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Ebola Workshop Scheduled for Nov. 3 in Washington, D.C.

Posted on Sun, Oct 26, 2014
Ebola Workshop Scheduled for Nov. 3 in Washington, D.C.

Experts and policymakers will discuss the public health response to Ebola virus disease in the U.S.

THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- At the request of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council will host a workshop to discuss research needed to prepare for handling the occurrence of Ebola virus disease in the United States, according to a press release from the National Academies.

Health care experts and policymakers will convene at a one-day workshop, to be held on Nov. 3, 2014, at the National Academy of Sciences building in Washington, D.C., to discuss basic science research and public health concerns regarding the response to Ebola. Advance registration is required to attend in person; plenary sessions and discussions will be available via live video webcast.

The researchers will discuss various topics on Ebola, including routes of viral transmission; persistence of the virus on surface areas and transfer of the virus; methods for viral inactivation and disinfection; and protective strategies for at-risk responders, providers, and the general public, including the use of personal protective equipment. Experts and policymakers will identify key areas of biomedical and public health research that should be conducted to protect the public and prevent the spread of Ebola.

"Our goal for this workshop is to provide a forum for key experts and decision makers to discuss what research is needed and can be performed now to assist the public health response to the occurrence of Ebola in the United States," Victor J. Dzau, M.D., the president of the Institute of Medicine, said in a statement.

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CDC: U.S. Life Expectancy Hits Record High of Nearly 79 Years

Posted on Sun, Oct 12, 2014
CDC: U.S. Life Expectancy Hits Record High of Nearly 79 Years

Lifestyle changes cited as reason for gains

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Average life expectancy in the United States reached an all-time high of 78.8 years in 2012, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday. For people 65 years old in 2012, life expectancy was an additional 19.3 years, up slightly from the year before. Women age 65 and older in 2012 can expect to live another 20.5 years, while men may get around an additional 18 years.

Death rates for eight of the 10 leading causes of deaths declined significantly, according to the report. Heart disease deaths dropped 1.8 percent; cancer deaths dropped 1.5 percent; deaths from chronic lower respiratory diseases went down 2.4 percent; stroke deaths declined 2.6 percent; Alzheimer's disease deaths dropped 3.6 percent; diabetes deaths decreased by 1.9 percent; deaths from influenza and pneumonia dropped 8.3 percent; and deaths from kidney disease declined 2.2 percent. Although the reasons aren't clear, suicides increased 2.4 percent in 2012 compared to 2011. At the same time, deaths from unintentional injuries remained the same.

In 2012, a total of 23,629 infants under age 1 year died. That was 356 fewer infants than in 2011, according to the report. The 10 leading causes of infant mortality in 2012, accounting for more than two-thirds of infant deaths, were the same as they were in 2011: birth defects, low birth weight, sudden infant death syndrome, maternal complications, unintentional injuries, umbilical cord and placental complications, bacterial infections, breathing problems, circulation problems, and newborn bleeding. Death rates among these conditions remained essentially unchanged. The one exception was deaths from sudden infant death syndrome, which dropped 12 percent.

"Americans are living longer and are more aware of preventing chronic diseases," the report's lead author, Jiaquan Xu, M.D., an epidemiologist at the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, told HealthDay.

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5 Reason to get a flu shot + The Viral Flu Shot Video You Need to Watch Now

Posted on Thu, Oct 02, 2014
5 Reason to get a flu shot + The Viral Flu Shot Video You Need to Watch Now

It is officially the best time to get your flu shot. If you’re on the fence about getting the flu shot, our Divisional Director of Clinical Services, Denise Sexton, RN, BSN, has written up the five best reasons to give it a shot! And, after the tips, click the link below to see one brave little girl who shows you how to conquer the flu shot.

5 Reasons to get a Flu Shot

  1. Getting a flu vaccine can reduce physician visits and insurance claims by up to 44%. This decreases the risk of spreading the flu to patients going to physicians for other reasons. This also decreases unnecessary visit to the emergency department.
  2. To prevent complications from the flu. Flu can turn into pneumonia especially if someone has respiratory problems or who has a weakened immune system. This also includes people 65 years of age and older or people of any age with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease, pregnant women and children. Influenza is the most frequent cause of death in a vaccine preventable disease. Each year more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu-related complications and about 36,000 people die of complications of the flu in the US. Of these people 90 percent of the deaths occur in people 65 or older.  
  3. Loss of hours worked. You may lose 5-7 days of work if you become ill with the flu and do not suffer any secondary infections from the flu which could cause you to be off from work even longer. CDC states there can be up to a 45% reduction in lost workdays by being vaccinated.
  4. Prevent spreading illness to your children and family at home. You can be infectious to others up to a day before you show any symptoms.
  5. Prevent spreading illness to the patients you are caring for and/or coworkers. This can reduce morbidity and mortality for patients who are at risk when in the hospital and cause coworkers to miss days at work or spread the illness to their friends or family.
Click here to watch the latest viral video of one child’s reaction to getting the flu shot.

BONUS: If you think you know all there is to know about the flu take the Flu IQ Quiz at  www.cdc.gov/flu/fluiq.htm.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Denise Sexton o­ffers 20 years of healthcare experience to EmCare partner hospitals, and over 15 years specifically in the emergency department and in leadership roles. As a Divisional Director of Clinical Services for EmCare, Denise’s strength in leadership and diverse clinical skills provides a solid foundation for improving hospital operations, not only in the E.D, but also with services including hospitalist programs, observation units, operating rooms and critical care units. Denise uses her education and experience to o­ffer expertise and broad perspectives for E.D. and inpatient managers.

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CDC: One-Quarter of U.S. Youth Meet Physical Activity Guidelines

Posted on Sat, Jan 11, 2014
CDC: One-Quarter of U.S. Youth Meet Physical Activity Guidelines

About 25 percent of 12- to 15-year-olds engage in 60 minutes daily moderate-to-vigorous exercise

THURSDAY, Jan. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Only one-quarter of U.S. youth aged 12 to 15 years meet reccomended physical activity guidelines by engaging in at least 60 minutes of daily moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, according to a January data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

Tala H.I. Fakhouri, Ph.D., M.P.H., from the NCHS in Hyattsville, Md., and colleagues analyzed data from the 2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and the NHANES National Youth Fitness Survey to examine self-reported physical activity among youth aged 12 to 15 years.

The researchers found that about one-quarter (24.8 percent) of U.S. youth reported engaging in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity for at least 60 minutes daily in 2012. Among males, the percentage of youth who were physically active for at least 60 minutes daily decreased with increasing weight. Among active boys, the most common activity was basketball (48.0 percent), followed by running, football, bike riding, and walking. For active girls, the most common activity was running (34.9 percent), followed by walking, basketball, dancing, and bike riding.

"Given that physical inactivity in adulthood is a modifiable risk factor for many diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer, tracking the prevalence of physical activity among U.S. youth may help inform public health interventions," the authors write.

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