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Your Life Matters! A New Suicide Prevention Campaign for Faith Communities

Friday, September 19th, 2014

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) recently launched the “Your Life Matters!” campaign. During the campaign, the Action Alliance encourages every faith tradition to dedicate one day of worship each year to celebrate life, hope, and reasons to live. Faith traditions can consider observing this celebration near September 10, which is World Suicide Prevention Day. However, the message that each congregant’s life matters could be promoted anytime during the year, whenever it fits the needs of the local faith community.

Faith communities are in a unique position to reach a large portion of the millions of Americans who struggle with serious thoughts of suicide each year. Many people feel hopeless or trapped, or are in such emotional pain or despair that they struggle to face another day.

Your Life Matters! http://bit.ly/1r6nIZQ

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

Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2013

Friday, September 19th, 2014

The U.S. Census Bureau announced that in 2013, the poverty rate declined from the previous year for the first time since 2006, while there was no statistically significant change in either the number of people living in poverty or real median household income. In addition, the poverty rate for children under 18 declined from the previous year for the first time since 2000. The following results for the nation were compiled from information collected in the 2014 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement.

The nation’s official poverty rate in 2013 was 14.5 percent, down from 15.0 percent in 2012. The 45.3 million people living at or below the poverty line in 2013, for the third consecutive year, did not represent a statistically significant change from the previous year’s estimate. Median household income in the United States in 2013 was $51,939; the change in real terms from the 2012 median of $51,759 was not statistically significant. This is the second consecutive year that the annual change was not statistically significant, following two consecutive annual declines. The percentage of people without health insurance coverage for the entire 2013 calendar year was 13.4 percent; this amounted to 42.0 million people.

Income and Poverty in the United States: 2013: http://1.usa.gov/1v0ecHf
Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2013: http://1.usa.gov/1yjtNHy

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

Upcoming Webinars

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

HHS/Region V and the Office on Women’s Health (OWH): Webcast. Healthier Pregnancy: Tools and Techniques to Best Provide ACA-Covered Preventive Services. This webcast will share best practices on how health care providers can incorporate ACA pre-natal and perinatal preventive services. September 23, 2014, 9:00 am ET. Register: http://bit.ly/1rqeI1s

 

HHS/The Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships: Webinar. Special Enrollment Periods and Resources for the Uninsured. September 30, 2014, 2:00 pm ET. Register: http://bit.ly/1mhjWNv

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

National Wellness Week

Friday, September 12th, 2014

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

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