Dental Public Health Facts

by Carolina on August 4, 2012

  • More than 90% of all systemic diseases produce oral signs and symptoms.
  • Over 22% of adults have untreated tooth decay.
  • Almost all oral diseases can be prevented.
  • Expansion of community based disease prevention and lowering of barriers to personal oral health care are needed to meet the needs of the population.
  • 25% of adults over 60 have lost all their teeth.
  • 11.2% of the population is in some stage of oral or pharyngeal cancer.
  • Dental Public Health is that form of dental practice that serves the community as a patient rather than the individual.
  • 22.24% of 6-11 year olds have untreated primary tooth decay.
  • A diet high in fat, sugar and salt also low in fiber is a risk factor for dental cavities, heart disease and obesity.
  • Oral disease and oral injuries are preventable. Take control of your oral health with a healthy diet, daily personal oral hygiene and regular oral exams.

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World Hepatitis Day — July 28, 2012

by Carolina on July 27, 2012

Hepatitis” means swelling and inflammation of the liver. It is not a condition, but is often used to refer to a viral infection of the liver. There are seven types of hepatitis. In the U.S., the most common types are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C.

Viral hepatitis can be caused by infections from viruses, bacteria, or parasites; liver damage from alcohol; and by immune cells in the body attacking the liver and causing autoimmune hepatitis. They all have similar symptoms, including, fever, fatigue, nausea, abdominal and joint pain, jaundice (yellow skin or eyes) among others.

Viral hepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer and cirrhosis; and the most common reason for liver transplantation. An estimated 4.4 million Americans are living with chronic hepatitis; most are unaware of their infections.

July 28, 2012, marks the second annual World Hepatitis Day, established in 2010 by the World Health Organization (WHO). In this year, WHO established a global hepatitis program and developed a framework for the prevention and control of viral hepatitis that promotes a comprehensive approach with four strategic components: 1) awareness and advocacy; 2) data for decision making; 3) prevention of transmission; and 4) access to screening, care, and treatment.

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Oral Health America

by Carolina on January 21, 2011

Oral health America works to represent the oral health interests of the American public. Through Smiles Across America, OHA reaches more than 310,000 children annually with a range of oral disease prevention and health promotion services, including dental sealants, fluoride varnish treatments, and family education. The organization also educates youth about the risks of smokeless tobacco use and advocates for policies that help underserved Americans obtain the dental care and education they need.

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3rd Annual Sickle Cell Disease Education Symposium

by Carolina on September 1, 2010

The Office of Civic Engagement is partnering with Center of Disease Control and Prevention to host the 3rd Annual Sickle Cell Disease Education Symposium. The evening will include presentations from a historian that will provide an overview of the first two case histories of sickle cell disease, a CDC scientist will discuss the public health impact of SCD and current CDC activities and a national community leader will discuss the future of SCD from a community based organization perspective. In addition to providing a forum to inform patients, families, community leaders, and health care providers about the public health impact of SCD, the goal of the symposium is to promote community engagement and advocacy.

The Symposium will be held on Monday, September 13, 2010 at 6:45 – 8:00 p.m. in Speakers Auditorium within the Student Center at Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.

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If you are interested in working for the federal government and would like to do an internship with a federal agency, please feel free to use the links listed below to research your options.

  • Dept. of Agriculture

http://www.dm.usda.gov/employ/CareerInternPositions.htm

  • Dept. of Commerce

http://hr.commerce.gov/Careers/StudentCareerOpportunities/DEV01_005844

  • Dept of Health and Human Services

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CDC Fellowships

July 5, 2010
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Here are some opportunities for career development of public health training for students and public health professionals at the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Student Internships and Fellowships CDC offers a variety of internships and fellowships for students in areas of interest such as environmental health, epidemiology, general public health, global health, and [...]

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Deepwater Horizon & Tropical Storm Alex

June 29, 2010
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Here are some of the advances in the control of  BP oil spill in Gulf of Mexico: Under the direction of the federal government, BP continues to capture some oil and burn gas at the surface using its containment dome technique, to optimize oil recovery from its leaking well. Progress continues in drilling relief wells. [...]

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BP Oil Spill…environmental catastrophe!

June 25, 2010
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It has been more than 8 weeks since one of BP’s oil rigs exploded and oil has been spewing out of it. Here is a quick look at the timeline of the events from May 24th – June 29th so far: May 24 – 27, 2010 May 24th It’s been over a month since the [...]

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The Blowout Preventer and Containment Dome Failed, What Now?

June 18, 2010
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Relief Well First, BP is drilling a relief well, and that’s has a very good chance of working (unless something really unexpected happens while drilling, such are terrible weather on the surface or something wrong with the equipment or rock formation under the seabed). The problem with it is that it is estimated that it [...]

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BP Oil Spill…environmental calamity!

June 16, 2010
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It has been 8 weeks since one of BP’s oil rigs exploded and oil has been spewing out of it. Here is a quick look at the timeline of the events so far: April 20-30, 2010 ·        Tuesday, April 20, 2010: The Deepwater Horizon, a semi-submersible offshore drilling rig in the Gulf [...]

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