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December 2016

Volume 2 Issue 2

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Mini Review

Zika Virus: Time to be Concerned but not Worried

Varshil Mehta*, Anum Akbar

Zika Virus has suddenly out struck the world with its rapid spread. It is an emerging arthropod-borne virus belonging to Flaviviridae family which is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. It is very similar to other viruses from Flaviviridae family like dengue, yellow fever and West Nile viruses. It was first noticed in 1947, since then, it has been observed on and off in different countries at different intervals.

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Research Article

Effectiveness of a Single, Low Cost Hispanic Women Prevention Program in Terms of Knowledge Gain

Seth W Jelinek, Benjamin C Salgado, Uju E Nnameka, Maricela Wilson, Henry T Robertson, Alejandro Moreno*

Recent healthcare reforms, such as the introduction of accountable care organizations, payments for health outcomes, and patient-centered medical homes, are gradually bringing disease prevention goals to the forefront of our healthcare system. Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) represent a priority among primary prevention programs as it is the main cause of mortality and expenditure in the United States.

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Original Research

Messaging to the Messengers: An Ethnographic Study of Latino Ethnic Media and Health Reporting in the Los Angeles Community

Alejandra Casillas MD, MSHS*, Gery Ryan, PhD, Sara Cook, MPH, CHES, Jose R. Quintanilla, Raymond Perry MD, MSHS, Rita Singhal MD, MPH, Julian Do, Carol M. Mangione MD, MSPH

The media perform an important function—informing and influencing the societal agendas of citizens, community leaders, and policy makers, simultaneously. Media coverage of health topics has been shown to influence public agendas and encourage actions at the policy and community levels. Studies in public agenda-setting theory demonstrate that issues which the public thinks are most important are strongly influenced by media exposure and content.

 

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Research Article

Use of Community Based Programs as Reported By Patients in Primary Care Practice

Susan X Lin*, Anita Softness MD, Richard Younge MD, MPH

As health care cost in the United States continues to rise at an alarming rate, there is a growing consensus that health care providers and clinical practices have responsibilities not only to improve the care management of people with chronic conditions but also to provide effective preventive care to reduce the risk for developing adverse conditions. Unhealthy behaviors such as tobacco use, physical inactivity, poor diet and alcohol abuse are leading risk factors for preventable chronic conditions and premature mortalities in the US.

 

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