Mary Helander’s issue brief discussing how motorcycle fatality rates due to head injuries are lower in states with helmet laws was featured in this Forbes article, Thinking Of Not Wearing A Motorcycle Helmet? Think Again.
Population Health Research Brief Series
Colleen Heflin was recently quoted in a Military Times article after her congressional testimony Thursday, May 27, 2021, on military and veteran food insecurity.
There’s a clear need for more data about the problem, advocates said. “We suffer from a lack of systematic information about the level of food insecurity among active-duty members. This means we can’t identify and focus on the pockets of where it be higher than others,” said Heflin.
“If DoD collected systematic information and made it available on food insecurity and food assistance participation, this would identify the problem,” Heflin.
Read Dr. Heflin’s Issue Brief on the topic here: https://surface.syr.edu/lerner/137/
Amy Ellen Schwartz and colleagues published The Global COVID-19 Student Survey: First wave results, in Issue 79 of Covid Economics: Vetted and Real-Time Papers.
Some of their results show 26% of students had a family member experience job loss, 56% of those who had internship plans for the summer of 2020 had them cancelled, and 37% of those who had a job offer had it cancelled. With respect to education, 12% of students withdrew from at least one course, 41% were uncertain about coming back to school in the fall of 2020, and 83% expressed that the lack of contact with faculty or other students was challenging.
Motorcycle & Powersports News featured Mary Helander’s data slice on motorcycle helmet laws in this article: Motorcycle Helmet Laws Save Lives, Study Shows. Helander found that states with helmet laws had a 33% lower head-related fatality rate (0.4 deaths per 100,000 population) compared to states without helmet laws (0.6 deaths per 100,000 population) from 1999-2019.
Research consistently reports a veteran mortality disadvantage relative to nonveterans, but has not considered the contribution of service-connected disability to this differential. Lerner Affiliates Scott Landes, Andrew London, and Janet Wilmoth find that service-connected disability status accounts for some variation in, and may have a cumulative effect on, the veteran mortality disadvantage. Access the full article here.
- Over 30,000 Lyme disease cases are reported in the U.S. each year.
- Lyme disease incidence is highest in the Northeast and upper Midwest.
- Clear, concise, consistent and ongoing public health messaging, in addition to accurate county and state-level reporting and surveillance, are key to combatting Lyme disease.