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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…

Rethinking Automatic Insurance Coverage For Preventive Health Care

posted October 11, 2016, 11:10 AM by

Three doctors who have led a task force that evaluates preventive medical services say the group’s recommendations shouldn’t be tied by law to insurance coverage.

The former chairmen of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force say the link between medical…

Random dog food sample proved critical in solving human illness outbreak

posted September 27, 2016, 2:33 PM by

As part of Michigan’s routine pet food surveillance program, microbiologists in the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Laboratory Division were used to testing random samples of dog food. While they rarely found anything unusual or harmful,…

Depression during pregnancy linked to gestational diabetes

posted September 22, 2016, 11:00 AM by

Depression during and after pregnancy may be linked to gestational diabetes, a new government study found.

Women in the study who reported feeling depressed early in pregnancy were more likely to develop gestational diabetes later in pregnancy compared with those who did not report depression…

Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge

posted September 15, 2016, 11:06 AM by

 
Welcome to the Challenge

We believe a healthy city/county is economically competitive, inclusive and equitable. That’s why we’ve called on cities and counties across the country to join the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge. The Challenge is a partnership between…