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“Words Have Power. Read a Banned Book.”

What does the banning or challenging of books tell us about our society? Banned or challenged books are often books that reflect the diversity of our world. In 2015, of the 10 most challenged books, 9 of them “…contained diverse content.”  Many of these books are authored by and/or contain people of color, people who identify as LGBTQIA, people of a different religion, or people with a disability. In other words, people who are minorities or not part of the dominant culture. Readers may become uncomfortable reading about unfamiliar experiences or perspectives. For many, diversity implies negative connotations and therefore are controversial in their eyes despite the fact that many readers may at long last feel a great connection and empowerment when reading these books. ALA had over 300 challenges in 2016 alone, with an increase of 17% from 2015 which may also be due to a more streamlined reporting system. Nevertheless, half of the top 10 books most challenged in 2016 were removed where they were contested. This was a significant increase from the average according to ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom. In addition it is estimated that 80-90% of challenges go unreported. Books that are challenged or banned are often cited for content that is sexually explicit, that includes profanity, offensive political views, or supporting alternative viewpoints. Typically we conjure up examples of parents or an irate citizen complaining about the aforementio...
Source: Dragonfly - Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Tags: K-12 Public Libraries Source Type: news

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Source: Sexually Transmitted Diseases - Category: Sexual Medicine Tags: Original Studies Source Type: research
The following is a guest blog post by Erin Gilmer (@GilmerHealthLaw). With news of Grindr’s sharing of user’s HIV status and location data, many wonder how such sensitive information could be so easily disclosed and the answer is quite simply a lack of strong privacy and security standards for apps.  The question then becomes whether apps that store personal health information should be subject to HIPAA? Should apps like Grindr have to comply with the Privacy and Security Rules as doctors, insurance companies, and other covered entities already do? A lot of people already think this information is protecte...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - Category: Information Technology Authors: Tags: Digital Health Health Care Healthcare HealthCare IT HIPAA HIPAA General mHealth Mobile Apps Mobile Health Care Aetna Breach CVS Caremark Breach Erin Gilmer Grindr HIV and HIPAA OCR Source Type: blogs
April 2-8 marks ‚ÄčNational Public Health Week (NPHW). Each day is marked with a specific public health theme:Monday, April 2: Behavioral HealthAdvocate for and promote well-beingFocus on and advocate for improved access to mental and behavioral health services. Use education and training to de-stigmatize mental health diagnoses and encourage people experiencing mental illness to seek treatment. Coverage for mental health services must be on par with physical health services in all health insurance coverage.Tuesday, April 3: Communicable DiseasesLearn about ways to prevent disease transmissionWash your hands. Know your HIV...
Source: Medicine and Technology by Dr. Joseph Kim - Category: Information Technology Source Type: blogs
, Ms. Seema Varma: Your address to HIMSS acknowledges many of the problems with Healthcare IT, highlighting lack of interoperability, lack of data exchange, and lack of cybersecurity, and suggesting some regulations that could be eliminated. This is a welcome realization of some of EHR’s more obvious limitations and problems.  However, most of your recommendations for improvement of health IT are insufficient, unproven, or have been repeatedly shown to fail. We applaud your acknowledgement of: 1. The frustration (and often rage) of many clinicians when using the current EHRs’ clunky and inefficient user i...
Source: The Health Care Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs
By ROSS KOPPEL &STEPHEN SOUMERAI Your address to HIMSS acknowledges many of the problems with Healthcare IT, highlighting lack of interoperability, lack of data exchange, and lack of cybersecurity, and suggesting some regulations that could be eliminated. This is a welcome realization of some of EHR’s more obvious limitations and problems.  However, most of your recommendations for improvement of health IT are insufficient, unproven, or have been repeatedly shown to fail. We applaud your acknowledgement of: 1. The frustration (and often rage) of many clinicians when using the current EHRs’ clunky and i...
Source: The Health Care Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs
In conclusion, neurosyphilis can cause serious neurological damage, as well as permanent disability or death, preventing further work and skill improvement. PMID: 29479917 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Acta Clinica Croatica - Category: General Medicine Tags: Acta Clin Croat Source Type: research
This paper presents a low-power stand-alone tongue drive system (sTDS) used for individuals with severe disabilities to potentially control their environment such as computer, smartphone, and wheelchair using their voluntary tongue movements. A low-power local processor is proposed, which can perform signal processing to convert raw magnetic sensor signals to user-defined commands, on the sTDS wearable headset, rather than sending all raw data out to a PC or smartphone. The proposed sTDS significantly reduces the transmitter power consumption and subsequently increases the battery life. Assuming the sTDS user issues one co...
Source: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems - Category: Biomedical Engineering Source Type: research
Purpose: Adolescents and young adults (AYA) with complex medical conditions and disabilities represent an under-served population with regards to reproductive healthcare. Although research is lacking in adolescents, adult women with disabilities report that they feel less likely to receive contraceptive and sexually transmitted infection counseling and routine gynecologic care. Current reproductive healthcare guidelines from the United States Preventative Task Force, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists do not exclude patients from routine reproductive healthca...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Health - Category: Child Development Authors: Source Type: research
This is the 1000th presentation to my bioethics blog since starting on Google Blogspot.com in 2004.There has been many topics covered. Though comments by the visitors has always been encouraged and, since as a " discussion blog " , comments leading to discussions I have felt was the definitive function here. Virtually none of the thread topics have gone unread and most have had some commentary, some with mainly particularly strong and emphatic opinions http://bioethicsdiscussion.blogspot.com/2013/01/should-pathologists-be-physicians.html, some with extensive up to 12 years long continued discussion http://bioethi...
Source: Bioethics Discussion Blog - Category: Medical Ethics Source Type: blogs
AbstractThis paper discusses the knowledge of sexual and reproductive health among people with physical disabilities in Vietnam. A qualitative research design was adopted. In-depth interviewing and photo elicitation methods were used to collect stories from 20 participants. The findings suggest that without formal education about sexual and reproductive health people with physical disabilities in Vietnam gain knowledge through their experiences and from informal sources of information. Participants perceived safe sex to include contraceptive methods, prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, having orgasm together and f...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - Category: Disability Source Type: research
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