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New Cardiovascular Prevention Guidelines

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have published new heart disease and stroke prevention guidelines, which encourage health professionals to treat obesity as a disease and to promote overall healthy diets to their patients.  From the American Heart Association, “[a]nd they give doctors the first-ever formulas to calculate heart and stroke risk specifically for African-Americans – who face disproportionate risks for these diseases.”

Overview of the guidelines:

Read guidelines:

American Diabetes Month Fact Sheet

Friday, November 15th, 2013

From the American Diabetes Association:

The vision of the American Diabetes Association is a life free of diabetes and all of its burdens. Raising awareness of this ever-growing disease is one of the main efforts behind the mission of the Association. American Diabetes Month® (ADM) is an important element in this effort, with programs designed to focus the nation’s attention on the issues surrounding diabetes and the many people who are impacted by the disease.

Here are just a few of the recent statistics on diabetes:

  • Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
  • Another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
  • The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.

For the complete 2013 fact sheet visit:

Healthy People 2020 Invites Public Comments: Open November 13 to December 4, 2013

Friday, November 15th, 2013

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is soliciting written comments regarding new objectives proposed to be added to Healthy People 2020 since the last public comment period in fall 2012. Healthy People 2020 will continue to provide opportunities for public input periodically throughout the decade to ensure that Healthy People 2020 reflects current public health priorities and public input.

Public participation helps shape Healthy People 2020, its framework, objectives, and targets. During the first phase of planning for Healthy People 2020, we asked for your comments on the vision, mission, and implementation. Those comments helped set the framework for Healthy People 2020. The public was also invited to submit comments on proposed Healthy People 2020 objectives, which helped shape the final set of objectives.

For more information, including comment registration, visit

Emerging tobacco products gaining popularity among youth

Friday, November 15th, 2013

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Emerging tobacco products such as e-cigarettes and hookahs are quickly gaining popularity among middle- and high-school students, according to a report in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

While use of these newer products increased, there was no significant decline in students’ cigarette smoking or overall tobacco use. Data from the 2012 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) show that recent electronic cigarette use rose among middle school students from 0.6 percent in 2011 to 1.1 percent in 2012 and among high school students from 1.5 percent to 2.8 percent. Hookah use among high school students rose from 4.1 percent to 5.4 percent from 2011 to 2012.

For the complete press release visit:

Health Literacy Online

Friday, October 25th, 2013

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s Health Literacy Online Guide helps you create a user-centered health information website.  The guide teaches how to create personas, conduct prototype testing and write for health behavior change.

National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, a month-long observance that focuses on the role substance abuse prevention plays in promoting safe and healthy communities. Substance use, including underage drinking and the non-medical use of prescription and over-the-counter medications, significantly affects the health and well-being of our nation’s youth and people of all ages. See the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Aministration prevention resources:

International Infection Control Week: Resources

Monday, October 21st, 2013

October 20-26, 2013 is International Infection Control Week. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 1 in 20 hospital patients will contract a healthcare-associated infection.

Resources to learn more:

Entertaining infection prevention videos from the IICW website:

Healthcare-associated infections (CDC):


Weekly Posting of CDC Flu Reports to Resume

Friday, October 18th, 2013

From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health News Roundup:

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported late yesterday that it has resumed analysis of influenza surveillance data and testing of influenza laboratory specimens collected during the 16-day government shut-down. An abbreviated FluView report summarizing the data for the most recent week (October 6-12) will be posted on Friday, October 18. At a later date, reports summarizing influenza surveillance data for September 22-October 5 will also be posted. Weekly Friday posting of the full FluView report for the 2013-2014 season will begin again on October 25.


For the abbreviated FluView report:

For the full RWJF Public Health Roundup:


Brain may flush out toxins during sleep

Friday, October 18th, 2013

From the National Institutes of Health:

A good night’s rest may literally clear the mind. Using mice, researchers showed for the first time that the space between brain cells may increase during sleep, allowing the brain to flush out toxins that build up during waking hours.  These results suggest a new role for sleep in health and disease.  The study was funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the NIH.

For centuries, scientists and philosophers have wondered why people sleep and how it affects the brain.  Only recently have scientists shown that sleep is important for storing memories.  In this study, Dr. Nedergaard and her colleagues unexpectedly found that sleep may be also be the period when the brain cleanses itself of toxic molecules.

For the full NIH news article:

National Mammography Day

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Nearly 90% of women who find and treat their breast cancer are cancer-free at five years. Mammograms can help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer among women ages 40 to 70. A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray picture of the breast.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the standards for mammography machines and training for the people who give mammograms. FDA also certifies the places that give mammograms in the U.S., under the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA). FDA keeps a list of all certified places where you can get a mammogram. 

For four mammography myths, along with helpful information you should know before you go, visit the FDA’s Women’s Health Topics: Mammography page: