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What is Enterovirus D68?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) a total of 82 people in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky and Missouri have been confirmed to have respiratory illness caused by Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) as of September 11, 2014. Hospitals across the Midwest are seeing high rates of children admitted with EV-D68-like symptoms, although not all have been confirmed.

Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of many non-polio enteroviruses with symptoms including fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches with some infections causing severe respiratory illness. To read more information on symptoms, treatments, and prevention, visit the CDC EV-D68 page: http://1.usa.gov/1pd0Tyr

National Wellness Week

This year, National Wellness Week is September 15-21. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is encouraging people to share wellness tips over social media to promote healthy behavior. According to SAMHSA, wellness is “the presence of purpose in life, active involvement in satisfying work and play, a healthy body and living environment, joyful relationships, and happiness”. Each day has a different focus and participants are encouraged to use the hashtag #ShareWellness. 

To find more information on SAMHSA and Wellness Week, visit SAMHSA’s website: http://1.usa.gov/X7rdDp

September Issue of CDC Vital Signs

This month’s issue of Vital Signs, a monthly report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), focuses on reducing sodium in children’s diets.

According to the report:

About 9 in 10 US children eat more sodium than recommended. Most sodium is in the form of salt, as a part of processed foods. A high sodium diet can lead to high blood pressure. About 1 in 6 children ages 8-17 years has raised blood pressure. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Lowering sodium in children’s diets today can help prevent heart disease tomorrow, especially for those who are overweight.

For the full report, including the infographic and research, visit the CDC’s Vital Signs page: http://1.usa.gov/1qNRaUz

 

NLM’s Household Products Database now has over 14,000 products!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Household Products Database (HPD) now contains over 14,000 products. http://1.usa.gov/1whBcSR

 

The latest update includes a new product category “commercial/institutional”. Product manufacturers of the more than 300 products in this category use various descriptions,  including professional grade, professional use, hospital grade and more. Users can locate products using the new “commercial/institutional” link under “Browse by Category” on the HPD homepage or by entering the category/description terms (e.g. commercial, institutional, professional, hospital) as a Quick Search.

The Household Products Database links over 14,000 consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by manufacturers and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients. The database is designed to help answer the following typical questions:

  • What are the chemical ingredients and their percentage in specific brands?
  • Which products contain specific chemical ingredients?
  • Who manufactures a specific brand? How do I contact this manufacturer?
  • What are the acute and chronic effects of chemical ingredients in a specific brand?
  • What other information is available about chemicals in the toxicology-related databases of the National Library of Medicine?

Information in the Household Products Database is from a variety of publicly available sources including brand-specific labels and Material Safety Data Sheets when available from manufacturers and manufacturers’ web sites.

Women’s Health and Mortality Chartbook

HHS/Office on Women’s Health (OWH) presents the 2014 edition of Women’s Health and Mortality Chartbook, a statistical resource on women’s health for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. The chartbook features 28 different health indicators by race and ethnicity, and provides readers with an easy-to-use collection of current jurisdiction data on critical issues relevant to women.  http://bit.ly/YB2t80

September is National Infant Mortality Awareness Month

OMH recognizes September as National Infant Mortality Awareness Month. Find events, media toolkits, statistics and other resources at

Office of Minority Health – http://1.usa.gov/X2vZCg

National Healthy Start Association – http://bit.ly/YB1pkF

Center for Disease Control – http://1.usa.gov/1lXD1Uv

March of Dimes – http://bit.ly/WPeBAl

 

OMH and NHSA: Community event. Baby Buggy Walk in the Park. While enjoying a fun-filled day in the park, families will learn about eating right, exercise, health-related resources in their own communities and how these elements work together to give their babies a better start in life. September 13, 2014 in various locations. Learn more: http://1.usa.gov/1qyRBjU

2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book

From the Annie E. Casey Foundation:

“The KIDS COUNT Data Book is an annual publication that assesses child well-being nationally and across the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Using an index of 16 indicators, the 2014 report ranks states on overall child well-being and in four domains: (1) economic well-being, (2) education, (3) health, and (4) family and community. For 2014, the three highest-ranked states for child well-being were Massachusetts, Vermont and Iowa; the three lowest-ranked were Nevada, New Mexico and Mississippi. The report also provides national trends, comparing the latest data with mid-decade statistics.”

Read the report, which includes trends in child well-being since 1990: http://bit.ly/1we4guD

Border Health Resource Guide

The Rural Assistance Center has an updated resource guide on Border Health. The guide includes demographic information and details health issues of particular concern for those living near the United States/Mexico border. Links to health websites, relevant organizations and state-specific contacts are provided.

Border Health (Rural Assistance Center): http://bit.ly/1Bn0X7h

Special needs factsheets for educators

KidsHealth.org has fact sheets on health conditions that can affect learning. Designed for K-12 educators, each fact sheet provides an overview of the condition and how it can affect a child or adolescent’s time at school. The fact sheets also provide tips for teachers and other school personnel can be supportive of students dealing with conditions such as ADHD, asthma, diabetes, cutting, visual impairments and inflammatory bowel disease.

Access fact sheets: http://bit.ly/1CJdZ0v

Funding Opportunity: Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children

Maternal and Child Health – Grants to support community-based child health projects that improve the health status of mothers, infants, children, and adolescents by increasing their access to health services.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: October 14, 2014

More information and to apply: http://bit.ly/Yfls7Q