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New HIV Diagnoses up 27 Percent in Iowa

New HIV Diagnoses up 27 Percent in Iowa

The Iowa Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) annual HIV Surveillance Report for 2015 finds there were 124 new HIV diagnoses last year, an increase of 27 percent from the 98 cases reported in 2014. 
Thursday, July 21, 2016/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (3216)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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Iowa Communities Recognized for Fluoridation

Iowa Communities Recognized for Fluoridation

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced today that six 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). Fluoridation is the adjustment of fluoride in the water to an optimal level for preventing tooth decay. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (2472)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Three Child Drowning Deaths Prompt Reminder

Three Child Drowning Deaths Prompt Reminder

The Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner (IOSME) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) today issued a reminder for parents and caregivers to keep a close eye on children playing in or around water. According to IOSME, three children have died from drowning in the last week. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (4007)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 2.8
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IDPH Joins CDC in Recognizing Tracking Awareness Week

IDPH Joins CDC in Recognizing Tracking Awareness Week

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) joins the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in recognizing July 11-15, 2016 as Tracking Awareness Week. CDC funds Iowa and 25 other state and city tracking programs as a part of the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network. Iowa’s network, launched in 2013, allows Iowans access to both environmental and health outcome data simultaneously to see how our health and the environment are related.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (2268)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Quitting is Hard – Quitline Can Help

Quitting is Hard – Quitline Can Help

According to the 2016 County Health Rankings, 18.5 percent of adult Iowans smoke. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates nearly seven out of 10 smokers want to quit; however, quitting smoking is hard and may require several attempts. People who stop smoking often start again because of withdrawal symptoms, stress, and weight gain. Even so, benefits of quitting tobacco far outweigh the challenges. 
Wednesday, July 6, 2016/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (2994)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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