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  • April 30, 2018 - Third-hand smoke just as deadly as first-hand smoke

    3rd hand smoke deadly as 1st hand smoke
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    According to a University of California-Riverside report, "Third-hand smoke just as deadly as first-hand smoke":
    • "While first-hand smoke refers to the smoke inhaled by a smoker and second-hand smoke to the exhaled smoke and other substances emanating from the burning cigarette that can get inhaled by others, third-hand smoke is the second-hand smoke that gets left on the surfaces of objects, ages over time and becomes progressively more toxic.
    • Third-hand smoke is a potential health threat to children, spouses of smokers and workers in environments where smoking is, or has been, allowed. Contamination of the homes of smokers by third-hand smoke is high, both on surfaces and in dust, including children's bedrooms.
    • Re-emission of nicotine from contaminated indoor surfaces in these households can lead to nicotine exposure levels similar to that of smoking. Third-hand smoke, which contains strong carcinogens, has been found to persist in houses, apartments and hotel rooms after smokers move out.
    • (Mice studies have found:) In the liver, third-hand smoke was found to increase lipid levels and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, a precursor to cirrhosis and cancer and a potential contributor to cardiovascular disease.
    • In the lungs, third-hand smoke was found to simulate excess collagen production and high levels of inflammatory cytokines (small proteins involved in cell signaling), suggesting propensity for fibrosis with implications for inflammation-induced diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma.
    • In wounded skin, healing in mice exposed to third-hand smoke showed many characteristics of the kind of poor healing observed in human smokers who have gone through surgery."
    • Finally, in behavioral tests the mice exposed to third-hand smoke showed hyperactivity.
    • "More recently we have found that exposure to third-hand smoke results in changes that can lead to type II diabetes even when the person is not obese,"
    • Children in environments where smoking is, or has been allowed, are at significant risk for suffering from multiple short-term and longer health problems, many of which may not manifest fully until later in life."
    • Research has shown that children living with one or two adults who smoke in the home, where second- and third-hand smoke are abundant, are absent 40 percent more days from school due to illness than children who did not live with smokers."
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  • April 28, 2018 - April 28th is World Day for Safety and Health at Work

    World Day for Safety and Health Day
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    Occupational hazards

    For more information, see World Day for Safety and Health at Work

  • April 27, 2018 - Third-Hand Smoke

    Effects of smoking in a closed bedroom
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    According Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Norris Cotton Cancer Center's "Protect Children from Third Hand Smoke Exposure" Studies have shown that when just one cigarette was smoked in a bedroom with the door closed, it took two hours for particulates in the air to return to below the threshold for harm. Figure: Ott et al. 2003. J. Air & Waste Manage. Assoc.

    • "What happens when second hand smoke collects on our clothes, or in the car seats, furniture, carpets, and even the wallboard that surround us? The contamination that persists after second hand smoke has dissipated is called third hand smoke (THS).
    • Researchers have identified significant amounts of toxins from third hand smoke in homes and cars of smokers even months after no smoking has occurred. Residual pollutants remain on surfaces and in dust; they re-emit as nicotine gas or as ultrafine particles; and they can collect in textiles and other materials to create a reservoir that emits gas over time. These pollutants can also react with other compounds in the environment, like ozone, to create secondary pollutants.
    • Even when parents understand the dangers of second hand smoke in the home, many think it is safe to smoke in a car if children aren't in it.
    • But smoking in the car creates an especially intense environment for third hand smoke exposure. The nicotine can combine with nitrous acid from exhaust to create cancer-causing tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNAs) that settle into the dust on the dashboard, seats, and carpets. And these TSNA's can be absorbed through the skin—when you open a glove compartment or dust off the dash with your hand."
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  • April 26, 2018 - Statewide comprehensive* smoke-free air laws — United States,† December 31, 2015§

    Smoke-free air laws
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    For updated information, see State and Local Comprehensive Smoke-Free Laws for Worksites, Restaurants, and Bars — United States, 2015 6/2016 MMWR

  • April 25, 2018 - April 25th is National DNA Day!

    DNA Day
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    For more information about Genomics, see Genomics and CDC's Celebrate National DNA Day on April 25th!

  • April 25, 2018 - April 25th is World Malaria Day!

    Malaria Life Cycle
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    For more information, see The President's Malaria Initiative Tenth Annual Report to Congress | April 2016

  • April 24, 2018 - The Cost of Second-Hand Smoke (SHS)

    Cost of smoking
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  • April 23, 2018 - Tobacco Use and Cardiovascular Disease

    Tobacco CVD
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  • April 22, 2018 - April 22 - 28 is National Infertility Awareness Week

    National Infertility Awareness Week
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    For more information, see Women's Health

  • April 22, 2018 - April 22nd is Earth Day!

    April 22 is Earth Day
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    For more information, see Environmental Health and NASA's There's No Place Like Home

  • April 21, 2018 - April 21 - April 28, 2018 is National Infant Immunization Week

    National Infant Immunization week
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    For more information, see NIIW (National Infant Immunization Week)

  • April 20, 2018 - April 20th is Volunteer Recognition Day!

    Volunteer Recognition Day
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  • April 19, 2018 - April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

    Child Abuse Prevention Month
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    Child Abuse Prevention Month
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    Child Abuse Prevention Month
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    For more information, see National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect: A Technical Package for Policy, Norm, and Programmatic Activities

  • April 18, 2018 - April 18th National Transgender HIV Testing Day

    Transgender Testing Day
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    Find out where you can get tested at: Act Against AIDS

    For more info, see TRANS HIV TESTING TOOLKIT

  • April 17, 2018 - April is STD Awareness Month: 2018 theme - Treat Me Right

    Top risks factors for getting STD
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    Treat Me Right
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    If partner is infected
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  • April 16, 2018 - April 16th is National Stress Awareness Day

    Be calm and stress aware
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    For more information, see Stress information

  • April 13, 2018 - April is National Donate Life Month

    April is Donate Life Month
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    For more information, see America National Donate Life Month and Organ Donation Information

  • April 12, 2018 - April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

    Sexual Assault Awareness Month
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    For more information, see Technical Packages for Violence Prevention: Using Evidence-based Strategies in Your Violence Prevention Efforts & Domestic Violence Information

  • April 11, 2018 - April is Alcohol Awareness Month

    Alcohol Awareness Month
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    For more information, see Alcohol

  • April 10, 2018 - April 10th is National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day

    April 10th National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day logo with red ribbon on multicolor background

    For more information, see National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day #NYHAAD

  • April 9, 2018 - April is National Minority Health Month!

    April is National Minority Health Month
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    For more information, check Minority Health Information

  • April 8, 2018 - Public Health Expertise Network of Mentors (PHENOM)

    Public Health Expertise Network of Mentors
    Are you looking for a challenging career? Then join a diverse group of public health professionals who work all over the world, protecting mankind from itself and others and championing the beauty and the gift of Nature that is our environment.

    Who are public health professionals?

    • We are health communicators and educators spreading the word about how to live well and long;
    • We are epidemiologists studying disease while developing strategies to prevent its spread;
    • We are sanitarians ensuring that our food and water will not make us sick;
    • We are health care providers working to ensure that everyone can get the preventive services needed to stay healthy, and that the health services provided meet the standards of medical care;
    • We are policy makers advocating for and developing laws to protect the Public good;
    • We are disaster preparedness experts supporting the important work of first responders;
    • We are professors teaching future practitioners the basic principles needed to develop effective interventions that are evidence-based;
    • We work at all levels of government, and in any organization that share our vision of Public Health; and
    • We are grass roots advocates and coalition builders interested in empowering communities short on resources;
    • But, most of all, we collaborate with anyone and everyone to get the work done;
    • And, we do our best work totally unnoticed, because when the work doesn't get done, you will know it.

    Yes, we are all these things and more! Checkout our online directory of 70 Public Health Professionals.

    The Public Health Expertise Network of Mentors (PHENOM) has been around for over 20 years. Contact anyone of these professionals listed and learn more about what they do and what you can do if you join us, as we all work the field of Public Health!

  • April 7, 2018 - April 7 is World Health Day - Focus on Universal Health Coverage

    World Health Day
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    For more information, see Focus on Universal Health Coverage

  • April 6, 2018 - April 6th is World Day for Physical Activity

    World Day for Physical activity
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  • April 5, 2018 - One Cigarette a Day...

    Smoking CVD and stroke risk
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    A Cigarette a Day Won't Keep the Doctor Away

  • April 4, 2018 - National Walking Day! (First Wednesday of April)

    See Walking for your Health

  • April 3, 2018 - The Strangest Space Stories Of 2017

    The Strangest Space Stories Of 2017
  • April 2, 2018 - April 2 - 8, 2018 is National Public Health Week

    NPHW 2018
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    The first full week of April has been declared National Public Health Week (NPHW) since 1995. It's nice to have one week devoted to celebrating the importance of Public Health. For more information, see Public Health Practice and National Public Health Week

  • April 1, 2018 - April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

    Testicular Cancer Awareness Month
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    Testicular Cancer Month
    Graphic source: Healthy E-male Newsletter

    For more information, see Testicular Cancer Awareness Month is celebrated in April of each year

  • March 30, 2018 - Scientists witness gravitational waves from a never-before-seen kind of nova

  • March 29, 2018 - Two Neutron Stars Collide

  • January 1, 2018- Happy New Year!

    Happy 2018
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    France fireworks
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    going to be 2018
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  • August 25, 2017 - is now 18 Years Old!

    18 years and counting, thanks for visiting over the years!

    Happy 18th birthday!
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    It is hard to believe that it has been 18 years since I published the first webpages that turned into this Web site. Many thanks to the thousands of visitors who contributed millions of hits during the past 15 years, and for all the nice comments along the way. I will continue to strive to make this Web site a worthwhile place to spend your time and find credible public health and health information. Thank you so much!

  • March 1, 2012 - THANK YOU!!!

    3 million hits, as of 2/2012
  • February 1, 2012 - Betty C. Jung's Web site is a Healthy People Consortium Organization

    I Believe in a Healthier Nation for All Americans - Healthy People 2020
    I have always supported Healthy People's goals and objectives. Now, as a Healthy People Consortium Organization I will continue to do so in a more focused way.

    "The Consortium is a diverse, motivated group of agencies and organizations committed to achieving Healthy People 2020 goals and objectives."

    I will continue to add new links to Healthy People 2020 Webpage and post pertinent updates on my Public Health Blog. For starters, click on "Map-It" graphic for "MAP-IT: A Guide To Using Healthy People 2020 in Your Community." Also, check out: Healthy People 2020 program planning tools, a toolkit for program development!

    Get Healthy People 2020 program planning tools: MAP-IT - Healthy People 2020

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