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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 (1174)/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 (1693)/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 (1599)/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 (8722)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Recovery Month Message: Treatment Works (9/18/17)

Recovery Month Message: Treatment Works (9/18/17)

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) joins the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and local Iowa prevention and treatment agencies in recognition of September as Recovery Month. Partners across the state are hosting Recovery Month events to celebrate the accomplishments of those working a program of recovery and those that helped them get there. 

Monday, September 18, 2017/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (763)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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