CDC Director’s Hepatitis C Twitter Chat 5/30

Join CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden and experts Dr. John Ward, Director of CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis, and Dr. Hazel Dean, Deputy Director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention for a live Twitter chat on Thursday, May 30th about the importance of life-saving Hepatitis C testing. Hepatitis C … Continue reading CDC Director’s Hepatitis C Twitter Chat 5/30

New issue of Health Communication Science Digest available

From the CDC: The April issue of Health Communication Science Digest (HCSD or Digest) is now available at http://www.cdc.gov/healthcommunication/ScienceDigest/index.html This month in the Digest are discussions of several new ideas and methodologies scholars are generating to better evaluate social media user-generated content and metrics. Other works examine user behaviors and responses to new media channels (e.g., online communities, video games). Health communication messaging is the focus … Continue reading New issue of Health Communication Science Digest available

CDC Twitter chat – Asthma Awareness Month

Join Acting NCEH/ATSDR Director Robin Ikeda (@CDC_DrIkeda) for a Twitter chat Friday, 3 May from 1-2:00, as part of National Asthma Awareness Month. Asthma is a chronic disease that affects the airways in the lungs. We’re partnering with the American Lung Association on Twitter (@LungAssociation) to talk about ways you can control your asthma, highlight data from … Continue reading CDC Twitter chat – Asthma Awareness Month

Using patient-reported data to improve chronic disease care

The new issue of AHRQ's Innovations Exchange describes several new tools that allow patients to track information esaily and share it with clinicians to improve health care. The featured Innovations describe a tool that uses self-reports from patients with diabetes to generate intervention options, a self-assessment for patients with mental illness that improves communication with providers, and a smartphone application … Continue reading Using patient-reported data to improve chronic disease care

A novel public health app – Plague Inc.

From the CDC's Public Health Matters blog: Plague Inc., an app created by James Vaughan, of Ndemic Creationslayers, allows players to select a pathogen and strategize how to evolve symptoms, transmit the disease, and counter actions taken by world governments and scientists.  If the interventions don't work and the disease is successful, players can watch as governments fall … Continue reading A novel public health app – Plague Inc.

Two years after the tsunami in Japan, fear and mistrust of food and government

From the New York Times, an Op-Doc, 'In Japan, a Portrait of Mistrust': Two years after a huge earthquake, giant tsunami and nuclear meltdown ravaged parts of Japan, life has only seemingly returned to normal. Authorities say that outside the evacuation zone in Fukushima, there is at most a very low amount of radioactive contamination … Continue reading Two years after the tsunami in Japan, fear and mistrust of food and government

School-based health programs for at-risk youth

The March 27 edition of Health Care Innovations Exchange from the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) focuses on schoolbased programs to assist at-risk youth in a variety of ways. The featured Innovations describe three school-based programs that enhanced access, particularly among at-risk minority youth, to health information, preventive care, and clinical services. The featured QualityTools include resources … Continue reading School-based health programs for at-risk youth