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Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index 2015

“The Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index ranks the performance of 180 countries according to a range of criteria that include media pluralism and independence, respect for the safety and freedom of journalists, and the legislative, institutional and infrastructural environment in which the media operate. Top of the list, as so often, are three Scandinavian countries: Finland, which has been in first place for five years in succession, followed by Norway and Denmark. At the other end of the scale, Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea, in last place, were the worst performers. France is ranked 38th (up one place), the United States 49th (down three places), Japan 61st (down two places), Brazil 99 (up 12 places), Russia 152 (down four places), Iran 173rd (unchanged) and China 176th (down one place). The 2015 World Press Freedom Index highlights the worldwide deterioration in freedom of information in 2014. Beset by wars, the growing threat from non-state operatives, violence during demonstrations and the economic crisis, media freedom is in retreat on all five continents. The indicators compiled by Reporters Without Borders are incontestable. There was a drastic decline in freedom of information in 2014. Two-thirds of the 180 countries surveyed for the 2015 World Press Freedom Index performed less well than in the previous year. The annual global indicator, which measures the overall level of violations of freedom of information in 180 countries year by year, has risen to 3,719, an 8 percent increase over 2014 and almost 10 percent compared with 2013. The decline affected all continents.”

November 2014 Vital Signs Issue: HIV Care Saves Lives

“Viral suppression is key for people living with HIV. Viral suppression means having very low levels of HIV in the body, even though the virus is still there. Achieving viral suppression by taking HIV medicines allows people living with HIV to have nearly normal lifespans and greatly reduces their chances of transmitting the virus. WhileContinue Reading

HIV Or Anti-HIV Drugs Unexpectedly Protect Against Multiple Sclerosis

Neomatica: “A team of an Australian doctor and British researchers analyzed the medical records of over 5 million individuals and discovered that either HIV or anti-HIV drugs have a protective effect against multiple sclerosis (MS).  AIDS patients or people with HIV receiving treatment have a 60% less likely chance of receiving a diagnosis of MS.  Deeper analysis found thatContinue Reading

Census Bureau Updates Interactive HIV/AIDS Database

“The U.S. Census Bureau today released its annually updated interactive global resource on the prevalence of HIV infection and AIDS cases and deaths. First developed in 1987, the database now holds more than 164,000 statistics, an increase of approximately 5,900 new estimates in the last year, and is the most comprehensive resource of its kind in theContinue Reading

NIH releases comprehensive new data outlining Hispanic/Latino health and habits

“A comprehensive health and lifestyle analysis of people from a range of Hispanic/ Latino origins shows that this segment of the U.S. population is diverse, not only in ancestry, culture, and economic status, but also in the prevalence of several diseases, risk factors, and lifestyle habits. These health data are derived from the Hispanic Community HealthContinue Reading

Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2012

Vital and Health  Statistics, Series 10, Number 260. Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health. Interview Survey, 2012. Data from the National Health Interview Survey. February 2014. “This report provides national estimates for a broad range of health measures for the U.S. civilian non institutionalized population of adults. The other two reports in this set provide estimates of selected health measures for the U.S.Continue Reading

NIH research network finds many youth have high levels of HIV

“More than 30 percent of young males who had sex with other males and who were subsequently enrolled in a government treatment and research network were found to have high levels of HIV, reported researchers from the National Institutes of Health and other institutions. The health status of the study participants, who ranged in age fromContinue Reading

CDC – 2012 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Surveillance

2012 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Surveillance “STDs are hidden epidemics of enormous health and economic consequence in the United States. They are hidden because many Americans are reluctant to address sexual health issues in an open way and because of the biologic and social characteristics of these diseases. All Americans have an interest in STD preventionContinue Reading

Risking your Health: Causes, Consequences and Interventions to Prevent Risky Behaviors

“A new World Bank report, Risking your Health: Causes, Consequences and Interventions to Prevent Risky Behaviors, warns that risky behaviors are increasingly prevalent globally, particularly in developing countries, and constitute a growing threat to the health of individuals and their populations. The report looks at how individual choices that led to five risky behaviors –smoking, using illicitContinue Reading

Census – International Data Base

‘The International Data Base has been updated to include revised estimates and projections for 16 countries or areas incorporating new data or analysis. One of the countries in this update is Mexico, whose 2013 population is now projected to be 2.2 percent larger than the previous estimate primarily because of lower estimates of emigration sinceContinue Reading

New Report on Stem Cell Research Reveals the Field is Growing Twice as Fast as The World Average

“Elsevier, EuroStemCell, and Kyoto University’s Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), released Stem Cell Research report: Trends and Perspectives on the Evolving International at the World Stem Cell Summit. This new, comprehensive analysis of the growth and development of the stem cell field as a whole, closely examines the research landscape for embryonic stem (ES) cell, human embryonic stem (hES) cellContinue Reading

Report – The State of Women in America

Anna Chu and Charles Posner | September 25, 2013 “Despite the advancements made by women over the past few decades, it is still difficult for women to get ahead and not just get by. There remain challenges on economic security, leadership, and health issues that make it harder for women to have a fair shot at success. This mapContinue Reading