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Aug 27th

Health

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.
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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.
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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.
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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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MHN recommends all men/boys and women/girls be vaccinated for HPV

(Washington, DC) – Michael Douglas' media-grabbing comments blaming his throat cancer on Human Papillomavirus (HPV) contracted during oral sex brought some much-needed attention to the epidemic of HPV infection in the United States. Men's Health Network (MHN) hopes that Douglas' statements will also get parents, healthcare practitioners, and legislators to recommend that boys and young men get the HPV vaccine. Although the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved the HPV vaccine for males, the vast majority of them have not been vaccinated—and that leaves them and those they love unprotected against HPV-related conditions and cancers.
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Why are wetlands so important to preserve?

Why are wetlands so important to preserve?Dear EarthTalk: Why are wetlands so important to preserve? -- Patricia Mancuso, Erie, PA

Wetlands include swamps, marshes, bogs, riverbanks, mangroves, floodplains, rice fields—and anywhere else, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), that saturation with water is the dominant factor determining the nature of soil development and the types of plant and animal communities there. They are widespread in every country and on every continent except Antarctica. If all the world's wetlands were put together, they would take up an area one-third larger than the United States.
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Study finds first evidence that PrEP can reduce HIV risk among people who inject drugs

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