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Aug 01st


Mosquito-borne diseases on the uptick -- thanks to global warming

Mosquito-borne diseases on the uptick -- thanks to global warmingDear EarthTalk: Is there a link between the recent spread of mosquito-borne diseases around the world and environmental pollution? -- Meg Ross, Lantana, FL

If by pollution you mean greenhouse gas emissions, then definitely yes. According to Maria Diuk-Wasser at the Yale School of Public Health, the onset of human-induced global warming is likely to increase the infection rates of mosquito-borne diseases like malaria, dengue fever and West Nile virus by creating more mosquito-friendly habitats.

Gains in asthma management show progress in reducing health care disparities

Gains in asthma management show progress in reducing health care disparitiesSixth annual report shows focus still needed on closing gaps in care

A growing number of children are getting their asthma under control in Minnesota, including children covered by Medicaid programs, according to data from the sixth annual Health Care Disparities Report conducted by MN Community Measurement for the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Much more work remains to be done.

Encourage healthy eating, don't add unnecessary regulation

Recently a group of 18 mayors from major U.S. cities sent Congress a letter urging them not to cut funding in the Farm Bill for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the program formerly known as food stamps. It is good news for Minnesota farmers, grocers and those who rely upon SNAP that the bill was defeated Thursday night.

Commissioner Jesson announces launch of SNAP+ pilot to encourage healthy eating

Participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) have an opportunity to purchase more fresh fruits and vegetables this summer.

Study finds first evidence that PrEP can reduce HIV risk among people who inject drugs

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released the first evidence that daily medication used to treat HIV infection can also reduce the risk of HIV acquisition among people who inject drugs. The new data are published online in the Lancet.

100 Black Men of America focus on health and wellness issues and solutions at 27th Annual Conference

100 Black Men of America focus on health and wellness issues and solutions at 27th Annual ConferenceThe 100 Black Men of America (100 BMOA) focused on the awareness and solutions for a number of health and wellness issues impacting African Americans at its 27th Annual Conference held June 5-9, 2013 in New Orleans. Under the theme: Optimizing Health & Wellness: Body, Mind and Spirit, over 2,100 attendees, including many youth, heard experts on panels and in workshops, learned about new mentoring and education techniques, and recognized best practices to improve health personally and in their communities.

Microbiome - Caring for the community inside of us

You are not alone. I am not talking about your connections with your family and community or alien attacks. I am talking about in your own body. Within our own flesh we have a community of interdependent organisms that are working in concert to help maintain our health and functioning. The name given to this community is the microbiome (micro - small, biome - community of organisms) and it is increasingly becoming a source of interest in the scientific and popular media. This week I would like to talk about the microbiome. There is a lot of speculation about the potential importance of the microbiome in affecting everything from allergies and eczema to arthritis and weight loss. While these concepts are only beginning to be understood, it is clear that the microbiome and caring for it does have important implications for our health. Read on to find out what you can do to keep the community inside of you functioning its best.
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