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Archive for the ‘Children and Teens’ Category

Teen Dating Violence

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

What is dating violence?   According to the CDC, dating violence is defined as the physical, sexual, or psychological/emotional violence within a dating relationship, as well as stalking. It can occur in person or electronically and may occur between a current or former dating partner. For more information go to CDC website: http://1.usa.gov/1yqUOc2

For a fact sheet on “Understanding Teen Dating Violence” go to: http://1.usa.gov/1yqVlLe

VetoViolence Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1ohOqKu

This Facebook page also hosts a partner spotlight, which features one of the partners working in the field of violence prevention each month. This provides fans with instant access to other organizations who are also working to help us all live safer, healthier lives. Fans can also pledge to prevent violence with the interactive VetoViolence Pledge app, which allows you to create a custom badge that will appear on your Facebook profile page.

 

 

 

Newborn Screening: Resources

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month. MedlinePlus has resources on newborn screening in English, Spanish and 14 other languages.

Newborn Screening (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1wFZwOD

America’s Hispanic Children: Webinar

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

From Child Trends:

“Join us for a webinar highlighting America’s Hispanic Children: Gaining Ground, Looking Forward, a new report issued by the Child Trends Hispanic Institute with support from the Televisa Foundation. With more than 22 statistical charts, America’s Hispanic Children: Gaining Ground, Looking Forward provides a comprehensive portrait of Hispanic children across six areas: demographics, economics, family, education, health, and media use. It documents important areas where Hispanic children are gaining ground, especially in education, and examines challenges such as high rates of poverty, some troubling health indicators, and high rates of teen childbearing, among the country’s 17.5 million Hispanic children and youth. The webinar will feature speakers from Child Trends, the Televisa Foundation, UCLA, and the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.”

Thursday, September 25

1-2PM ET

Register: http://bit.ly/1portoi

Child Trends Hispanic Institute: http://bit.ly/1rrF4kg

Keeping safe on the farm: Resources

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

September 21-27 is National Farm Safety and Health Week. Whether you work at or plan to visit a farm, here are resources for keeping safe.

Farm Health and Safety (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/15YkGil

Ag Safety and Health (Extension): http://bit.ly/1odfPNN

Farm Safety for Just Kids: http://bit.ly/XWViGp

Noise: Keep it Down on the Farm (Noisy Planet): http://1.usa.gov/1mpi199

Severe Respiratory Illness Associated with Enterovirus D68

Friday, September 19th, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working closely with hospitals and local and state health departments to investigate recent increases in hospitalizations of patients with severe respiratory illness. Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) has been detected in specimens from children with severe illness in Missouri and Illinois. Investigations into suspected clusters in other jurisdictions are ongoing. The purpose of this HAN Advisory is to provide awareness of EV-D68 as a possible cause of acute unexplained respiratory illness, and to provide guidance to state health departments and health care providers. Please disseminate this information to infectious disease specialists, intensive care physicians, pediatricians, internists, infection preventionists, and primary care providers, as well as to emergency departments and microbiology laboratories.

CDC Health Advisory: http://1.usa.gov/1wwcezr
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Early Release: http://1.usa.gov/1mm5Jyh
Enterovirus D68 Overview: http://1.usa.gov/1pd0Tyr

Reducing Sodium in Children’s Diets

Friday, September 19th, 2014

The pressure is on to keep blood pressure down in children. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that a majority of school-aged children eat more sodium than recommended, which can lead to high blood pressure. In addition, 1 in 6 children already has raised blood pressure, putting them at risk for heart disease and stroke later in life.

Lowering sodium in children’s diets today can help prevent heart disease tomorrow, especially for those who are overweight. The taste for salt is established through diet at a young age. Parents and caregivers can help lower sodium by influencing the way foods are produced, sold, prepared, and served.

Reducing Sodium in Children’s Diets: http://1.usa.gov/YYFjZs

Mercury and Our Health

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine Environmental Health Student Portal has added “Mercury and Our Health,” an animation about the uses of mercury and how exposure can impact human health.

The animation introduces children to mercury and its basic properties, discusses mercury exposure routes, outlines health impacts of mercury, describes mercury containing products, discusses mercury contamination in the environment, outlines the proper disposal of mercury containing products, discusses bioaccumulation and mercury contamination of fish, and describes additional sources that children could use to find credible health information on mercury.

The Environmental Health Student Portal connects middle school students and science teachers with free, reliable, and engaging environmental health education resources. The Student Portal offers a diverse array of engaging educational materials such as videos, games and activities, lesson plans, experiments and projects, fun challenges, as well as additional resources for further reading.

“Mercury and Our Health,” NLMNIH YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1r4OH6M

“Mercury and Our Health,” Environmental Health Student Portal: http://1.usa.gov/1pkLYlM

Environmental Health Student Portal: http://1.usa.gov/Zsh8CC

Latest Child and Family Trauma Resources

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) added a new section to its website that focuses on trauma. Children and families involved in child welfare, substance abuse treatment, and court systems often have significant, prolonged, and generational exposure to traumatic environments and experiences. This new section offers links to resources that focus on trauma within the substance abuse treatment, child welfare, and court systems and its impact on the children and families who enter those systems.  http://1.usa.gov/1qhIxws

What is Enterovirus D68?

Friday, September 12th, 2014

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

September Issue of CDC Vital Signs

Friday, September 12th, 2014

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