Issue 194

Racial & Ethnic Disparities in SUID: 1995-2013

Published Date: 
Fri, 2017-05-19

A new study in Pediatrics outlines how American Indian/Alaska Native and African American babies are still more likely to die suddently and unexpectedly than babies from other racial and ethnic groups. The article states, "From 1995 to 2013, SUID rates were consistently highest for American Indian/Alaska Natives, followed by Non-Hispanic Blacks.

New Zika Resources for Parents

Published Date: 
Thu, 2017-05-18

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released two new web resources for families impacted by Zika

FDA warns about risk of inaccurate lead tests

Published Date: 
Thu, 2017-05-18

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are warning Americans that certain lead tests manufactured by Magellan Diagnostics may provide inacurrate results for some adults and children. The CDC is recommending that parents of children younger than six and pregnant and nursing mothers who have been tested for lead exposure consult a health care professional about whether they should be retested.

Maternal Mortality in the U.S.: The Last Person You’d Expect to Die in Childbirth

Published Date: 
Wed, 2017-05-17

With 60 percent of maternal deaths in the U.S. being preventable, the U.S. has the worst maternal death rate in the developed world. An article published on ProPublica, The Last Person You’d Expect to Die in Childbirth, discusses the story of a neonatal nurse, Lauren Bloomstein, and her tragic outcome.

Zika and Pregnancy: Protecting Babies, Protecting Yourself

Published Date: 
Wed, 2017-05-17

Zika virus still remains to be a threat, but it can be prevented. 1,800 pregnant women throughout the U.S. with possible recent Zika infection have been reported to the US Zika Pregnancy Registry and about 1 in 10 pregnant women in 2016 with confirmed Zika have had a fetus or baby with Zika-related birth defects. 30 to 40 new Zika cases in pregnant women are reported to the CDC each week and there is an expected increase as we head into the summer months. Guidance for pregnant women to prevent Zika includes:

New CDC Resources for Managing Chronic Health Conditions in Schools

Published Date: 
Fri, 2017-05-12

The daily challenges that many U.S. children and adolescents face when managing chronic health conditions in schools remains as a public health issue today. To address this issue, CDC has conducted research and developed strategies to aid students in completing each day at school safely, and ready to learn. The CDC Healthy Schools webpage has been updated with new resources that focus on evidence-based strategies for schools to use for the management of chronic health conditions.  These resources include the following:

Updated CDC Zika Interim Response Plan, Health Alert Network Advisory and New Resource

Published Date: 
Mon, 2017-05-08

Updated CDC Zika Interim Response Plan: This document describes updated guidance and resources from the CDC for responding to cases of Zika virus infection in the continental United States and Hawaii. This guidance serves as a reference for public health decision-making and is targeted to state, local, and tribal jurisdictions, which are responsible for responding to Zika virus disease in their communities. 

Congenital Syphilis Resources

Published Date: 
Wed, 2017-05-03

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and March of Dimes have developed congenital syphilis resources. These resources include:

Using Social Determinants of Health to Inform Fatality Review Webinar

Published Date: 
Mon, 2017-05-01

The National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention (CFRP) is hosting a webinar, Using Social Determinants of Health to Inform Fatality Review, on June 7th, 2017 from 1:00pm-2:00pm CDT. The webinar will be recorded and posted with the slides on the NCRFP website. Guest speakers include Joia Crear-Perry, MD, FACOG, and Susan Hurtado, Community Specialist.

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