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Health literacy remains a major issue in the United States, resulting in increased rates of hospitalization and emergency care use. Low health literacy particularly affects older adults, minority populations, medically underserved individuals, and low-income communities.Read More »

FDA Announces New Menu and Vending Machines Labeling Requirements

November 25, 2014|4:48 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

The FDA announced today that they have finalized two rules requiring that calorie information be listed on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments, entertainment venue chains, and vending machines. . Read More »

Rates of Violence Against Women Remain High Worldwide

November 25, 2014|10:11 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

Rates of violence against women remain unacceptably high around the world, according to a new series “Violence Against Women and Girls,” published by The Lancet. . Read More »

Alaska Outlines Strategies for Meeting 25 Statewide Health Improvement Goals by 2020

November 24, 2014|2:36 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Alaska’s statewide collaborative initiative Healthy Alaskans 2020 recently released a list of evidence-based strategies to reach 25 statewide health improvement goals for the decade. Read More »

FDA Approves Abuse-Resistant Hydrocodone Tablet

November 21, 2014|5:07 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

On Nov. 20, FDA approved Hysingla ER, a new version of hydrocodone with features that drug makers hope will reduce instances of misuse. Read More »

New Hampshire Celebrates This Year’s Great American Smokeout with Higher-Education Partners

November 20, 2014|12:23 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Today is the Great American Smokeout, and health departments are encouraging smokers to quit and publicizing their cessation resources. This year, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services is celebrating the smokeout through its tobacco-prevention partnership with the state’s universities and colleges. Read More »