Issue 164

Office on Women's Health Update: Q&A on Smoking and How it Affects Women

Published Date: 
Thu, 2013-11-21

The OWH Blog features an interview and discussion board that may be a useful tool for consumers:  "Visit the OWH blog to read and discuss our first Q&A - an interview about smoking and how it affects women.  Did you know that two weeks to three months after she quits smoking, a woman's heart attack risk begins to drop?  To learn more, read the full interview with Dr. Howard Koh, the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S.

Article Highlights Strong Start for America's Children Act

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-11-15

Children's Defense Fund article discusses the Strong Start for America's Children Act, implications, and panelist opinions from the Fund's 2012 conference.  Panelists included leading experts in childhood education, healthcare, and poverty.   Panelists push for America to come together to "level the playing field" for children living in poverty.   Read more here.

Kaiser Family Foundation: Support for ACA Falls Among Democrats and Women

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-11-22

Kaiser's November polling yielded results that public view of the Affordable Care Act has turned more negative.  The decrease in support was largest among democrats and the trend continues among women, "who as a group had previously been divided on the law."   The Kaiser Family Foundation provides graphical representation of ACA views in November, as well as popularity trends of Medicare Part D.  Read more here.  

Preparedness Summit 2014 in Atlanta, GA

Published Date: 
Tue, 2013-11-26

April 1-4, 2014, the Preparedness Summit will host approximately 1,800 attendees representing an interdisciplinary audience from government, emergency, volunteer, and healthcare fields.   This national conference aims to connect personnel "working to build prepareddness capacity and competency at the local, state, and federal level."   Exhibitors range from food stograge and shelter supplies, to data collection systems and communications equipment.  Registration is now open:  click here.

Huffington Post: "How Girls with Autism Are Being Shortchanged"

Published Date: 
Tue, 2013-11-26

An article featured in the Huffington Post Health News captures one family's reflections on their daughter's autism diagnosis and discusses the lack of research describing symptomatic differences between girls and boys.  Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) researcher Radha Kothair wrote to Huffington Post that, "Much of the research conducted on autism, which goes on to define our idea of the disorder, is conducted on males rather than females.

New Report Available from CDC

Published Date: 
Thu, 2013-11-21

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new report "that looks at disparities in deaths and illness, use of health care, behavioral risk factors for disease, environmental hazards, and social determinants of health."  

Stateline: "The 'ACA's 'Family Glitch' Could Hurt Families Who Need CHIP"

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-09-20

From the Pew Charitable Trusts news service, Stateline:  

"The Affordable Care Act is primarily aimed at insuring more adults, including parents.  In the process, a substantial number of uninsured children may also get covereage as their parents learn more about federal and state subsidies.  Just how many will depend on whether states maintain their existing Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)."

Health People 2020 Wants YOUR Feedback

Published Date: 
Wed, 2013-11-13

A comment period opens on November 13th for Healthy People 2020 for input on proposed new objectives, and/or to offer up suggestions for new objectives.  Deadline: December 4th

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services requests public comment on the new objectives proposed for the following areas: HIV, Social Determinants of Health, and Health-Related Quality of Life and Well-Being.

March of Dimes Report Card: Preterm Birth Rate at 15 Year Low!

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-11-22

According to a new report released by the March of Dimes, the preterm birth rate dropped for the sixth consecutive year, a 15 year low.  "Although we have made great progress in reducing our nation's preterm birth rate from historic highs, the US still has the highest rate of preterm birth of any industrialized country.

American Academy of Pediatrics Supplement on Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-11-22

The supplement to the November 2013 issue of Pediatrics focuses on new developments in maternal, infant, and early childhood home visiting.

The supplement was published by the American Academy of Pediatrics and sponsored by the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Administration for Children and Families. Contents include an overview of the federal home visiting program. The articles in the supplement address the following the topics: 

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