Disaster Recovery Journal – CDC: Preparedness Love for Valentine’s Day
Whether it’s your sweetheart, your children, or your favorite furry friend, Valentine’s Day is a great time to show that someone special that you care! This Valentine’s Day, remind your loved ones to be ready for emergencies. Nothing says I love you quite like “I have made you my emergency contact person.” Even Sheldon Cooper agrees that emergency contact information is quite the romantic notion.
Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Public Health Association have humorous, love-themed preparedness e-Cards you can share. It’s Valentine’s Day, so the cheesier the better, right?

American Journal of Managed Care – Dr Georges Benjamin Discusses the Importance of Diversity in Healthcare
A lack of diversity among healthcare providers can adverse effects for the communities they serve, explained Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

MedPage Today – Mom’s Exposure to Car Smog May Up Child’s Asthma Risk
Babies born to mothers exposed to air pollution from traffic sources had an increased risk for developing asthma during their first 5 years of life, according to a study of Canadian children followed from birth.
In one of the largest population-based, birth cohort studies ever to examine within-community pollution differences, researchers found a 25% increased odds of developing asthma in children of mothers living near highways during pregnancy.

Chicago Tribune – Walgreens rolls out drug disposal kiosks at 500 stores
Walgreens is installing medication disposal kiosks in more than 500 drugstores across the U.S. in an effort to combat prescription drug abuse.
The initiative, announced Tuesday, will allow for the safe disposal of unwanted and expired medications, including opioids and other controlled substances, ensuring the drugs are not misused. The installation of kiosks began in California and will expand to 39 states this year, including Illinois.

USA Today – Study finds dementia rates falling steadily
A long-running study has found that dementia rates fell steadily over the past four decades, most likely due to declining rates of heart disease.
Although the Framingham Heart Study involved just 5,200 people, its findings likely reflect a national trend, said co-author Sudha Seshadri, a professor of neurology at the Boston University School of Medicine and a senior investigator with the study. Other research also suggests that dementia rates are declining in the U.S. and other developed countries.