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Posttraumatic stress disorder – most often suffered by civilians

Jonathan Purtle, Katherine Lynn, Mashal Malik. Calculating the Toll of Trauma’ in the Headlines: Portrayals of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in the New York Times (1980–2015).. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 2016; DOI: 10.1037/ort0000187

“Public awareness about traumatic stress is needed to address trauma as a public health issue. News media influence public awareness, but little is known about how traumatic-related disorders are portrayed in the news. A content analysis was conducted of all articles that mentioned posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in The New York Times between 1980–2015. There were 871 articles analyzed. The number of PTSD articles published annually increased dramatically, from 2 in 1980 to 70 in 2014. Overall, 50.6% of articles were focused on military populations. Combat was identified as the trauma exposure in 38.0% of articles, while sexual assault was identified in 8.7%. Negative themes such as crimes perpetrated by people with possible PTSD (18.0%) and substance abuse (11.5%) were prominent, substance abuse being more prevalent in articles focused on military populations (16.4% vs. 6.3%, p = <.001). Only 9.1% of articles mentioned PTSD treatment options and this theme became less prevalent over time—ranging from 19.4% of articles published between 1980–1995 to just 5.7% of articles published between 2005–2015 (p = <.001). Results suggest that public awareness of PTSD has increased, but may be incomplete, inaccurate, and perpetuate PTSD stigma at individual- and institutional-levels. These findings can inform advocacy strategies that enhance public awareness about PTSD and traumatic stress. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved) “

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Louie Armstrong House Library posts rare footage

Here it is! Louis Armstrong “I Ain’t Got Nobody!” from Satchmo Plays King Oliver, 1959 – “Here’s a peek at Louis Armstrong and his Hot Fives in the recording studio in 1959 recording the great album, “Satchmo Plays King Oliver.” This acquisition is monumental for the museum. It’s the first footage we have of Louis… Continue Reading

OECD Factbook 2015-2016

“The OECD’s dynamic and comprehensive statistical annual showing a wide range of key statistics for its member countries and major additional countries. For each indicator presented, there is explanatory text including a definition, explanation of long-term trends, and references; a table showing the indicator over a significant time span for all countries covered, and graphics… Continue Reading

Resignation Letter Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie

Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie sent an unusual letter of resignation to the management group that owns the team. The 13 page letter, dated April 6, 2016 – has been picked up, referenced and re-posted on a number of sites – originating with ESPN. Hinkie begins the letter saying “…I hope to accomplish here… Continue Reading

New publications – Bank for International settlements

Bank capital and monetary policy transmission 07 Apr 2016 | Speech | Hyun Song Shin Why bank capital matters for monetary policy 07 Apr 2016 | Working paper | Leonardo Gambacorta and Hyun Song Shin Revisions to the Basel III leverage ratio framework – consultative document 06 Apr 2016 | Publication | BCBS Payment aspects… Continue Reading

Global Human Capital Trends 2016

News release: “Responding to disruptive changes in digital technology, business models and workforce demographics, 92 percent of business and HR leaders have identified the critical need to redesign their organization to meet global business demands. This is according to Deloitte’s fourth annual report, “Global Human Capital Trends 2016: The new organization, different by design.” Yet,… Continue Reading

Pew – More Support for DOJ Than for Apple in Dispute Over Unlocking iPhone

Follow up to recent related postings – NPR reports on DOJ motion to compel Apple to unlock iPhone and Answers to your questions about Apple and security – via Pew – More Support for Justice Department Than for Apple in Dispute Over Unlocking iPhone: “As the standoff between the Department of Justice and Apple Inc.… Continue Reading

SEC Forms List

“This page provides links to PDF versions of SEC public forms and many of the rules, regulations, and schedules associated with these forms. To find a form, either select the appropriate category below or scroll through the full list of SEC forms in alphanumeric order. Please note that you will need Adobe Reader plug-in to… Continue Reading

Pew – Faith and the 2016 Campaign

“The conventional wisdom in American politics has long been that someone who is not religious cannot be elected president of the United States. Most Americans have consistently said that it is important to them that the president have strong religious beliefs. And a new Pew Research Center survey finds that being an atheist remains one… Continue Reading

Paper reveals the number and type of bugs that inhabit our homes

Bertone MA, Leong M, Bayless KM, Malow TLF, Dunn RR, Trautwein MD. (2016) Arthropods of the great indoors: characterizing diversity inside urban and suburban homes. PeerJ 4:e1582 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.1582 – Flies, spiders, beetles and ants – they are all with us! The Guardian – Hundreds of tiny spiders, lice and more crawling through US homes, study… Continue Reading

Outsourcing of US Public Libraries Increases – Transparency and Jobs Decline

Bloomberg, James Nash – As U.S. Libraries Are Outsourced, Readers See Public Trust Erode – “A Maryland company that runs public libraries has more than doubled in size in the past decade as governments seek savings. Bibliophile residents complain that an investment in knowledge and culture is being milked for profit. Library Systems & Services… Continue Reading