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June 8, 2012

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The New York Times   6 June 2012
Katie Beckett waiver extends Medicaid support to disabled children
Marie Myung-Ok Lee, visiting lecturer in race and ethnicity, writes about the benefits her own family experience because of the “Katie Beckett Waiver,” signed by President Ronald Reagan, which gives all disabled children Medicaid support. Because of the program, Lee’s autistic son is able to receive at-home therapy, where previous generations of children with the same level of disabilities may have been institutionalized, Lee points out.

ABC News   6 June 2012
Revamped donation protocol could increase viable organs
In a recent article in the American Journal of Bioethics, Paul Morrissey, associate professor of surgery, argues in favor of procuring kidneys from patients with severe irreversible brain injury whose families consent to kidney removal before their cardiac and respiratory systems stop functioning. The current protocol known as donation after cardiac death has increased the number of organs available for transplant, but many of them turn out not to be viable as a result of the long wait time.

McKnight's Long-Term Care News   8 June 2012
Fall risk in new nursing home residents tied to CNA staffing levels
The risk of falls among newly admitted short-stay nursing home residents is tied to certified nursing assistant staffing levels, new research has determined. After analyzing assessments of more than 230,000 newly admitted nursing home residents in 2006, investigators found that 21 percent of new residents experienced a fall within 30 days of being admitted. Facilities that had higher CNA-to-resident ratios also had fewer falls, according to the data gathered by investigators at Brown University and the University of Southern California.

The Root   8 June 2012
Rise of the ’Tan Generation’ doesn’t mean more social justice
Marcia Alesan Dawkins, visiting scholar at Brown University and author of the forthcoming Clearly Invisible: Racial Passing and the Color of Cultural Identity, warns against rushing to assume that demographic changes will do away with America’s troubled racial past. "More accurate ways to predict the end of inequality, for instance, would be the present-day elimination of disparities in income, employment, health care, education, housing, crime, punishment, and family structure for this new generation, as well as their parents."

Bloomberg   6 June 2012
Slowing growth could mean long-term benefits for India
India’s economy is experiencing its slowest growth in 36 months. Many experts are pointing out that some good has come of the slowdown, most notably increased transparency and growing anger over government corruption. “Because of democratic public scrutiny, crony capitalism is bound to recede,” says Ashutosh Varshney, professor of political science, “but its end will take longer.”   7 June 2012
Excessive dieting may have link to suicide attempts
New research by Elizabeth Didie, assistant professor of psychiatry, and Katherine Phillips, professor of psychiatry and human behavior, finds a link between excessive dieting and an increase in suicide attempts in people with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). Didie offers an explanation for the results: “This study suggests that those who are capable of enduring such physical discomfort and pain from restrictive eating also may be capable of enduring the physical discomfort required to inflict self harm.”

New Scientist   6 June 2012
Hundreds of tubes carry sea urchin across the ocean floor
Biology graduate student Henry Astley explains the mechanics of how a blue-spotted sea urchin moves: "A good analogy is to imagine a giant, building-sized ball – the urchin – with hundreds of people underneath – the tube feet. It doesn’t make much difference whether the tube feet are each moving independently, like a crowd, or all moving together in step, like marching. There are so many of them that any irregularities are smoothed out."

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