The Centers for Disease Control estimates 1 in 8 births in the United States are premature. According to the March of Dimes, more than 75% of deaths of premature babies can be prevented.
Access these resources for more information on premature babies and prevention of premature births.
National Prematurity Awareness (CDC): http://1.usa.gov/1bz0TSJ
Premature Babies (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/17hqPV4
Infographic (March of Dimes): http://bit.ly/I1vIbL
The Disaster Information Management Research Center has developed a list of health-information resources related to Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda recovery efforts: http://1.usa.gov/1ee8Dxj
The Emergency Access Initiative, which “provides temporary free access to full text articles from major biomedicine titles to healthcare professionals, librarians, and the public affected by disasters,” has been activated until December 9, 2013: http://1.usa.gov/1dbeypR
The American Public Health Association has published a blog posting on “What to do when disaster strikes somewhere else”: http://bit.ly/1hSxATT
From the American Diabetes Association:
The vision of the American Diabetes Association is a life free of diabetes and all of its burdens. Raising awareness of this ever-growing disease is one of the main efforts behind the mission of the Association. American Diabetes Month® (ADM) is an important element in this effort, with programs designed to focus the nation’s attention on the issues surrounding diabetes and the many people who are impacted by the disease.
Here are just a few of the recent statistics on diabetes:
- Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
- Another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
- The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.
For the complete 2013 fact sheet visit: http://bit.ly/19qMx5A
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is soliciting written comments regarding new objectives proposed to be added to Healthy People 2020 since the last public comment period in fall 2012. Healthy People 2020 will continue to provide opportunities for public input periodically throughout the decade to ensure that Healthy People 2020 reflects current public health priorities and public input.
Public participation helps shape Healthy People 2020, its framework, objectives, and targets. During the first phase of planning for Healthy People 2020, we asked for your comments on the vision, mission, and implementation. Those comments helped set the framework for Healthy People 2020. The public was also invited to submit comments on proposed Healthy People 2020 objectives, which helped shape the final set of objectives.
For more information, including comment registration, visit http://1.usa.gov/HV4oeS
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Emerging tobacco products such as e-cigarettes and hookahs are quickly gaining popularity among middle- and high-school students, according to a report in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
While use of these newer products increased, there was no significant decline in students’ cigarette smoking or overall tobacco use. Data from the 2012 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) show that recent electronic cigarette use rose among middle school students from 0.6 percent in 2011 to 1.1 percent in 2012 and among high school students from 1.5 percent to 2.8 percent. Hookah use among high school students rose from 4.1 percent to 5.4 percent from 2011 to 2012.
For the complete press release visit: http://1.usa.gov/HV2H11
The National Institute on Aging, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the National Library of Medicine, have collaborated on an NIHSeniorHealth Topic Page on Complementary Health Approaches. The page includes information on Safety of Natural Products and Other Complementary Practices, Research, and how to Be an Informed Consumer.
Access the page: http://1.usa.gov/1fuOyDj
Happy Veterans Day! MedlinePlus has a number of resources to support the health of veterans, service members, and their families.
Veterans and Military Health: http://1.usa.gov/HLO0O2
Veterans and Military Family Health: http://1.usa.gov/1eu5In0
The Association of American Medical Colleges is sponsoring daily webinars this week “to heighten awareness about the health needs of the nation’s veterans, service members, and families, and elevate the role that medical schools and teaching hospitals play in serving this community.”
All webinars will take place from 12-1pm ET.
Monday, November 11, 2013: Taking a Military Health History: Four Critical Questions
Tuesday, November 12, 2013: Understanding Generational Differences in Veterans and their Health Needs
Wednesday, November 13, 2013: Suicide Symptoms and Prevention
Thursday, November 14, 2013: Military Sexual Trauma: What Civilian Providers Need to Know
Friday, November 15, 2013: Recognizing the Needs of Parents of Service Members
Register for the webinars: http://bit.ly/17hF60I
Find out more information about Joining Forces: http://bit.ly/1cdlAVZ
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Although winter comes as no surprise, many of us are not ready for its arrival. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall.
Many people prefer to remain indoors in the winter, but staying inside is no guarantee of safety. Take these steps to keep your home safe and warm during the winter months.
- Winterize your home.
- Install weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows.
- Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls.
- Clean out gutters and repair roof leaks.
- Check your heating systems.
- Have your heating system serviced professionally to make sure that it is clean, working properly and ventilated to the outside.
- Inspect and clean fireplaces and chimneys.
- Install a smoke detector. Test batteries monthly.
- Have a safe alternate heating source and alternate fuels available.
- Prevent carbon monoxide (CO) emergencies.
- Install a CO detector to alert you of the presence of the deadly, odorless, colorless gas. Check batteries regularly.
- Learn symptoms of CO poisoning: headaches, nausea, and disorientation.
For more ways to stay safe, visit the CDC’s page on winter safety and preparedness: http://1.usa.gov/1eth3DK
From the American Public Health Association Newswire:
“Low-income communities experience the greatest health gains from public health funding, according to new research released today at the American Public Health Association’s 141st Annual Meeting in Boston.
Researchers found that over 17 years communities given public health funding experienced 4.3 percent reductions in infant mortality, as well as reductions of 0.5 to 3.9 percent in non-infant deaths from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and influenza.
However, these health gains were 20-44 percent larger when funding was targeted to lower-income communities.”
For complete study information visit http://bit.ly/1c5E5LW