Teens + Divorce = Smokers
Despite increased efforts by state and federal officials, teen smoking has risen during the past decade. To try and determine why, scientists from Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention collected data from 9,215 adults living in the San Diego area. Parental divorce... Improving Patient Safety and Preventing Medical Errors
Press Release OVERVIEW The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) plays a critical role in promoting safer health care for all Americans and helping prevent medical errors. Each year, tens of thousands of Americans suffer injuries and death due to preventable medical errors in hospitals,... Eliminating Laboratory Errors that Cause Patient Illness and Death
CDC Press Release Backgrounder In 1999, the Institute of Medicine reported that medical errors, including those that occur in laboratories, may result in as many as 98,000 patient deaths annually in the United States at a cost of $17-29 billion. To address this issue, the Centers for Disease... Guidelines for the Management of Airline Passengers Exposed to Meningococcal Disease
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention receives reports of approximately 12 cases of confirmed meningococcal disease per year in which the index patient was likely contagious aboard an international conveyance. Most of these reports are received within days of transit; rarely is the...
Are You Adopting an Infant at Risk for Future Diabetes?
April 5, 2008, 7:38 pm
Which infants have the highest risk of developing diabetes as they mature? Asians, Native Hawaiians, blacks, Hispanics, and other Pacific Islanders, have significantly higher risks of developing diabetes than whites do. Non-Hispanic whites have nearly an 8.7 percent chance of developing... Meningococcal Disease Travel Warning
February 24, 2009, 1:37 am
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (One of my favorite web sites, I might add!) issued a warning last Friday (February 20, 2009) on Meningococcal Disease and travel to Africa. I will briefly review their suggestions but highly encourage you to read the entire warning if you are... School Based Health Centers Diagnosing Teenagers
April 3, 2008, 7:14 pm
Living here in rural America I was a bit surprised to learn that currently, about 18,000 U.S. schools have health centers inside their walls. These health centers provide confidential physical and mental health services to students who want them in junior high and high schools. Most of these...