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Medicaid Director Calder Lynch Elected to National Board

posted December 12, 2016, 9:42 AM by

LINCOLN— Calder Lynch, director of the Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care for the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), has been named to the Board of Directors for the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD).

“Calder will serve…

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…