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Public health taking action as climate change heats up

posted January 10, 2017, 12:39 PM by

In July, scientists with NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies released a startling finding: Each of the first six months of 2016 were the warmest occurrences of their respective months in modern history.
Then in mid-November, as higher temperatures continued…

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…