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

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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

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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

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Tags: quality, physicians, prevention

CDC updates Zika guidance for Miami-Dade County

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday lifted the “Zika cautionary (yellow) area” designation for Miami-Dade County, FL, citing no new cases of local transmission for more than 45 days. While there are no longer any travel recommendations related to Zika virus in the county, women and men... read more

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

HHS announces $70 million in funding to address opioid crisis

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The Department of Health and Human Services today announced more than $70 million in new funding opportunities to prevent and treat opioid use disorders and deaths. The grants include up to $28 million to help states increase access to medication-assisted treatment; $41.7 million to help local governments... read more

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Tags: physicians, population health, Community health, nurses, Behavioral health, emergency care, opioids, prevention

Hospitals Against Violence webinar June 13 on innovative training, partnerships

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The AHA’s Hospitals Against Violence initiative will host a June 13 webinar on trends in health care violence and innovative tactics to manage patients with aggressive behavior. Representatives from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston will share their experiences. For more information and to join the... read more

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Tags: physicians, Community health, nurses, prevention

Hearing examines public health response to Zika virus

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The House Energy and Commerce Committee today held a subcommittee hearing on the U.S. public health response to Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that can cause birth defects in infants born to women infected during pregnancy. About 94% of the more than 5,200 Zika cases reported in the continental U.S. since... read more

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

SAMHSA announces grants to implement suicide prevention model

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is accepting applications for fiscal year 2017 cooperative agreements to implement the Zero Suicide in Health Systems model, a multi-setting approach designed to raise awareness of suicide, establish referral processes, and improve care and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Mental health, Behavioral health, prevention

NIH issues national action plan for COPD

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The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute yesterday released a national plan for addressing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, the third leading cause of death in the United States. Developed at the request of Congress and with input from the COPD community, the plan focuses on empowering... read more

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Tags: quality, physicians, nurses, prevention

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