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Prevention of birth defects: Resources

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 3% of babies born in the United States have an identifiable structural birth defect.

Prevention of birth defects is the subject of an article in this week’s Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report:

Additional information on the prevention of birth defects is available from MedlinePlus:

Is Your Family Prepared for an Emergency?

Friday, September 25th, 2015 has information on preparing for emergencies and making a family plan, making an emergency supply kit and learning what to do in different types of emergencies. Learn more about how to prepare:


Institute of Medicine Study: Errors in Patient Diagnosis

Friday, September 25th, 2015

The report, called “Improving Diagnosis in Health Care,” asserts that diagnostic errors occur daily in every health care setting nationwide, yet they have never been adequately studied. No one knows how many people suffer from misdiagnoses or delays that affect their care. “Most people will experience at least one diagnostic error during their lifetime, sometimes with devastating consequences.” Read more in U.S. News & World Report:

NIH Body Weight Planner Added to USDA SuperTracker Food and Activity Tool

Friday, July 24th, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have partnered to add the NIH Body Weight Planner to the USDA’s SuperTracker online tool as a goal-setting resource to help people achieve and stay at a healthy weight. The SuperTracker tool empowers people to build a healthier diet, manage weight, and reduce risk of chronic disease.

Potential Harm of Unnecessary Health Care

Friday, June 26th, 2015

The New Yorker has published an article in their Annals of Health Care issue on the avalanche of unnecessary medical care, which could potentially harm patients physically and financially and what can be done about it.

To read the article, please visit:


American Academy of Nursing Partners with Consumer Reports

Friday, June 26th, 2015

The American Academy of Nursing has partnered with Consumer Reports to bring health care recommendations developed by nurse leaders to consumers. The Academy’s “Choosing Wisely” list of things patients and nurses should question, has been developed into useful brochures by Consumer Reports for consumers to reference for common health practices and treatments.

To read more, visit


Public health response to civil unrest in Baltimore

Monday, May 11th, 2015

The American Public Health Association interviewed Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen on her department’s response to unrest after the death of Freddie Gray.

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen: Thinking creatively to protect communities (Public Health Newswire):

Home Health Technology Market to Skyrocket

Friday, April 24th, 2015

The number of customers using home health technologies will grow from 14.3 million in 2014 to 78.5 million by 2020, according to market intelligence firm Tractica. Home health technologies allow consumers to manage their own health and wellness in a variety of ways, but there are several obstacles to the growth.


National Child Abuse Prevention Month 2015

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote prevention across the country.

For 2015, the Children’s Bureau, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has published the 2015 Prevention Resource Guide: Making Meaningful Connections. The guide was created primarily to support community-based child abuse prevention professionals who work to prevent child maltreatment and promote well-being.

Child Welfare Information Gateway:
2015 Prevention Resource Guide:

People with Low Incomes Say They Pay a Price in Poor Health

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

A National Public Radio story discusses the differences in perceptions in what affects health for those with low incomes vs. those with higher incomes. Some factors are bad housing, low-paying jobs and unemployment, which can harm health status and increase the odds of developing stress-related health conditions.