have been systematically valued and presented in one place. This is an important addition to the body of health-related valuation literature as these outcomes have substantial economic costs that are not considered in most assessments of the benefits of air pollution and climate mitigation policies. In general, however, the available per-case estimates presented here did not incorporate the broad societal...
Source: Environmental Research - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Environ Res Source Type: research
Conclusion: Quadriceps muscle strength and respiratory muscle strength are associated withSWTD, so if the goal is to increase the functional capacity of individuals with difficult-to-control asthma, one should invest in training in peripheral and respiratory muscle strength.
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Physiotherapists Source Type: research
Aim: To classify functional asthmatic capacity based on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF).Methods: Fifty-seven patients underwent the Shuttle Walk Test (SWT) to assess functional capacity, in order to categorize them functionally we used the ICF qualifiers. To qualify SWT results, the individual’s impairment was analyzed when the percentage of distance traveled was analyzed in relation to the percentage of predicted prediction. Additionally, the body mass index (BMI) was evaluated; physical activity level (IPAQ); and pulmonary function. In order to analyze the difference bet...
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Physiotherapists Source Type: research
Background: Extremely preterm born (EP) children are at risk of poor outcomes that may influence their ability to participate in physical activity (PA).Objectives: To compare exercise habits of EP-born children without severe neurodevelopmental disability to term-born (TB) children. To identify predictors for inactivity at school-age among the EP-born children.Methods: A national cohort of children born at gestational age
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Neonatology and paediatric intensive care Source Type: research
The issue of health disparities is a quite broad, far reaching topic that encompasses many factors including age, race, ethnicity, gender and socioeconomic status. Also, health disparities exist by place (urban, rural, state) and disability status. The National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal agencies collaborated with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to produce the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report.
Source: Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tags: Perspective Source Type: research
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