FDA Approves Dengue Vaccine for Endemic Regions
THURSDAY, May 2, 2019 -- The dengue vaccine Dengvaxia has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, but its use is limited to people aged... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - May 2, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

US 1 of 8 nations where child & adolescent health improved but maternal mortality worsened
(Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation) The United States is one of only eight countries in the world where decreases in child and adolescent mortality over a 27-year period haven't also been matched by reductions in maternal mortality, according to a new scientific study. This divergent trend also was found in American Samoa, Canada, Greece, Guam, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Zimbabwe. Of these countries, the United States had the largest increase in maternal mortality rate at 67.5%. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 29, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

CDC: Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requests comments on a previously published information collection request entitled "Evaluation of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program in the US Affiliated Pacific Islands." The chronic disease self-management program will target people with diabetes, lung disease, and other chronic health problems in Guam, American Samoa, and other U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPIs). Comments are due thirty days from publication of this notice. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - February 15, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Outbreak of Dengue Virus Type 2 --- American Samoa, November 2016--October 2018
The U.S. territory of American Samoa has experienced recent outbreaks of illnesses caused by viruses transmitted by Aedes species mosquitoes, including dengue, chikungunya, and Zika virus. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - November 29, 2018 Category: American Health Tags: American Indian - Alaska Native Health Animal-Related Diseases Chikungunya Virus Chronic Disease Dengue Fever (DF) HIV Prevention HIV/AIDS HIV/AIDS and STDs MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Public Health Zika Virus Source Type: news

'In the Islands people don't really talk about this stuff, so you go through life on your own': an arts-based study exploring intimate relationships with young people in Samoa - Heard E, Fitzgerald L, Va'ai S, Collins F, Whittaker M, Mutch A.
This study explores conceptualisations and understandings of intimate relationships with young people in Samoa - an at-risk group experiencing high rates of intimate partner violence and alienation from sexual and relationship health promotion. Insights co... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

American Samoans Raise their Voices and Lend a Hand in Fighting California Wildfires
  Firefighters from the American territory of American Samoa raise their voices and sing inspiring songs as they battle the wildfires still burning in Northern California. (Video courtesy CBS News.) (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - August 22, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: CBS News Tags: News News Videos Operations Source Type: news

American Samoans Raise their Voices and Lend a Hand in Fighting California Wildfires
  Firefighters from the American territory of American Samoa raise their voices and sing inspiring songs as they battle the wildfires still burning in Northern California. (Video courtesy CBS News.) (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 22, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: CBS News Tags: News News Videos Operations Source Type: news

Short Takes
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), along with the National Science Foundation (NSF), have announced that more than 140 individuals and organizations will receive presidential awards for their excellence in teaching or mentoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) will be awarded to kindergarten through sixth grade teachers and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) will be awarded to mentors. The award recipients represent schools ...
Source: Public Policy Reports - July 9, 2018 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Suiga/change: an ethnodrama exploring challenges in intimate relationships with young people in Samoa - Heard E, Fitzgerald L, Va'ai S, Collins F, Mutch A.
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a significant global issue and there is an immediate need to strengthen knowledge and support innovative action, particularly with young people and people in diverse cultural settings. This ethnodrama provides insights in... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Caught in the crossfire: little dodo nears extinction
Illegal pigeon hunting across Samoa is risking the extinction of the country ’s national bird: the little dodo or manumea. Will this little-known island pigeon suffer the same fate as its namesake?Nearly two hundred years after the extinction of the dodo, Sir William Jardin – a Scottish naturalist and bird-aficionado – described another odd, bulky, island pigeon. From the island of Samoa, this one was distinguished by a massive, curving bill that sported tooth-like serrations on its lower mandible. Given the strangeness of the creature, Jardine set it in its own ge nus and dubbed it Didunculus – the little dodo. Ge...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 9, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Jeremy Hance Tags: Environment Samoa Biology Science Birds Wildlife Asia Pacific World news Animals Endangered species Endangered habitats Conservation Source Type: news

Breast cancer care in U.S. territories lags behind care in states
Women in American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico are less likely than those on the mainland to receive care. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - March 5, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

YSPH-led breastfeeding advocacy project to expand globally
Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly: A Guide to Global Scale-Up is expanding to include England, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Myanmar and Samoa. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - February 14, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

WEBINAR: Social Workers in the Public Library, the Glendale Experience
Join us for Midday at the Oasis: Social Workers in the Public Library, the Glendale Experience Description: This session will focus on a grant funded partnership between a local homeless service agency and Glendale Library, Arts and Culture Department to serve homeless patrons, with or without mental illness in Glendale, California. Presenters: Tiffany Barrios, Library Supervisor and Mary Leasure, Social Worker, Glendale Public Library, Glendale, California Class Date: Jan 17, 2018 Typically held the third Wednesday of alternating months: 1-2PM (Pacific) | 4-5PM (Eastern) | 11AM-Noon (Hawaii) | 2-3PM (Arizona) | 10-11AM (...
Source: MCR News - January 13, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: liaison Tags: Public Libraries Source Type: news

A problem in paradise: Working to improve public health in Samoa
YSPH ’s Nicola Hawley believes that early childhood intervention is critical to addressing Samoa ' s epidemic rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - January 10, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Case Study 2: Cutting Through the Web of Violence: Samoa
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. 01/01/2017 This 22-page report presents a case study on Samoa from a global study on gender-based violence in disasters in 2015 across the Asia-Pacific, Africa, Latin America and Caribbean, and Europe regions. Samoa is a disaster-prone country, in which 70 percent of the population lives along the coastline, exposing them to cyclones, tsunamis, and flooding. The research reveals that persons displaced by disasters in Samoa are at higher risk of gender-based violence than those who manage to stay in their communities. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Gui...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news