APHA – Check out our new page and resources on lead
Lead is a naturally occurring metal used to make common products like batteries and pipes. While it has beneficial uses, lead can be toxic. We can be exposed to lead by breathing contaminated air or dust, drinking contaminated water or eating contaminated foods. Children can be exposed by eating paint chips containing lead (from paint in homes built before 1978) or eating contaminated soil.
CDC – CDC highlights programs that reduce US health disparities
A supplement to the CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report, published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, highlights programs that reduce disparities by race/ethnicity, geography, disability, and/or sexual orientation across a range of different health conditions. “Reducing and eliminating health disparities is fundamental to building a healthier nation,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “With science-based and effective interventions, we can close health disparity gaps in America.” The supplement demonstrates that we can make progress in overcoming public health disparities through meaningful community and local health authority involvement.
CNN – What real threat does Zika post to the Rio Olympics?
Well before the Zika epidemic began in Brazil last year, Olympics organizers knew they would face a challenge in keeping the approximately 16,000 athletes and 600,000 visitors to Rio de Janiero healthy. Mass gatherings are always associated with risk, ranging from traumatic injuries to infections. But in many ways, the Zika virus is a unique foe when compared to the types of infections expected by medical officials in charge of the safety at such gatherings.
U.S. News – The Zika test
Reports of the Zika virus outbreak throughout Brazil and the Centers for Disease Control’s warning for pregnant women not to travel to the area reinforce the need to develop a significantly more resilient and mobilized health care system in the face of pandemics, natural disasters and other catastrophic events. While the concern over Zika does not reach the level of 2014’s Ebola outbreak yet, now is the moment to prove our health care system learned its lessons from Ebola. Why use Zika disease as a test case?