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Gluten-Free Labels Now in Compliance with FDA

From the Food and Drug Administration Consumer Updates page:

“In August 2013, the Food and Drug Administration issued a final rule that defined what characteristics a food has to have to bear a label that proclaims it “gluten-free.” The rule also holds foods labeled “without gluten,” “free of gluten,” and “no gluten” to the same standard.

Manufacturers had one year to bring their labels into compliance. As of August 5, 2014, any food product bearing a gluten-free claim labeled on or after this date must meet the rule’s requirements.”

The FDA’s Consumer Updates page has additional information on the label requirements and standards.

American Public Health Association Book Club

From the American Public Health Association (APHA) Newswire:

“On Aug. 14 at 2 p.m. EDT, APHA’s “Annual Meeting Book Club” will merge old school and new school.

Public health literati are converging on Facebook to discuss a classic hardback, Pulitzer-Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson’s “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration.” Questions will be posted to APHA’s Facebook wall during the hour-long chat, allowing for response from those following along.”

The complete announcement as well as book club and chat details can be found on the APHA Newswire website.

Updates on the West Africa Ebola Outbreak

The World Health Organization, in partnership with the Ministries of Health in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria announced a cumulative total of 1711 suspect and confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) and 932 deaths, as of August 4, 2014. Of the 1711 clinical cases, 1070 cases have been laboratory confirmed for Ebola virus infection. Ebola hemorrhagic fever (Ebola HF) is one of numerous Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers. It is a severe, often fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates (such as monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees).

When an infection occurs in humans, there are several ways in which the virus can be transmitted to others. These include:

  • direct contact with the blood or secretions of an infected person
  • exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions

The viruses that cause Ebola HF are often spread through families and friends because they come in close contact with infectious secretions when caring for ill persons.

To learn more about Ebola, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention topic page: http://1.usa.gov/1phm1rJ

To learn more about the West Africa outbreak, visit the CDC’s Outbreak page: http://1.usa.gov/1nzOm7g

Resources for Parents and Attorneys of Unaccompanied Children

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families operates a Parent Hotline for parents of unaccompanied children in the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). Seven days per week from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm ET, the hotline is for parents seeking to locate their children in ORR care: 1-800-203-7001. See the ORR webpage for more information: http://1.usa.gov/1shZKci

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

The U.S. Office Health and Human Services recognizes August as National Immunization Awareness Month. For further information, social media announcements and banners, toolkits, and other resources you or your organization can use to raise awareness, please visit Healthfinder.gov: http://1.usa.gov/1shPCAb, CDC: http://1.usa.gov/X2ycOx and the National Public Health Information Coalition: http://bit.ly/1sdKdgY.

Working Together to Manage Diabetes Webinar

Providers of pharmacy, podiatry, optometry, and dentistry (PPOD) are well positioned to advise and educate patients about diabetes control and prevention. They may be the first to see a person with or at risk for diabetes.

The National Diabetes Education Program presents a free webinar to learn about a new toolkit for PPOD practitioners. The toolkit was developed to show how healthcare professionals can work collaboratively in their communities to promote better health outcomes. Working Together to Manage Diabetes: Tools and Strategies for Pharmacy, Podiatry, Optometry, and Dentistry will be presented August 18, 2014, 12:00 pm and 8:00 pm ET; and September 8, 2014, at noon ET. Register here: http://bit.ly/1kIIPRe

CDC Online Course for Violence Prevention

Each year, more than 54,000 people lose their lives to violence. In addition to the tremendous physical and emotional toll, violence has substantial medical, lost productivity, and other costs. In 2000, these totaled more than $70 billion in the United States. The figure grows when we add criminal justice system costs, social services, and other expenses.

To help prevent violence, the CDC has released a free online training course, Principles of Prevention. The training teaches the key concepts of primary prevention, public health approach, and social-ecological model, and offers CDC approved continuing education credits. Participants complete interactive exercises to learn to help prevent five types of violence: child abuse and neglect, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, suicide, and youth violence.

Principles of Prevention: http://1.usa.gov/1xLqmni

August 1 is National Girlfriends Day

August 1 is National Girlfriends Day. Friends can support your efforts, work out with you, and call your attention to matters you may be ignoring. Celebrate female friendship and support your girlfriends by helping them stay safe and live well.

The Office on Women’s Health (OWH) offers award-winning comprehensive websites, including Womenshealth.gov, that provide reliable, accurate, commercial-free information on the health of women. They cover a wide variety of health topics, ranging from adolescent health to reproductive health to healthy aging.

OWH also offers free assistance by phone though an information referral center. Call 800-994-9662, toll-free, and trained information specialists can answer your calls in either English or Spanish. Operators are trained to handle relay calls for those who rely on relay services.

Office on Women’s Health: Womenshealth.gov

Webinar: Social Media Impact for Health Communication

Join the “Social Media Impact for Health Communication” webinar to learn about both the potential impact and limitations of social media as a tool for health communication. Two expertsfrom UMass Medical School, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine and Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, Viswanath Lab will present their research findings on the use of social media for health organizations.

Social Media Impact for Health Communication
Date: September 11, 2014
Time: 10:00 to 11:30 am ET
http://bit.ly/1ljT7lE

Funding Opportunity

Administration for Children and Families – Offers funding to expand Early Head Start programs for migrant and seasonal populations or to create partnerships with local child care providers within a community, leveraging existing local resources to provide a comprehensive array of health, mental health, nutrition, and social services to infants, toddlers, and their families.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: Oct. 6th, 2014

For more information go here: http://bit.ly/1pJadKS