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Babesiosis, Malaria-like Disease may be on Rise Among Elderly in U.S.

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Some individuals, particularly elderly individuals who are experiencing flu-like symptoms might be actually suffering from a malaria-like disease called babesiosis. A study by scientists and researchers found that elderly populations living in Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, and Massachusetts had the highest rates of babesiosis among the elderly population and that such infections appear to be on rise in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Read more: [FDA Science & Research]

Northeast U.S. Should Brace for Spike in Lyme Disease According to One Expert

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

The northeastern United States may see a significant increase in cases of Lyme disease this spring, warns Richard Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y.

The reason is that oak trees produced relatively few acorns this year, part of a normal cycle of boom and bust years for the acorn crop. But the small crop means trouble for the white-footed mouse, which feeds on the acorns. Mice are the preferred host for black-legged ticks, which transmit Lyme disease. When there are low numbers of mice, the tick may seek alternate hosts.

For more information: [HealthDay News, March 20, 2012]

More about Lyme Disease at: .

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food

Monday, March 19th, 2012

The U.S. Department of Agriculture launched the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative in 2009. The initiative brings together staff from across USDA to coordinate, share resources, and publicize USDA efforts related to local and regional food systems. Learn more about the initiative in this section of the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass. Then see USDA-supported local and regional food projects across the country by visiting the interactive map.

Learn more:

Have you seen HealthMap?

Monday, March 5th, 2012

HealthMap, a team of researchers, epidemiologists and software developers founded in 2006, utilizes informal sources for disease outbreak monitoring and real-time surveillance of emerging public health threats. The freely available Web site ‘’ and mobile app ‘Outbreaks Near Me’ deliver real-time intelligence on a broad range of emerging infectious diseases for a diverse audience including libraries, local health departments, governments, and international travelers.

For more, including an introductory video called “What is HealthMap?”:

Free condom programs for select locations

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Two free condom programs have recently launched.

In New York City there is an app for that.  An app from the New York City Health Department uses GPS  information from a users smartphone to let the user know where the nearest of it’s 1,000 vendors are to get free condoms.  The app itself is free and has been downloaded over 25,000 times.

In California there is a new program called The Condom Access Project which allows people ages 12-19 to order a free package of condoms, lubricant, and health brochures.  These packages are mailed in a nondescript envelope.  The program is run through the California Family Health Council and supported by the California Department of Public Health’s STD Control Branch.

Upcoming Webinar: County Health Rankings

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Join in on Valentine’s Day for a webinar focusing on how the County Health Rankings are created. This Rankings Methods & New Measures webinar will also be the first announcement of the exact measures being used in the 2012 version of the Rankings, which will be released on April 3, 2012.

The webinar will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. CST. To register: .



National Report Ranks Cities and States for Bicycling and Walking

Monday, January 30th, 2012

 In a new report, Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2012 Benchmarking Report, the Alliance for Biking & Walking ranks all 50 states and the 51 largest U.S. cities on bicycling and walking levels, safety, funding, and other factors.

To access highlights and the full report, go to: []

Tox Town Introduces New US Southwest Neighborhood

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Do you live in the Southwest Region of the US?  The newest Tox Town scene, US Southwest, provides good information on the hazards of fracking, uranium tailings, and much more. The complete site , provided by the National Library of Medicine, is also available in Spanish.

Visit the site: .

Scope of FY 2011 Prevention and Public Health Fund Funding

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Just out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some colorful, user-friendly charts that help capture the scope of FY2011 Prevention and Public Health Fund funding in all 50 states — FY11 PPHF Cooperative Agreement / Grant Awards by State (By Award Amount) and FY11 PPHF Cooperative Agreement / Grant Awards by State (By Number of Programs).

View FY 11PPHF Cooperative Agreement/Grant Awards by State (By Award Amount) –  – or (By Number of Programs) – . [Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest, Jan. 19, 2012]

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps

Monday, December 19th, 2011

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has funded the expansion of the County Health Rankings to form a new, broader program called the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps.

The County Health Roadmaps project aims to build on the call to action of the County Health Rankings by supporting efforts to move forward and take action to improve the health of communities.

Visit the website at: [County Health Rankings E-News, Dec. 16, 2011]