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The Early Detection and Intervention for the Prevention of Psychosis Program (EDIPPP) – a Burness project linked to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Vulnerable Populations Portfolio – is a promising approach to treat mental illness at its earliest stages. Launched in 2006 with support from the Foundation, EDIPPP has been collecting evidence from six diverse sites around the country on the effects of its early identification and treatment model, which focuses heavily on proactive outreach from people in the community.
Starting this Thursday, the Nonprofit Technology Network’s (NTEN) annual conference kicks off in snowy Minneapolis. Leaving behind the cherry blossoms, Alex Field and Marianna Sachse from our BurnessDigital team will be on the ground with more than 1,500 fellow advocates to uncover the best ideas for using technology to advance the work of nonprofits.
Last month, a prominent annual assessment of health showed just how starkly different life can be county to county, state to state. It demonstrated that your ZIP code can dictate how long and how well you live. But it also shattered the argument that a dental shortage doesn’t exist.
Scientists working in rural Tanzania have used a simple US$8 glass lens, a strip of double-sided tape, and a cheap flashlight to convert an Apple iPhone into a field microscope that can successfully detect intestinal worm infections in children, according to a study published online today by the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Intestinal worms such as hookworms and roundworms infect some two billion people worldwide. The burden of disease is particularly high in remote, impoverished regions of developing countries where they can hinder physical and mental development in children by causing chronic anemia and malnutrition.