CDC: Infant mortality rates decline over decade for most racial/ethnic groups

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U.S. infant mortality declined between 2005 and 2014 for all major racial and ethnic groups except American Indians/Alaska Natives, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rates declined 21% among Asian/Pacific Islander women, 20% among black women, 15% among white... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, infant health

American Association of Poison Centers releases online help tool

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The American Association of Poison Centers has released an online poison help triage tool for the public. PoisonHelp.org offers information and treatment advice for human exposure to some 325,000 products and substances. For complex or potentially dangerous exposures, the user is prompted to call the... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: physicians, nurses, preparedness, emergency care, opioids

Hospitals add 6,300 jobs in February

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Employment at the nation's hospitals rose by 0.12% in February to a seasonally adjusted 5,085,000 people, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. That's 6,300 more people than in January and 104,000 more than a year ago. Without the seasonal adjustment, which removes the effect of fluctuations due... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: workforce

Study looks at dietary links to heart disease, stroke, diabetes mortality

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Nearly half of deaths due to heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes in the U.S. in 2012 were associated with suboptimal intake of certain foods and nutrients, according to a study published yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The largest numbers were related to high sodium,... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, prevention

Minnesota hospitals report on community benefits

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Minnesota hospitals and health systems contributed more than $4.5 billion in programs and services to benefit the health of their communities in 2015, a 3.6% increase from 2014, according to a new report by the Minnesota Hospital Association. “Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems partner with their... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Community benefit

CDC: 54 million U.S. adults have arthritis, 43% of whom report activity limitations

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Nearly one in four U.S. adults report having doctor-diagnosed arthritis, according to a Vital Signs report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The estimate includes nearly half of adults with heart disease or diabetes and nearly one-third of adults with obesity, CDC said.... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: physicians, population health, chronic conditions

CDC reports 20-fold increase in birth defects associated with Zika

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The proportion of U.S. pregnancies with Zika-associated birth defects is about 20 times higher than it was before the virus spread to the Americas, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between Jan. 15 and Sept. 22, 2016, the U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: maternal health, population health, infant health, Zika

AHA honors four hospital volunteer programs

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The AHA on May 8 will present its Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence to four extraordinary programs for their positive impact on patients, hospitals, health systems and communities. The recipients are: “Camp Charlie,” Abington-Jefferson Health, Willow Grove, PA; “AOMC Poison Prevention Program,”... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: awards

CDC announces workshops on emerging infectious disease preparedness

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Beginning this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Ebola Training & Education Center will offer two free training workshops on emerging infectious disease preparedness for clinicians, health care workers and public health officials. For details and to register, visit ... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: physicians, Ebola, nurses, preparedness

Hospitals add $6.8 billion to Iowa economy

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Iowa hospitals generate more than 127,000 jobs that add nearly $6.8 billion to the state's economy, according to a new report from the Iowa Hospital Association. Iowa hospitals directly employ 72,008 people and create another 55,492 jobs outside the hospital sector, the study found. “Through the many... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, workforce

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