Oklahoma tornado affects hospital, employees

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Great Plains Regional Medical Center in Elk City, OK, was treating injuries from a tornado that swept through the community last night, destroying more than 53 homes and buildings, the Oklahoma Hospital Association reported today. The hospital was on generator power, but did not sustain damage. However,... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: preparedness, workforce

WHO investigating Ebola outbreak in Congo

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The World Health Organization is investigating an Ebola outbreak in a remote northern area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the eighth in the African nation since the virus was discovered there in 1976. As of Saturday, 11 suspected cases and three deaths have been reported since April 22. “The... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Ebola, preparedness

CDC webinar May 23 on resource management during infectious disease outbreaks

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host a May 23 webinar for hospital epidemiologists on resource management and priority setting during infectious disease outbreaks. Part of an Outbreak Response Training Program developed by CDC with the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America,... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, preparedness

More Americans aware of their high blood pressure

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An estimated 16% of adults with high blood pressure in 2011-2014 did not know it, a 46% decline since 1999-2002, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Uninsured adults, Asian and Hispanic adults, adults under age 40, and men were more likely to be unaware... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: physicians, population health, nurses, prevention

Hospitals bolster Georgia economy, but challenged financially

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Georgia hospitals contributed nearly $47.8 billion to the state’s economy in 2015, providing more than 143,000 full-time jobs and indirectly supporting nearly 344,000 jobs, according to a report released last week by the Georgia Hospital Association. Despite these contributions, many Georgia hospitals... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, workforce

CDC updates pre-pandemic planning guidance

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday issued updated guidance on using non-pharmaceutical interventions to control disease and exposure during a flu pandemic. The guidance incorporates the latest scientific evidence and lessons learned from the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic, new and updated... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, preparedness, prevention

Tool depicts national, local drug poisoning trends

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The National Center for Health Statistics has released data dashboards depicting trends in drug poisoning deaths at the national, state and county levels. Users can view national trends by age, sex and race/ethnicity between 1999 and 2015, and state and county trends by year.

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, opioids

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

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