Thursday, February 28, 2013
Few people in metro Atlanta know what to expect if the sequester happens. Will you or somebody you know be affected if federal budget cuts kick in?
If the federal government imposes the $85 billion "sequester" cuts, which could go into effect Friday night, the changes may not be immediately apparent for many metro Atlanta residents. Many of the departments and agencies likely to be affected, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, are themselves unsure how they would be affected. "It is not clear how individual field offices will be impacted by the implementation of the sequester," said Stephen Emmett, spokesman for the FBI's Atlanta field office. Politico reports that the Atlanta-based disease detectives at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could see their funding cut, hampering their ability to mobilize if there is a public health crisis. CDC Director Tom Frieden …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The program, "Team Up. Pressure Down.," includes educational videos, a blood pressure control journal, and wallet card to track medication use.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, practicing pharmacists and national pharmacist groups are teaming up to help Americans learn to improve their blood pressure. The program, "Team Up. Pressure Down.," includes educational videos, a blood pressure control journal, and wallet card to track medication use. The tools are intended to help pharmacists talk about medications and how patients can use them effectively. "More than 36 million Americans, or more than half of those with hypertension, don’t have their blood pressure under control and every single day, more than one thousand Americans have a heart attack or stroke," said Janet Wright, a board-certified cardiologist and executive director of Million Hearts. "Through the 'Team…
Thursday, August 23, 2012
A total of 1,100 West Nile Virus cases, including 41 deaths, have been reported to CDC. 14 human cases have been reported in Georgia.
West Nile Virus has spiked across the USA this summer, take precautions. One human case has been reported in Fulton County (14 in GA), and a country-wide total of over 1,100 cases of West Nile virus disease — including 41 deaths — have been reported to the CDC as of mid-August. This is the highest number of cases reported through the end of July since 2004. "It is not clear why we are seeing more activity than in recent years," said Marc Fischer, medical epidemiologist with CDC’s Arboviral Diseases Branch. "Regardless of the reasons for the increase, people should be aware of the West Nile virus activity in their area and take action to protect themselves and their family." Almost 80 percent of the cases have been reported from Texas, …
Saturday, August 18, 2012
More than one-third of U.S. adults (35-percent) are obese, according to the CDC
The Centers for Disease Control released the 2011 state obesity map, which shows adult obesity across the United States. The South had the highest prevalence of adult obesity (29.5 percent), followed by the Midwest (29 percent), the Northeast (25.3 percent) and the West (24.3 percent). About 28 percent of Georgia residents are obese. Check out the map and read more on the CDC website.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Though some numbers show progress, less than half of all adults get enough physical activity to improve their health, the CDC reports
Sixty-two percent of adults say they walked for at least once for 10 minutes or more in the previous week in 2010, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That number is up from 56 percent in 2005. Though some numbers show progress, less than half (48 percent) of all adults get enough physical activity to improve their health, according to data from the National Health Interview Survey. For substantial health benefits, the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends at least 2 ½ hours per week of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity, such as brisk walking. This activity should be done for at least 10 minutes at a time. "More than 145 million adults are now getting some of …
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Surgeon General's Report outlines key steps in reducing tobacco use among kids
Tobacco use among American middle school and high school students showed a slow decline from 2000 to 2011, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But when compared with other long-term studies, the steep rate of decline from 1997 to 2003 has slowed noticeably. The report published this week shows that in 2011, nearly 30 percent of high school males and 18 percent of high school females used some form of tobacco. More than 8 percent of middle school males and nearly 6 percent of middle school females used some form of tobacco in 2011. “An overall decline in tobacco use is good news, but although 4 out of 5 teens don't smoke, far too many kids start to smoke every day,” said CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden…
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Loopholes in tax structure, classification system are possible causes, according to the CDC
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Sharp increases in total adult consumption of pipe tobacco (used for roll-your-own cigarettes) and cigarette-like cigars since 2008 have offset declines in total cigarette consumption, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although total cigarette consumption continued an 11-year downward trend with a 2.5 percent decline from 2010 to 2011, dramatic increases in use of non-cigarette smoked tobacco products have slowed the long decline in overall consumption of smoked tobacco products. “The rise in cigar smoking, which other studies show is a growing problem among youth and young adults, is cause for alarm,” said Tim McAfee, director of CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health. “The Surgeon General’s …
Thursday, August 2, 2012
A total of 241 cases of West Nile virus disease, including four deaths, have been reported to CDC. Three human cases have been reported in Georgia.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this year. Three human cases have been reported in Georgia, and a total of 241 cases of West Nile virus disease — including four deaths — have been reported to the CDC. This is the highest number of cases reported through the end of July since 2004. "It is not clear why we are seeing more activity than in recent years," said Marc Fischer, medical epidemiologist with CDC’s Arboviral Diseases Branch. "Regardless of the reasons for the increase, people should be aware of the West Nile virus activity in their area and take action to protect themselves and their family." Almost 80 percent of the cases have been reported from Texas, Mississippi, and Oklahoma. Forty-two states have reported West Nile…
Friday, July 13, 2012
Plan ahead for travel to London
Friday, July 13, 2012
CDC wants your travel experience to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games in London this summer to be healthy, safe, and memorable. Talk with your doctor about how to stay healthy and safe before, during, and after your trip to the summer Olympics and Paralympics in London. “You need more than your passport to travel to major events like the Olympic Games. Crowds, new surroundings, and a ‘vacation’ mentality can lead to illness or injury, which can ruin your trip. London is like a major American city in many respects, but that doesn’t mean travelers should forget their common sense. With a little education and preparation, travelers can enjoy the Games, the country and great health.” -Gary Brunette, MD, Branch Chief, CDC Travelers’ Health…
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
A pilot program aims to train pharmacists and retail store clinic staff on confidential rapid HIV testing
The Centers for Disease Control announced Tuesday a pilot program that will bring confidential rapid HIV testing to rural and urban pharmacies. The CDC will train select pharmacists and retail store clinic staff on HIV testing in an effort to extend HIV testing and counseling into the standard everyday services offered by pharmacies and retail clinics. The results of the pilot program will be used to implement HIV testing in retail pharmacies nationwide. "We know that getting people tested, diagnosed and linked to care are critical steps in reducing new HIV infections,” Kevin Fenton, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention, said in a news release. “By bringing HIV testing into pharmacies, we …