Margie Parham, MS, RN, MPH/PhDc

Global Health Promotion
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Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  What communication problems occur after TBI? People with a brain injury often have cognitive (thinking) and communication problems that significantly impair their ability to live independently. These problems vary depending on how widespread brain damage is and the location of the injury. Brain injury survivors may have trouble finding the words they need to express an idea or explain themselves through speaking and/or writing. It may be an effort for them to understand both written and spoken messages, as if they were trying to comprehend a foreign language. They may have difficulty with spelling, writing, and reading, as well.
Treatable Diseases and Future Uses of Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells
  Treatable Diseases and Future Uses of Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells Today, cord blood stems cells are used in the treatment of nearly 80 life-threatening diseases, including a wide range of cancers, genetic diseases, immune system deficiencies, and blood disorders (see list below). ViaCord is proud to play a key role in the success of umbilical cord blood transplants that help treat these life-threatening diseases. We are especially proud of the 215 transplants and infusions to date that have used units processed by ViaCord and CHORI, the Childrens' Hospital
Treating HIV Patients Protects Whole Community
  Treating people for HIV isn't just beneficial for those infected but also helps the entire community. Two studies show that where HIV drugs are widely available, the risk for new HIV infections drops dramatically and overall life expectancy increases by more than a decade.
Types of Breaches: Health Information (HIPPA)
  Breaches Affecting 500 or More Individuals As required by section 13402(e)(4) of the HITECH Act, the Secretary must post a list of breaches of unsecured protected health information affecting 500 or more individuals. These breaches are now posted in a new, more accessible format that allows users to search and sort the posted breaches. Additionally, this new format includes brief summaries of the breach cases that OCR has investigated and closed, as well as the names of private practice providers who have reported breaches of unsecured protected health information to the Secretary. The following breaches have been reported to the Secretary:
Uganda Anti Gay Bill
  KAMPALA, Uganda — At first, it was a fiery contempt for homosexuality that led a Ugandan lawmaker to introduce a bill in 2009 that carried the death penalty for a “serial offender” of the “offense of homosexuality.”
UNAIDS and partners have developed a range of tools for data collection, reporting and analysis.
  Epidemiology tools These are tools to estimate and project information about number of infections and HIV prevalence. UNAIDS and partners have developed a range of tools for data collection, reporting and analysis.
Update: Influenza Activity — United States, 2011–12 Season and Composition of the 2012–13 Influenza Vaccine
  During the 2011–12 influenza season in the United States, influenza activity* occurred at low levels during October through December and increased in January and February before peaking in mid-March. Influenza A (H3N2) viruses predominated overall, but influenza A (H1N1)pdm09 (pH1N1) and influenza B viruses also circulated widely.
US company seeks approval for personal DNA tests
  US DNA testing company 23andMe is seeking regulatory approval for seven of its direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests. The company have submitted initial stage applications to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but have not made details of the applications public. They have said though that the tests under consideration are intended to determine whether individuals carry a disease, are at risk of developing disease, or would respond to certain drugs.
VA Introduces New and Enhanced Features for VA Blue Button
  WASHINGTON – On Jan. 20, VA released an enhanced VA Blue Button, adding several new categories of information from the VA Electronic Health Record. Blue Button is the personal health record inside the My HealtheVet self-service platform and through My HealtheVet, VA Blue Button enables Veterans to download an electronic file that contains their personal health information. “We are excited to introduce these new features of VA Blue Button, advancing the quality health care we give Veterans daily. The paradigm of patient-centered care means fully engaging patients in their health and care,” said Undersecretary for Health Robert A. Petzel, M.D. “Enabling patients to have better access to their health information is an important step in supporting them as active partners.”
Walgreen to offer HIV testing in some stores
  The pilot is also being rolled out in select Walgreens stores in Washington D.C. and Lithonia, Ga.
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