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Reported Cases of West Nile Virus Up from Previous Years

Public Health in the National News – Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance. They are a real public health hazard, carrying a number of infectious diseases, most notably in the United States West Nile disease. Already this year, 1,118 human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) have been reported in the United States, more than has been reported for a number of years. The outbreak has affected 37 states thus far in 2012, with Texas reporting the most number of cases. In Nebraska, recent… Continue Reading

Do I need antibiotics before going to the dentist?

Public Health in the National News – For the past 60 years, millions of individuals with certain heart or joint conditions have received antibiotic prophylaxis (premedication) before dental treatment. Antibiotic prophylaxis typically consists of taking a few antibiotic pills 30-60 minutes before the dental visit, regardless of any dental infections. This clinical practice is based on the theory that antibiotics could reduce heart and joint infections by blocking bacteria that travel from the mouth to the heart or joint through the bloodstream. However, is there… Continue Reading

Impact in Nebraska of the Supreme Court Decision on Health Law

Public Health in the National News – On June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, with the majority opinion that Congress has the authority to use the taxing power endowed by the Constitution to impose the individual mandate. Another key ruling from the Court was that a provision of the ACA to expand the Medicaid program for individuals from 100% of the federal poverty level to 133% of the federal poverty level is optional, rather than required of state governments. You… Continue Reading

Certified in Public Health (CPH) Exam

Public Health in the National News – Graduates and students from schools and programs of public health accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) are eligible to apply for the Certified in Public Health (CPH) examination. This examination, developed by the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE) in 2008, assesses mastery of knowledge and skills relevant to contemporary public health. More than 3,500 people have registered to become CPH. Individuals are motivated to earn the CPH as proof of their willingness… Continue Reading

Campus Champions of Change Challenge Honors EMPOWER Project

Public Health in the National News – A delegation from UNMC’s EMPOWER project was among 15 student groups honored by President Barack Obama on March 15 at the White House. EMPOWER was established in 2008 as a partnership with the Women’s Center for Advancement and the Service-Learning Academy of the UNMC College of Public Health (COPH). The program is run by an interprofessional student board. The UNMC project was among the national finalists in the White House’s 2012 Campus Champions of Change Challenge, which highlighted… Continue Reading

Building Research Capacity on the Rez

Public Health in the National News – The Little Priest Tribal College (LPTC) and the UNMC COPH partnered to develop a three-credit-hour course—Indigenous Research Methods—offered at LPTC this spring. The goal is to build research capacity among American Indians and increase the diversity of the public health-related workforce by expanding health career options for tribal college students interested in the health care professions and health sciences. The course is co-led by an LPTC instructor, Carolyn Fiscus, and a COPH faculty member, Dr. Shireen S. Rajaram…. Continue Reading

Support for Breast Milk Feeding as a Health Prevention Strategy

Public Health in the National News – Given that the health benefits of feeding breast milk are well established, it may seem that infant feeding decisions should be fairly straightforward. The reality is that for mothers in the United States the decision to feed breast milk or formula is quite complex. Mothers make this decision in an environment that includes the need to balance social and economic considerations as well as influences from social and community networks. Feeding human milk to babies may well be… Continue Reading