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Becoming the Healthiest Nation
Join us in celebrating National Public Health Week 2017 and become part of a growing movement to create the healthiest nation in one generation. We’re celebrating the power of prevention, advocating for healthy and fair policies, sharing strategies for successful partnerships and championing the role of a strong public health system. Changing our health means ensuring conditions that give everyone the opportunity to be healthy. Health must be a priority in designing our communities, from healthy housing to parks and playgrounds. Walking and biking must coexist with cars and public transportation. We need lower levels of violence and crime so everyone...
Shigella: What You Need to Know
Shigella is a group of bacteria that can cause an infectious disease involving diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps starting a day or two after exposure. The bacteria causes about 500,000 cases of diarrhea in the United States annually . In persons with healthy immune systems, symptoms usually last about 5 to 7 days. Persons with diarrhea usually recover completely, although it may be several months before their bowel habits are entirely normal. Once someone has had shigellosis, they are not likely to get infected with that specific type again for at least several years. However, they can still get infected with...
New Recommendations for Infant Safe Sleep
Last week the American Academy of Pediatrics published its latest recommendations for a safe sleep environment for infants, hoping to decrease rates of unexplained sleep related infant deaths in this country. Nineteen evidence-based recommendations aimed at protecting infants up to 1 year of age are featured in SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Updated 2016 Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment, an AAP policy statement and technical report from the Task Force on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The guidance, updated from 2011, considers data from 63 new studies as well as a recent AAP clinical report on the benefits of...
New Cancers Found Connected to Obesity
In the past, strong evidence had linked five cancers to excess body weight: Breast cancer in postmenopausal women Colorectal cancer Uterine cancer Kidney cancer Esophageal cancer (adenocarcinoma type) In April this year, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, funded by the American Cancer Society, convened a working group to reassess the preventative role of weight control in cancer. An expert panel reviewed, overall, some 1,000 studies. They established the term “body fatness” and used body mass index as their measure for it. The review found that the evidence was compelling enough to add eight additional cancers to the list...
Look Before You Lock
Each time we hear of another child being left in a car only to lose their short life to heat stroke, we find ourselves asking, “How could this have happened?” Unfortunately, it happens more frequently than we think. The biggest mistake people make is thinking they would never do such a thing. However, statistics show that in 55% of all cases of children being left unattended in a vehicle, the person responsible was a loving parent who unknowingly put the child in harm’s way. People live by routines and formed habits. Often in these cases, parents were not only under...
Important Facts About the Zika Virus
Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus species of mosquito. Mosquito transmission of the Zika virus is found in nearly 50 countries in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Pacific Islands and Africa. While there have been no mosquito transmitted Zika cases in the continental United States, the mosquito species that can carry the virus are believed to be present in Missouri. These mosquitoes are aggressive daytime biters and they can also bite at night. Mosquitoes become infected when they bite a person already infected with the virus. Infected mosquitoes can then...
Prepare for Summer by Protecting Against Bug Bites
With summer right around the corner, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) compiled the top five tips for protecting against mosquito and tick bites. Missourians all across our state will be enjoying our great parks, trails and streams, and should know all the proper precautions to take. Additionally, while there have not been any cases of Zika virus locally transmitted in Missouri or anywhere else in the continental United States, these tips can help people protect themselves from all mosquito and tick-borne illnesses and ease concerns Missourians may have. “We want Missourians to enjoy all the great...
Hepatitis-Should You Be Tested?
“Hepatitis” means inflammation of the liver. The liver is a vital organ that processes nutrients, filters the blood, and fights infections. When the liver is inflamed or damaged, its function can be affected. Heavy alcohol use, toxins, some medications, and certain medical conditions can cause hepatitis. However, hepatitis is most often caused by a virus. In the United States, the most common types of viral hepatitis are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. Many people with hepatitis do not have symptoms and do not know they are infected. If symptoms occur with an acute infection, they can appear anytime...
National Public Health Week April 4th-10th
Join us in celebrating National Public Health Week 2016 and become a part of the movement for change: BUILD A NATION OF SAFE, HEALTHY COMMUNITIES Health must be a priority in designing our communities, from healthy housing to parks and playgrounds. Walking and biking must coexist with cars and public transportation. We need lower levels of violence and crime so everyone can safely live, work, learn and play. Support farmers markets and local businesses that value health, such as retailers that don’t sell tobacco. HELP ALL YOUNG PEOPLE GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL Education is the leading indicator of good health,...
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