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Iowa Stroke Death Rates Continue to Decline, Depart from National Trend (10/3/17)

Iowa Stroke Death Rates Continue to Decline, Depart from National Trend (10/3/17)

Earlier this month, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a “Vital Signs” report indicating that after decades of decline, progress in preventing stroke deaths has slowed. The report found stroke death declines have stalled in three out of every four states. Only 13 states saw stroke death rates continue to decrease steadily from 2000 to 2015. Iowa is one of those states.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (848)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Iowa Reports First West Nile Death of 2017 (9/29/17)

Iowa Reports First West Nile Death of 2017 (9/29/17)

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the first Iowa death this year associated with West Nile virus. A middle-age adult (41 to 60 years of age) woman from southwest Iowa died in September. “This death related to West Nile is tragic and reminds us to protect ourselves and our families from mosquitoes,” said IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk. "Until the state's first hard frost, whether it's for work or play, being outside means there's a risk for West Nile virus."

Friday, September 29, 2017/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (1382)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Time to Get Ready for Flu 9/21/17

Time to Get Ready for Flu 9/21/17

Although Iowa’s influenza season typically does not begin until November, the Iowa Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) influenza surveillance network has already reported a handful of influenza cases in the state. “Flu vaccine is plentiful,” said IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk. “Since it takes up to two weeks after vaccination for the body to develop full protection against the flu virus, being vaccinated now means you’ll be protected before the flu starts spreading and for the rest of the flu season.”

Thursday, September 21, 2017/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (8087)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Falls Prevention Awareness Day is September 22 (9/15/17)

Falls Prevention Awareness Day is September 22 (9/15/17)

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Iowa Department on Aging and Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition join partners across the state in recognizing September 22 as Falls Prevention Awareness Day.

Friday, September 15, 2017/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (731)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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IDPH Warns of Pain Relief Marketing Scheme (9/14/17)

IDPH Warns of Pain Relief Marketing Scheme (9/14/17)

The Iowa Department of Public Health is alerting Iowans to marketing phone calls offering prescriptions for pain relief creams or braces/devices. According to Iowa Board of Pharmacy Director Andrew Funk, third-party marketing firms are calling Iowans and asking if they are experiencing any pain; for instance, joint or back pain. In some cases, the call is initiated based on an online survey completed by the consumer.

Thursday, September 14, 2017/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (2715)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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