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U.S. Suicide Rates are up 24 Percent since 1999

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Suicide rates in the United States rose 24 percent between 1999 and 2014, with young girls and middle-aged men accounting for the largest increases, the Centers for Disease Control reported recently. Awareness of the likelihood of suicide is an important step towards prevention. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers suicide prevention tools and training at: http://1.usa.gov/1rArzm3

Originally posted by Pat Devine on April 27

CDC Launches Improved Online Foodborne Outbreak Search Tool

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a redesigned online tool making it easier to search data on foodborne disease outbreaks. The updated Foodborne Outbreak Online Database Tool (FOOD Tool) lets users search nearly 20 years of outbreak data by state, food, or germ. An estimated 1 in 6 Americans get sick from foodborne illness every year. Tracking and reporting outbreak information is critical to understanding how foodborne illness affects America’s health.

Originally developed in 2009, the FOOD Tool includes national foodborne outbreak data reported to CDC from 1998 to 2014. New interactive features such as maps, graphs, and tables now allow users to search by specific foods and ingredients, view a “quick stats” display, and get case counts for multistate outbreaks. To learn more and access the tool, please see: 1.usa.gov/1T3lCDX

CDC Concludes Zika Causes Microcephaly and Other Birth Defects

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

“Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have concluded, after careful review of existing evidence, that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects…”

“The report [in the New England Journal of Medicine] notes that no single piece of evidence provides conclusive proof that Zika virus infection is a cause of microcephaly and other fetal brain defects. Rather, increasing evidence from a number of recently published studies and a careful evaluation using established scientific criteria supports the authors’ conclusions.”

Read the complete media statement at CDC.gov, http://1.usa.gov/1qZLMkz

Zika virus representation from Purdue University and NIH

Representation of Zika virus, NIH Flickr Image Gallery, http://bit.ly/1VF0U3l 
Credit: Purdue University image/courtesy of Kuhn and Rossmann research groups

Don’t forget you can find current news and background information at the Zika virus MedlinePlus Health Topic Page.

 

Walking and Walkable Communities

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

The benefits of walking as exercise are numerous. But for people who live in areas where sidewalks are few or walking presents a danger, getting out and moving around can be more difficult. The Surgeon General published a Call to Action to promote walking and walkable cities. Even the Transportation Secretary touted the health benefits of walkable communities and safe streets. If you’re stuck in an unwalkable area (for the time being at least), consider some activity alternatives to walking outdoors, such as those listed on “How 10 Minutes Can Be Your Friend When You Want to Workout” http://1.usa.gov/1NqZrpB.

Infographic from SurgeonGeneral.gov

Infographic for Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities. For a text-version of the information displayed on the infographic, go to http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/calls/walking-and-walkable-communities/sector-infographic.html.

Preventive Services Covered Under the Affordable Care Act

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Preventive Services Covered Under the Affordable Care Act, http://1.usa.gov/1qsto39

If you have a new health insurance plan or insurance policy beginning on or after September 23, 2010, the preventive services on this site must be covered without your having to pay a copayment or co-insurance or meet your deductible. This applies only when these services are delivered by a network provider.

There are sections on the site for Adults, Women, and Children.

Link seen on National Minority Health Month Twitter chat, #NMHM16Chat

EPA’s Safer Choice program encourages consumers to choose healthier and safer spring cleaning products

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

The snow is gone and temperatures are rising. That means it is time for spring cleaning, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through its Safer Choice program this spring is encouraging consumers to look for cleaning products that will protect public health and the environment. EPA developed Safer Choice labels so it would be easy for consumers and businesses to choose products that meet EPA’s safer product standards. Although the Safer Choice label applies to products that are used year round, EPA is making a special emphasis just in time for spring cleaning. For more information Safer Choice, visit: http://1.usa.gov/1qk6uLt 

National Public Health Week 2016

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Adapted from the Outreach and Special Populations Branch of the National Library of Medicine

It’s nearing the end of National Public Health Week 2016. Outreach and Special Populations Branch provides a variety of reliable information resources to help improve public health information access, including:

HealthReach – Multilingual and multicultural public health information for those working with or providing care to individuals with limited English proficiency.
HIV/AIDS Information for Specific Populations – Comprehensive HIV/AIDS information for scientists, physicians, educators, and consumers.
Multi-Cultural Resources for Health Information – Information about cultural competency, tools, health literacy, research, and policy.
K-12 Science and Health Education – Working with teachers and science experts to provide free reliable resources to help introduce, reinforce, and supplement education.

 

 

April is National Minority Health Month

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), April is National Minority Health Month. This year’s theme is “Accelerating Health Equity for the Nation.” To learn more about the CDC’s efforts to combat minority health disparities, please visit: http://1.usa.gov/1SNwQif

 

Tornado Safety

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Due to severe weather conditions that has occurred in the past few months, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has featured a recommend guide in case of a tornado. The guide includes how to be prepared, how to stay aware of weather conditions and suggestions for shelter. For more information, please visit: http://1.usa.gov/1RClAGu

 

Pink Eye: Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Have you, or know someone that has contracted pink eye? If so, you probably know that pink eye is fairly common. Conjunctivitis, the medical term for pink eye, is an inflammation of the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is the thin, clear tissue that lines the inside of the eyelid and the white part of the eyeball. Inflammation of the conjunctiva causes blood vessels to become more visible and therefore gives the eye a pinkish color. To learn more about pink eye, its symptoms, how it can be treated, and prevention, please visit the CDC’s webpage for more information:http://1.usa.gov/1UGf6J7