Posts Tagged ‘chronic conditions’

Nearly 10% of LA schools sit next to a freeway

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Working, living or going to school next to traffic-clogged freeways increases the risk of asthma so why are Los Angeles schools still being built next to major thoroughfares?

During a recent UCLA Center for Health Policy Research conference on air pollution, participants learned that although a state law prohibits schools being built within 500 feet … [ Read full post ]

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UCLA’s ALERT project informs residents on harmful air pollution

Monday, May 7th, 2012

A UCLA Center for Health Policy Research project that educates residents about air pollution and its impact on their neighborhood’s health is featured in UCLA Today, the university’s faculty and staff newspaper.

The ALERT (Assessment of Local Environmental Risk Training) project is part of the Center’s Health DATA Program and targets two neighborhoods that bear … [ Read full post ]

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Get a quick snapshot of health in your county!

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Need a quick snapshot of  health in your county?

The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research has just released new Health Profiles, one-page, easy-to-read, printable fact sheets on every county in California as well as the state’s regions, certain service planning areas of large cities such as Los Angeles and San Diego, and more.   … [ Read full post ]

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Passing on PE?: More than 1/3 of Calif. teens do not participate in physical education

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
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Approximately 1.3 million teens — more than a third (38 percent) of all adolescents enrolled in California public schools — do not participate in any school-based physical education classes, according to a new policy brief from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.  

Research has shown that a lack of physical activity is associated with … [ Read full post ]

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‘Persistent wheeze,’ heart disease, a risk of living too close to the highway

Friday, May 20th, 2011
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A new study published in the journal of Environmental Health found that people living within 400 feet of a major road were more at risk of “persistent wheeze,” chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and other negative health conditions.  The study, conducted in Italy, nevertheless highlights the “potential” effects of traffic-related air pollution on respiratory health … [ Read full post ]

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Data tools that help make the connection between health and the environment

Thursday, May 19th, 2011
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Want to create a map, chart or table on health topics linked to environmental pollution?  Try the new online tool created by the California Environmental Health Tracking Program (CEHTP) that walks you through a series of quick steps to get statewide (and, in some cases, county-specific) information on topics ranging from asthma, to birth defects, … [ Read full post ]

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