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Iowa Records First Flu-Related Death of the Season (10/30/17)

Iowa Records First Flu-Related Death of the Season (10/30/17)

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the first flu-related death of the 2017-2018 influenza season, an elderly (81 years of age and older) Central Iowa man, who died in October.

Monday, October 30, 2017/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (22685)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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IDPH Receives Funding to Fight Prescription Drug Misuse (10/24/17)

IDPH Receives Funding to Fight Prescription Drug Misuse (10/24/17)

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been awarded more than $1.8 million dollars through August 31, 2021 to increase awareness and prevention of prescription drug misuse. The Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs (SPF-Rx) grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) will fund Polk, Jasper and Scott counties to help reduce prescription drug abuse.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (1612)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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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 (1334)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Disease Intervention Specialist Importance Grows as STD Cases Rise (10/2/17)

Disease Intervention Specialist Importance Grows as STD Cases Rise (10/2/17)

The National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) recognize October 6, 2017, as the annual Disease Interventionist Specialist (DIS) Day. DIS work across many program areas in public health; however, their primary focus is working with individuals diagnosed with HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea or chlamydia. DIS connect individuals diagnosed with these infections to important resources, confidentially notify anyone with potential exposure and direct all to appropriate medical treatment. The role they play is more important than ever as Iowa and the rest of the U.S. experience increases in many of these STDs.

Monday, October 2, 2017/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (1881)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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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 (1760)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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