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Four steps to precision public health

posted December 6, 2016, 11:00 AM by

When domestic transmission of Zika virus was confirmed in the United States in July 2016, the entire country was not declared at risk — nor even the entire state of Florida. Instead, precise surveillance defined two at-risk areas of…

Study: Gut Bacteria May Lead to Parkinson’s Disease

posted December 5, 2016, 11:56 AM by

Parkinson’s disease may be linked to certain gut bacteria, according to a new study.

Writing in the journal Cell, researchers at the California Institute of Technology say: “Changes in the composition of gut bacterial populations—or possibly gut bacteria themselves—are actively…

DO NOT RINSE YOUR TURKEY! And other Thanksgiving food rules for every day

posted November 17, 2016, 9:33 AM by

By Michelle Forman, Senior Media Specialist, APHL

Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate family and friends, enjoy the fall harvest, and to stuff our faces full of delicious food.  No matter your specific traditions, I’m certain the stuffing-of-faces is common…

New Killer Fungus Found in U.S. Patients

posted November 9, 2016, 9:14 AM by

The yeast is called Candida auris and was first identified in 2009 in a Japanese patient with an ear infection.

Since then, it’s been found in a handful of countries around the world. In June, the U.S. Centers for Disease…

Surge in prescription opioid poisoning among US youth

posted November 1, 2016, 9:22 AM by

The number of children and teens hospitalized for prescription opioid poisonings has more than doubled in recent years, with both accidental overdoses and suicide attempts on the rise, a U.S. study suggests.

Annually, the rate of these opioid poisonings among…

Is Football Safe for Kids? New Study Finds Brain Changes

posted October 24, 2016, 10:52 AM by

After 25 years of playing football, six of them in the NFL, former Minnesota Viking Greg DeLong feels like a “walking time bomb” who could end up with brain disease from all the hits he took on the field.

And…

2016 PHAN Award Winners

posted October 18, 2016, 11:45 AM by

PHAN Lifetime Membership Award
Alice Schumaker
This award recognizes significant long-term service to public health in Nebraska. Factors for selection include distinctive efforts to promote and/or improve the public health system; leadership; involvement in the community; environmental activities; and lasting contributions…