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Antibiotic resistance called ‘urgent public health issue’








State health officials have joined their counterparts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in calling attention to the threat of antibiotic resistance as a critical public health and patient care and safety issue. CDC released its report today that describes antimicrobial resistance accounting for two million infections and 23,000 deaths each year in the United States. In addition, illness caused by the bacteria Clostridium difficile, which is associated with antibiotic use, accounts for 250,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths nationally. CDC estimates that up to 50 percent of all the antibiotics prescribed for people are not needed or are not prescribed appropriately. Minnesota has long been in the forefront of identifying and addressing antibiotic resistance threats, said Minnesota State Epidemiologist Dr. Ruth Lynfield. Continue Reading →

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Childhood trauma can negatively impact adult health

More than half of Minnesotans have had an adverse experience in their childhood that could have a lifelong impact on their health and well-being, according to data recently released by the Minnesota Department of Health. The department surveyed 13,520 Minnesota adults in 2011 and found that 55 percent of them reported having at least one adverse childhood experience (ACE) such as divorce or separation of their parents; an incarcerated household member; a mentally ill parent; domestic violence against a parent; a household member with an alcohol or substance abuse problem; or verbal, physical, or sexual abuse. “The significance of this study is that it shows that these experiences, which can significantly affect the health and well-being of adults decades later, are much more common in Minnesota than one might expect,” said Dr. Ed Ehlinger, Minnesota commissioner of health. “Our task now is to learn from this information and use these insights to better identify and support children and families at risk.”

The four most common adverse experiences reported by adults include verbal abuse at 28 percent, a drinking problem in the household at 24 percent, mental illness in the household at 17 percent, and physical abuse at 16 percent. With the collection of these data, Minnesota is one of 18 states that have surveyed residents in an effort to better understand the impact of adverse childhood experiences on the health and well-being of adults. Continue Reading →

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