Obama: $1 trillion deficits 'for years'

An expensive economic recovery plan will add to the short-term federal shortfall. But experts warn the bigger problem by far is the long-term picture.

By Jeanne Sahadi, CNNMoney.com senior writer
Last Updated: January 7, 2009: 8:04 AM ET

Obama: 'Economy badly damaged'

Community health assessment using self-organizing maps and geographic information systems


Heather G Basara and May Yuan

International Journal of Health Geographics 2008, 7:67doi:10.1186/1476-072X-7-67

Published: 30 December 2008
Abstract (provisional)


Hillary Clinton's Statement in Her Confirmation Hearing for Secretary of State

Thank you, Senator Schumer, for your generous introduction, and even more for your support and our partnership over so many years. You are a valued and trusted colleague, a friend, and a tribute to the people of New York whom you have served with such distinction throughout your career.

Global Public Health 3.0

Global Public Health 3.0 needs to be understood and adopted.

Until we all look beyond vertical disease-specific programming, funding will be inadequate and responses will be patchy. Public health groups are all submitting recommendations and requests to the incoming Administration. There is the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the growing TB problem, the Malaria situation to name just a few that are the focus of the article below.

Overview of U.S. Health Care Reform for the 21st Century


Working Draft 0.5 Health System Reform/Transformation Discussion Participants: Robert Gold, Dr.P.H. Dean, School of Public Health, Univ. of MD C. Everett Koop, M.D., Sc.D. Former U.S. Surgeon General, Dartmouth Steven Locke, M.D., Ph.D Professor, Harvard Medical School Michael D. McDonald, Dr.P.H President, Global Health Initiatives

Historical Warnings of Future Food Insecurity with Unprecedented Seasonal Heat

David. S. Battisti1 and Rosamond L. Naylor2
1 Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, USA.
2 Program on Food Security and the Environment, Stanford University, USA

Science 9 January 2009:
Vol. 323. no. 5911, pp. 240 – 244 DOI: 10.1126/science.1164363

Available online at: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/323/5911/240

Will the Recession Affect Clean Technology?


A Freakonomics Quorum: How Will the Recession Affect Clean Technology?

Way back when in 2006, here’s what venture-capital legend John Doerr
had to say about clean technology: “This field of greentech could be
the largest economic opportunity of the 21st century.”

As recently as early 2008, plenty of investors and technology
companies were still predicting a clean-tech boom.

But now? With a recession that has scrambled nearly everyone’s

Interconnectedness: Changing environment - Malaria - IT

MIT Computer Program Analyzes Environmental Changes, Could
Aid Malaria Prevention Efforts, Researchers Say

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A computer program developed at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology could help in malaria prevention efforts by
identifying which environmental changes would be most effective
in controlling the spread of mosquito-borne diseases, VOA News
reports. The program -- based on four years of research in a
mosquito-endemic area of Niger -- compares conventional

Monitoring the flu strains

New York Times January 9, 2009

Major Flu Strain Found Resistant to Leading Drug, Puzzling Scientists

Virtually all the dominant strain of flu in the United States this season is resistant to the leading antiviral drug Tamiflu, and scientists and health officials are trying to figure out why.

The problem is not yet a public health crisis because this has been a below-average flu season so far, and because the Tamiflu-resistant strain, one of three circulating, is still susceptible to other drugs. But infectious disease specialists are worried nonetheless.

State of Hawaii Resilience Network Working Group


The State of Hawaii Resilience Network Working Group is a platform to building the State of Hawaii Resilience Networks.

The U.S. Resilience System

The U.S. Resilience System is a society-wide initiative with the goal of improving the health, well-being, and prosperity of American citizens and their communities, within the United States and abroad, during this period of fundamental change. During the 20th Century, American systems, built upon a reductionist science base, economic base dependent upon inexpensive fossil fuels, and industrial age technologies had competitive advantages and made widespread positive impact throughout the world. Unfortunately, today, many of these same systems are now antiquated, not well adapted the 21st Century social ecologies, and are finding it ever more difficult to successfully meet the challenges we now face. A U.S. Resilience System is emerging to step into the breach to address the gaps that are widening in association with 20th Century infrastructures and institutions that are falling behind in meeting the needs of Americans.


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