Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week, November 14 to 20, raises awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use. Each year in the United States, at least two million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections. […]

By | November 15th, 2016|General|Comments Off on Get Smart About Antibiotics Week

Valley Fever Awareness Week is Here

20160821_175356rsAn estimated 150,000 people are infected each year in the United States by the fungus that causes Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis). The fungus is mostly found in the Southwest with 65 percent of all nationally reported cases residing in Arizona. There are more than 5,000 reported cases and 700 hospitalizations […]

By | November 14th, 2016|General, Preparedness|2 Comments

State Plan Focuses on Action Plan to Help People with Alzheimer’s

istock_000037230868largesmAlzheimer’s is one of the most common form of more than 100 forms of dementias. The disease attacks brain cells, causing problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging; it is a progressive disease that worsens over time affecting nearly one in three older adults who […]

By | November 10th, 2016|Prevention|Comments Off on State Plan Focuses on Action Plan to Help People with Alzheimer’s

New Report Asks Physicians to Support Increased Breastfeeding

istock_000008283372mediumSupporting breastfeeding mothers and babies is an important part of the Arizona Department of Health Services efforts to decrease childhood obesity. The United States Preventive Services Task Force has just updated their recommendations for primary care providers to include breastfeeding support during pregnancy and after birth. Evidence shows that […]

By | November 9th, 2016|Prevention|Comments Off on New Report Asks Physicians to Support Increased Breastfeeding

Keep Your Classroom or Team Sun Safe

Our SunWise Program and digital media department have been working diligently on creating a training video to promote sun safety and skin cancer prevention. The SunWise video serves as an easy to follow visual resource for educators, as well as the general public. How much do you know about skin cancer and risks associated with its development? Although […]

By | November 8th, 2016|Preparedness|Comments Off on Keep Your Classroom or Team Sun Safe