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Own Your Own Health Data

By | September 20th, 2011|General|

For years, you’ve heard that you should take your health care into your own hands.  It may soon be easier because HHS wants you to be able to access your electronic health care records.  One key argument to give people access is if they know what is there, they’ll ask better questions or even make notes [...]

Umbilical Cord Blood is Liquid Gold

By | August 15th, 2011|General|

After your baby is born, the umbilical cord is clamped and cut but some blood remains in the cord. It turns out that this umbilical cord blood is actually liquid gold.  The stem cells in cord blood are very flexible biologically and can be transplanted in people to treat a number of life-threatening diseases. In [...]

Cell phones and cancer

By | June 1st, 2011|Prevention|

The World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer met this week in Lyon, France to analyze health-risk data regarding the electromagnetic fields generated by cell phones.  Their initial report was published this week, concluding that the chronic use of cell phones could be “possibly carcinogenic to humans”.  The group didn’t do any primary [...]

Limit the Sun, Not the Fun

By | May 27th, 2011|Preparedness, Prevention|

Today is Don't Fry Day - a day established by the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention to remind people of the importance of sunscreen.  In Arizona, we need more than a day - it is more of a season and now that school’s just about out (or is), kids have more time on their [...]

Looking for a Dynamic and Rewarding Career?

By | May 10th, 2011|Preparedness, Prevention|

Life expectancy improved by more than 30 years in the US during the 20th Century.  Advances in diagnosis and treatment of disease have played a role, but the real reason we’re living longer today has a lot more to do with public health interventions than advances in health care.  Interventions like vaccines, motor vehicle safety, [...]

Conversations on Cancer

By | April 21st, 2011|Prevention|

Chronic diseases are responsible for 70% of deaths among Arizonans each year and 75% of health spending. These diseases are often preventable and can be managed effectively when detected early. While many factors can contribute to chronic diseases, it is important to understand that you can greatly lower your risk of developing a chronic disease, [...]

New Tobacco Warning Labels on the Way

By | December 15th, 2010|Prevention|

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (also known as H.R. 1256) went into effect last summer.  The law basically  gives the FDA  the power to regulate some aspects of the tobacco industry.  A signature element of the law imposes new warnings and labels on tobacco packaging and their advertisements, with the goal of discouraging [...]

New High-Tech Interactive Arizona Cancer Registry Website

By | December 1st, 2010|Preparedness|

Our Arizona Cancer Center has developed a highly interactive new website using state-of-the-art GIS technology.  This nifty new website lets the public and researchers access cancer data by communities (Community Health Analysis Areas).  It allows easy access to age adjusted incidence rates and counts for 13 cancers that have public health implications.  The website visualizes [...]

Heart Disease v. Cancer in AZ

By | October 25th, 2010|Preparedness, Prevention|

As predicted by our 1990 ADHS Vital Statistics Bureau in 1990- cancer is now the number one killer in Arizona – surpassing heart disease.  Does this mean that cancer is getting worse?  Probably not- it really says that because of better management, treatment, and prevention of heart disease- people with heart conditions are living longer.  [...]

New Electronic Smokefree AZ Reporting Module

By | August 10th, 2010|General|

Our Smoke Free Arizona and ITS teams polished off their electronic Complaint Reporting System this week.  Our county partners can use the new tool to manage complaints electronically.  The reports can be downloaded in PDF format or Excel.  This is a great example of a solid team effort with participation from both teams including Harmony Duport, [...]