HHS awards grants to help states, territories combat opioid addiction

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The Department of Health and Human Services yesterday awarded $485 million in grants to help states and territories combat opioid addiction. The first of two funding rounds provided for in the 21st Century Cures Act, the grants “aim to increase access to treatment, reduce unmet need and reduce overdose... read more

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

'Take Back Day' next week to safely dispose of prescription drugs

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April 29 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, when the public can safely dispose of unwanted or expired prescription pills at sites throughout the country. Since 2010, the Drug Enforcement Administration event has collected more than 7 million pounds of pills, including opioid and other... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: opioids, prevention

CDC launches online training series on opioid prescribing guidelines

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released the first module in a new online training series to help clinicians apply its opioid prescribing guidelines for adults with chronic pain. The first module presents an overview of the guidelines. Future modules are expected to address:... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, physicians, nurses, opioids, prevention

Reminder: Free AHA webinar April 26 on hospital-led effort to combat violence

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The AHA’s Hospitals Against Violence initiative will host an April 26 webinar on a hospital-led effort to prevent violence in Chicago. Rebecca Levin, strategic director of the Injury Prevention and Research Center at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, will share lessons learned from the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community health, prevention

CDC issues guidance for managing occupational exposures to Zika virus in health care

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week issued guidance for managing occupational exposures to Zika virus for health care personnel. The document provides guidance for facilities to determine when health care personnel should be tested for Zika virus infection following an occupational... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: physicians, maternal health, population health, infant health, Community health, nurses, preparedness, workforce, prevention, Zika

CDC: Diabetes on rise among children, teens

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New diabetes cases among youths increased 4.8% a year for type 2 and 1.8% a year for type 1 between 2002 and 2012, according to a study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. New type 2 cases increased most sharply in Native Americans, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders and African... read more

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

CDC updates HPV estimates

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An estimated 42.5% of adults under age 60 had genital human papillomavirus (HPV) in 2013-2014, while 7.3% of adults under 70 had oral HPV, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S. About 23% of genital... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, prevention

Free AHA webinar April 26 on hospital-led effort to combat violence

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The AHA’s Hospitals Against Violence initiative will host an April 26 webinar on a hospital-led effort to prevent violence in Chicago. Rebecca Levin, strategic director of the Injury Prevention and Research Center at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, will share lessons learned from the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community health, advocacy, prevention

CDC reports birth defects in 1 in 10 pregnant women with confirmed Zika

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Birth defects were reported in 10% of the 250 completed pregnancies with laboratory-confirmed Zika virus infection reported to the U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry in 2016, according to a Vital Signs report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s more than 30 times higher than... read more

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

Report presents national strategy to eliminate hepatitis B and C

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A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine presents a strategy to reduce hepatitis B and C as a public health problem by 2030. The report calls for a coordinated federal effort to eliminate viral hepatitis, including working with states to build a comprehensive system... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, prevention

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