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CDC Releases Measles Outbreak Toolkit for Providers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a toolkit to help healthcare providers talk with parents about measles and the measles vaccine, which includes a factsheet, poster and other resources. With more than 760 measles cases reported since January, the most since measles

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CDC’s New Clinical Tools Help Prevent Older Adult Falls

The CDC released two new complimentary clinical tools to help healthcare providers reduce older adult falls. The Coordinated Care Plan to Prevent Older Adult Falls offers primary care providers, practices, and healthcare systems a framework for implementing a Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries, or

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CDC Survey: No Significant Change in Uninsured Rate in 2018

An estimated 9.4 percent of U.S. residents, or 30.4 million people, lacked health insurance when surveyed in 2018, according to a recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s not significantly different from the survey’s uninsured rate in 2017, but 18.2

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CDC Issues Report on Maternal Mortality, Prevention Strategies

An estimated 31 percent of pregnancy-related deaths occur during pregnancy, 36 percent during delivery or the week after, and 33 percent one week to one year after delivery, according to a report recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Based on 2011-2015 data

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Study: Prehospital Treatment Guidelines Double Severe Head Injury Survival

Training emergency medical services agencies to implement prehospital guidelines for traumatic brain injury doubled the survival rate for patients with severe head trauma, according to a study reported recently in JAMA Surgery. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the study trained EMS agencies across Arizona to

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Study: Fewer Fatal Overdoses When Pharmacists Can Dispense Naloxone

Laws that allow pharmacists to dispense the opioid antidote naloxone without a physician’s prescription are associated with a sharp reduction in fatal opioid-related overdoses, according to a study reported in JAMA Internal Medicine. States, like North Carolina, that adopted such laws saw fatal opioid overdoses

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CBO Report Looks at Policy Considerations for Single-payer Health System

Establishing a single-payer system would be a major undertaking that would involve substantial changes in the sources and extent of coverage, provider payment rates, and financing methods of health care in the United States, according to a report released last week by the Congressional Budget

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HRSA Announces Funding to Expand Rural Medication-assisted Treatment

Eligible hospitals, clinics and other organizations may apply through June 10 for up to $725,000 each to expand access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid and other substance use disorders in high-risk rural communities, the Health Resources and Services Administration announced last week. HRSA expects to

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Data Dashboard Illustrates State, County Impacts of Excessive Alcohol Use in NC

The NC Department of Health and Human Services has an interactive online dashboard, “Alcohol & the Public’s Health in North Carolina,” which provides alcohol-related information on all 100 counties. Assembled by the Chronic Disease and Injury Section of the Division of Public Health, the dashboard

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Rural Counts Policy Luncheons in May

Join rural advocates from across the state to learn how you can have a direct impact on state policy this year. The NC Rural Center is hosting six Rural Counts policy luncheons across the state to share regional updates on what’s happening in the

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