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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

 

NLM’s Household Products Database now has over 14,000 products!

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Household Products Database (HPD) now contains over 14,000 products. http://1.usa.gov/1whBcSR

 

The latest update includes a new product category “commercial/institutional”. Product manufacturers of the more than 300 products in this category use various descriptions,  including professional grade, professional use, hospital grade and more. Users can locate products using the new “commercial/institutional” link under “Browse by Category” on the HPD homepage or by entering the category/description terms (e.g. commercial, institutional, professional, hospital) as a Quick Search.

The Household Products Database links over 14,000 consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by manufacturers and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients. The database is designed to help answer the following typical questions:

  • What are the chemical ingredients and their percentage in specific brands?
  • Which products contain specific chemical ingredients?
  • Who manufactures a specific brand? How do I contact this manufacturer?
  • What are the acute and chronic effects of chemical ingredients in a specific brand?
  • What other information is available about chemicals in the toxicology-related databases of the National Library of Medicine?

Information in the Household Products Database is from a variety of publicly available sources including brand-specific labels and Material Safety Data Sheets when available from manufacturers and manufacturers’ web sites.

Women’s Health and Mortality Chartbook

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

HHS/Office on Women’s Health (OWH) presents the 2014 edition of Women’s Health and Mortality Chartbook, a statistical resource on women’s health for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. The chartbook features 28 different health indicators by race and ethnicity, and provides readers with an easy-to-use collection of current jurisdiction data on critical issues relevant to women.  http://bit.ly/YB2t80

September is National Infant Mortality Awareness Month

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

OMH recognizes September as National Infant Mortality Awareness Month. Find events, media toolkits, statistics and other resources at

Office of Minority Health – http://1.usa.gov/X2vZCg

National Healthy Start Association – http://bit.ly/YB1pkF

Center for Disease Control – http://1.usa.gov/1lXD1Uv

March of Dimes – http://bit.ly/WPeBAl

 

OMH and NHSA: Community event. Baby Buggy Walk in the Park. While enjoying a fun-filled day in the park, families will learn about eating right, exercise, health-related resources in their own communities and how these elements work together to give their babies a better start in life. September 13, 2014 in various locations. Learn more: http://1.usa.gov/1qyRBjU