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March 30, 2019 - Earth Hour 2019 (8:30 pm to 9:30 pm.- Raising Awareness about Climate Change
February 18, 2019 - Global Sea Ice Area Spiral 1978 - 2018
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February 15, 2019 - Annual E-mail Statistics, Part 3
Welcome back to a look at my E-mail statistics! Here is another way of looking at the total of E-mails I have to deal with on a daily basis.
For 2018, I only got about 218 E-mails a day. This is down from a high of 2014's 336/day! The percentage of spam E-mails is now down to 16%, from a high of 50% in 2014! Over the years I have discovered that with a spam filter in place I can just delete everything that ends up in the spam inbox. So cathartic when I press "delete." One can only imagine how much paper would be wasted if all this was snail mail.
February 13, 2019 - Annual E-mail Statistics, Part 2
Welcome to a look at my E-mail statistics! This time I was actually able to do a 7-year trend analysis!
Here is a line chart of the total number of E-mails I got on an annual basis. The good news is I am getting less spam these days, and have actually got less E-mails in 2018 than I did in the previous 6 years!
February 12, 2019 - Annual E-mail Statistics, Part 1
Welcome to a look at my E-mail statistics! Since 2012, I have been diligent about keeping track of how many E-mails I get on a daily basis.
I started doing this because I tell people that I am constantly inundated with E-mails. I would say that I get hundreds. And, then people would say that nobody gets hundreds.
So, like the epidemiologist that I am (among other things), I decided that I will track the number of E-mails I get and then analyze the results.
Here is a bar chart of the total number of E-mails I got in 2018, per month. The monthly totals are categorized as either regular E-mail and Spam. For 2018, I got 79,743 E-mails! Yes, indeed, I do get hundreds of E-mails a day! However, I am glad to report that this total is 8,933 less than year!
February 11, 2019 - Fortune 500 Favorite Social Media Platforms
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Academic Resources Youthful cognitive ability strongly predicts mental capacity later in life. Education, job complexity and intellectual activities play only minor roles; Exercise may improve thinking skills in people as young as 20; Multitasking increases in online courses compared to face-to-face; A new study shows that students learn way more effectively from print textbooks than screens; College Completion Rates Are Up, But The Numbers Will Still Surprise You;
Annotated Great Books Bibliography Lisa See's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan; Nancy Isenberg's White Trash. The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America; Steven Ozment's The Burgermeister's Daughter. Scandal in a Sixteen Century German Town;
Chronic noise can impact heart health; High Blood Pressure Fact Sheet; How to Prevent Heart Disease; AHA/ACC/AACVPR/AAPA/ABC/ACPM/ADA/AGS/APhA/ASPC/NLA/PCNA
Guideline on the Management of Blood Cholesterol; 2018 Landmark Cardiology Trials, in Graphic Form Six trials that will influence practice and research for years to come; Even Modestly Elevated BP Tied to Brain Shrinkage in Young Adults Subtle changes seen in 20- to 30-year-olds, even at 120/80 mm Hg; Management of Blood Cholesterol; Slide Set | 2018 Blood Cholesterol Guideline; Blood Cholesterol: Guideline on the Management of; Cholesterol Management at a Glance; Hypertension (High Blood Pressure);
Sex and Race Differences in the Association of Incident Ischemic Stroke With Risk Factors; What Causes Strokes?; Stroke: Signs and Symptoms; Fathers-to-be who smoke can harm babies;
Chinese Culture Asian Americans Likely to Have More Severe Strokes. But they're less likely to receive tPA, analysis shows ; 21 Things You Didn’t Know About Chinese New Year; Higher Breast Cancer Risk Among Immigrant Asian American Women Than Among US-Born Asian American Women;
Statistics, Reports and Fact Sheets; Adverse Childhood Experiences in Connecticut; HIV in Connecticut In 2017, 281 new HIV infections were reported to DPH;
Prevalence of Total, Diagnosed, and Undiagnosed Diabetes Among Adults: United States, 2013–2016; Diet Soda Linked to Risk for Diabetic Blindness; Treatment and Monitoring of Adults with Diagnosed Diabetes by Race/Ethnicity, 2015–2016; Prevalence and Changes in Preexisting Diabetes and Gestational Diabetes Among Women Who Had a Live Birth — United States, 2012–2016; Gestational Diabetes; Elevated risk of cardiovascular disease in young Women who had gestational diabetes during pregnancy; Treatment and Monitoring of Adults with Diagnosed Diabetes by Race/Ethnicity, 2015–2016;
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about... Historical Perceptions: The History of the Things we Take for Granted; The periodic table might have looked very different indeed. The United Nations has declared 2019 the International Year of the Periodic Table;
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Fitness Exercise and Physical Fitness; Follow Surgeon General's advice on benefits of walking to boost your fitness; Physical Activity and Your Heart; Assessment of Bidirectional Relationships Between Physical Activity and Depression Among Adults; Which Is Best: Machines, Free Weights, or Body Weight?; Why you shouldn't exercise to lose weight, explained with 60+ studies; Exercise; How Many Steps/day are Enough? For Adults; Exercise does help prevent depression, research shows; Walking for health benefits just got easier to track UMass Amherst researchers create simple guidelines to measure walking intensity; Study: Exercise Lowers Risk of Some Cancers by 20 Percent or More. Physical activity can have a significant impact on disease; Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans 2nd edition; Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans 2nd edition - Executive Summary; VO2 Max Calculator; VO2 Max Calculator; VO2 Max; VO2max Trainability and High Intensity Interval Training in Humans: A Meta-Analysis; Light physical activity linked to lower risk of heart disease in older women;
Health Care Information New section: Finding Hospital Charges; Hospital Chargemasters; You can now look up charges at your local hospital. Good luck understanding them; Medicare will require hospitals to post prices online; Nearly all hospitals will give you the price of parking. Barely any will give you the price of health care; Look Up Your Hospital: Is It Being Penalized By Medicare?;
Maternal Child Health Adoption & Foster Care Statistics; A simple guide to CRISPR, one of the biggest science stories of the decade; Adverse Childhood Experiences in Connecticut; State-level data for understanding child welfare in the United States; Genetic testing: Opportunities to unlock value in precision medicine; Genetics Resources; Race against time: ethnicity of many crucial medical cell lines misclassified. For some diseases, ethnicity counts. But researchers have found some cell lines classified as African American are in fact European; W.H.O. Panel Demands a Registry for Human Gene Editing; How to Stop Rogue Gene-Editing of Human Embryos? Some U.S. researchers knew of a Chinese scientist’s intentions to implant edited embryos but were unable to stop him. Now scientific institutions are trying to devise global safeguards; Immunization schedules; Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule for ages 19 years or older, United States, 2019; Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule by Medical Condition and Other Indications, United States, 2019; Recommended Child and Adolescent Immunization Schedule for ages 18 years or younger, United States, 2019;
Nutrition Resources MedlinePlus Nutrition Page; You Don't Have To Go No-Carb: Instead, Think Slow Carb; Hearts and minds: fruit and veg boost well-being;Is Coffee good or bad? A critical look on the science behind it; Guide to Meat and Egg Terms; Two or more diet sodas a day may increase risk of stroke; Food Poisoning Symptoms; The Skinny on Fat. The Good, the Bad, and the Unknown; What is seafood fraud? Dangerous—and running rampant, report finds.In a test of fish bought in 24 states and the District of Columbia, Oceana found consumers weren't getting what they paid for;
Weight Management; Obesity Treatment, Beyond the Guidelines
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Public Health Data Diagnoses of HIV Infection in the United States and Dependent Areas, 2017 ; Deaths: Leading Causes for 2016; Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System; Proposition 65 Warnings; HIV Prevention Progress Report, 2019 Includes national and state level data for 2010 through 2017 where available; HIV Among Women;
Public Health Data Drug Overdose Deaths Among Women Aged 30–64 Years — United States, 1999–2017; Drugs Most Frequently Involved in Drug Overdose Deaths: United States, 2011–2016; Trends in Human Papillomavirus–Associated Cancers — United States, 1999–2015;Opioid-Related Hospital Stays Among Women in the United States, 2016; Opioid-Related Inpatient Stays and Emergency Department Visits Among Patients Aged 65 Years and Older, 2010 and 2015;
Public Health Data Trends in the Prevalence of Suicide–Related Behaviors National YRBS: 1991—2017; Global trends in risk factors leading to early death and disability; School Shooters: What's Their Path To Violence?; DEADLY DELIVERIES
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Public Health Sites A - C The five most addictive substances in the world; HIV Viral Load and Transmissibility of HIV Infection. Undetectable Equals Untransmittable; For HIV, Treatment is Prevention; Cannabis use in teens linked to risk of depression in young adults. Cannabis use among adolescents is found to be associated with increased risk of depression and anxiety in adulthood;Most U.S. Teens See Anxiety and Depression as a Major Problem Among Their Peers; Understanding the Impact of HIV: Diagnoses, Incidence, and Prevalence; Signs of a Severe Allergic Reaction;
Public Health Sites D-G Marijuana can alter DNA in sperm; Serum concentrations of PFASs and exposure-related behaviors in African American and non-Hispanic white women; Proposition 65 List The list contains a wide range of naturally occurring and synthetic chemicals that are known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. These chemicals include additives or ingredients in pesticides, common household products, food, drugs, dyes, or solvents; STATE OF CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY OFFICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH HAZARD ASSESSMENT SAFE DRINKING WATER AND TOXIC ENFORCEMENT ACT OF 1986 CHEMICALS KNOWN TO THE STATE TO CAUSE CANCER OR REPRODUCTIVE TOXICITY November 23, 2018; CBD is everywhere. But is it a scam?; Transgender Identity and Experiences of Violence Victimization, Substance Use, Suicide Risk, and Sexual Risk Behaviors Among High School Students — 19 States and Large Urban School Districts, 2017; Drugged Driving; National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals - Updated Tables January 2019; New section: Nootropics; Are ‘smart drugs’ all they claim to be?; Exposure to glyphosate—the world’s most widely used, broad-spectrum herbicide and the primary ingredient in the weed killer Roundup—increases the risk of some cancers by more than 40 percent, according to new research; Poison control calls for kratom have soared in recent years; Chemical added to consumer products impairs response to antibiotic treatment. Triclosan added to toothpaste, mouthwash to kill bacteria inadvertently makes such cells stronger; It’s high time we took a breath from marijuana commercialization; Suicides Among Lesbian and Gay Male Individuals: Findings From the National Violent Death Reporting System; Radiation-Emitting Products Current Research Results; $16B and Counting: The Climate Change List No One Wants to Be On; Kratom: Unsafe and ineffective. Users swear by kratom for mood enhancement and fatigue reduction, but safety issues and questions about its effectiveness abound; Clearing the Air: A Review of the Effects of Particulate Matter Air Pollution on Human Health; Tectonics in the tropics trigger Earth’s ice ages, study finds. Major tectonic collisions near the equator have caused three ice ages in the last 540 million years;
Public Health Sites H-L Diagnosing and Managing Hepatitis C; When Tattoos Go Bad; CDC's Guide to Vaccine Recommendations for Travelers; Chronic Kidney Disease in the United States, 2019;
Public Health Sites M - N Cancers Associated with Human Papillomavirus in the American Indian and Alaska Native Population, United States—1999–2015 (Purchased/Referred Care Delivery Areas-PRCDA); All About Your Knees; A Visual Guide to Knee Replacement; Cyclothymia: Are Your Mood Swings Normal — or Something More? Bipolar's milder cousin has its own ups and downs; Assessment of Bidirectional Relationships Between Physical Activity and Depression Among Adults; Men's Health; Testicular Cancer; Prostate Cancer; Survey: 1 in 3 Older Adults Feel Lonely; Mindfulness: 17 Simple Ways to Ease Stress
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Research Resources on the NetFocus groups shape what we buy. But how much do they really say about us? Even in the age of big data, brands can’t quit the focus group; On a scale from 1 to 10, how much do the numbers used in survey scales really matter?;
How Does Sleep Affect Your Heart Health?; Sleeping less than six hours a night may take a toll on heart health; Ever wake up to a numb, dead arm? Here’s what’s happening; Learning new vocabulary during deep sleep; Study helps solve mystery of how sleep protects against heart disease; Brain connections that disadvantage night owls revealed; Sleep More, Weigh Less; How disrupted sleep may lead to heart disease; Sleep tight! Researchers identify the beneficial role of sleep. Sleep increases chromosome dynamics that clear out DNA damage accumulated during waking hours; Daylight Savings Time Seems to Be Really Bad for Our Health; Did you know it's linked to an increase in heart attacks?; How to prep your body for daylight saving time; Sleep loss leads to contagious loneliness; Weekend catch-up can’t counter chronic sleep deprivation; Sleep Problems; The Well Quiz: Are You a Morning Person?; How to Sleep; Poor sleep might make you more likely to procrastinate;
Social Media Millennials, Social Media, and Depression, Depressed college students spent more time on social media ; Extensive Facebook Use Linked to Poor Health, Decision-Making; Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale; Facebook Algorithms and Personal Data; On Facebook and Twitter your privacy is at risk -- even if you don't have an account, study finds; Is anything private in the digital age?; Is anything private in the digital age?; Can Anyone Really Track My Phone’s Precise Location?; Facebook and Twitter put your privacy at risk — even when you don’t use them; Passive Facebook usage undermines affective well-being: Experimental and longitudinal evidence; This Is Your Brain Off Facebook - Planning on quitting the social platform? A major new study offers a glimpse of what unplugging might do for your life. (Spoiler: It’s not so bad.); 10 facts about Americans and Facebook; In disasters, Twitter influencers get out-tweeted. Unlikely heroes often emerge in disasters, and the same is true on social media, research says; 7 things we’ve learned about computer algorithms;
Statistical Procedures Why Data Is Never Raw
On the seductive myth of information free of human judgment; You’re not wrong, you just have a small sample size problem;
Electronic cigarettes and nicotine clinical pharmacology; What's in Store for 'Nico-Teens'? Pediatricians weigh in on the potential long-term hazards of adolescent vaping; Surveillance for Cancers Associated with Tobacco Use — United States, 2010–2014; Complementary Health Approaches for Quitting Smoking; The vape company Juul said it doesn’t target teens. Its early ads tell a different story.
A new analysis of Juul’s marketing campaign suggests it targeted youth from its inception; Vaping gone viral: the astonishing surge in teens’ e-cigarette use Youth use of e-cigarettes is rising at the fastest-recorded rate for any substance; National Adolescent Drug Trends in 2018;4 big takeaways from the most comprehensive report on e-cigarettes yet. E-cigarettes may help adult smokers quit tobacco. But they also entice young people to start smoking; Dramatic Increase in Teens' Smoking Risk With Previous Vaping; Greatest impact on lowest-risk teens in prospective study; Association of Electronic Cigarette Use With Subsequent Initiation of Tobacco Cigarettes in US Youths; Tips to Help Avoid "Vape" Battery Explosions; Nicotine works inside our neurons to reinforce addiction; Buttery E-Cig Flavorings May Impair Lung Function. Chemicals altered cilia expression in lab study; Flavoring Chemicals in E-Cigarettes: Diacetyl, 2,3-Pentanedione, and Acetoin in a Sample of 51 Products, Including Fruit-, Candy-, and Cocktail-Flavored E-Cigarettes; Tobacco Product Use Among Adults — United States, 2017; Surveillance for Cancers Associated with Tobacco Use — United States, 2010–2014; 'Polytobacco' Use: A Gateway to Cigarettes for Young Adults? Study examines changes in multiple tobacco product use over time; Tobacco Product Use Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2011–2018; Tobacco Product Use Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2011–2018; Quitting Smoking; The Real Cost of Vaping; The Facts About Vaping - Help your students avoid addiction with a research project about the dangers of e-cigarettes; FDA's Comprehensive Plan for Tobacco and Nicotine Regulation; Results from 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey show dramatic increase in e-cigarette use among youth over past year; Secondhand Smoke and Cancer; Use of Electronic Vapor Products Before, During, and After Pregnancy Among Women with a Recent Live Birth — Oklahoma and Texas, 2015; Electronic cigarettes linked to wheezing in adults, new study finds; Nicotine replacements may also harm embryos. US research indicates that nicotine, divorced from tobacco, impacts embryo development; E-Cigarettes Linked to Heart Attacks, Coronary Artery Disease and Depression. Data reveal toll of vaping; researchers say switching to e-cigarettes doesn’t eliminate health risks; The trouble with hookahs: water pipes as dangerous as cigarettes. American Heart Association issues strong warning over popular smoking habit; Adolescents are more likely than adults to use fruit- and candy-flavored e-cigarettes, study finds; Surgeon General’s Advisory on E-cigarette Use Among Youth; Slow Medicine: Vaping a Smokescreen? A take on e-cigarettes for smoking cessation; Hookah Use Popular Among Youths, Tied to Health Risks-Smooth, aromatic smoke belies increased risk of addiction, CVD, toxicity, AHA warns; Nicotine and addiction;
US Government Statistics 5 facts about crime in the U.S.; Victims of Identity Theft, 2016; Federal Justice Statistics, 2015-2016;Defining generations: Where Millennials end and Generation Z begins; Completing College: A National View of Student Completion Rates—Fall 2012 Cohort; Completing College – National – 2018;
Useful Sites CDC's Guide to Vaccine Recommendations for Travelers ; Destination tool to assess health recommendations"; Emergency/Radio Cellular Numbers, by State;
Web Resources The IOT Data Explosion: How Big Is the IoT Data Market? ; Have i been pwned?; Hasso Plattner Institute; Smartphone Ownership Is Growing Rapidly Around the World, but Not Always Equally; What is biometrics? And why collecting biometric data is risky Biometrics has the potential to make authentication dramatically faster, easier and more secure than traditional passwords, but companies need to be careful about the biometric data they collect; A robot that can touch, eat and sleep? The science of cyborgs like Alita: Battle Angel; How to check for identity theft. 9 warning signs of the top identity theft frauds and scams; Humans, machines and lawyers: legal problems loom for cyborgs. Human-machine hybrids already exist. The problem is the law doesn’t recognise them; 5 Facts Everyone Should Know About Smartphone Radiation; Facial recognition's 'dirty little secret': Millions of online photos scraped without consent; 23 milestones in the history of the web; Internet/Broadband Fact Sheet; Mobile Fact Sheet;
Women's Health Issues Trafficking in Persons; Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2018; Female genital mutilation- new section; WHO's Female genital mutilation fact sheet; Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: A Global Concern;
Women's Health - Heart Disease and Stroke Heart Disease in Women; Spontaneous coronary artery dissection, or SCAD; Exercise Doesn't Need to Be Intense to Yield Benefit. Less heart disease in older women who move around but don't expend a lot of energy;
Writing Who spreads fake news? Overwhelmingly, old white men. Analysis of 2016 Presidential election Facebook posts found most people didn’t fall for made-up stories, but elderly conservative males were a significant exception.; How fake news is changing the internet
The tools we all use for knowledge, communication and business are being re-engineered to stop disinformation. Is our loss of control worth it?; Advances in artificial intelligence could soon make creating convincing fake audio and video – known as “deepfakes” – relatively easy; Why Misinformation Is About Who You Trust, Not What You Think; When it comes to conspiracy theories, intuition and stress conspire against you. The enduring appeal of crap;
Career Resources The Dunning Kruger Effect: Why Your Coworkers Believe They're Way Smarter Than They Actually Are;Unskilled and unaware of it: how difficulties in recognizing one's own incompetence lead to inflated self-assessments; 110+ Free Resume Templates For Word;
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