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NIH Launches New Public Health Campaign

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

A growing body of scientific evidence indicates that uncontrolled high blood pressure is not only the leading cause of stroke but may also be linked to cognitive decline and dementia. The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is launching a public health education campaign called Mind Your Risks. The campaign is designed to raise awareness about how controlling the risk factors for stroke in middle age, particularly high blood pressure, may reduce the risk of cognitive decline later in life. For information and resources  http://1.usa.gov/1PZvXW0

Walking: A simple route to improving your health​

Monday, February 8th, 2016

The February 2016 issue of The Nation’s Health contains a shareable handout in English, Spanish, and easy-to-read versions on the benefits of walking.

Walking: A simple route to improving your health​ (American Public Health Association): http://bit.ly/UD9hur

 

New MedlinePlus Health Topic – Zika Virus

Monday, February 8th, 2016

MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en Español have new health topic pages on Zika Virus. The pages contain latest health news and consumer health resources. The English-language page also has links to PubMed/MEDLINE abstracts.

Zika Virus: http://1.usa.gov/1Ri8zly

Virus del Zika: http://1.usa.gov/1NZNN3w

 

National Library of Medicine Resource Guides on Recent Public Health Incidents

Friday, February 5th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) recently developed resource lists for three public health emergencies affecting both local and global communities. An incident Web page was created to gather resources on the emerging health issues arising from the Zika Virus. Two PDF documents on recent chemical incidents have been updated. Please share these resources freely. These resource lists link to a variety of sources such as: Local, state, federal and international agencies and organizations; Database searches for the health information issues around the incidents; and Social media resources for situational awareness.

Zika Virus Health Information Resources: http://1.usa.gov/1K2ORc4
Aliso Canyon/Porter Ranch Gas Leak: http://1.usa.gov/1L3f19B (PDF)
Lead in Flint, Michigan Water System: http://1.usa.gov/1PZcYLd (PDF)

Alcohol Exposure During Pregnancy Affects Millions of Women in the United States

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Adapted from CDC:

The CDC reports an estimated 3.3 million women are at risk of exposing their children to harmful effects related to alcohol use because they are drinking,  sexually active and fail to use birth control.  The age group of these women are between 15 and 44 years. Alcohol use before a woman knows she is pregnant, is known to cause irreversible damage to her child. For more information, please visit: 1.usa.gov/1nMXGwP

Vitals Signs Infographic: 1.usa.gov/1o6972H

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Adds Zika Travel Advisory to Four Countries

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Adapted from CDC:

The CDC, in collaboration with public health officials, has added a Zika virus travel alert to the following countries: American Samoa, Costa Rica, Curacao, and Nicaragua. In addition, the CDC has provided a list of affected countries and regions combating the virus. 1.usa.gov/1PRWRsG  The Zika virus infection is most often spread by mosquitoes. For more information, please visit: 1.usa.gov/1QG7SAp

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Reports Increase in Birth Defect of Abdominal Wall

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Adapted from CDC:

The CDC reports that a problematic birth defect of the abdominal wall called Gastroschsis, is worsening in the United States. In the past 18 years, reports of gastrochisis has doubled. Often, mothers under the age of 20 are affected. More troubling, non-Hispanic mothers saw the largest increase in percentage from 1995 to 2012. For more information, please visit: 1.usa.gov/20GCTcf

NREPP Priority Topics and Areas of Focus

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Make Your Voice Heard on NREPP Priority Areas by January 29

From the Suicide Prevention Resource Center
You have an opportunity to help set priorities at Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In addition to reviewing submitted programs, SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) will be conducting independent literature reviews to identify important substance abuse and mental health programs and treatments. NREPP has identified a list of topics, many of which are relevant to suicide prevention, and is asking the public to rate the priority of each area. Suicide prevention is not specifically listed, but you can suggest it (and other topics) by adding them in an open text field.

From SAMSHA
SAMHSA welcomes comments from community organizations, clinicians, practitioners, advocates, researchers, city, county and state agencies, and all other stakeholders regarding which topics they would like to see addressed in the new NREPP.

The deadline for feedback is January 29, 2016. To access the form, visit: http://1.usa.gov/1SMaiRp.

NREPP was developed to help the public learn more about evidence-based interventions that are available for implementation. If you would like more information on NREPP, please visit: http://1.usa.gov/1nqq2w5.

Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators (LHIs)

Monday, January 25th, 2016

The Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators (LHIs) are a select subset of 26 Healthy People 2020 objectives chosen to communicate high-priority health issues. Each month HealthyPeople.gov displays 1 or more infographics to visually communicate the existing health disparities for the featured LHI. This month’s topic is injury and violence. http://1.usa.gov/1lLcHx8

 

 

 

 

Tips for Shopping for Prescription Drugs from Consumer Reports

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Millions of Americans have been hit with high drug costs within the last year. In fact, a recent Consumer Reports National Research Center poll of 1,037 adults showed that a third of those who currently take a drug said they experienced a spike in their prescription drug prices in the past 12 months—anywhere from just a few dollars to more than $100 per prescription. Drugs can cost as much as ten times more at one retailer versus another. Read more about this issue and tips for being a better comparison shopper here: bit.ly/1VdDPkA