APHA Get Ready blog – Download an app and get ready for disasters on the go
These days, it may seem like there’s an app for everything. But can apps save your life during a disaster? Actually, they can.
Modern Healthcare – ACA signups continue to outpace last year, hitting 11.5 million
The rate of enrollment in the state and federal marketplaces continues to outpace the previous year despite ongoing uncertainty over the future of the health reform law. As of Dec. 24, 11.5 million people were signed up for coverage, an increase of nearly 300,000 compared with the same period last year.
Washington Post – The truth about vaccines, autism and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s conspiracy theory
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is rumored to become chair of Trump’s “vaccination safety” committee, concerning various public health officials. Kennedy Jr. has spoken against vaccines, which can weaken parents’ faith in something the medical establishment know is vital. In 2015, nearly 200 Americans were sickened with measles — a disease that was declared eradicated 15 years earlier — as a consequence of parents not vaccinating their kids, according to the CDC.
NPR – Walking In America Remains Dangerous — Especially In Florida
Eight of the ten most dangerous places in the U.S. to be a pedestrian are in Florida, according to a study released today. Smart Growth America points to poor street design as a key factor in the number of pedestrian deaths. Since the introduction of the automobile, American street design has prioritized moving cars quickly, but faster-moving cars are much more dangerous to pedestrians.
Reuters – Breastfed babies still need extra vitamin D
Many breastfed infants may not get enough vitamin D because their mothers prefer not to give babies supplement drops, a study suggests. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises nursing mothers to give their babies daily supplements of 400 IU of vitamin D or take vitamin D supplements themselves – typically 4,000 to 6,000 IU daily – to give babies enough in breast milk so that drops aren’t needed.
Fox News – Fox & Friends: Doctor shares ‘ABCs’ of flu prevention
With virtually every state reporting influenza outbreaks, the CDC said this season is looking worse than last year’s, a physician recommends his “ABCs” of flu prevention — “Attack,” “Barricade” and “Clean.” Get a vaccine and let your doctor know if you are experiencing symptoms (attack), stay home if you are sick (barricade) and clean your living area.