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Risk Reduction for Cognitive Decline

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Review of Evidence Confirms Potential of Risk Reduction for Cognitive Decline

Alzheimer's & Dementia Journal logoParticipating in regular physical activity and managing certain cardiovascular risk factors (smoking, hypertension, diabetes, and obesity) reduces the risk of cognitive decline, according to an evidence reviewby the Alzheimer’s Association published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia earlier this month. This review adds to the growing scientific consensus, including a recentInstitute of Medicine report, that modifying certain behaviors can protect cognition and support brain health.

Dementia EvidenceBased on an examination of the current state of the science, the analysis concludes there is sufficiently strong evidence, from a population perspective, to link physical activity and management of certain cardiovascular risk factors to a reduced risk of cognitive decline. The report notes that a healthy diet and engaging in lifelong learning may also reduce the risk (see image at right).

To date, the only risk factors conclusively associated with dementia, according to the report, are formal education (more of it reduces the risk) and moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (it increases the risk). However, physical activity and cardiovascular risk management may also reduce the risk of developing dementia.

The authors call for expanding efforts to raise awareness and educate the public on ways to decrease their risk of cognitive decline, including by governments. The Public Health Road Map, a guidebook for public health officials to promote cognitive functioning – which was jointly developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy Aging Program and the Alzheimer’s Association – encourages disseminating evidence-based messages about risk reduction for preserving cognitive health (action item E-04).  Brain Health as You Age: You Can Make A Difference!, from the Administration for Community Living, is one existing resource Roadmap Action Item E04that public health professionals can use. You can  also partner with your localAlzheimer's Association chapter to conduct workshops on ways individuals can care for their bodies and brains to age as well as possible.


Expanding Children's Health Insurance

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Despite economic downturns, states expand children’s health insurance
This report synthesizes findings from case studies conducted in 2012 in 10 states selected for the Congressionally-mandated evaluation of the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009. The report identifies areas where states continued to innovate in the Children’s Health Insurance Program and Medicaid programs for children.
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Financing Long-term Care

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The challenge of financing long-term care
The aging population is expected to increase the inequity and inadequacy of long-term care financing mechanisms. A public social insurance program could protect aging Americans against the unpredictable risk of expensive long-term care.
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NHHF: Scholarships for Graduate Students

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The National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF) will award 17 scholarships to graduate students in dental, medical (allopathic or osteopathic), health policy, public health, and nursing. Eleven scholars will receive a 2 year scholarship for $5,000 per year, and six scholars will receive a 1 year scholarship for $2,000. The scholarships will be presented to awardees at the National Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Galas in Los Angeles, CA on November 3, 2015 and New York City, NY on December 3, 2015.

We would greatly appreciate if you could disseminate our scholarship application information to the appropriate individuals and students in your educational institution.


The NHHF, a 501c3 entity, established “The Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship” to reward students in health policy and health professional programs for exceptional academic performance, leadership, and commitment to the Hispanic community.


Before this effort, there were no national scholarships for Hispanic students in the health professions. Given the demand for increased support for this group, NHHF is uniquely positioned to implement a successful national scholarship. NHHF is affiliated with the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University, which has developed leaders in public service, public health and health services research arenas.


We thank you for your continued leadership in the education of our future health professionals. We hope you will share our enthusiasm for the goals and commitment of this project. The application can be found on the NHHF website


Application Deadlines for Students:  September 18, 2015.  Awards will be announced via e-mail by October 2, 2015. The applications may be emailed to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , faxed to

(202) 628-5898 or mailed to:


NHHF Scholarship 2014 c/o NHMA
1920 L St. NW, Suite 725

Washington, DC 20036

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 June 2015 03:02

Climate Changes Relating to Health

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  • Leaders make link between climate change effects, health of Americans
    New initiatives are fighting the effects of climate change to promote a healthier nation.
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