Prevalence Of HIV By County In 2013

Check out this map of the day shows the prevalence of HIV by county in 2013. From the map we can see states along the Gulf Coast and southern states, such as Georgia, South and North Carolina had a higher prevalence of HIV in 2013 indicated by the darker shades.

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By Julia Watson: http://communitymappingforhealthequity.org/

Gonorrhea And Antibiotic Resistance

Gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported sexually transmitted infection (STI) and providers are struggling with ways to treat the infection due to antibiotic resistances. However, in 2015 the White House released a five-year National Action Plan that outlines steps in Gonorrhea control. Check it out!

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By Julia Watson: http://communitymappingforhealthequity.org

 

What is REAL Certified Food?

Ever wonder what it means when you read REAL on a food product while grocery shopping. Terms such as organic, local, grass-fed and cage-free all fall under the REAL umbrella. REAL is an acronym that stands for responsible, epicurean, agricultural and leadership. It is a certification launched this year by the United States Healthful Food Council. Unlike the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s organic certification, REAL has a broader scale level and focuses on nutrition and sustainable best practices. However, Its important to note the label tells you nothing about how nutritious the item is. Check out the article!

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Link: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/articles/2017-06-22/should-you-eat-real-certified-food

By Julia Watson: http://communitymappingforhealthequity.org

Closing The Dental Care Gap In America

It is no secret many Americans struggle with maintaining medical and dental coverage, due to lack of funds. In fact, one-third of Americans are living without dental coverage with this number greatly affecting people from low income communities. For those who do have insurance, such as Medicare, dental coverage only covers children and not adults. This leaves without coverage to forgo dental care, wait for free clinics, or seek care at an urgent care center or the emergency department. However, some states are taking a stand in the lessening the gap in dental care. For example, in Minnesota dental hygienist are being trained to provide dental care for a lower cost. States such as Maine and Vermont are also finding ways to lessen the dental gap by turning to lawmakers. Check out the article!

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Link: https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2017/0615/America-s-dental-care-gap-is-wide.-How-some-states-are-trying-to-close-it

By Julia Watson: http://communitymappingforhealthequity.org/

 

Hepatitis C Drugs Approved For Children

Hepatitis C is a blood-borne viral infection that causes liver disease. The infection is high among opioid dependent individual and although 20 % of infected children are a result of drug abuse most children are infected by their mothers during pregnancy. The FDA approved two HCV treatment drugs, Sovaldi in 2013 and Harvoni in 2014 for adults, but the news drugs were not approved for children. However, this year the FDA approved the two drugs for children aged 12 to 17.

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/04/19/524373963/fda-approval-of-hepatitis-c-drugs-for-kids-is-likely-to-speed-treatment

By Julia Watson: http://communitymappingforhealthequity.org

Is Coconut Oil Really Bette For You?

When thinking of coconut oil, you might think of all the positive attributes of the oil such as its positive effects on your hair, skin and health. However, according to the American Heart Association (AHA) coconut oil is no better for your health than butter and beef fat. The AHA released a report after reviewed existing data showing coconut oil increased LDL cholesterol, known as the “bad” cholesterol, which can lead to cardiovascular disease. The data showed 82% of the fat in coconut oil is saturated, worse than pork lard (39%), butter (63%) and beef fat (50%).  So, it might be a better idea to opt for olive oil in the future.

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Link: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/06/16/coconut-oil-isnt-healthy-its-never-been-healthy/402719001/

By Julia Watson: http://communitymappingforhealthequity.org

Primary Care Providers And Their Role In Oral Health

Many people view oral health as a dentist responsibility. However, health professionals are now acknowledging that role primary care providers play in oral health. In the 2000 “Oral Health in America” it was recommended that oral exams be included as part of a patient’s general exam and according to the Surgeon General David Satcher “You are not healthy without good oral health”. Particularly, low income seniors are at a greater risk of poor oral health due contributing factors from their already existing health issues and lack of dental coverage. A person with diabetes and periodontists has a six times higher risk of developing macro- and micro-vascular complications of diabetes. Interestingly, a study at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that only 12 % of seniors aged 65 and older had dental coverage. It is important primary care providers play a role in their patients oral health to reduce the chances of a patient developing other related health complications. Check out the article!!2017-06-19 (2).png

Link: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/881460

By Julia Watson: http://communitymappingforhealthequity.org