Physical Health

Pragmatic trials: What works in the real world?

Traditional clinical trials have helped scientists find effective treatments and patient care practices. However, the results of clinical trials often apply to only a small group of people because...

Investigating new therapies for leukemia

In 2015, about 54,000 people will be diagnosed with leukemia and 24,000 people are expected to die from the disease in the U.S., the American Cancer Society estimates. Westat...

Botswana HIV/AIDS Prevention Project

Despite having one of the best public health systems in Africa, Botswana has had little success with reducing the prevalence of HIV. About 340,000 adults (23.4% of the population)...

Assessing HIV in Malawi and Zimbabwe

The HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to have severe impacts in sub-Saharan Africa. In Malawi and Zimbabwe, Westat assisted ICAP at Columbia University to survey the prevalence of HIV and the...

Tracking and monitoring diabetes prevalence

Since 1980, the number of Americans diagnosed with diabetes has more than tripled, from 5.6 million to 20.9 million. States bear substantial responsibility for addressing the rising rates of...

Engaging organizations in HIV/AIDS prevention

Despite the progress public health campaigns have made in the fight against HIV and AIDS, efforts have been less successful for some groups, including African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and men...

What's the accumulated cancer risk from where you've lived?

The environment in which one lives can affect the risk of developing cancer. Risks and exposures vary by region and by neighborhood. Epidemiologists concerned with describing the totality of...

Using the PATH Study to see how regulating tobacco products affects behavior and health

On September 19, 2011, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) initiated a prospective, longitudinal cohort study to assess tobacco use behaviors and health...

Eagle Books and the method of a message

Native American youth develop diabetes at much higher rates than other children. The Native Diabetes Wellness Program (NDWP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) works to...

Improving the quality of medical labs in Africa

Cheikh Anta Diop University (CADU) in Dakar, Senegal is working to help improve the quality of medical laboratory testing in Africa. Westat partnered with CADU to establish a proficiency...

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