SAMHSA reports decline in non-medical use of pain relievers

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An estimated 4.3% of Americans reported using prescription pain relievers non-medically in the past year when surveyed in 2012 to 2014, down from 4.6% in 2010 to 2012, according to a new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Estimates by state ranged from 3.4% in... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, opioids

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

SAMHSA: Teen binge drinking down since 2010

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About 14% of 12-20 year olds reported binge drinking in 2012-2014, down from 16% in 2010-2012, according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. State-level estimates for 2012-2014 ranged from 11% in Utah to 21% in North Dakota, based on data from the National... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Behavioral health

AHA guide offers proven hospital approaches to reducing food insecurity

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A new guide from the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust offers hospitals and health systems strategic and evidence-based approaches to reducing food insecurity and its effects in their communities. The inability to afford or access nutritious and safe food has been associated with increased risk... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: socioeconomic status, Community health

CDC: Youth tobacco use down in 2016

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The number of middle and high school students reporting current tobacco use dropped from 4.7 million in 2015 to 3.9 million in 2016, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Current use of electronic cigarettes decreased among middle school students and use... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health

NJ hospitals provide $2.75 billion a year in community benefits

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New Jersey hospitals and health systems provided $2.75 billion in community benefits beyond health care services in 2015, according to a new report from the New Jersey Hospital Association. These contributions include free and discounted health care services, community health improvement programs,... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community benefit, Community health

SAMHSA reports on behavioral health, treatment trends

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About 12.5 million U.S. residents reported misusing prescription pain relievers in 2015, according to a report released today by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. More than half of them obtained their most recently misused pain reliever from a friend or relative, notes the... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Mental health, Behavioral health, opioids

U.S. death rate from Alzheimer's disease up 55% since 1999

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The U.S. death rate from Alzheimer’s disease increased 55% between 1999 and 2014, to 25.4 per 100,000 population, according to a report released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Possible reasons for the increase include the growing older population; increases in diagnosis at... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health

Oklahoma tornado affects hospital, employees

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Great Plains Regional Medical Center in Elk City, OK, was treating injuries from a tornado that swept through the community last night, destroying more than 53 homes and buildings, the Oklahoma Hospital Association reported today. The hospital was on generator power, but did not sustain damage. However,... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: preparedness, workforce

WHO investigating Ebola outbreak in Congo

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The World Health Organization is investigating an Ebola outbreak in a remote northern area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the eighth in the African nation since the virus was discovered there in 1976. As of Saturday, 11 suspected cases and three deaths have been reported since April 22. “The... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Ebola, preparedness

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