To: HMHB Members
Date: August 31, 2009, Volume 11, Edition 35
News from National
It's the last day of National Immunization Awareness Month and time to get ready for flu season! For a limited time, HMHB is offering bulk quantities (up to 200 copies) of the latest addition to our FAST FACTS for Families series -- free! "What You Need to Know About Influenza and Pregnancy" is designed to help women have a dialogue with their health care provider so that they will be adequately protected from seasonal influenza. The production and distribution of this resource is made possible through generous support from CSL Biotherapies. We thank our partners in health for their help in educating moms-to-be about this especially important topic!
1) Webcast on H1N1 and Pregnant Women and New Mothers
2) Perinatal Health Disparities Conference
3) From CPSC: Stroller Recall
4) National Environmental Public Health Conference
5) From HHS: Teen Survival Guide
6) Study: Autism and Gastrointestinal Symptoms
MATERNAL-INFANT HEALTH NEWS
1) WEBCAST ON H1N1 AND PREGNANT WOMEN AND NEW MOTHERS
During a recent Webcast from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an expert panel discussed how pregnant women and new mothers can prepare for the H1N1 flu. Email questions were answered by the panel during the broadcast. Originally aired on August 27th, the Webcast is part of CDC's "Know What to Do About the Flu" series. Access it online at http://www.flu.gov/news/knowwhattodo.html#082709.
2) PERINATAL HEALTH DISPARITES CONFERENCE
New Jersey's 10th Annual Perinatal Health Disparities Conference will address the issue of racial disparities in mental health among African American women, children and families. Participants will learn potential causes, contributors and strategies to reduce mental health disparities during the preconception/interconception, prenatal and postpartum periods. Scheduled for September 22 at UMDNG Newark, the conference will include speakers with a variety of viewpoints, including medicine, nursing, psychology, midwifery and medical ethics. The conference is sponsored by the Black Infant Mortality Reduction Resource Center, along with the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Office of Minority & Multicultural Health and Reproductive & Perinatal Health. For more information, or to register, go to http://www.maternalchildhealth.org/assets/360_09phdconfregbrochurefinal.pdf.
CHILD, ADOLESCENT, FAMILY & COMMUNITY HEALTH NEWS
3) FROM CPSC: STROLLER RECALL
This past week, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a voluntary recall of the Baby Jogger Citi Mini Stroller, due to concerns that the stroller's restraint buckle could break or unlatch, allowing a child or infant to fall out. The recall involves both single and double strollers. The stroller was sold in stores and on Web sites from November 2007 through July 2009. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled strollers and contact Baby Jogger to receive a free replacement restraint buckle and installation instructions. For additional information, contact Baby Jogger at 1-877-506-2213, email them at email@example.com, or visit the firm's Web site at http://www.babyjogger.com/. For more information, including how to locate the item number and date codes of strollers involved in the recall, go to the CPSC Web site at http://cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09334.html.
4) NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH CONFERENCE
The 2009 National Environmental Public Health Conference: Healthy People in a Healthy Environment is scheduled for October 26-28, 2009 in Atlanta, GA. The conference will improve the nation's environmental health capacity by enhancing the expertise of public health, health care and environmental professionals, academic researchers, and representatives from communities, organizations, and advocacy and business groups with a primary interest in environmental public health. The six conference tracks are: healthy places; environmental health science and practice; sustainability and public health; environmental systems and public health; public health and environmental exposures; and environmental health emergencies. The conference is organized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, in conjunction with the National Environmental Health Association. For more informa
tion go to https://www.team-psa.com/2009nephc/main.asp.
5) FROM HHS: TEEN SURVIVAL GUIDE
The Teen Survival Guide: Health Tips for On-go Girls is a 78-page, pocket-sized publication for girls. Created by the Department of Health and Human Services, the Guide is available for free on their Web site at http://www.girlshealth.gov/freestuff/teenguide/. It teaches girls about their health through activities, fun quizzes, glossaries of new words, and questions from young women. The Guide answers teens' questions, including, "Does chocolate cause pimples?" and "Can I get a sexually transmitted disease from kissing?" An online version of the Guide is available at http://www.girlshealth.gov/teenguide/index.cfm. Or, to order a free copy, call 1-800-994-9662.
6) STUDY: AUTISM AND GASTROINTESTINAL SYMPTOMS
A study published in the July edition of the journal Pediatrics examined whether children with autism have an increased incidence of gastrointestinal symptoms compared with matched control subjects in a population-based sample. Children were followed until the age of 18 years. Significant differences were identified between autism case and control subjects in the cumulative incidence of constipation (33.9% vs. 17.6%) and feeding issues/food selectivity (24.5% vs. 16.1%) However, no significant associations were found between autism case status and overall incidence of gastrointestinal symptoms. The authors conclude that their "data suggest that a neurobehavioral rather than a primary organic gastrointestinal etiology may account for the higher incidence of gastrointestinal symptoms in children with autism." To access the study online, go to http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/124/2/680.
Information is reported as provided and does not necessarily represent the view of or the endorsement by the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition. A complete copy of HMHB's disclaimer is available on the HMHB Web site at http://www.hmhb.org/disclaimer.html