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December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 251,700 toy-related injuries in 2010 throughout the United States. 72% were to people less than 15 years of age. Additionally, in 2007 alone, toymakers recalled over 19 million toys worldwide because of safety concerns such as lead paint and small magnets.

For more information on safe toys and gifts, including guidelines for selecting safe toys, visit the HealthTradition with Mayo Clinic Health Services website: http://bit.ly/1wjlk4H

For a safe toys checklist, visit PreventBlindness.org: http://bit.ly/1GkcCWU

America’s Health Rankings 2014 Report

Each year the American Public Health Association, The Partnership for Prevention, and The United Health Foundation work together to produce the longest running state-by-state analysis of the country’s health and the factors that affect it. This year’s annual report and its data is now available for download.

To view highlights of the report or download, visit America’s Health Rankings: http://bit.ly/1zIA8L6 

Health Coverage and Health Care for People Living With HIV/AIDS

For those living with AIDS or HIV, staying healthy is important. The Affordable Care Act has made coverage more accessible and now is the time to enroll (until February 15, 2015). You cannot be denied insurance coverage based on your HIV status. The Target Center, which supports HIV care through education and innovation, offers resources for healthcare consumers, patient education materials, and quality management tools for programs and care, at: http://bit.ly/1x3V8wx

Urban Indian Health Institute Partnership Resources

The Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI) has created guides for those seeking to establish partnerships for research or outreach. Available resource guides include: “Establishing and Maintaining Effective Partnerships”, guides on developing and using memorandum of agreements (MOUs), and guides for developing data use agreements. As UIHI points out, “There are many benefits of developing, nurturing and working in partnerships to achieve a common goal. Partnerships can maximize resources, not only financial, but also knowledge, skills, and ideas, while not duplicating efforts.” The guides were developed as a part of the UIHI’s Health Equity Project funded by the Office of Minority Health. Download here: http://bit.ly/167LfCM

Above the Influence Toolkit

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, http://bit.ly/167EiBB, provides resources and ideas for parents, families and communities. Their “Above the Influence” toolkit includes activities that can be used with youth 12-17 years old across a variety of community settings to boost confidence, and prevent risk-taking behaviors, including alcohol and drug-abuse. Learn more at: http://bit.ly/1wilwjf

Lead in Toys

The Centers for Disease Control has a fact page on lead for parents and others buying toys for children. The page includes a link to the Consumer Products Safety Commission list of recalled toys.

Lead Hazards in Some Holiday Toys (CDC): http://1.usa.gov/1ziIcSI

Bleeding Disorders in Women

According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 11% of women with heavy menstrual periods have a bleeding disorder. The CDC has information about signs and symptoms of bleeding disorders and tips for talking to your doctor.

Bleeding Disorders in Women (CDC): http://1.usa.gov/1ziE3Ox

Emerging Diseases: Webinar

From the Association of Public Health Nurses:

“Emerging Diseases are those diseases that have either appeared in a population for the first time, or that may have existed previously but are rapidly increasing in indigence or geographic range.   These diseases may be transmitted between animals and humans are a concern for all people, no matter what their age, gender, lifestyle, ethnic background or economic status. This webinar will provide an overview of prevention strategies used by Public Health, including Public Health Nurses, to contain the spread of Emerging Diseases in the United States.”

December 16, 2014 2:00-3:15 EST

For information and to register: http://bit.ly/1IpTgBJ

National Influenza Vaccination Week, December 7-13, 2014

CDC established National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) in 2005 to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond. NIVW is scheduled for December 7-13, 2014.

Flu vaccination coverage estimates from past years have shown that influenza vaccination activity drops quickly after the end of November. CDC and its partners want to remind you that even though the holiday season has arrived, it is not too late to get your flu vaccine. As long as flu viruses are spreading and causing illness, vaccination can provide protection against the flu and should continue. Even unvaccinated people who have already gotten sick with one flu virus can still benefit from vaccination since the flu vaccine protects against three or four different flu viruses (depending on which flu vaccine you receive) expected to circulate each season.

CDC Influenza Vaccination Week Activities and Materials: http://1.usa.gov/TBzPh9
MedlinePlus Health Information on Flu: http://1.usa.gov/Uhu8qB

AIDSinfo Releases Drug App for iOS and Android Devices

AIDSinfo has announced the release of the AIDSinfo Drug Database App. Using data from the AIDSinfo Drug Database, the drug app provides information on more than 100 HIV-related approved and investigational drugs. The information, offered in English and Spanish, is tailored to meet the needs of both health care providers and consumers. The app is designed to automatically refresh when the user is connected to a wireless or cellular data network. The auto update feature eliminates the need to manually update the app to view the most current drug information. In addition, the app works offline, ensuring that health care providers and consumers can access vital drug information anywhere—even in health care facilities that may not have an Internet connection.

AIDSinfo Drug Database App: http://1.usa.gov/1CN8wbs