CDC issues national, state-level data on epilepsy

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An estimated 1.2% of Americans, including 3 million adults and 470,000 children, had active epilepsy in 2015, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 2.3 million adults in 2010 and 450,000 children in 2007, CDC said. Total estimates by state ranged... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: population health

Senate confirms surgeon general, HHS assistant secretaries

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The Senate yesterday approved President Trump’s nominees to serve as surgeon general and three assistant secretaries at the Department of Health and Human Services. Jerome Adams, M.D., will serve as surgeon general; Elinore McCance-Katz, M.D., as the first HHS assistant secretary for mental health and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, leadership, Mental health, Behavioral health

Surgeon general, assistant secretary nominees advance in Senate

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The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee today approved President’s Trump’s nominees to serve as surgeon general and four assistant secretaries at the Department of Health and Human Services. The nominees are Jerome Adams, M.D., to serve as surgeon general; Brett Giroir, M.D., to serve... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, leadership, preparedness, Mental health, Behavioral health

CDC: Over 100 million Americans had diabetes or prediabetes in 2015

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An estimated 12.2% of U.S. adults had diabetes in 2015, including one in four aged 65 and older, according to the latest national estimates released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly one-quarter of the 30.2 million adults with diabetes were not aware they had it, based on data from... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, chronic conditions, prevention

Georgia public health official named CDC director

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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price today named as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Brenda Fitzgerald, an obstetrician-gynecologist who currently serves as Georgia’s public health commissioner and president-elect of the Association of State and Territorial Health... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: population health

President nominates Indiana physician as surgeon general

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President Trump yesterday nominated as U.S. surgeon general Jerome Adams, M.D., an anesthesiologist who has served as health commissioner for the state of Indiana. “Dr. Jerome Adams has served with distinction and has been a tireless champion of patients and public health during his tenure as Commissioner... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, population health, leadership

CDC: More adults walking for transportation, leisure

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An estimated 65% of women and 63% of men reported walking for transportation or leisure in 2015, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 57% and 54%, respectively, in 2005. Walking, which like other physical activity can reduce chronic... read more

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

SAMHSA: Teen binge drinking down since 2010

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About 14% of 12-20 year olds reported binge drinking in 2012-2014, down from 16% in 2010-2012, according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. State-level estimates for 2012-2014 ranged from 11% in Utah to 21% in North Dakota, based on data from the National... read more

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

Bipartisan governors' network issues health reform priorities

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The National Governors Association today released shared priorities from its bipartisan forum on strengthening private health insurance, Medicaid and public health. The priorities include fully funding the cost-sharing reductions for the health insurance marketplaces through calendar year 2018, and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, Coverage, Medicaid, opioids

CDC: Youth tobacco use down in 2016

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The number of middle and high school students reporting current tobacco use dropped from 4.7 million in 2015 to 3.9 million in 2016, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Current use of electronic cigarettes decreased among middle school students and use... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health

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