CDC: Sexually transmitted diseases at record high

AHA News Now

More than 2 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the U.S. in 2016, a record high, according to the latest annual report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chlamydia cases grew 4.7% to nearly 1.6 million; gonorrhea cases grew 18.5% to more than 468,000; and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: maternal health, infant health, prevention

Promoting a nutritious diet inside and outside the hospital

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lots-of-gardens“Food is medicine,” says Bill Monahan, a registered nurse and outreach coordinator for 19-bed Grace Cottage Hospital in Townsend, Vt. The hospital buys nearly 40% of its food from local sources to provide a more nutritious patient diet.

But it’s not just people inside the hospital who benefit from this... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, prevention

HHS awards grants to prevent opioid misuse among women, girls

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health yesterday awarded 16 organizations about $100,000 each to help prevent opioid misuse by women and girls in underserved communities. “These awards will build partnerships among community-based organizations that consider the unique needs... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: maternal health, opioids, prevention

CDC: Over 100 million Americans had diabetes or prediabetes in 2015

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An estimated 12.2% of U.S. adults had diabetes in 2015, including one in four aged 65 and older, according to the latest national estimates released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly one-quarter of the 30.2 million adults with diabetes were not aware they had it, based on data from... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, chronic conditions, prevention

CDC issues warning, updated recommendations for blood disorder drug

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently issued updated recommendations to prevent meningococcal disease in patients who are prescribed eculizumab, a drug used to treat two rare blood disorders. CDC recommends health care providers consider antimicrobial prophylaxis for the duration of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: patient safety, prevention

CDC: More adults walking for transportation, leisure

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An estimated 65% of women and 63% of men reported walking for transportation or leisure in 2015, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 57% and 54%, respectively, in 2005. Walking, which like other physical activity can reduce chronic... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, equity, prevention

CDC reports increase in U.S. counties with mosquitoes that can spread Zika

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today reported an increase last year in the number of U.S. counties with evidence of the Aedes mosquitoes that can spread chikungunya, dengue and Zika viruses. The 2016 data added Aedes aegypti collection records from 38 new counties and Aedes albopictus... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: preparedness, prevention, Zika

FDA asks company to remove opioid drug from market

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration yesterday asked Endo Pharmaceuticals to remove its opioid pain medication Opana ER from the market, citing the potential for the reformulated drug to be abused. “We will continue to take regulatory steps when we see situations where an opioid product’s risks outweigh... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, opioids, prevention

ASHE highlights Legionnaires' disease prevention resources

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The AHA’s American Society for Healthcare Engineering affiliate offers several resources to help health care facilities implement water management programs to reduce Legionella bacteria. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week reported at least 85 healthcare-associated cases of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, prevention

CDC issues report on preventing healthcare-associated Legionnaires' disease

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today reported at least 85 healthcare-associated cases of Legionnaires’ disease, a serious lung infection, in 2015. About 80% of the cases were associated with long-term care facilities, 18% with hospitals and 2% with both. CDC offers a toolkit to help health... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, prevention

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