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TOXMAP Now Includes EPA Coal Plant Emissions Data

Friday, December 19th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) TOXMAP new Flash-based beta now includes 2013 coal emissions data published by the US EPA Clean Air Markets program.
Data was obtained from the Air Markets Program Data (AMPD) tool, a publicly-available data system for searching and downloading data collected as part of EPA emissions trading programs. In 2013, about 2.1 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions were attributable to electricity generated from coal.

For additional information, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin: http://1.usa.gov/1AlClwz

NIH complementary and alternative medicine agency gets new name

Friday, December 19th, 2014

The National Institutes of Health agency with primary responsibility for research on promising health approaches that already are in use by the American public has a new name — the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).

Large population-based surveys have found that the use of alternative medicine — unproven practices used in place of conventional medicine — is rare. Integrative health care, defined as a comprehensive, often interdisciplinary approach to treatment, prevention and health promotion that brings together complementary and conventional therapies, is more common.

For more details behind this change, visit the NIH News Release page: http://bit.ly/1v5YJEI

Suicide Prevention Resource Center Launches a New Video Series

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) announces the launch of its new video series, “SPARK Talks: Suicide Prevention, Innovation, and Action.” SPARK Talks are Short, Provocative, Action-oriented, Realistic, andKnowledgeable videos of leaders in the suicide prevention movement. Each of these innovators describes a new development or direction in the field that can have an impact on suicide and issues a call to action.

SPRC invites you to spark conversation by sharing your own comments—along with the videos—via social media, newsletters, and websites, or by showing them as part of a presentation. You could spark innovation by using the videos and the associated resources to inform your own implementation. And you could spark action by submitting your success story via a form on the SPARK Talks website.

SPRC is a SAMHSA grantee and is the nation’s only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. SPRC provides technical assistance, training, and materials to increase knowledge, build capacity, and promote collaboration. SPRC serves individuals, groups, and organizations that play important roles in suicide prevention.

To visit SPRC: http://bit.ly/1zAzBKb

To view the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: http://1.usa.gov/1sDXCel

 

January is National Diet Month

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

The holiday is just weeks away!  In preparation for New Year’s resolutions, Kids.gov has compiled resources for National Diet Month. These resources include information on healthy eating, exercising, staying active for kids, lesson plans, nutrition games for children, posters, coloring sheets, and much more!

To view the resources: http://1.usa.gov/1wPUuQG

Send a Health-e-Card to Celebrate the Season

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

The CDC has more than 100 free Health-e-Cards (or “electronic greeting cards”) to send to friends, family, and co-workers! Simply select a CDC Health-e-Card, type in an email address and name, and send a colorful greeting that encourages healthy living, promotes safe activities, or celebrates a health- and safety-related event!  Click here to find the perfect holiday health e-card for your family and friends. http://1.usa.gov/16tPoBa

 

Webinar: Climate Change and Health

Monday, December 15th, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control will offer a Public Health Grand Rounds entitled Climate Change and Health-From Science to Practice.

From the CDC:

“This session of Grand Rounds will explore the wide-ranging health impact of our changing climate and discuss some of the strategies, programs and partnerships currently being used to confront the challenges associated with global climate change.”

December 16, 2015 1PM ET

More information and webcast links: http://1.usa.gov/1BJxjc4

Infographic on Climate Change and Health from the American Public Health Association: http://bit.ly/1uIDuHH

Updated Recommendations for HIV Prevention with Adults and Adolescents

Friday, December 12th, 2014

A new evidence-based guideline, Recommendations for HIV Prevention with Adults and Adolescents with HIV in the United States, 2014, is now available online from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The recommendations are intended to advance the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States: prevent new HIV infections, increase the proportion of persons with HIV who are aware of their infection, prevent HIV-related illness and death, and reduce HIV-related health disparities.

To see the complete description and download the report, visit the CDC Stacks website: http://1.usa.gov/1wnP9zJ

December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Friday, December 12th, 2014

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 251,700 toy-related injuries in 2010 throughout the United States. 72% were to people less than 15 years of age. Additionally, in 2007 alone, toymakers recalled over 19 million toys worldwide because of safety concerns such as lead paint and small magnets.

For more information on safe toys and gifts, including guidelines for selecting safe toys, visit the HealthTradition with Mayo Clinic Health Services website: http://bit.ly/1wjlk4H

For a safe toys checklist, visit PreventBlindness.org: http://bit.ly/1GkcCWU

America’s Health Rankings 2014 Report

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Each year the American Public Health Association, The Partnership for Prevention, and The United Health Foundation work together to produce the longest running state-by-state analysis of the country’s health and the factors that affect it. This year’s annual report and its data is now available for download.

To view highlights of the report or download, visit America’s Health Rankings: http://bit.ly/1zIA8L6 

Emerging Diseases: Webinar

Monday, December 8th, 2014

From the Association of Public Health Nurses:

“Emerging Diseases are those diseases that have either appeared in a population for the first time, or that may have existed previously but are rapidly increasing in indigence or geographic range.   These diseases may be transmitted between animals and humans are a concern for all people, no matter what their age, gender, lifestyle, ethnic background or economic status. This webinar will provide an overview of prevention strategies used by Public Health, including Public Health Nurses, to contain the spread of Emerging Diseases in the United States.”

December 16, 2014 2:00-3:15 EST

For information and to register: http://bit.ly/1IpTgBJ