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Blog 7: Shortage of Mental Health Professionals

November 17, 2015 Leave a comment


1- This article talks about the shortage of mental health professionals and breaks it up state by state. It discusses how mental health professionals need to help those who tend to struggle with English. The greatest need for professionals are in rural remote populations of the country. The the states with with the biggest shortages are: South Dakota, Wisconsin, Alaska, Arizona and Oklahoma.

2- So they are having people who aren’t professionals help translate for them- what steps can they make to help these not professionals be more productive and beneficial? What areas have the best professionals and least amount of shortage? And why do you think that is that way?


3- The information came from the U.S. Census Bureaus, U.S. Health Resources and Services Administrations, Kaiser Family Foundation and Stateline Analysis.

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Blog #7

November 17, 2015 Leave a comment

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Prostate Screening Drops Sharply, And So Do Cancer Cases <a href=”″></a></p>&mdash; NPR Health News (@NPRHealth) <a href=”″>November 17, 2015</a></blockquote>

1. This article talks about new data that supports not only a large drop in prostate cancer screenings, but also a large drop in prostate cancer cases. I chose this article because I wanted to investigate whether the drop was simply caused by the lack of people screening.

3. The tweet is from NPR Health.The researchers found that the rate at which men were diagnosed with prostate cancer fell from 505 per 100,000 in 2010 to 416 in 2012.  The study was published in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association.

4. Other than telling us who conducted the study, the article does not tell us how specifically the data was collected. I am wondering how it was collected, and how the sample was created, how large and why.

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Blog #7: Health (Childhood Obesity)

November 16, 2015 Leave a comment
  • The tweet I chose to use is about childhood obesity in the United States and the growing rates for 10-17 year olds for the years 2003-2011. This research is based on the National Survey for children’s health.
  • As a result of the research taken, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention obesity rates remain high and very common among 2-19 year olds. This data has also shown that states in the south are more common to have higher obesity rates.
  • My questions are:
  • 1) How was this data collected overall, did they take surveys of children in medical offices?
  • 2) Where the number of children polled the same in each state?
  • 3) Why do they believe the numbers to be higher in obesity in the south? Could further research be done to prove a correlation?


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Blog 7: The Foods You Eat Can Dictate Your Brain Function

  1. This tweet is about how the food you eat directly affects the function of your brain.It was discussed within the article that the type and quantity of the food you intake will dictate how well your brain is able to function and what type of mood you are likely to be in. If you eat ‘premium foods’ that are rich in vitamins and proteins the functionality of your brain is likely to be better. I chose this specific tweet because I thought it was interesting how the types of food can change your mood and ability to function.
  2. The article was published online on the Harvard Health Publications website. While the article is written by a Medical Doctor, she neglected to cite where the research came from or how it was conducted.
  3. Because this doctor didn’t cite the research, I question the overall validity of the article. The overall concept was very interesting to read about; however, I would like to see some concrete evidence before I can fully trust the claims in the article.
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Blog 7 Affordable Care Act Influences

November 16, 2015 Leave a comment

  1. This article explores the various choices the Affordable Care Act gives Americans and which choice influenced their decision the most. For example, it shows that 41% of Americans said that the monetary amount of the premium affected their choice of a plan. The study also showed that 4% of those surveyed had no idea what they were doing. 
  2. The Commonwealth Fund Affordable Care Act Tracking Survey, March–May 2015, was conducted by SSRS from March 9, 2015, to May 3, 2015. The survey consisted of 16-minute telephone interviews in English or Spanish and was conducted among a random, nationally representative sample of 4,881 adults, ages 19 to 64, living in the United States. Overall, 2,203 interviews were conducted on landline telephones and 2,678 interviews on cellular phones, including 1,729 with respondents who lived in households with no landline telephone access.
  3. a.) How do these numbers compare to those of private health care providers? b.) How do these numbers compare to other country’s plans?

Mental Health Professional Shortage Blog#7

November 15, 2015 Leave a comment

  1. This is article is about the shortage of mental health professionals in the United States. It is explained that the shortage came from different minorities and their inability to speak english. Stating that the key to counseling and diagnosing mental illness is being able to have a meaningful conversation which cannot be accomplished through translation.
  2. I choose this article because it was interesting and it was about mental health. the information in this article was obtained from the U.S. census Bureau and the U.S. Health resources and services administration.
  3. Would offering english classes to minority students in our public school systems help this problem in the long run?
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Blog 7: Statistics of Bipolar Disorder

November 14, 2015 Leave a comment
  1. The quantitative data in this article show the outcome variables of bipolar disorder from all ethnicities in the world today.
  2. The data taken from this article is from multiple sources, including the University of Maryland, Abbott Laboratories research, the Mental Health Research Association, and the World Health Organization to name a few. Unfortunately, I could not find out where or how these sources collected their information on bipolar individuals.
  3. The wording to describe specific symptoms of bipolar depression was never explained. It made statistics difficult to understand because I did not comprehend an episode or a mania definitively.


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