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Safer, More Effective Pain Management

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Guideline information for patients on how to be safe when using opioids for chronic management can be found on the CDC site at

Learn what opioids are and the risks and side effects of prescription opioid pain relievers.

CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

The CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain was published in March 2016. It provides recommendations for prescribing appropriate opioid pain relievers and other treatment options to improve pain management and patient safety. To find more information and guideline resources for both the clinical staff and patients go to the CDC Guideline Resources

Patient Safety Awareness Week

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

To promote Patient Safety Awareness Week, the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) will host a webinar involving leaders and organizations addressing patient safety from a national perspective. The complimentary webinar “Patient Safety Is a Public Health Issue” will take place on Thursday, March 17, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm (EST).


A Snapshot of Behavioral Health Issues for Asian American/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Boys and Men

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

From Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), this meeting summary highlights issues specific to Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) males. This report will provide clinicians with data on the prevalence of depression, suicide, and substance use disorder within the population. Pub id: SMA16-4959

Increase in Rates of Congenital Syphilis

Monday, March 14th, 2016

According to the November 13, 2015 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, there was a rise in the cases of congenital syphilis (CS), which occurs when a mother with syphilis passes the infection on to her baby during pregnancy. “During 2012–2014, the number of reported CS cases in the United States increased from 334 to 458, representing an increase in rate from 8.4 to 11.6 cases per 100,000 live births…the increase in CS rates during 2012–2014 reflected an increase in the rate of…syphilis among women (22.2% increase, from 0.9 to 1.1 cases per 100,000 women) during the same period.”

From more information about CS detection, effects, treatment, and prevention, see Congenital Syphilis – CDC Fact Sheet.

Youth and E-Cigarettes

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Though cigarette use has declined among middle and high school students, use of electronic cigarettes increased among middle and high school students from 2011 to 2014, according to the  CDC.

  • Nearly 4 of every 100 middle school students (3.9%) reported in 2014 that they used electronic cigarettes in the past 30 days—an increase from 0.6% in 2011.
  • More than 13 of every 100 high school students (13.4%) reported in 2014 that they used electronic cigarettes in the past 30 days—an increase from 1.5% in 2011.

Adolescence is a critical time for brain development and exposure to nicotine can have lasting harmful effects.  The National Institute on Drug Abuse offers an infographic illustrating the statistics of e-cigarettes and youth 
MedlinePlus includes teen information for teens about e-cigarettes at MedlinePlus as well as how they are being advertised to youth from a recent CDC Vital Signs report



Rethink your drink – alternatives to sugary beverages

Monday, March 7th, 2016

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 3 U.S. adults drink at least one Sugar-Sweetened Beverage per day. The CDC has resources and tips for limiting or eliminating drinks with added sugar.

Rethink Your Drink:

Webinar March 10, 2016 at 2:00 pm ET: Zika Virus Response and Information Resources

Monday, March 7th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) is offering a webinar on Zika Virus Response and Information Resources.”


WHEN:  Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 2:00 PM ET

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  The Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar is free and open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.

TOPIC:  “Zika Virus Response and Information Resources”

Dr. Sonja Rasmussen will discuss how information resources are pulled together and disseminated for the CDC Zika Virus response. In addition, representatives from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) will provide an overview of NLM Disaster Health’s Zika Virus Health Information Resource Guide.


Dr. Sonja Rasmussen is the Director of CDC’s Division of Public Health Information Dissemination (the Division that includes the CDC Library) and the Editor-in-Chief of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Series. She is also a Senior Consultant to CDC’s Zika Response.


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Unapproved Foreign Drugs Cannot Be Brought Into the United States Without U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Approval

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Adapted from (Health Day News)

Americans traveling abroad are not allowed to bring home foreign versions of medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (FDA) If someone with a serious medical condition needs treatment with a foreign drug and there is no U.S. substitute, the FDA will review an application to import the drug for personal use. A letter from a doctor explaining the drug is part of ongoing treatment that began outside of the United States, or the name and address of a licensed U.S doctor, who will supervise the drug, is required. Foreigners planning to carry medications into the United States need to have a valid prescription or note from a doctor written in English, explaining the drug is necessary. For more information, please visit:

Study Shows Fidgeting Could Possibly Help ADHD Students Learn Better

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Adapted from (Health Day News)

Research shows that students, who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and fidget in the classroom, may learn better. Until more is known, it is recommended that students should not have total control in the classroom and thus parents and teachers should focus less whether a child is sitting still and more on whether their work is completed. For more information, please visit:

To learn more about ADHD, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention webpage: