Funding Opportunities- July 24, 2015

Upcoming Funding Opportunity – Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center
The Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center (RCPNC) at the University of Kentucky is pleased to provide notice about its upcoming Request for Applications (RFA) for a grant project. Projects funded through this grant program will use creative strategies to increase coordination among United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) Child Nutrition programs and other nutrition assistance programs.

RCPNC is sending this advance notice so that its pre-announcement can be circulated to organizations that are eligible and interested in applying for the grants. Please assist us by forwarding this message to county-level organizations (e.g., cooperative extension offices, school food supervisors, county-level WIC administrators, local health departments, etc.) within your network. By providing this notice, we are also giving potential applicants more time to approach new or existing partners about collaborating on a project and applying for a grant.  Additional information about the grants and the RFA is available in the Notification of Funding Opportunity document attached
Watch for additional information and the official RFA at our website:  www.rcpnc.org.

Deadline Extension for Tobacco-Free Community College Grants: August 21st at 5pm EST
It is not too late to kick start your tobacco-free campus initiative!
Legacy, a national public health organization dedicated to reducing tobacco use, recently announced awards to 38 community colleges through the Smoke-Free and Tobacco-Free Community College Grant Initiative. We are pleased to let you know that grants of up to $5,000/year are still available to public community colleges across the country to support your efforts to advocate for, adopt, and implement a 100% smoke-free or 100% tobacco-free policy. If you did not get a chance to apply, now is the time.

The deadline for applications has been extended to August 21, 2015 at 5:00pm Eastern Time.

  • Initial grants are for one year.
  • Upon invitation, awardees may apply for an additional year of funding at $5,000.
  • Awardees will receive technical assistance from Legacy throughout the grant period.

For more information including the grant guidelines, frequently asked questions, and a link to the online application, please visit our website at www.legacyforhealth.org/CCIgrant.
Please direct any questions to communitycollege@legacyforhealth.org or call 202-454-5555.

NACDD Now Accepting Applications for Epidemiology Mentoring Program
Applications are now being accepted for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors 2015-2016 National Mentorship Program in Applied Chronic Disease Epidemiology Cohort

Training Opportunities- July 24, 2015

Webinar: Cancer Risk Reduction in Indian Country –  A Double Dose of Preventative Care: FluFIT/FluFOBT
Tuesday, July 28, 3:00 p.m. ET
This Webinar will describe the impact of colorectal cancer on American Indian/Alaska Native populations and the impact   of screening on disease outcomes, how the American Cancer Society FluFIT/FluFOBT Program can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, and how to implement a FluFIT/FluFOBT program.  Presenters will include: Dr. Durado S. Brooks, Director Cancer Control Interventions, American Cancer Society, and Dr. Kevin English, Director Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center, Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board.
To register, click on:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5217926311369744897.

 America Walks Free Webinar
Walkability: The Health and Wellness Equation
W = WCA2
Walking is more than basic transportation and recreation; it is the key to health, longevity and affordable living. If we want more equitable communities–accessible–then walking must become a natural activity again.

We are all change agents. In this session, Dan Burden, one of the earliest pioneers in North America’s walkability movement, who is credited with coining the terms ‘road diets,’ ‘walking audits,’ ‘photomorphs’ and inspiring Complete Streets conversions since 1991, will be joined by his colleague Samantha Thomas of Blue Zones to demonstrate to us the added lift given to us by the health movement. Participants will also hear from local Blue Zones experts from Fort Worth, TX and the Beach Cities, CA.
Learn More About This Exciting Webinar

Date and Time:  Thursday, August 6th at 2pm-3pm Eastern, 11am-12am Pacific
Presenters
Dan Burden, Director of Innovation & Inspiration, Blue Zones
Samantha Thomas, Built Environment Manager, Blue Zones

Webinar:  CRC Screening Data Sets: BRFSS, NHIS, HEDIS, UDS
Thursday, July 30, 1:00 p.m., ET
This Webinar will address:
What does each data set measure, how frequently are the data collected, and what is the data lag?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of each data set?
What is the right data set for my purpose and how much does accessing the data cost?
Pre-registration is necessary.  To reserve a Webinar seat, click here:
For more information, contact Mary Doroshenk, mary.doroshenk@cancer.org.

Hypertension 101: Basic care management
This webinar is hosted by Care Management Plus and ORPRN. It is intended to provide staff in behavioral health settings with a baseline of knowledge on hypertension to enable them to:

  1. understand and monitor the disease’s progression and recognize warning signs of complications;
  2. understand how lifestyle choices and some psychotropic medications can increase the risk of developing hypertension or exacerbate its impact on overall health;
  3. empower clients to understand and manage this chronic condition

When: 8am – 9am PDT Wednesday, August 19 2015
Where: https://zoom.us/j/7191475942
To join the meeting: Open any browser; go to join.zoom.us, and enter the meeting ID 7191475942

Save The Date: 8th National Summit on Smokeless and Spit Tobacco
Albuquerque, New Mexico
April 18-20, 2016
Click here for more information

Who Should Attend:

  • Local, state and federal tobacco prevention and control administrators
  • Tobacco program staff
  • Public health educators and policy professionals
  • Health care professionals and providers including physicians, nurses and clinic managers
  • Tobacco treatment specialists
  • Scientists
  • Dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants
  • Higher education staff
  • Students
  • School and youth-serving agencies and youth advocates

Upcoming:

Early-Bird Registration Opens November 1, 2015

America Walks Free “Walking College” Webinar Series
Engage with Local Government:
Critical Stakeholders in Your Walkable Community Movement
Learn More About This Exciting Webinar
Date and Time:  Friday, August 14th at 2pm-3pm Eastern, 11am-12am Pacific
It takes teamwork to create social change and you need a diverse team with common goals.  For walkable community initiatives, the team often starts with advocates – for health, for children and people with disabilities, and for social equity.  But, it is also essential to recruit local government officials to the team – especially, traffic engineers, town planners, and elected policy makers.  Join councilwoman Elaine Clegg, planner Roger Millar, and engineer Gary Toth to learn how best to engage each of these critical stakeholder groups in your community.

Grantees – Please consult with your liaison regarding questions about the appropriateness of attending any training or conference using TPEP or Healthy Communities funds. This list of training opportunities is provided as a resource for grantees and partners but is not an endorsement of any training or conference hosted by an external organization

Tobacco- July 24, 2015

Reports and Articles
park Willamalane approves smoke-free parks policy
The Register-Guard
SPRINGFIELD — All Willamalane parks will go smoke-free starting Oct. 1.
The Willamalane Park and Recreation District Board approved the policy change at its meeting Wednesday night. The vote was unanimous. Two members were absent.

“This action ties into our mission and goals of promoting health and well-being, and heightens the positive experience of being outdoors, breathing fresh air and enjoying every aspect and every acre of our park system,” Superintendent Bob Keefer said in a statement.

The district previously had banned smoking within 50 feet of all district-­owned buildings, as well as playgrounds, athletic fields and courts, dog and skate parks, and picnic shelters.

Report Shows Some Tobacco Retailers Are Not Following The Law
OPB
The Selling of Tobacco In Multnomah County report shows tobacco products are easily accessible to youth and more prevalent in neighborhoods with high percentages of people of color. The report looked at 411 retailers — how they advertise tobacco products, where the products are placed, and what kinds of products they sell, in addition to other factors. Researchers found some stores were out of compliance with existing laws prohibiting sales to minors as well as the sale of individual cigarettes, among other regulations. The report could lead to licensing requirements for tobacco retailers. Oregon does not currently require a license to sell tobacco products.

Sociodemographic Disaprities in Local Smoke-Free Law Coverage in 10 States (American Journal of Public Health)
Researchers examined community-level characteristics of residents covered by local smoke-free laws, compared to those not covered by such laws, to determine whether certain populations are less likely than others to be covered by local smoke-free laws. The ten states included in the study were Alabama, Alaska, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia. These states lacked a statewide comprehensive smoke-free law covering non-hospitality workplaces, restaurants and bars through July 2011; however, they had at least 8 local communities with such laws. The researchers found that across several states, communities with less-educated, lower-income residents had a lower likelihood of having 100 percent smoke free laws. Localities with a high proportion of workers living and working in the same locality had a higher likelihood of having 100 percent smoke free laws

E-cigarettes may be as addictive as traditional ones
ScienceDaily
Electronic cigarettes or “e-cigs” have been touted as a tool smokers can use to wean themselves off of traditional cigarettes, which many believe are more harmful than their “e” counterparts. But because e-cig liquid also contains nicotine and emits carcinogens, is that perception really true? One team now reports in the ACS journal Chemical Research in Toxicology that much of the nicotine in e-cigarettes is the addictive form of the compound.

Young women increasingly attracted to social smoking
MNT
The study, of 9,789 women aged between 18 and 25 years who took part in the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health in the United States, was conducted by Xiaoyin Li and coauthors and published by the CDC in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease.

The researchers say that although any level of smoking is harmful to young women’s health, light smoking has become more attractive among young females emerging into adulthood.

Researchers find Massachusetts schools are improving food options
MNT
Their findings — that the legislative action led to significant improvements in the competitive foods and beverages available in schools — is encouraging

In 2012, Massachusetts adopted comprehensive standards to improve the healthy food options available in middle schools and high schools. One year after implementation, a research team that includes Northeastern associate professor Jessica Hoffman examined compliance with the standards in 74 schools across the commonwealth.

Among the most impressive findings, the team found that before implementation, at the middle school level, just 13 percent of competitive foods would have met the standards. One year after implementation that number rose to 69 per-cent. At the high school level, competitive beverages that met the standards pre-implementation were 28 percent, but skyrocketed to 80 percent.

The study, the researchers say, can serve as an example for states nationwide and is the first to shed light on how schools can successfully implement food standards similar to the recommendations from the Institutes of Medicine and the federal Smart Snacks in Schools standards.

 

Funding Opportunities- July 17, 2015

2015 HEAL Cities Small Grants Application Now Available!

The Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Cities Campaign Small Grants <http://ophi.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a23dd09ac55f5ecffa5963b89&id=1060d90b59&e=d0c4537f4d>  are now available to implement policies that create healthier communities.   All cities that join the HEAL Cities Campaign by July 31, 2015 are eligible to apply.

Applications for the small grants are due August 15, 2015 by 5:00 p.m. HEAL Cities Small Grants will make implementation grants to up to six (6) cities to implement HEAL policies, in amounts between $5,000 and $15,000.  The grant pool is $35,000.

The HEAL Small Grants Program is funded through the generosity of Kaiser Permanente and is a component of the HEAL Cities Campaign. The Campaign is managed by the Oregon Public Health Institute (OPHI) in partnership with the League of Oregon Cities (LOC). The Campaign offers many tools to assist cities throughout Oregon to adopt and implement HEAL policies. Cities may consult with Campaign staff at OPHI for personalized technical assistance. Campaign staff can help a city to join the Campaign, select an appropriate policy, identify Small Grant-eligible implementation projects, and develop a strategy to engage the community in project selection, and/or navigate unexpected hurdles in implementation.

How to apply for a Small Grant:
Submit a completed Application to Karli Thorstenson <mailto:%20Karli@ophi.org>  by 5:00 pm on August 15, 2015.
Learn more about the Small Grants grant process in our FAQ document.
Learn more about important dates and Reporting Guidelines
Contact Karli Thorstenson at karli@ophi.org or 503.227.5502 x223 for more information on the application process.
Only HEAL Cities are eligible to apply for Small Grants for HEAL Cities.
A city must join the HEAL Cities Campaign by July 31, 2015 to be eligible for a 2015 Small Grant.
Oregon Public Health Institute
310 SW 4th Ave Suite 90
Portland, OR 97204

OHSU Knight Cancer Institute is accepting applications to reduce cancer’s impact on Oregonians
The Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) is seeking grant applicants statewide to receive funding through a program dedicated to supporting community-specific projects that meet cancer-related needs. To be considered for funding, applicants must submit an Intent to Apply form by noon on Aug. 13, 2015. Full proposals will be due on Sept. 8. Complete instructions on how to apply and a link to the request for proposals document are available on the Community Partnership Program website.

Potential applicants are encouraged to participate in a Community Partnership Program application assistance webinar on Tuesday, July 28 or Monday, Aug. 3, and a project design and evaluation webinar on Tuesday, Aug. 11 or Thursday, Aug. 20. The webinars will each be recorded and posted on our website. Learn more about the webinar times and sign up through the registration link.

Grants provided through the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Community Partnership Program can be used to fund community projects that address needs anywhere along the cancer continuum, from projects that promote ways to reduce the risk of developing the disease to detection efforts, treatment and, ultimately, efforts that support survivors. Any organization with an interest in reducing the burden of cancer or cancer-related health disparities in their community is encouraged to submit a proposal.

The Community Partnership Program was designed to provide communities with the resources they need to tailor cancer-related projects so they work to meet the specific needs of their residents. Early stage grants provide up to $10,000 in funding, developmental grants offer up to $25,000, and program advancement grants supply up to $50,000. Multiple tiers of funding offer organizations the option to apply regardless of the phase of work they are in. The support can be used to develop an initial idea into a project. As the project evolves, organizations can apply for additional funding offered through the tiers. The goal is to offer different levels of support so projects can grow into sustainable programs for the community.

Projects accepted for funding will also gain access to a range of OHSU resources to support evidence-based project development, aid in planning evaluation measures, and share best practices.

The Community Partnership Program in February awarded $462,656 in funding to 17 projects statewide as part of the first round of grants. Projects selected in the initial round represented 23 Oregon counties and a wide range of populations in both rural and urban communities. The goal of the second round of funding is to continue expanding the program to build on that success.

To reach a program representative who can answer questions about developing a proposal, send an email to knightcancerCRO@ohsu.edu, or call 503 494-1617 and select “option 6” for the Community Partnership Program.

Training Opportunities- July 17, 2015

The Impact of Racism on the Health and Well-Being of the Nation (A four part webinar series)
Naming and Addressing Racism: A Primer
July 21, 2:00pm (EDT)
APHA President Shiriki Kumanyika will discuss how racism is one of the most challenging tools of social stratification we face when trying to improve the health of the public. She also will reflect on the evidence and research needs related to how racism limits our ability to make America the healthiest nation. APHA President-Elect Camara Jones will tell the Gardener’s Tale and present a framework for understanding racism on three levels. This framework is useful for understanding the basis for race-associated differences in health, designing effective interventions to eliminate those differences and engaging in a national conversation.
Upcoming webinars in this series:
Community Violence Well-Being, August 4, 2015, 2 p.m. EDT
Unequal Treatment: Disparities in Access, Quality and Care, August 18, 2015, 2 p.m. EDT
Racism: The Silent Partner in High School Dropout and Health Disparities, September 1, 2015, 2 p.m. EDT

Making Room For Moms: Building Lactation Space and Implementing a Model Policy in State Health Departments
This webinar will highlight state efforts to implement a model policy to support breastfeeding mothers at work, and include advice and photos on how state health departments developed lactation rooms to support their new moms.

Active Transportation and Equity: Key Challenges and Opportunities from the Field
July 21, 2015
1:00-200 p.m. ET
Hosted by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, this webinar will discuss how equity is being prioritized in the active transportation field. Register for the webinar

Grantees – Please consult with your liaison regarding questions about the appropriateness of attending any training or conference using TPEP or Healthy Communities funds. This list of training opportunities is provided as a resource for grantees and partners but is not an endorsement of any training or conference hosted by an external organization

Tobacco- July 17, 2015

Reports and Articles

tobacco retail

How CVS Quit Smoking and Grew Into a Health Care Giant
By HIROKO TABUCHIJULY 11, 2015
Its stand against smoking has allowed CVS to make alliances with health care providers and rebrand itself fully as a health care company. But with smoking rates on a steady decline, and cigarettes sales slumping, CVS also saw that future profits lie not with Big Tobacco but in health and wellness.

Multnomah County’s tobacco report tallies retailers, availability to children
The Oregonian
Multnomah County officials and health advocates have placed tobacco retailers under scrutiny that could lead to licensing requirements for sales.
One in three retailers out of 411 sell their products within 1,000 feet of schools in Multnomah County, according to a report released this week. It separately shows nearly one in three vendors illegally sold tobacco to people under 18 years in 2014.
County officials and health advocates don’t know exactly how many retailers sell tobacco and nicotine products, including electronic cigarettes, but they took a shot and tallied 591 vendors and then visited 411 throughout the county last year.

Three out of 4 American adults favor making 21 the minimum age of sale for  tobacco products – Seven in 10 cigarette smokers favor raising age of sale
Three out of 4 American adults—including 7 in 10 cigarette smokers—favor raising the minimum age of sale for all tobacco products to 21, according to an article by CDC published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.  While an overwhelming majority of adults favored the policy overall, favorability is slightly higher among adults who never smoked and older adults. In contrast, 11 percent of adults strongly opposed making 21 the legal age of sale, while 14 percent somewhat opposed such measures.

Reducing Cheap Tobacco and Youth Access: New York City
The Center for Public Health Systems Science (CPHSS), with funding from the National Cancer Institute State & Community Tobacco Control Research Initiative, has developed a series of case studies on communities that have passed point-of sale-policies. CPHSS is pleased to release Reducing Cheap Tobacco & Youth Access: New York City, the third and latest in the series. Press release.

Can smoking drive you mad? Study suggests it might
Medical Press
People who suffer from psychosis are about three times more likely to be smokers, but scientists have long scratched their heads over which one leads to the other.
On Friday, research published in The Lancet Psychiatry suggested daily tobacco use, already known to cause cancer and stroke, may be also be a contributor to mental illness—not necessarily result of it.
Analysing data from 61 studies conducted around the world between 1980 and 2014, a team found that 57 percent of people first diagnosed with psychosiswere smokers.

surgeon general warnings

California bills to raise smoking age and regulate e-cigarettes stall
Los Angeles Times
Anti-tobacco activists began the year confident that California would follow the lead of other states and tighten its laws on smoking and electronic cigarettes.

California had once been ahead of the pack in curbing tobacco use and had fallen woefully behind, they said.
But those hopes turned to ashes Wednesday.
A bill that would have restricted electronic cigarettes in the same way as combustible ones was gutted and then shelved. And a measure to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21 was sidelined because it lacked enough votes to pass a key committee.

Healthy Communities- July 17, 2015

Resources

Check out AARP’s “Imagining Livability Design Collection”
The Tools: 13 Short-Range Livability Projects. These place making solutions can be implemented quickly, for not too much money!

Local leaders, planners, engineers and visionaries of all kinds use a range of innovative and tested techniques to make a community more livable and walkable. For instance, communities that are looking to make tangible, doable, affordable livability changes can get started simply — such as by relocating the painted lines (or removing the paint altogether) on existing streets.

The following “short-range,” relatively low-cost improvements can typically be implemented in less than a year — sometimes as quickly as a few weeks — and cost anywhere from a few hundred to several thousand dollars.

The “tools” presented here are among those discussed in The Imagining Livability Design Collection, a 38-page “visual portfolio of tools and transformations” created by AARP Livable Communities and the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute.
Subscribe for more additions to the web site as tools and materials are added: AARP Livable Communities Monthly eNewsletter

Do you need evidence-based information and tools that help you put the latest nutrition science into practice?
Dietary Guidelines
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourages individuals to eat a healthful diet — one that focuses on foods and beverages that help achieve and maintain a healthy weight, promote health, and prevent chronic disease. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) jointly publish the Dietary Guidelines every 5 years. Learn more:
Resources
Questions and Answers
Sign up for Dietary Guidelines updates
Don’t miss monthly bulletins and timely announcements about the next edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, to be released later this year. Sign up now and be the first to learn what’s new and different in 2015 and beyond!

“Healthy Is Strong” website
Million Hearts® and CDC Foundation launch a new “Health is Strong” campaign aimed at preventing heart attacks and strokes among African American men.  Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and African-American men are more likely to die from heart disease than non-Hispanic white men. The campaign leverages a variety of resources and tools to disseminate key messages and materials targeting African-American men between the ages of 40 to 65.

Chronic Disease Publications List
NACCHO Chronic Disease Prevention Team develops innovative publications with strong member involvement to ensure a practice-relevant approach. The Chronic Disease Prevention Publications List is a compilation of the publications related to chronic disease, cancer, diabetes and tobacco prevention.

Why Weight: A Resource for Physicians to Discuss Weight with Patients
The Strategies to Overcome and Prevent Obesity Alliance created the website Why Weight to provide tips on how to talk to patients about weight and obesity.  The website features resources such as educational videos and fact sheets to help physicians foster positive and effective communication with their patients regarding weight.

Reports and Articles

take the stairs What makes us more likely to take the stairs?
Medical Press
Death rates due to health problems like obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease are on the rise. According to the World Health Organization, that’s due to our increasingly sedentary lifestyles.
Clearly, it’s important to lead more active lives. Something as simple as taking the stairs can make a big difference. But canpedestrians be convinced to make healthy choices when an escalator seems so much faster and more convenient than a staircase?

Study links consumption of sugary drinks to high diabetes mortality
The consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages was responsible for an estimated 184,000 deaths worldwide in 2010, 133,000 of which were related to diabetes, according to a study in the journal Circulation. Researchers found that Mexico had the highest mortality rate from sugary drinks, with an estimated 405 deaths per one million adults, followed by the U.S. with an estimated 125 deaths per one million adults. Medical Economics (7/6)

Adults Meeting Fruit and Vegetable Intake Recommendations — United States, 2013
MMWR
July 10, 2015 / 64(26);709-713
Latetia V. Moore, PhD1; Frances E. Thompson, PhD2 (Author affiliations at end of text)
Eating more fruits and vegetables adds nutrients to diets, reduces the risk for heart disease, stroke, and some cancers, and helps manage body weight when consumed in place of more energy-dense foods (1). Adults who engage in <30 minutes of moderate physical activity daily should consume 1.5–2.0 cup equivalents of fruit and 2–3 cups of vegetables daily.* However, during 2007–2010, half of the total U.S. population consumed <1 cup of fruit and <1.5 cups of vegetables daily; 76% did not meet fruit intake recommendations, and 87% did not meet vegetable intake recommendations (2). Although national estimates indicate low fruit and vegetable consumption, substantial variation by state has been observed (3). Fruit and vegetable intake information from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is the sole source of dietary surveillance information for most states, but frequency of intake captured by BRFSS is not directly comparable to federal intake recommendations, which are expressed in cup equivalents. CDC analyzed median daily frequency of fruit and vegetable intake based on 2013 BRFSS data for the 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC) and applied newly developed prediction equations to BRFSS to calculate the percentage of each state’s population meeting fruit and vegetable intake recommendations. Overall, 13.1% of respondents met fruit intake recommendations, ranging from 7.5% in Tennessee to 17.7% in California, and 8.9% met vegetable recommendations, ranging from 5.5% in Mississippi to 13.0% in California. Substantial new efforts are needed to build consumer demand for fruits and vegetables through competitive pricing, placement, and promotion in child care, schools, grocery stores, communities, and worksites.

CVD-related risk factors improve with adapted diabetes prevention program
A study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that adults at high risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes had significant improvements in their CVD-related risk factors after attending 16 weekly core sessions and six monthly post-core sessions of an adapted Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle intervention. Researchers also found that patients aged 65 and older were more likely to self-monitor their fat intake, achieve weight loss and physical activity goals, and attend more intervention sessions than those younger than 65. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (7/6)

Hypertension misconceptions may be reason for poor BP control
Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, online July 7, 2015.
Patients may not understand that hypertension refers to high blood pressure and instead believe it has to do with too much tension or stress. Boston University researchers wrote in a perspectives article that misconceptions about hypertension could be one reason why patients fail to manage lifestyle factors or take blood pressure medicines as prescribed.

Uncontrolled Diabetes May Boost Dementia Risk
Medline Plus
Diabetes patients with high rates of complications from the disease may face increased risk for dementia, a new study suggests.
“We found that as diabetes progresses and an individual experiences more complications from the disease, the risk of dementia rises as well,” wrote Dr. Wei-Che Chiu, of the National Taiwan University College of Public Health, in Taipei.
Better blood sugar control can help prevent the mental decline associated with diabetes, he and his colleagues said.

Chronic Ills May Add Up to a Shortened Life Span
Medline Plus
While having one major health problem — such as diabetes, heart disease or stroke — can increase your risk for an early death, new research warns that the risk of dying prematurely goes up significantly if you have more than one of these conditions.
Investigators determined that someone with one of those conditions faces double the risk of early death compared to people who have no such “cardiometabolic” problems. But, those coping with two conditions at the same time were found to face quadruple the risk. And having all three bumps up premature death risk eightfold, the study found.

Vitamin C related to reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and early death
MNT
New research from the University of Copenhagen and Herlev and Gentofte Hospital shows that high vitamin C concentrations in the blood from the intake of fruit and vegetables are associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and early death.

Fruit and vegetables are healthy. We all know that. And now there is yet another good reason for eating lots of it. New research from the University of Copenhagen shows that the risk of cardiovascular disease and early death falls with a high intake of fruit and vegetables, and that this may be dued to vitamin C.