January 2010

Progressi delle Aziende Sanitarie per la Salute in Italia (Passi)

January 27, 2010
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Tweet Author: Dr. Arana In 2006, the National Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CCM) funded the ISS to develop an ongoing surveillance system to collect, analyze, and disseminate data related to behavior risk factors and prevention health measures over the Italian population. This project was called PASSI (Progressi delle Aziende Sanitarie) the Italian Behavior […]

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The Dangers of Raw Milk

January 26, 2010
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Tweet Author: Dr. Arana Raw Milk is milk from cows, goats, and sheep that has not been pasteurized or homogenized. Pasteurization, referred as the heating process that kills harmful bacteria in milk, was first used in the United States in the 1890s after the discovery of germ theory – that proposes that microorganisms are the cause […]

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Rethinking Systems Approach for Waterborne Disease Prevention

January 22, 2010
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Tweet Author: Dr. Baloch To understand the environmental antecedents of waterborne disease outbreaks and to implement an integrated prevention strategy in the wake of new challenges posed by climate change, current land use practices, and emerging/re-emerging diseases, it is necessary to consider and examine the watershed system. The watershed system is based upon the movement […]

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“Understanding Spatio-Temporal Dimensions of Environmental Assessments in Food borne Illness Outbreaks associated with Leafy Green Produce”

January 19, 2010
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Tweet Author: Dr. Baloch Background: The alarming increase in the number of foodborne outbreaks associated with the consumption of leafy green produce has been a major cause of concern recently. Among 10,421 foodborne illness outbreaks reported during 1973-2006, 502 (4.8%) outbreaks, 18,242 (6.5%) illnesses, and 15 (4.0%) deaths were associated with leafy greens. Field investigations […]

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Martin Luther King Day

January 15, 2010
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Tweet Dr. King said, “Life’s most urgent and persistent question is: what are you doing for others?” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed that everyone had a role to play in achieving social justice and building a better America.  He challenged us to build a more perfect union and taught us that everyone has a […]

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2010 Haiti Earthquake

January 14, 2010
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Tweet I am sure that most of us have been closely following the news about the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck off the Haitian Coast at about 4:53pm local time on Tuesday, January 12th 2010. This 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused thousands of buildings to collapse in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. Reports suggest that number of deaths could be […]

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National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) January 10-16, 2010.

January 11, 2010
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Tweet The best means of flu prevention is vaccination. The 2009 H1N1 influenza is the most common flu infecting people so far this season. At this point, the US has seen two waves of this disease—one began in April 2009, and the other started in September 2009. In order to prevent the possibility that another […]

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Preventing Birth Defects

January 7, 2010
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Tweet This month is the National Birth Defects Prevention Month. Birth defect is defined as any defect present in a baby at birth. It involves defects in or damage to a developing fetus and it may be the result of genetic abnormalities, the intrauterine (uterus) environment, errors of morphogenesis, a chromosomal abnormality, or by prenatal […]

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Types of Surveillance Systems

January 4, 2010

Tweet Author: Dr. Arana Public health departments at local, state, and national levels routinely use different surveillance systems. Here is an overview of some of these systems, including vital statistics, disease reporting, and surveys. There are more specialized surveillance systems, including sentinel surveillance, zoonotic disease surveillance, adverse events surveillance, syndromic surveillance, disease registries, and laboratory […]

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