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Smoking Can Cause More than Lung Cancer

By | February 15th, 2017|Prevention|

Most people associate lung cancer with tobacco use, but using tobacco can cause several other types of cancers. Using tobacco increases the risk for cancers of the mouth, lips, nose and sinuses, larynx (voice box) pharynx (throat), esophagus (swallowing tube), stomach, pancreas, kidney, bladder, uterus, cervix, colon/rectum, and ovary (mucinous), as well as acute myeloid [...]

Emergency Drill Tests Response to Public Health Crisis

By | February 13th, 2017|Preparedness|

Our Health Emergency Operations Center activated last week as part of the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station annual emergency drill. Federal regulations mandate Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station and its emergency response partners conduct regular preparedness drills and exercises. During a public health emergency, the Health Emergency Operations Center activates to support state emergency management [...]

Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Our Kids

By | February 6th, 2017|Prevention|

For years, it has been recommended that everyone consume less sugar. New information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gives a clear picture of just how much sugar our kids are getting from sugar-sweetened beverages. Almost two-thirds of the young ones and teens (ages 2 through 19 years) are drinking at least one [...]

A Healthy Workplace is Key to Employee Satisfaction and Productivity

By | January 25th, 2017|General|

Our primary mission is to improve the health and wellness of Arizonans, which includes our employees. We offer breastfeeding support, an infant at work program, weekly wellness events, on-site health screenings, and more. Offering services centered on the health and wellness of employees can help decrease stress and improve overall productivity, and best [...]

New Recommendations for Preventing Cancers Due to Human Papillomavirus Infections

By | January 24th, 2017|Preparedness|

Preventing cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection has just become easier.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published new recommendations for HPV vaccines so  some teenagers can be fully vaccinated with two doses of HPV vaccine instead of three. The CDC now recommends a two dose HPV vaccine schedule for children [...]

Sending Data to National Partners at the Speed of Light (Almost)

By | January 20th, 2017|Preparedness|

Every week, our disease detectives in the Bureau of Epidemiology and Disease Control send data to our national partners at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Data from Arizona and other states is compiled to provide an overall picture of the nation’s health. Since it is a weekly process, the data that is [...]

Prevent infection: Four achievable New Year’s resolutions

By | January 11th, 2017|Preparedness|

It's that time again when New Year's resolutions are made, and sometimes broken. This year consider setting some achievable resolutions this year that can protect you from getting an infection. One: Wash your hands. You probably already do this after using the restroom, but are you washing before eating every meal? For at least 20 [...]

ADHS Making the Grade

By | December 20th, 2016|General|

Throughout the year, a multitude of agencies release annual reports that attempt to grade states on their preparedness to respond to public health emergencies. Some years these reports use similar indicators to assign state scores, but indicators often vary from year to year. These reports look at areas both within and outside of a health [...]