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CDC Charges Johns Hopkins to Lead Development of Ebola Training Module for Nurses, Physicians and Health Care Workers

Johns Hopkins Medicine has been tasked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to lead a group and to design an interactive Web-based learning program that guides health care workers, nurses and physicians through government-approved protocols to aid clinicians as they provide care to patients who may be at risk of contracting the Ebola virus. The program trains health care providers in three critical areas: proper donning of personal protective equipment (PPE), the safe removal of gear and active monitoring skills. All three modules will be available for free on the CDC’s website in the coming weeks and later available to the millions of iOS users on iTunes U.

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‘Long Tail’ Thinking Can Help Eliminate Health Disparities

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“Long tail” thinking in public health might yield greater progress in eliminating health disparities, according to a new study from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Twitter Can Be Useful Tool for Public Health Organizations — but Must Be Carefully Monitored

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Social media marketing strategies present both challenges and opportunities for public health professionals. It’s an effective way of reaching large audiences, but social media can also be used to spread misinformation. That’s the findings of a situational analysis by researchers at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis of a recent social media campaign by the Chicago Department of Public Health. The study suggests that public health organizations need to pay close attention to how they disseminate information, and also to the response the campaign gets.

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California’s Tobacco Control Efforts Losing Steam, Finds UCSF Report

California’s position as a leader in tobacco control is under threat, according to a new report from the UC San Francisco Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education.

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Changes at the Grocery Store Could Turn the Burden of Shopping with Children on Its Head

Avoiding power struggles in the grocery store with children begging for sweets, chips and other junk foods – and parents often giving in – could be helped by placing the healthier options at the eye level of children and moving the unhealthy ones out of the way. A new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that this dynamic is particularly frustrating for caregivers on limited budgets who are trying to save money and make healthy meals.

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What Motivates College Students to Get the Flu Shot? Sometimes, It's as Little as $10

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The preliminary findings from a new study conducted by a team of Swarthmore College researchers indicates that a combination of financial incentives – even as little as $10 – and an endorsement from close friends might by the best way to increase flu vaccinations among college students.

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Sri Lanka Celebrates Two Years Without Malaria

Sri Lanka has not reported a local case of malaria since October 2012, according to the Sri Lankan Anti-Malarial Campaign. If it can remain malaria-free for one more year, the country will be eligible to apply to the World Health Organization for malaria-free certification.

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Indiana Project Screenings Show Need for More Mental Health Services in Youth Detention

Indiana University School of Medicine research findings published in the October issue of the American Journal of Public Health showed that more mental health screenings and services are needed for juvenile offenders.

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Fecal Blood Test May Save More Lives Than Colonoscopy

State public health programs could screen nearly eight times as many individuals and prevent nearly twice as many CRC cases by using fecal immunochemical testing, or FIT, instead of colonoscopies, finds a new study in Health Services Research.

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U.S. Army Lab Plays Key Role in Helping to Fight the Spread of Ebola

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Researchers at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center in Natick, Mass., invented a novel and potent disinfectant system that kills the Ebola virus on surfaces. The center transferred the process to a private company, which is manufacturing the portable “no power required” chemical compound and supplying it worldwide, including the front lines of West Africa.

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