Preventing adverse experiences in childhood can help people stay healthy throughout their lives, new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows.
Protecting kids from adverse childhood experiences — such as violence, abuse or growing up around people with mental health or substance use problems — can help reduce chronic diseases, risky health behaviors and socio-economic challenges later in life, according to a Nov. 8 study in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Nearly 16% of U.S. adults have experienced four or more ACEs their lifetimes, the study said, with women, blacks and American Indian and Alaska Natives at highest risk.
ACEs can change brain development and affect how the body responds to stress. This can lead to chronic health problems, mental illness, substance misuse and reduced educational and occupational achievement in adulthood. At least five of the top 10 leading causes of death are associated with adverse childhood experiences.
Creating “safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments” can help prevent ACEs and help children and adults thrive, according to the study, which was published as a CDC Vital Signs Report. Preventing ACES can reduce risky behaviors like smoking and heavy drinking, improve education and employment potential and stop ACEs from being passed from one generation to the next.
To address ACEs, the report recommended that:
• health care providers refer patients affected by ACEs for services and support and link adults at risk to parenting interventions and substance abuse treatment; • employers support family-friendly policies, such as paid family leave and flexible work schedules; • states and communities improve access to high-quality child care, address financial hardships and foster skills that manage emotion and conflicts; and that • everyone “support community programs and policies that provide safe and healthy conditions for all children and families.”
For more insights on ACEs, read this recent column from APHA past-president Pam Aaltonen in The Nation’s Health.
• Wash your hands often while cooking. Use soap and water and scrub for at least 20 seconds. Dry your hands on a clean paper towel, not a dirty apron or towel. • Prevent cross-contamination. Clean surfaces as you go, including sinks and counters. Use separate cutting boards and utensils for meat and other food. That way, you won’t end up with raw turkey juice in your salad. (Blech!) • Cook the turkey to 165 degrees. Use a food thermometer to check it’s done, and never rely on those cheap pop-up ones that come with the turkey. • Follow the two-hour rule. If all your food hasn’t been gobbled up two hours after you’ve set it out on the table, it’s time to wrap it up and stick it in the fridge. Any leftovers that are perishable should be eaten or frozen within three to four days.
It’s Halloween and the flu season is here! Keeping hands clean by washing them with soap and water is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year for the best protection against influenza throughout flu season.
Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body. Make your Halloween activities smoke- and tobacco-free events. Eliminating smoking in indoor spaces is the only way to fully protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke exposure.
Make sure costumes fit well to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls. Check out a fun coloring book. Color Me Safe! from CDC tells the rhyming story of the “Safe Family,” who take steps to protect themselves from injury at home, on the road, and at play.
Effective October 15, 2019 through April 11, 2020, the sale of flavored vaping products is prohibited in the state of Oregon for 180 days.
No retailer may sell a flavored vaping product to a consumer in Oregon.
Online sales of flavored vaping products to people in Oregon are also prohibited during the ban.
The temporary ban applies to THC and non-THC vaping products.
Governor Kate Brown’s Executive Order 19-09 to enact a temporary ban on the sale or display of flavored vaping products is an evidence-based strategy to prevent youth, as well as adults attracted to flavors, from becoming exposed to the health risks from vaping products and from becoming addicted to nicotine. These recommendations from the Governor, taken together, will help us protect the health of all Oregonians. The Oregon Health Authority urges all Oregonians who use vaping products to stop vaping immediately.
OHA continues to work with health care providers in Oregon to identify cases of vaping-related illnesses and to partner with federal officials to investigate the causes of vaping-related lung injuries and deaths.
The Oregon Health Authority will work closely with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, the Oregon Department of Justice and other agencies to implement the Governor’s Executive Order, including launching a statewide public education effort to warn Oregonians about the risks e-cigarette use or vaping products pose to youth and adults. Nearly 90 percent of Oregon high school students who exclusively use e-cigarettes use flavored products.
No vaping products should be considered safe. Until health experts can identify why people who have used these products have become seriously ill, and in some cases died, no vaping product should be used.
People who experience symptoms of the illness after using vaping products, such as shortness of breath, cough or chest pain, should immediately seek medical attention.
Get Help Quitting
Oregon Quit Line
The Oregon Quit Line is a free, telephone and web-based program that helps youth and adults quit vaping cannabis and nicotine. It offers free confidential, evidence-based counseling and materials. Callers 18 years and older can receive Nicotine Replacement Therapy in the form of patches or gum.
The Quit Line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Alcohol and Drug Helpline serves anyone in Oregon who needs information, support or access to resources and treatment for alcohol or drug use. If you or someone you know needs help, the Alcohol and Drug Helpline is free, confidential, and available 24-7, 365 days a year.
Call 800-923-4357 or Text RecoveryNow to 839863.
SAMHSA’s National Helpline
SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families who need support quitting substances other than nicotine.
The Malheur County Health Department (MCHD) provides compassionate, high quality care for all people in Malheur County, including LGBTQIA+ individuals. We are proud to offer many services for the health and well-being of our community, including:
Rapid HIV testing, referral, and case coordination
Sexually Transmitted Infections testing and treatment
Communicable disease testing and case coordination, including tuberculosis and hepatitis
Wide range of birth control options
Immunizations, including HPV for all genders ages 9-26
Home Visiting programs for parents with children age 5 and under
Pregnancy testing and counseling
Tobacco prevention and education
Birth and death certificates, available within 6 months of event
WIC nutrition program for qualifying families with children age 5 and under
We are a community of all sexual orientations and
gender identities and have a variety of health needs. MCHD serves all people
regardless of ability to pay, with a few low-cost exceptions. No one will be
denied services based on immigration status, sex, gender identity, sexual
orientation, race, nationality, or religious affiliation. MCHD also accepts
Medicare, Medicaid, and most private health insurance. If you do not have
insurance, we have staff who can help you sign up for the Oregon Health Plan or
determine your eligibility for other assistance programs.
All services are confidential and open to all ages. Call 541-889-7279 to make an appointment. Walk ins welcome. Se habla Español.
Some LGBT youth are more likely than their heterosexual peers to experience negative health and life outcomes. It is important that at-risk LGBT youth have access to resources and support to deal with the questions and challenges they may face as they mature.
It Gets Better Project The It Gets Better Project reminds teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone and it will get better.
Q Card Project The Q Card is a simple and easy-to-use communication tool designed to empower LGBTQ youth to become actively engaged in their health, and to support the people who provide their care.
StopBullying.gov: Information for LGBT Youth Lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) youth and those perceived as LGBT are at an increased risk of being bullied. There are important and unique considerations for strategies to prevent and address bullying of LGBT youth.
Because some LGBT youth are more likely than their heterosexual peers to experience bullying or other aggression in school, it is important that educators, counselors, and school administrators have access to resources and support to create a safe, healthy learning environment for all students.
The Trevor Project: Education and Resources for Adults The Trevor Project’s “Trainings for Professionals” include in-person Ally and CARE trainings designed for adults who work with youth. These trainings help counselors, educators, administrators, school nurses, and social workers discuss LGBTQ-competent suicide prevention.
Resources for Parents, Guardians, and Family Members
Some LGBT youth are more likely than their heterosexual peers to experience negative health and life outcomes, so it is critical for the parents, guardians, and other family members of LGBT youth to have access to the resources they need to ensure their LGBT children are protected and supported.
Electronic Aggression Increased access to technology has benefits, but it also increases the risk of abuse. Learn more.
The Family Acceptance Project The Family Acceptance Project is a research, intervention, education, and policy initiative that works to prevent health and mental health risks for LGBT children and youth.
Helping Families to Support Their LGBT Children This resource guide was developed to help practitioners who work in a wide range of settings to understand the critical role of family acceptance and rejection in contributing to the health and well-being of adolescents who identify as LGBT.
StopBullying.gov: Information for Parents Parents play a key role in preventing and responding to bullying. If you know or suspect that your child is involved in bullying, here are several resources that may help.
The Oregon Health Authority is issuing a public health warning urging people to immediately stop using all vaping products. On September 26, 2019, the agency confirmed a second vaping-related death in the state.
This is the second death among
the five previously reported cases. Oregon’s first fatality was announced on
Sept. 3. All five cases are part of a national outbreak of severe lung injury
linked to vaping and e-cigarette use.
“People should stop vaping
immediately,” said Dean Sidelinger, MD, state health officer. “If you vape,
whether it’s cannabis, nicotine or other products, please quit. These are
addictive substances, and we encourage people to take advantage of free
resources to help them quit.”
He added: “If you haven’t
started vaping, don’t start.”
OHA officials say the most
recent death was an individual who had been hospitalized with respiratory
symptoms after vaping cannabis products. Nationally, there have been more than
800 cases, primarily among youths and young adults, in 46 states and one U.S.
territory. A total of 12 additional deaths, including Oregon’s first fatality,
have been reported in 10 states.
Those who have fallen ill in
Oregon have been hospitalized after experiencing worsening symptoms, including
shortness of breath, cough or chest pain. CDC and the FDA have not identified a
cause, but all cases have reported e-cigarette use or vaping.
OHA investigators and local
public health authorities continue to urge clinicians to be on alert for signs
of severe respiratory illness among patients and report any cases.
Before the new illness reports,
OHA was already concerned about the health risks of vaping products. A recent report by the agency details the health risks for
the products including nicotine addiction, exposure to toxic chemicals known to
cause cancer and increases in blood pressure.
Individuals who have recently
vaped and are having difficulty breathing should seek medical attention
If you or someone you know
smokes or vapes, we urge you to quit now. Free help is available from the
Those who want assistance quitting vaping can call 1-800-662-HELP.
Switching to cigarettes or other combustible products is not a safer option.
Health Warning: Stop using vaping products
Public health officials have now linked a second Oregon death to the use of vaping products. The Oregon Health Authority urges Oregonians to stop using all vaping products until federal and state officials have determined the cause of serious lung injuries and deaths linked to the use of both cannabis and nicotine vaping products. No vaping products should be considered safe. Until health experts can identify why people who have used these products have become seriously ill, and in some cases died, no vaping product should be used. State health officials will continue to work closely with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration to determine the cause of deaths and illnesses in Oregon and across the nation
The Oregon Health Authority recently released a report highlighting a slight decrease in illegal cigarette sales, but illegal sales of little cigars doubled. For Malheur County, what was most striking was how few stores were inspected, giving us an incomplete snapshot of the scale of illegal sales. Only 8 out of 26 retailers in Malheur County were inspected in 2019.
incomplete snapshot is particularly concerning given the rise of the vaping
epidemic among our youth and the recent fatality in Oregon connected with
Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division conducts retail inspections in
collaboration with Oregon State Police. In 2019, the state inspected 1,100
retailers out of about 3,200 retailers who sell tobacco and e-cigarette
products statewide. If a retailer violates the law, a citation is issued to the
store’s clerk, manager on duty or owner. The annual inspection report shows
which stores passed inspection and which sold illegally to people under age 21.
of the challenges of our inspection process in the state is that only a few
counties in Oregon require a license to sell tobacco – and there’s no state
license. This means it is extremely difficult to enforce the minimum legal
sales age by holding retailers accountable for illegal sales. A tobacco retail
license would make it possible to track who is selling tobacco (and thoroughly
inspect each one), educate retailers on how to comply with the law and have
meaningful penalties for repeat offenders.
The list of Oregon tobacco retailers that violated the tobacco sales is available on the OHA Public Health Division websitehere.
For more information about how the tobacco industry markets in Oregon, see the recent Tobacco Retail Assessment Report here.
Sixteen states have now reported 153 cases of serious, vaping-related respiratory illnesses in the past two months, and many of the patients are teenagers or young adults.
In a statement on Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that all of the cases occurred in people who acknowledged vaping either nicotine or tetrahydrocannabinol, known as THC, the high-inducing chemical in marijuana.
Federal and state officials say that they are mystified as to what is causing the illnesses, but that it does not appear that an infectious disease is responsible. No one product or device is common among the cases, the agency said. It also was unclear whether a contaminant in a used cartridge or a home-brewed concoction of vaping liquids contributed to some of the ailments.
The patients, most of whom were adolescents or young adults, were admitted to hospitals with difficulty breathing. Many also reported chest pain, vomiting and fatigue.
The most seriously ill patients had serious lung damage that required treatment with oxygen and days on a ventilator. Some are expected to have permanent lung damage. Some severe cases were earlier reported in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and California.
In an email, the C.D.C. said that while more study was needed, vaping either cannabis or nicotine could be dangerous.
“E-cigarettes are still fairly new, and scientists are still learning about their long-term health effects,” said Brian King, deputy director for research translation in the agency’s smoking and health office. “Adverse respiratory effects associated with e-cigarette use could be the result of a variety of factors, including intended and unintended constituents of these products.”
Mr. King said numerous ingredients in e-cigarette aerosol could harm the lungs, including ultrafine particles that could be inhaled deeply, heavy metals like lead, volatile organic compounds and cancer-causing agents.
“Oftentimes people are vaping both nicotine and the THC products, so it’s unclear which may be responsible,” said Dr. Michael Lynch, medical director of the poison center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. “Probably this has been happening occasionally and we haven’t been aware of it, because the association with vaping wasn’t necessarily made. Now people are on the lookout, which is good, because we want to make sure we have an understanding of how prevalent an issue this is.”
Article adapted from The New York Times. A version of this article appears in print on Aug. 21, 2019, Section A, Page 13 of the New York edition with the headline: More Youth Getting Sick From Vaping, C.D.C.
70% of Americans who die from rabies in the US were infected by bats – CDC Vital Signs. But bats are not bad! We need to know more to prevent infection and protect this species that protects us from other diseases.
As the weather warms up, adult bats come out of hibernation, baby bats are learning to fly, and humans get outdoors, which means a big increase in human-bat interactions compared to other times of year. Bats can be infected with rabies and can spread that infection to humans who have bare skin contact with bats or bat saliva.
Oregon has 15 species of bats. Learn more about them at the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife. Bats are flying mammals that can reach speeds of 20 to 30 mph. Some of Oregon’s species migrate south in winter while some remain here and hibernate. Bats have ecolocation which allows them to make high-pitched sounds then listen to the echo of those sounds to locate where objects are. Echolocation helps them find even the smallest insect.
Kate Cole from Public Health Insider compiled seven important things to know about bats and rabies. Please share this information with your friends, family, and children to make sure they know how to protect themselves from rabies in bats.
7. Bats are the main source of rabies in the United States.
All mammals can get rabies, but in the United States, bats are the primary animal source of rabies.
6. If you see a bat, do not touch it!!
Any bare skin contact with a bat or its saliva, or waking up to a bat in your room, could put you at risk for exposure to rabies. Teach your kids not to touch bats, or any wild animal, and be sure to keep your pets away from bats. Talk to your family about the importance of respecting wildlife from a distance.
5. If you think you or your children or pets may have touched or picked up a bat,take immediate action:
Immediately wash the area that came into contact with the bat thoroughly with soap and water.
Call your medical provider. If a person has been exposed to rabies, an injection of immune globulin and a series of rabies vaccinations need to be given as soon as possible to prevent infection and death.
If you think you had contact with a bat, try to trap it! Trapping it means it can be tested for rabies and people potentially exposed can get the treatment they need. “How am I supposed to trap a bat?” you ask. Good news – there’s a how-to video.
4. Pets are at-risk for getting rabies from bats, too.
Vaccinate your pets against rabies to protect them in case they are exposed. Talk to your veterinarian to see if your furry family members need to update their rabies vaccine.
Keep your pet under direct supervision so they don’t come into contact with bats. If you suspect your pet has come into contact with a bat, call your veterinarian, even if your pet is up to date on its vaccinations. Your veterinarian may need to give it a booster shot to protect it!
3. If you have problems with bats getting inside your house, you can do a lot to make your home more bat-proof.
Although exact numbers are not known, it is estimated that less than 1% of bats are infected with rabies. Unfortunately, you cannot tell if a bat has rabies by looking at it; only testing the brain tissue on a dead bat can confirm if a bat has rabies (live bats need to be humanely euthanized before they can be tested for rabies). So, assume all bats may have rabies and never touch them.
1. Bats are a vital part of our local ecosystem.
Don’t let all this information about rabies give you a negative opinion on bats. What bats enjoy is eating large amounts of night-flying insects like mosquitos, termites, and agricultural pests, diminishing mosquito-related diseases and the need for pesticides in our community. In fact, some people try to attract bats to their property to help reduce the number of insects. For information on how to build a bat house for your yard, check out this resource.
Recently in the American Journal of Public Health, Diana Hernández PhD, and Carolyn B. Swope MPH, assess the current state of research on housing and health disparities, and share recommendations for achieving opportunities for health equity centered on a comprehensive framing of housing.
The links between housing and health are now known to be strong and multifaceted and to generally span across 4 key pillars: stability, affordability, quality and safety, and neighborhood opportunity. Housing disparities in the United States are tenaciously patterned along axes of social inequality and contribute to the burden related to persistently adverse health outcomes in affected groups. Appreciating the multidimensional relationship between housing and health is critical in moving the housing and health agenda forward to inspire greater equity.
Despite the vastness of existing research, we must contextualize the housing and health disparities nexus in a broader web of interrelated variables emerging from the same roots of structural inequalities.
Source: Am J Public Health. Diana Hernández PhD, and Carolyn B. Swope MPH. Published online ahead of print August 15, 2019: e1–e4. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2019.305210