• Healthy and Safe Swimming Week Importance Info

    The week before Memorial Day (May 20–26, 2019) is Healthy and Safe Swimming Week. The goal of this awareness week is to maximize the health benefits of swimming by minimizing the risk of illness and injury. Just 2.5 hours of physical activity every week, including water-based physical activity, can benefit everyone’s health. Each of us plays a role in preventing illnesses and injuries linked to the water we swim, play, relax in, and share. Swimming is a fun, healthy way to stay physically active and spend quality time with family and friends. Healthy and Safe Swimming Week highlights the roles that swimmers, parents of young swimmers, aquatics and beach staff, residential pool owners, and public health officials play in preventing disease outbreaks, drowning, and pool chemical injuries.

    Why Is Healthy and Safe Swimming Week Important?

    Injuries caused by mishandling pool chemicals:
    Pool chemicals are added to maintain water quality (for example, to kill germs). Each year, however, mishandling pool chemicals when treating public or residential/backyard pools, hot tubs/spas, and water playgrounds leads to 3,000–5,000 visits to U.S. emergency departments.
    For more info, visit CDCs Pool Chemical Info.

    Illnesses caused by the germs in pools, hot tubs/spas, and water playgrounds:
    During 2000–2014, nearly 500 outbreaks were linked to pools, hot tubs/spas, and water playgrounds. Most of the outbreaks were caused by germs Cryptosporidium (or “Crypto”), Legionella, or Pseudomonas. Healthy swimming is not just about the steps pool operators and pool inspectors take—so let’s all do our part to help keep ourselves, our families, and our friends healthy.
    For more info, visit CDCs Healthy Swimming Info.

    Each day, two children younger than 14 years old die from drowning. Drowning is a leading cause of death for children 1–4 years old. we want to remind you about drowning prevention. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental injury or death in children under the age of 5. Drowning can be quick and silent. It's a fallacy that the act of drowning is accompanies by screams or splashing, making proactive prevention crucial. To help prevent drownings, please remember to have active adult supervision, never swim alone, make sure your pool is fenced with self-closing/latching gates, and most of all keep a Pool / Lifeguard First Aid Kit on hand.
    For more info, visit CDCs Water Injuries Info.

    Harmful algal blooms:
    Algae can grow in warm, nutrient-rich fresh- and marine water. An abundant growth of algae that harms people or animals is referred to as a harmful algal bloom (HAB). HABs in fresh- and marine water can produce toxins that cause a variety of symptoms including skin irritation, coughing, sneezing, diarrhea, stomach pain, numbness, and dizziness. Symptoms vary depending on the type of HAB toxin and the type of exposure, such as skin contact, ingestion by eating food or drinking water contaminated with HAB toxins, or breathing in tiny droplets or mist contaminated with HAB toxins.
    For more info, visit CDCs HAB Toxin Info

    Naegleria fowleri “the brain-eating ameba”:
    Naegleria fowleri is a microscopic ameba (a singlecelled living organism) that is commonly found in warm freshwater such as in lakes, rivers, and hot springs. If water containing the ameba goes up the nose forcefully, the ameba can invade and cause a rare and devastating infection of the brain called primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM).
    For more info, visit CDCs Naegleria Info

  • Ethnocentrism

    While politics consume media attention, and ethnocentrism makes many shout about US monies spent abroad, consider how much we learn for safety at home from efforts outside our borders.

    Without the work we've done in other countries, we wouldn't have been prepared to deal with scary diseases like Ebola and Zika when they hit our borders. Heck, we might not have seen them coming at all if it weren't for the agencies involved in tracking and fighting disease on a global basis.

    On The Scene: A Commitment to Emergency Response... The CDC’s Division of Global Health Protection is driven a commitment to people, science, response, and systems. Of these, the most important is people. Read personal stories from responders working in extraordinary circumstances in the Center's for Disease Control & Prevention publication Updates from the Field. From setting up surveillance systems in refugee camps, to developing mass immunization campaigns, to improving care for mothers and babies, to evaluating mental health in post-conflict settings, they are on the scene.

  • Community Health Simulation

    What is a HealthSim?

    The community health simulation is the newest violence prevention tool on CDC's VetoViolence website. This game-like experience demonstrates the connections between violence and community issues, such as struggling businesses and schools, overcrowded jails, and long wait hours in the emergency room.Community-HealthSim

    The simulation puts you in the driver's seat of Vetoville. You can explore the town from the perspective of a "special advisor"—brought in to determine how to spend the town's limited resources to improve the quality of life for everyone who lives there.

    Then get a glimpse—20 years in the future—of how your choices and investments affect the long-term success of Vetoville. You will also see first-hand how these challenges are linked to violence in the community.

    This engaging tool shows how many issues are related to violence in our communities. Ultimately, you will discover how planning and strategic action can prevent violence before it happens.
    Who should visit Vetoville?

    Vetoville is designed for anyone interested in:

    Preventing violence where they live, work, and play
    Putting their violence prevention knowledge to the test
    Learning more about the connections between community issues and violence

  • Tip of the Week: How to Avoid Frostbite

    Cool Tip of the Week
    Avoid Frostbite - People who aren't dressed properly for extremely cold temperatures or who have reduced blood circulation are especially at risk for frostbite.  Learn how to recognize frostbite and what to do about it. Learn more about frostbite >>

  • More on e-cigs and Teens

    WeVape talked about the escalation of e-cigarette use in teens, as well as hookahs and how this leads to life long health matters as well as being a gateway to smoking regular cigarettes.

    Now, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) gives us updated statistics:

    • More than 18 million US middle and high school youth were exposed to e-cigarette ads in 2014, according to the latest Vital Signs report.
    • Exposure to e-cigarette advertisements might be contributing to increases in e-cigarette use among youth.

    States and communities can use proven approaches to prevent youth from using tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.

    Reducing Tobacco Use and Secondhand Smoke Exposure

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    Tobacco use is responsible for more than 430,000 deaths each year and is the largest cause of preventable morbidity and mortality in the United States (CDC) External Web Site Icon.

    In Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs External Web Site Icon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends statewide programs that combine and coordinate community-based interventions that focus on the following areas.

    1. Preventing initiation of tobacco use among youth and young adults
    2. Promoting quitting among adults and youth
    3. Eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke, and
    4. Identifying and eliminating tobacco-related disparities among population groups
  • Natural Disasters and Severe Weather

    With National Preparedness Month around the corner, we wanted to share one of our favorite resources with our readers.

    Most often, on thinks of FEMA, Ready.gov, or America's PrepareAthon when thinking "Preparedness" - but what about the CDC?

    The Centers for Disease Control and prevention offer a wealth of free resources on the subject of preparedness... here are a few:

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    Types of Disasters & Weather Emergencies

  • Is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Ready?

    Is the CDC "Ready"?

    While CDC encourages the public to be aware of personal and family preparedness, not all CDC staff practice what they preach. In an effort to increase personal preparedness as part of workforce culture, CDC created the Ready CDC initiative. Targeting the CDC workforce living in metropolitan Atlanta, this program recently completed a pilot within the organization and is evaluating improvements for personal preparedness actions.

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    CDC leads the nation in responding to public health emergencies, such as outbreaks and natural disasters. While the agency encourages the public to be aware of personal and family preparedness, not all CDC staff  follow those guidelines. In an effort to increase personal preparedness as part of workforce culture, CDC created the Ready CDC initiative. Targeting the CDC workforce living in metropolitan Atlanta, this program recently completed a pilot within the organization and is currently being evaluated for measurable improvements in recommended personal preparedness actions. Ready CDC is co-branded with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Ready.gov program, which is designed for local entities to take and make personal preparedness more meaningful to local communities. Ready CDC has done just that; the program uses a Whole Community approach to put personal preparedness into practice.

    IMG_1043_smFEMA’s Whole Community approach relies on community action and behavior change at the local community level to instill a culture of preparedness. To achieve this with Ready CDC, the CDC workforce receives the following:

    • The support needed to participate from their employer
    • Consistent messaging from a trusted, valued source
    • Localized and meaningful personal preparedness tools and resources
    • Expertise and guidance from local community preparedness leaders
    • Personal preparedness education that goes beyond the basic awareness level to practicing actionable behaviors such as making an emergency kit and a family disaster plan

    Are you Ready CDC?

    When the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response Learning Office conducted an environmental scan and literature review, as well as an inward look at the readiness and resiliency of the CDC workforce, the need for a program like Ready CDC emerged. Although CDC has highlighted personal preparedness nationally in its innovative preparedness campaigns, there have been no formal efforts to determine if or ensure that the larger CDC workforce is prepared for an emergency. After all, thousands of people make up CDC’s workforce in Metro Atlanta, throughout the United States, and beyond.

    The public relies upon those thousands of people to keep the life-saving, preventative work of CDC going 24/7. When the CDC workforce has their personal preparedness plans in place, they should be more willing and better able to work on behalf of CDC during a local emergency. Research has shown that individuals are more likely to respond to an event if they perceive that their family is prepared to function in their absence during an emergency*. Also, the National Health Security Strategy describes personal preparedness in its first strategic objective as a means to build community resilience.

    Local Partnerships for the CDC

    Ready CDC intends to move the dial by using its own workforce to understand behaviors associated with preparedness, including barriers to change. This is the most intriguing aspect of Ready CDC for the local community preparedness leaders involved. Most community-level preparedness education is currently conducted at the awareness level. Classes are taught and headcounts are taken, but beyond that, there is no feedback or follow-up to determine if their efforts are leading to desired behavior changes. Ready CDC is currently measuring and studying the Ready CDC intervention and that has local community preparedness leaders around metro Atlanta very interested in its outcomes.

    IMG_1072_smWhile CDC has subject matter experts on many health-related topics, CDC looked to preparedness experts in and around the Metro Atlanta community to help make Ready CDC a locally-sustainable intervention. After all, the best interventions are active collaborations with community partners**. Key community partners from the American Red Cross; Atlanta-Fulton County, DeKalb County, and Gwinnett County Emergency Management Agencies; and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency played ongoing and significant roles in developing the program content, structure, and sustainability needed for CDC’s Metro Atlanta workforce. CDC gets the benefit of their time and expertise while partners have the satisfaction of knowing their efforts are making a difference in and contributing to the resilience of their communities. Also, because of these great partnerships, one lucky class participant wins a family disaster kit courtesy of The Home Depot and Georgia Emergency Management Agency.

    Ready CDC is currently available to the CDC workforce in and around Metro Atlanta; however, efforts are underway to ensure that the broader CDC workforce is reached in 2015. For more information about Ready CDC, please email ready@cdc.gov.

    Are YOU Ready?

    Get ready at First Aid Mart - see our National Preparedness Month Page for Tips, Trick, Lists, Ideas and Supplies!

  • Tuberculosis - TB Safety and Information

    Promising Class of Antibiotics Discovered for Treatment of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis:

    TB Safety Early in 1996 OSHA issued Tuberculosis Directives that enforce the 1994 Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Tuberculosis Prevention Guidelines, and allow for the wearing of new classes of NIOSH approved respirators/masks as well as HEPA masks.
    Our training products on "Guarding Against Tuberculosis in Institutional Environments" include the changes in respiratory protection requirements. These products are designed to assist facilities and operations whose employees have a risk of exposure to tuberculosis. They also help employees understand the nature of the disease, as well as what they can do to protect themselves from infection.

    Topics concerning TB Safety include:

    • Epidemiology and symptoms of tuberculosis.
    • Modes by which tuberculosis is transmitted.
    • The CDC Guidelines.
    • The Exposure Control Plan.
    • Recognition of exposure situations.
    • Practices to prevent exposure.
    • Administrative and engineering controls.
    • Selection and use of personal protective equipment (including respirators).
    • and more.

    Get a Quote for a Class:
    Tuberculosis in Institutional Environments Live Instruction Training Courses at YOUR Location

    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have discovered a promising new class of antibiotics that could aid efforts to overcome drug-resistance in tuberculosis (TB), a global killer. The drugs increased survival of mice infected with TB and were effective against drug-resistant strains of TB. St. Jude led the international research effort, results of which appear in the current issue of the journal Nature Medicine. The antibiotics, called spectinamides, were created by changing the chemical structure of an existing antibiotic, spectinomycin, which does not work against TB. In multiple trials of mice with both active and chronic TB infections, researchers report that one version of the new drug—an analog known as 1599—was as good as or better than current TB drugs at reducing levels of the bacteria in the lungs of mice. In addition, 1599 caused no serious side effects.

    Source: http://www.stjude.org/

    See Tuberculosis Safety Training Materials

  • Who is watching the Spread of Flu while CDC is Shut Down?

    Flu Watch is a BIG responsibility of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention - with the Government shut down - who is monitoring the spread of Influenza this Fall?

    Athenahealth to Monitor Flu Activity During Government Shutdown

    During the government shutdown, health IT vendor athenahealth plans to monitor flu activity and issue updates accordingly. Such activity normally is conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which had to furlough nearly 9,000 workers during the budget fight in Washington. CDC normally issues a weekly flu report, and the media help announce disease outbreaks and launch public awareness campaigns. Without those reports, detection of flu trends could be delayed.

    During the government shutdown, health IT vendor athenahealth plans to monitor flu activity and issue updates accordingly.
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    Such activity normally is conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which had to furlough nearly 9,000 workers during the budget fight in Washington. CDC normally issues a weekly flu report, and the media help announce disease outbreaks and launch public awareness campaigns. Without those reports, detection of flu trends could be delayed.

    Thanks to its database built on cloud-based architecture, Watertown, Mass.-based athenahealth has the ability to report data in real time. Its client physicians also are dispersed around the country with good statistical representation across practice types and sizes, Iyue Sung, director of core analytics, says in a blog post.

    Flu outbreaks generally begin in late fall, but can start earlier. Athenahealth's analysis of vaccination rates by primary care physicians parallels those of previous years, Sung writes, though those who received their shots at retail clinics, schools or the workplace were not included. So far, it has seen no evidence of early flu outbreaks.

    Sung says athenahealth's data tracking of the flu season last year was close to that issued by the CDC. His post doesn't say how often athenahealth plans to update its reports.

    There's no end in sight for the shutdown and with some of the National Institutes of Health's biomedical and clinical research initiatives put on hold, a small but desperate group of children with hard-to-cure cancer as well as a Massachusetts man's last-chance treatment for cancer are among those whose treatment may be delayed, reports the Boston Globe.

    However, the NIH has recalled a few furloughed workers to reopen its clinical trials registration website.

    Meanwhile, the GOP is trying to cobble together piecemeal funding for popular agencies such as the Veterans Administration and NIH, and painting Democrats as working against the interests of those children with cancer, according to Reuters.

    The VA has warned that the government shutdown will reverse its long-sought progress on reducing the backlog of disability claims.

    And three insurance companies say they have enrolled a small number of customers through the glitchy federal online marketplace, so it is working, reports Kaiser Health News. The Obama administration continues to attribute problems to overwhelming volume, but some IT experts say software design might also be at fault. Computer security specialists, however, have ruled out a cyberattack known as a denial of service as the cause of the delays, according to the New York Times.

    See Flu Protection Products

    To learn more:
    - read the athenahealth post
    - check out the Boston Globe story
    - here's the Reuters post
    - read the Times article

  • Health is a Human Right: Race and Place in America

    David J. Sencer CDC Museum open on Smithsonian magazine Museum Day Live!

    New exhibit examines health equality over last 120 years in the United States


    The exhibit, Health is a Human Right: Race and Place in America, looks back through history at how minority groups have experienced health problems differently, helps us understand why these differences persist, and examines our efforts to reduce and eliminate health disparities. The CDC Museum is open on Saturday in observance of Smithsonian magazine Museum Day Live! The exhibit is free and opens from September 28, 2013 through January 17, 2014.


    Saturday, September 28, 2013, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. - Smithsonian magazine Museum Day Live!


    David J. Sencer CDC Museum
    1600 Clifton Road NE
    Atlanta, GA 30333


    Health is a Human Right: Race and Place in America features historic photographs, documents and objects that illustrate the struggles of diverse groups to pursue their health as a basic human right.  Videos, including one of First Lady Michelle Obama talking about access to fresh fruits and vegetables, are integrated throughout, while interactive atlases illustrate the health of every community nationwide.

    The exhibitis organized and sponsored by the David J. Sencer CDC Museum, Office of the Associate Director for Communication, and the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, CDC; with additional support from The California Endowment through the CDC Foundation.

    Special Note

    Admission and parking are free. Visitors need a valid, government-issued photo ID. Vehicle inspection is required.  The David J. Sencer CDC Museum is open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with extended hours to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday. The museum is closed on all federal holidays.  For more information, visit the museum website at http://www.cdc.gov/museum/visitor.htm.

    For more information on Museum Day Live!, visit http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/
    For more information on minority health, visit http://www.cdc.gov/minorityhealth/.


    Upcoming Exhibits

    Art in Science: Selections from Emerging Infectious Diseases©

    February 5 - May 23, 2014

    The Prophet Fed by a Raven.Clive Hicks-Jenkins (b. 1951), The Prophet Fed by a Raven (2007) Acrylic on panel (62 cm × 82 cm), Courtesy of the artist, private collection, www.hicks-jenkins.com

    This popular exhibition highlighted the cover art of the journal, beginning with its inception in 1995. This second installment coincides with the Oxford University Press publication of Art in Science: Selections from Emerging Infectious Diseases.

    Drawing from all art history, the covers of Emerging Infectious Diseases are intended to attract but also to surprise, delight, inspire, and enlighten with the premise that art humanizes and enhances scientific content and educates readers outside their areas of expertise about important unnoticed connections.  Through the years, art has breathed life into technical content. Journal covers have provided a fast tour of infectious disease emergence through the lives and times of artists and their craft and through literary and science connections.

    Celebrating the accomplishments of this remarkable journal, Art in Science showcases a complete set of covers from 2006 through today and selected enlargements.  Blending science and the arts offers a multidisciplinary approach to disease emergence: poverty and war, increased global travel, ongoing natural disasters, and human-animal interactions.

    What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?

    The Government’s Effect on The American Diet

    What's Cooking, Uncle Sam? logoOpening Fall 2014

    Food. We love it, fear it, and obsess about it.We demand that our Government ensure that it is safe, cheap, and abundant. In response, Government has been a factor in the production, regulation, research, innovation, and economics of our food supply. It has also attempted, with varying success, to change the eating habits of Americans.

    From the farm to the dinner table, explore the records of the National Archives that trace the Government’s effect on what Americans eat.

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