CDC updates state obesity estimates   08/13/2012
Adult obesity rates in 2011 ranged from 21% in Colorado to 35% in Mississippi, according to new state obesity data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition to Mississippi, 11 other states had obesity rates above 30%: Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia. The South had the highest prevalence of obesity (29.5%), followed by the Midwest (29%), Northeast (25.3%) and West (24.3%). The findings are from the CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. The 2011 data cannot be compared with prior years due to changes in the BRFSS that resulted in a new baseline beginning this year. Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation also released an analysis of the new state estimates.
Many substance-abuse cases involve both alcohol and drugs   08/13/2012
Nearly 40% of admissions to substance abuse treatment programs involve both alcohol and drug abuse, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports. The finding is based on SAMHSA's Treatment Episode Data Set from 2009 through Nov. 3, 2010. "Even by themselves, alcohol and drug abuse can be devastating to one's health and well-being, but a combination of drug and alcohol abuse increases one's risk of serious, life-threatening consequences even more," said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela Hyde. Professionals and others can use SAMHSA's online treatment locator to find drug and alcohol treatment services in their area.
ASHE honored for efforts to prevent surgical fires   08/13/2012
The Food and Drug Administration recently honored AHA's American Society for Healthcare Engineering for its contributions to the agency's Preventing Surgical Fires initiative. Launched with ASHE and other partners in October 2011, the initiative provides online tools and information to help health care professionals, hospitals and patients understand the factors that contribute to these preventable fires and adopt risk reduction strategies. ASHE helped develop the educational materials and has promoted the initiative through its publications. Over the past year, the initiative's online resources have been accessed nearly 200,000 times and six new organizations have signed on as partners, bringing the total to 24.