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The Data You Need May Be Closer Than You Think
Posted On: Monday, July 16, 2012 - 15:08 by Beverly Murphy

The Triangle Census Research Data Center (TCRDC) can provide access to restricted National Center for Health Statistics and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) data to members of the Duke community. Use of restricted data must still undergo the NCHS or AHRQ approval process; however, the data can now be accessed in a secure computing environment on Duke's campus (which is a lot closer and easier than traveling to Bethesda!) Data that may be available includes:

  • Variables removed from public-use data files: Most surveys collected by NCHS and AHRQ contain sensitive information which is suppressed or masked to protect the confidentiality of respondents. Such information, which can include geographic and demographic detail, study...
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    Qualtrics: Your Duke Survey Tool
    Posted On: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 15:34 by Beverly Murphy

    The Qualtrics online survey tool is available for Duke users through a university-wide site license. Create an account using your NetID. Whether you are new to creating surveys or just new to Qualtrics, you’ll find many helpful features including customizable templates, question banks, and a survey builder guide. While a NetID is required to create surveys, the sharing of surveys with non-Duke users is allowed. You can put graphics into a survey, pipe text in, force validation for answers (like for emails, zip codes, phone numbers), and more. When you are ready to review, you can easily download the results in a variety of formats, cross...


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    Lung Cancer Rates Decline Nationwide
    Posted On: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 09:25 by Adrianne Leonardelli

    According to a recent press release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rates of new lung cancer cases in the United States dropped among men in 35 states and among women in 6 states between 1999 and 2008.

    For this report, researchers analyzed lung cancer data from the CDC's National Program of Cancer Registries and the National Cancer Institute′s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program. They estimated smoking behavior by state using the CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

    Study findings include:

    • Among men, lung cancer rates continued to decrease nationwide.
    • From 1999 to 2008 lung cancer...

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    NC among 15 states in “diabetes belt”
    Posted On: Monday, March 14, 2011 - 12:27 by Beverly Murphy

    Using data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and county-level estimates of diabetes prevalence, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have identified counties in 15 states, primarily in the Southeast, that have diabetes prevalence rates at or above 11%, compared to 8.5% for the rest of the country. Counties in this so-called “diabetes belt” are located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. Researchers also examined the excess risk associated with living in the diabetes belt, in relation to both modifiable and nonmodifiable risk factors. Awareness of the increased risk for developing diabetes in this region could be... MORE

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    NC failing at protecting citizens against tobacco related illnesses
    Posted On: Monday, January 24, 2011 - 10:38 by Beverly Murphy

    U.S. leaders took meaningful steps to reduce smoking over the past year, increasing treatment options and giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration new power to regulate tobacco, a major health group said on Thursday…States, on the other hand, "failed miserably" at protecting citizens from the burden of tobacco use, according to the American Lung Association, which issued its annual report card on U.S. tobacco control efforts.

    "Despite collecting millions of dollars -- and in some cases billions -- in tobacco settlement dollars and excise taxes, most states are investing only pennies on the dollar to help smokers quit," [Charles Connor, president and chief executive of the American Lung Association] said.
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    The World Bank Opens Access to Data
    Posted On: Monday, May 3, 2010 - 11:19 by Beverly Murphy

    More free data at your fingertips! The World Bank now allows access to its global development... MORE

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    Featured Resource: HealthPathNC
    Posted On: Saturday, April 17, 2010 - 10:00 by Beverly Murphy

    Public health–related documents are well represented within the State Library of North Carolina's digital collections. To provide a convenient access point to this information, and in preparation for future digitization efforts, they are introducing a new portal: HealthPathNC. Through this portal, you can access materials available in popular current collections like those on eugenics in North Carolina and the influenza epidemic of 1918– 1919. You can also more easily find groups of topically related public health documents. HealthPathNC includes multiple methods for accessing the public health collection, including keyword searching, browsing, and selecting from a variety of popular health topics. There is also a list of general resources... MORE

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    CDC Releases County-Level Atlas of Heart Disease Hospitalizations
    Posted On: Friday, March 5, 2010 - 11:53 by Beverly Murphy

    The CDC recently released the 2010 Atlas of Heart Disease Hospitalizations Among Medicare Beneficiaries, its first atlas showing hospitalization rates for heart disease at the county level. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US. These new maps chart wide disparities based on race/ethnicity and geographic location.

    2010 Atlas of Heart Disease Hospitalizations Among Medicare Beneficiaries:

    Interactive Heart Disease & Stroke Maps:

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