Study looks at variance in premature death rates

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Premature death rates declined in the U.S. among adult Hispanics, blacks and Asian/Pacific Islanders between 1999 and 2014, mainly due to fewer deaths from cancer, heart disease and HIV, according to a study reported this week in The Lancet. However, rates increased among white and Native American adults,... read more

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

CDC investigating Seoul virus outbreak associated with pet rats

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a Seoul virus outbreak in pet rats and people exposed to rats at breeding facilities in Wisconsin and Illinois, the agency said in a health advisory this week. Eight people were infected in Wisconsin and Illinois, two of which were... read more

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

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Ken Fawcett, M.D., Spectrum Health’s vice president of Healthier Communities in Grand Rapids, Mich., knows what it takes to build healthier communities. Healthier Communities’ outreach to Western Michigan’s underserved residents is why Spectrum Health has received the 2016 Foster G. McGaw Prize for... read more

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

CDC: Kidney failure from diabetes down 54% among American Indians

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The rate of diabetes-related kidney failure decreased 54% among Native American adults between 1996 and 2013 to match the rate for whites, according to a Vital Signs report released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rates for other racial/ethnic groups also decreased during the... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: population health, prevention

CDC: Rural Americans more likely to die from five leading causes

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Americans who live in rural areas are more likely to die from heart disease, cancer, unintentional injury, chronic lower respiratory disease or stroke than their urban counterparts, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Detailed community-based case-control studies... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, rural

CDC: Flu vaccination prevented about 71,000 hospitalizations last flu season

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Flu vaccination prevented an estimated 5.1 million flu-associated illnesses, 2.5 million flu-associated medical visits and 71,000 flu-associated hospitalizations during the 2015-2016 flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported today. Flu vaccination rates last season ranged from... read more

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

U.S. life expectancy declines by 0.1 year in 2015

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U.S. life expectancy at birth fell by 0.1 year in 2015, to 78.8 years, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report revises 2014 life expectancy to 78.9 from 78.8, based on updated Medicare data. According to the report, the nation’s overall death rate... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: population health

National Influenza Vaccination Week Twitter chat tomorrow

AHA News Now

The AHA’s United Against the Flu Campaign will host a Twitter chat Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 12 p.m. ET as part of National Influenza Vaccination Week. Featuring AHA Chief Medical Officer Jay Bhatt, D.O., the chat will emphasize the continued benefit of flu vaccination in December and beyond. Participate or... read more

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

Study: Even light smokers at higher risk of earlier death

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People who smoke an average of less than one cigarette per day over their lifetime have a 64% higher risk of earlier death than never smokers, and those who smoke between one and 10 cigarettes a day have an 87% higher risk, according to a study by researchers at the National Cancer Institute published ... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, prevention

AHA task force's strategies for ensuring access to care in vulnerable communities

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The AHA Nov. 29 released a report, “Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities,” that offers hospital leaders nine innovative ways to preserve access to essential health services in vulnerable rural and urban communities.

Strategies range from integrating rural hospitals with health clinics in the... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, Redefining the H, access

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