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Infectious disease outbreaks, electronic cigarettes, prescription drug abuse, motor vehicle injuries, and marijuana possession are just a few of the hot topics expected to impact state health departments and public health in 2015.Read More »

Supreme Court Affirms FTC Antitrust Authority Over State Licensing Boards

March 04, 2015|10:48 a.m.| Steven Ferraina

Following this decision, state health departments may have to reconsider the composition of state licensing boards or provide additional oversight of the boards’ activities to maintain state action immunity and shield the boards from future FTC antitrust actions. Read More »

Antipsychotics Over-Prescribed for Patients with Dementia, GAO Finds

March 03, 2015|10:42 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report says that about one-third of older adults who have dementia and live in nursing homes were prescribed antipsychotics in 2012, despite FDA's warning that antipsychotics increase the risk of death for older people with dementia. Read More »

Maryland Fights Health Disparities Using Health Enterprise Zones

February 26, 2015|3:17 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Maryland ranks as the state with the highest median household income, has several medical schools, and has the fifth lowest smoking rate. However, health disparities have persisted in the state, so Maryland launched the Health Enterprise Zones Initiative. Read More »

Younger Women Often Delay Seeking Emergency Care for Heart Attack Symptoms

February 25, 2015|5:49 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

A recent article by NPR explores reasons why women ages 30 to 55 often delay seeking immediate help, even if they do suspect they are experiencing a heart attack. Read More »

How Public Health Became Integral to Emergency Preparedness and Response

February 23, 2015|1:26 p.m.| Scott Briscoe

Public health emergency preparedness as a discipline is only about 15 years old, give or take a couple of years. We asked two public health preparedness veterans—Jacqueline Scott from Michigan and Tim Wiedrich from North Dakota—to describe how the job evolved over the years. Read More »