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FDA Proposes New Safety Measures for Indoor Tanning Devices

Friday, December 18th, 2015

From the Food and Drug Administration:

“There are many risks from indoor tanning devices: Using sunlamp products such as indoor tanning beds or booths exposes you to ultraviolet (UV) radiation and increases your risk of eye injury, skin damage, and skin cancer—including melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer.

Due to these risks, the FDA already requires indoor tanning devices to be labeled with a visible, black-box warning stating that they should not be used by people under age 18. Now the FDA is proposing a rule to protect youth from the risks of these devices by restricting use only to adults age 18 and older. This proposed rule also would require indoor tanning facilities to inform adult users about the health risks of indoor tanning and to obtain a signed risk acknowledgement from these users.

The agency also is proposing a second rule that would require manufacturers and indoor tanning facilities to take more actions to help improve the overall safety of indoor tanning devices to protect adult consumers.

Read the Consumer Update to learn more about these proposed rules and how you can share your comments.”

Consumer Update: http://1.usa.gov/1RtUQIK

 

The National Resource Center on Advancing Emergency Preparedness for Culturally Diverse Communities

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

“Diversity Preparedness” is a web-based library of resources and information on disaster preparedness for culturally diverse communities and other at-risk populations. The planning tools, fact sheets, trainings, and other materials have been developed by academic centers, government agencies, and non-profit organizations in the United States. They were developed for public health, healthcare, emergency management, and social service providers who work with diverse and high-risk communities. http://bit.ly/1Jc13kU

HPV Vaccine: new handout from American Public Health Association

Monday, December 14th, 2015

The American Public Health Association has downloadable and shareable consumer health fact sheets in English and Spanish. The November/December 2015 topic is “HPV vaccine: A shot that can help protect your child from cancer”.

Read this and other fact sheets: http://bit.ly/UD9hur

Know The Facts First: Sexual Health Information for Teen Girls

Monday, December 7th, 2015

According to the Office of Women’s Health, about 1 in 4 teens has a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI). Today, the Office of Women’s Health released a new public health awareness campaign called Know The Facts First to help provide teen girls with accurate information about STIs.

Read the blog post announcing the new resource: http://1.usa.gov/1IA4w1z

Know The Facts First: http://knowthefactsfirst.gov/

Skin Cancer – Prevention and Control Resources

Monday, December 7th, 2015

According to the Centers for Disease Control, rates of skin cancer have tripled since the 1970 and it is now the most common cancer in the United States.

In the December 4 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), there is a Public Health Grand Rounds article highlighting evidence-based skin cancer prevention interventions: http://1.usa.gov/1HQCWNt.

For more prevention resources, go to the MedlinePlus Skin Cancer and Melanoma pages.

Resources for Coping with Disasters, Violence and Traumatic Events

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Most everyone has been through a stressful event in his or her life. When the event, or series of events, causes a lot of stress, it is called a traumatic event. Traumatic events are marked by a sense of horror, helplessness, serious injury, or the threat of serious injury or death. Traumatic events affect survivors, rescue workers, and the friends and relatives of victims who have been involved. They may also have an impact on people who have seen the event either firsthand or on television. [CDC]

Resources for Coping with Disasters, Violence and Traumatic Events
NLM: Coping with Disasters, Violence and Traumatic Events – http://1.usa.gov/1Nwmm1n
MedlinePlus: Coping with Disasters – http://1.usa.gov/1N13LgR
SAMHSA: Disaster Distress Helpline – http://1.usa.gov/1Tpwgq9

CDC Vital Signs: Daily Pill Can Prevent HIV

Friday, December 4th, 2015

A new CDC Vital Signs report published today estimates that 25 percent of sexually active gay and bisexual adult men, nearly 20 percent of adults who inject drugs, and less than 1 percent of heterosexually active adults are at substantial risk for HIV infection and should be counseled about PrEP, a daily pill for HIV prevention.

PrEP for HIV prevention was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2012. When taken daily, it can reduce the risk of sexually acquired HIV by more than 90 percent. Daily PrEP can also reduce the risk of HIV infection among people who inject drugs by more than 70 percent. However, according to recent studies, some primary health care providers have never heard of PrEP. Increasing awareness of PrEP and counseling for those at substantial risk for HIV infection is critical to realizing the full prevention potential of PrEP.

While PrEP can fill a critical gap in America’s prevention efforts, all available HIV prevention strategies must be used to have the greatest impact on the epidemic. These include treatment to suppress the virus among people living with HIV; correct and consistent use of condoms; reducing risk behaviors; and ensuring people who inject drugs have access to sterile injection equipment from a reliable source. [CDC]

CDC Vital Signs: Daily Pill Can Prevent HIV – http://1.usa.gov/1TpAaiG

New AHRQ Online Resource Combines Patient Safety News, Research and Resources

Friday, December 4th, 2015

AHRQ has merged its Patient Safety Network (PSNet) and AHRQ WebM&M (Morbidity and Mortality Rounds on the Web) to help readers more efficiently access patient safety news, research and expert commentary. PSNet combines all the features of and content from both sites, including PSNet weekly updates, WebM&M Cases and Commentaries, Perspectives on Safety (including podcasts), Patient Safety Primers, The PSNet Collection and more. [AHRQ]

AHRQ: PSNet – http://1.usa.gov/1ItPUAE

The National Library of Medicine: 2015 AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced the funding of six HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects. Through the program, NLM seeks to partner with community-based organizations, patient advocacy groups, faith-based organizations, departments of health, and libraries in an effort to combat HIV/AIDS. Awardees and their projects are:

AIDS Interfaith Residential Services (AIRS)

“The F.A.I.T.H. Project”

Black Girl Health

“HIV News Access”

Comunidades Unidas /Communities United

“Community Outreach Project to Increase Access to HIV/AIDS Health Information”

The Alliance of Boarder Collaboratives (ABC)

“Promovision – Capacity Building Assistance Project”

The Community Wellness Project

“Enhancement to CDC’s Condoms and Sexual Education Project (C.A.S.E.)”

University of Florida

“Partnering to Provide HIV/AIDS Information Outreach”

 

NLM Announces 2015 AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects: http://1.usa.gov/1LGZxXx

 

U.S. Male and Female Drinking Patterns are Becoming More Alike

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) along with the National Institutes of Health  (NIH) has reported that male and female drinking habits are becoming similar in the United States. Researchers have concluded that in the U.S. and the rest of the world, men have been known to drink more than women. Experts worry about the national trend because women are more likely to suffer alcohol-related health effects, including liver inflammation, cardiovascular disease, neurotoxicity and cancer.

For more information please visit: http://1.usa.gov/1NCum7s