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Released Report on Zika Affected Pregnancies
Of the 250 pregnant women who had confirmed Zika infection in 2016, 24 – or about 1 in 10 of them – had a fetus or baby with Zika-related birth defects, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This report is the first to provide the analysis of a subgroup of pregnant women in the U.S. with clear, confirmed test results of Zika virus infection. Testing for Zika remains complex because there is a narrow timeframe for obtaining a positive laboratory result, and many infected people do not have symptoms that...
How Millennials Are Affecting Food Labels
An estimated quarter of Americans are defined as being “millennials”, born between 1980 and 2000. Food companies’ efforts to capture this share of the market have led to many various claims on package labels that are misleading in some cases. Here are ways that food companies market to millennials and you—and how you can decide if claims are true. Natural Federal rules for “natural” don’t permit the use of artificial ingredients or added colors. In the case of meat, chicken, and eggs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture also requires that the foods be “minimally processed.” There are plenty of other...
Top Summer Garage Hazards
Some of the chemical products that are commonly found in a garage are potentially toxic if curious children, pets, or teens and adults struggling with depression find them before you do. It only takes a small amount of the wrong product to cause an issue. Take a little time to learn about the top garage hazards this summer and remember when deciding what and how to store products in your own garage. AUTO SUPPLIES Antifreeze, windshield washer fluid, carburetor cleaner, fuel additives, and similar products for cars have a wide range of formulations. Some ingredients, such as ethylene glycol or methanol,...
Butler County Cooling Centers
In an effort to prevent heat-related deaths and illnesses, a number of cooling centers are available throughout Butler County for people who do not have air conditioning in their homes. Butler County Health Department 1616 North Main Poplar Bluff, MO Phone: (573) 785-8478 Hours: Mon 8a-5p | Tue 8a-5p | Wed 8a-5p | Thu 8a-5p | Fri 8a-5p | Sat Closed | Sun Closed Poplar Bluff Public Library 318 North Main Street Poplar Bluff, MO Phone: (573) 686-8639 Hours: Mon 9a-7p |Tue 9a-7p |Wed 9a-7p |Thu 9a-7p |Fri 10a-5p | Sat 10a-5p| Sun 1p-5p Northside Nutrition Center 1450 Garfield Poplar...
Additional Immunization Requirement for 2016-2017 School Year
Another immunization has now been added to those required for students to have before entering 8th  and 12th grades here in Missouri. One dose of meningoccal vaccine is now required for all students wishing to enter 8th grade. Two doses are now required for those going into the 12th grade, unless their first dose wasn’t received until the age of 16 or later, in which case one dose is sufficient. Meningococcal disease is commonly diagnosed among infants, adolescents, and young adults. It is caused by the bacterium Neisseria meningitides and is spread from person to person. The bacteria are spread by exchanging...
The Impact of Vaccines on Public Health
In 1900, few effective treatment and preventive measures existed to prevent infectious diseases. Although the first vaccine against smallpox was developed in 1796, greater than 100 years later its use had not been widespread enough to fully control the disease. Four other vaccines — against rabies, typhoid, cholera, and plague — had been developed late in the 19th century but were not used widely by 1900. During the 20th century, substantial achievements were made in the control of many vaccine-preventable diseases. National efforts to promote vaccine use among all children began with the appropriation of federal funds for polio vaccination after...
Mowing Lawns Not Child’s Play
With the beginning of spring and greening of lawns, mowing will become a normal weekly activity in every community. Despite long-standing safety guidelines, U.S. children continue to suffer severe injuries from both regular power lawn mowers and ride-on mowers. Many injuries happen from children playing in or near a yard where mowing is being done, without the knowledge of the person mowing, or from riding with an adult on a mower. In 2010, for example, more than 17,000 children in the U.S. were injured by lawn mowers, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. Injuries included cuts through the muscle...
Missouri State Parks Teach Outdoor Skills
Learn2 Camp Have you ever wanted to explore the great outdoors but didn’t know where to begin? Does your family want to make s’mores over a campfire and sleep under the stars? You’re in luck!  Missouri State Parks is teaching families to learn to camp. This May and October, families will have a helping hand as they learn the joys of camping in a Missouri state park. In 500 words or less, tell why your family wants to learn to camp and you could be selected to attend one of three Learn2 Camp programs in state parks around Missouri. Camping...
What is Food Insecurity?
From Missouri Foundation for Health’s “Health Equity Series-Food Insecurity” There are four basic necessities in life: air, shelter, water and food. Food is not only necessary to function both physically and socially, but also plays an important economic role in society. Living with little or no food is a form of deprivation that impacts one’s health and well-being. Currently, there are two widely accepted definitions of food security that come from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The USDA defines food security as “access by all people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life.” Whereas, the FAO...
Fun and Healthy Valentines Treats!
Need to make your Valentines party treats healthy but yet still make them fun to eat? Try these creative names and appealing dishes for a start! Art for the Heart Apples: Carve a little picture into the skin of an apple and douse with lemon juice to keep from browning. Berry Good Yogurt parfaits: Mix up some yummy berries, and layer with granola and plain yogurt for a yummy treat. You Got Heart High-fiber cereal: Make this a treat by serving it in a creative way, like out of a cone or small box. Mix with dried cranberries or raisins...
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