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Scientists are Working to Identify a Screening Test to Detect Pancreatic Cancer

To spot breast cancer early, there are mammograms. To find colon cancer early, there are colonoscopies. But there is no standard test to detect early cases of pancreatic cancer, before cancer cells have spread and when surgery is more likely to be helpful. Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths and finding it early could help increase a patient’s chances of survival.   ...

What Can a Salvador Dali Painting Tell Us About Health Communications?

This opinion piece by Rick Lesaar reflects on Salvador Dali's painting "The Sacrament of the Last Supper" and its placement in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, suggesting that its intentional positioning prompts viewers to engage with it gradually, leading to a layered emotional response.   Drawing parallels to health communication, the author highlights the effectiveness of emp...

Tackling the Opioid Crisis Requires a Whole-of-Government, Society-Wide Approach

The opioid crisis is a complex issue, intertwining public health with foreign policy, border security, and racial equity concerns. A comprehensive approach, engaging all levels of government and society, is crucial to prevent further overdose deaths. Recommendations include expanding access to evidence-based harm reduction, treatment, and recovery services, addressing social determinants of hea...

Public Health is a Business Issue: A Discussion Dr. Mandy Cohen

Delve into an exclusive interview from Forbes with Dr. Mandy Cohen, Director of the CDC, as she shares insights on navigating the pandemic's impact on businesses and public health.   The article explores the intersection of public health and business, highlighting the crucial role the CDC plays in safeguarding public health. Director Cohen emphasizes the importance of clear communication, ope...

STI Awareness Week Toolkit: April 14 – 20

STI Awareness Week, happening April 14-20, 2024, provides an opportunity to raise awareness about STIs and how they impact our lives; reduce STI-related stigma, fear, and discrimination; and ensure people have the tools and knowledge for prevention, testing, and treatment.   This toolkit provided by CDC serves as a comprehensive guide for public health communicators for their outreach activit...

CDC Announces “Think. Test. Treat TB.” – A Campaign to Raise Awareness of Latent TB Infection

The CDC has launched “Think. Test. Treat TB.” – the inaugural national communications campaign aimed at bolstering testing and treatment for latent tuberculosis (TB) infection in the U.S. With an estimated 13 million individuals living with latent TB infection nationwide, the campaign highlights the imperative of expanding testing and treatment efforts to prevent the development of TB disease. ...

AIM Resource: Managing Vaccine Hesitancy During an Outbreak: A Focus on Cultural Competence

Recent outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) have emerged in areas with low vaccination rates. Vaccine hesitancy is a common factor in these outbreaks and understanding vaccine hesitancy among diverse populations is crucial for effective public health strategies.   The Association of Immunization Managers (AIM) provides Chapter 2 of their “Lessons from the Field: Promoting Vaccine ...

Feeding Our Children Nutritious Foods Should Be the Easiest of Decisions

"Health and Well-Being Matter," the monthly blog from the Director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, addresses the critical issue of childhood obesity in the U.S. Shockingly, nearly 1 in 5 children and adolescents are affected by obesity, with rates rising during the pandemic and showing no signs of improvement.   The heart of the epidemic lies in unhealthy dietary hab...

COVID-19 Side Effect Reports Mirror Red-Blue State Divide, Study Finds

People in Republican-voting states were more likely to report adverse events after receiving a COVID-19 vaccination than people living in Democratic-leaning states, a new analysis in JAMA Network Open finds, suggesting that how people view their post-vaccine side effects or decide whether to report them may be shaped by their political views.   More people died of COVID-19 in states where mor...