Physical Health

Tracking violence against people with disabilities in residential care

People with disabilities in the U.S. are nearly twice as likely as others to be a victim of a crime, a 2010 government survey found. However, the survey didn’t...

Administering a global health initiative

Non-communicable, chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory disease, cause 60% of all deaths globally, and that number is growing. Most of these deaths occur in...

Using GPS to measure physical activity levels

In 2012, Westat staff helped design and carry out a study of the physical activity levels of New York City residents for the New York City Department of Health...

Examining the risks of diesel fume exposure

Exposure to diesel exhaust increases the risk of lung cancer, studies show, but it isn’t clear how much exhaust is dangerous. Miners come in contact with some of the...

Using GIS to interpret spatial context and cancer risk

An individual’s health is affected by one’s “spatial context,” that is, where one lives. Spatial context is characterized by three domains that influence health through local exposures, risks, and...

Examining the health habits of teens and their parents

What influence does home environment, neighborhood, and the wider community have on diet and exercise habits of today’s teenagers? How do parents’ and teens’ attitudes toward healthy foods affect...

Social marketing to promote the flu vaccine

Each year, an estimated 20% of the U.S. population is infected with influenza (flu) and more than 200,000 are hospitalized from flu-related complications. The Centers for Disease Control and...

How are our wounded warriors adjusting?

The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2003 by a group of veterans and friends to serve veterans and servicemembers who incurred a physical or...

Tracking cancer burden in Maryland

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is required by law to maintain a registry of all cancers diagnosed in Maryland. Hospitals, radiation therapy centers, ambulatory care facilities,...

Examining infant and toddler feeding practices

Poor nutrition can have a detrimental effect on a woman’s pregnancy, as well as on the subsequent physical and cognitive development of her infant. In 1974, the federal Special...

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