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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

Rural Hospital Closures: January 2010 – Present

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research – An interactive map displaying the location of rural hospital closures across the country from January 2010 to present. It also provides a sortable list of those hospitals closed.  http://bit.ly/Yfl49r

Upcoming Webinar: The Way Forward—Integrating the Voice of Suicide Attempt Survivors Into the Suicide Prevention Discussion

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 | 2 p.m.–3 p.m. Eastern Time

Aimed at the broader suicide prevention community, this webinar will provide a brief overview of the Action Alliance’s Suicide Attempt Survivor Task Force document, “The Way Forward, Pathways to Hope, Recovery, and Wellness With Insights from Lived Expertise.”

The overview will highlight the paper’s core values for supporting suicide attempt survivors with an emphasis on how these values can be supported in broader settings (policies, programs, practices). The presentation will note how “The Way Forward” provides explicit recommendations, based on evidence-based practices, incorporating personal lived experience of recovery and resilience.

Learn more about and register at: http://bit.ly/1uClPU0

Ebola Infographics: what you need to know about the Ebola virus

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Here are several  fact sheets with graphics and illustrations to help you understand and explain to others about the Ebola virus.

Infographics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): http://1.usa.gov/1qxu6sq

Here is what you need to know if you are traveling to and from Ebola-affected countries. The World Health Organization’s infographic  for travelers: http://bit.ly/1tKsUlO

 

 

September is National Preparedness Month

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

“Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare”. Get The 2014 National Preparedness Month Toolkit Now!  http://bit.ly/disastertoolkit

For more information and  ideas for National Preparedness Month  go to: http://1.usa.gov/1p8z5Lh