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Iowa Communities Recognized for Fluoridation (6/8/17)

Iowa Communities Recognized for Fluoridation (6/8/17)

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced today that three Iowa communities have been awarded fluoride certificates by the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors on behalf of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American Dental Association (ADA). This award is presented in recognition of the contributions the water systems have made toward improving the health of their communities through water fluoridation over from 1966 through 2016.

Thursday, June 8, 2017/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (1525)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Healthy Homes are Smoke Free Homes (6/1/17)

Healthy Homes are Smoke Free Homes (6/1/17)

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) joins the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in recognizing June as the second annual National Healthy Homes Month (NHHM).

Thursday, June 1, 2017/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (1503)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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IDPH Smoke Free Homes Registry Reaches 1000 Mark (5/23/17)

IDPH Smoke Free Homes Registry Reaches 1000 Mark (5/23/17)

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) Smoke Free Homes Registry, which was launched in 2012, has reached 1,000 properties. In order to be entered in the registry, a property must have at least one building that is 100 percent smoke free and must have this specified in the lease language. “The best way to protect against exposure to secondhand smoke is to make sure the places we live and work are smoke free,” said IDPH Division of Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Director Jerilyn Oshel. “Globally, 6 million people die each year due to tobacco-related causes and 600,000 of those are people die from secondhand smoke.”

Tuesday, May 23, 2017/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (1514)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Tick Season Underway in Iowa (5/23/17)

Tick Season Underway in Iowa (5/23/17)

The mild spring with frequent rains means tick-borne disease season is underway in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds Iowans to protect themselves against tick bites. Ticks can carry the organisms that cause diseases like Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Ehrlichiosis. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (2375)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Iowa HIV Disease Diagnoses Increase; Increased Testing Credited (5/11/17)

Iowa HIV Disease Diagnoses Increase; Increased Testing Credited (5/11/17)

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) yearly HIV Disease Surveillance Report shows in 2016, Iowa experienced the largest number of people diagnosed with HIV since reporting by name began in 1989. Additionally, there was a notable increase in black/African American Iowans diagnosed with HIV in 2016. U.S.-born blacks/African Americans diagnosed with HIV increased by 75 percent from 2015; foreign-born blacks/African Americans diagnosed with HIV increased by 110 percent. Although black/African Americans represent just 3 percent of Iowa’s general population, they make up 32 percent of all HIV diagnoses.

 

 

Thursday, May 11, 2017/Author: Sandy Briggs/Number of views (1525)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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