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March CDC Vital Signs Now Available

Friday, March 14th, 2014

The March issue of Vital Signs from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now available. From CDC Vital Signs: Making Health Care Safer:

“Antibiotics save lives, but poor prescribing practices are putting patients at unnecessary risk for preventable allergic reactions, super-resistant infections, and deadly diarrhea. Errors in prescribing decisions also contribute to antibiotic resistance, making these drugs less likely to work in the future.”

For the complete issue, visit the CDC Vital Signs page: http://1.usa.gov/1giwf1T 

CDC Report: Intimate Partner Violence in the United States – 2010

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Intimate Partner Violence in the United States – 2010 is a new report describing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS). This report presents detailed information describing the public health burden of intimate partner violence (IPV) in the United States, including an in-depth look at the scope of IPV and its far-ranging consequences. The report shows younger adults, racial/ethnic minorities, those with lower incomes, and those who have had recent food or housing insecurity experience higher rates of IPV. While many men experience IPV, women are disproportionately affected.

Intimate Partner Violence in the United States – 2010: http://1.usa.gov/1cBqtxG

U.S. Expands Healthy Food Assistance to Women, Infants and Children

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

“Some 9 million poor women and young children who receive federal food assistance under the U.S. government’s so-called WIC program will have greater access to fruits, vegetables and whole grains under an overhaul of the program unveiled on Friday [February 28, 2014.]

The U.S. Department of Agriculture hailed the revamping of its Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children as the first comprehensive revisions to WIC food voucher allowances since 1980.

The list of foods that recipients could pay for with WIC vouchers was long limited to such basics as milk, infant formula, cheese, eggs, cereals, bread and tuna fish.

But many of the changes finalized by the USDA on Friday were instituted on an interim basis in 2007, including the introduction of fresh, frozen or canned fruits and vegetables to the list of WIC-covered foods.

In its final form, the overhaul will boost by 30 percent, or $2 per month, the allowance for each child’s fruit and vegetable purchases, and permit fresh produce in lieu of jarred infant food for babies, if their parents prefer.

The update also expands whole grain options available to recipients and allows yogurt as a partial milk substitute, adding to the soy-based beverages and tofu that were previously included.”

To read more visit: http://reut.rs/1ovhQo5

Health Insurance Outreach and Enrollment Topic Guide

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Rural Assistance Center - Information and resources for rural health and human service providers so they can help their patients, clients, and community members understand the health insurance options available under the Affordable Care Act.

Available here: http://bit.ly/1hQJPhN

New health website from PBS’ Arthur

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

PBS KIDS announced the launch of a new mobile-friendly website based on Arthur called “Arthur Family Health,”  and features topics such as asthma, peanut allergies, nutrition and fitness. The website offers games as well as videos to communicate health informaiton and also has special sections for parents and teachers.

To visit Arthur Family Health click here: http://to.pbs.org/MRURXP

In 2012, PBS releases an app called D.W.’s Unicorn Adventure that encourages kids ages 4-6 to help D.W. save a lost unicorn by powering up with nutritious foods.

To download the app for iOS click here: http://bit.ly/1dwVjW1

Migrant Clinical Network: Clinical Systems Tools/Resources

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Migrant Clinicians Network - Features both a best practices catalog in migrant and community health centers as well as an online database that includes downloadable resources including organizations, patient education tools, clinical guidelines and documents on primary care issues.

Available here: http://bit.ly/1cXjQTP

FDA proposes updates to Nutrition Facts label on food packages

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed to update the Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods to reflect the latest scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease. The proposed label also would replace out-of-date serving sizes to better align with how much people really eat, and it would feature a fresh design to highlight key parts of the label such as calories and serving sizes.

To read more about the changes and to see the new label, visit: http://1.usa.gov/1ht6Mql

New SAMHSA Resource Guide: Helping Families to Support Their LGBT Children

Friday, February 21st, 2014

From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Public Health Blog:

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a Resource Guide to help health care and social service practitioners provide guidance to families on how to support their children who are coming out or identifying themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT).

To read the rest of the RWJF post visit the RWJF Public Health blog: http://bit.ly/1mysMWf

To see the SAMHSA resource guide page, visit the SAMHSA store: http://1.usa.gov/1fFKVIK

CDC Reports Flu Hit Younger People Particularly Hard This Season

Friday, February 21st, 2014

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

This influenza season was particularly hard on younger- and middle-age adults, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. People age 18-64 represented 61 percent of all hospitalizations from influenza—up from the previous three seasons when this age group represented only about 35 percent of all such hospitalizations. Influenza deaths followed the same pattern; more deaths than usual occurred in this younger age group.

For the full CDC press release, visit the CDC Newsroom website: http://1.usa.gov/1mihC4k

Prevention Matters Infographic

Friday, February 21st, 2014

The Prevention Matters infographic highlights opportunities and progress in prevention, as well as federal actions aligned with the strategic directions and priorities of the National Prevention Strategy.

To see the infographic and read more, visit SurgeonGeneral.gov: http://1.usa.gov/1db5M66