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

ASPR issues Zika planning resources for health care providers, coalitions

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response has issued resources to help health care providers and coalitions plan for a real or potential Zika virus outbreak. “A Zika outbreak is unlikely to result in large numbers of acutely ill patients needing... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: pregnancy, child health, maternal health, preparedness, Zika

CDC: No decline in youth tobacco use overall since 2011

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About 5.3% of middle school students and 16% of high school students reported using electronic cigarettes in the past month when surveyed in 2015, up from 0.6% and 1.5%, respectively, in 2011, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Declines in use of conventional... read more

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

Survey: Illicit teen use of tobacco, alcohol, pain relievers declining

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Illicit use of tobacco, alcohol and prescription pain relievers declined among adolescents between 2002 and 2014, according to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Current tobacco use among 12 to 17 year olds fell to 7% from... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: child health, Mental health, Behavioral health

CDC, professional groups urge prompt antiviral treatment for flu

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Medical Association and other physician and professional organizations last week urged health care professionals to promptly treat young children and people age 65 and older with flu antiviral drugs. “In the context of widespread circulation of H3N2... read more

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

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