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Department of Health and Human Services awards over $50 Million for new health center sites
HHS is providing $50 million in funding for 75 health centers in 23 states, Puerto Rico, and Micronesia. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - December 15, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

What's driving the worldwide obesity epidemic?
This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Impact Of Zika On Asian Countries May Be Graver Than We Thought
CHICAGO/BANGKOK (Reuters) ― Zika’s rampage last year in Brazil caused an explosion of infections and inflicted a crippling neurological defect on thousands of babies ― an effect never seen in a mosquito-borne virus. It also presented a mystery: why had a virus that had been little more than a footnote in the annals of infectious diseases taken such a devastating turn in the Americas? How had Africa and Asia, where Zika had quietly circulated for decades, escaped with no reports of major outbreaks or serious complications? Scientists initially theorized that Zika’s long tenure in Africa and Asia may have con...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 23, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Rising CO2 threatens coral and people who use reefs
(Duke University) Damage to coral reefs from ocean acidification and sea surface temperature rise will be worst at just the spots where human dependence on reefs is highest, according to a new analysis appearing in PLOS ONE. By 2050, reefs in Western Mexico, Micronesia, Indonesia, parts of Australia and Southeast Asia will bear the brunt of lost fish habitats and shoreline protection, jeopardizing the lives and prosperity of people who depend on reefs for tourism and food. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 9, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Zika's Rapid Rise and the Limp Global Response Reveal Dire Global Health Challenges
With cases rising in Florida, Singapore, Vietnam and Trinidad and Tobago, the Zika virus pandemic is raising public concern in regions across the globe, including the U.S., where about 80 percent of Americans are aware of it but only 40 percent understand how it is actually transmitted. This raises a host of questions not only about the clinical and epidemiological scope of the outbreak, but also about the ability of citizens, public health authorities and politicians at all levels to adequately deal with it.  So far, the response has been slow and the challenge remains serious and unpredictable. We need to understand...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 4, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

The Heart of Mental Health and Well-Being at the United Nations
In the normally staid halls of the U.N., energy exploded as Bolivian musician Hillario Soto entered a large conference room at the back, playing his home-made bass flute, followed Pied-Piper-style by a troupe of musicians, adult vocalists, and youth singers. Leading the revelry on keyboards was internationally-acclaimed composer and singer/songwriter Russell Daisey performing his original anthem "Happy People, Happy Planet" that celebrates a joyful connection between people and the environment. Bass flute player Hillario Soto leading the troupe in the event open. Photo: Mamadou Dabo. As they paraded down th...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Title V MCH Block Grant Program, Federated States of Micronesia, State Snapshot: FY 2016 Application / FY 2014 Annual Report
Executive Summary and high-level data from the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Program. Includes contact information and amounts of funding by source and service level. -- Health Resources and Services Administration (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - September 26, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant--Federated States of Micronesia: FY 2016 Application/FY 2014 Annual Report
A description of the status and activities of the Federated States of Micronesia's maternal and child health programs. Includes data on financial, program, and performance measures. -- Maternal and Child Health Bureau (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - September 26, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

International Perspectives: Microcephaly and Zika Virus Infection in Brazil
The Zika virus was discovered incidentally in Uganda in 1947 and had remained confined to an equatorial zone across Africa and Asia. A great outbreak of Zika virus was described in Micronesia (2007) and in Polynesia (2013–2014). An epidemic Zika virus infection was reported in 2015 in South and Central America and in the Caribbean. In Brazil, the first autochthonus case was reported in May 2015 in the northeastern region of the country and spread quickly to 22 states. Epidemiologic evidence suggests that this outbreak is associated with the increased number of infants born with congenital microcephaly in 2015–2...
Source: NeoReviews recent issues - August 31, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Trindade, C. E. P., Rugolo, L. M. S. d. S. Tags: Pediatric Drug Labeling Update Articles Source Type: news

False Promises: Avoid ‘Miracle’ Rice and Just Eat a Carrot
Vandana Shiva. (Photo: The Seeds of Vandana Shiva film)By Dr Vandana ShivaNEW DELHI, Aug 10 2016 (IPS)Norman Borlaug, father of the Green Revolution, died on September 9, 2009. Alfred G. Gilman died on December 23, 2015.Both were Nobel laureates and now both dead. Gilman was a signatory to a recent letter condemning Greenpeace and its opposition to genetic engineering. How many Nobel laureates does it take to write a letter? Easily ascertained — the dead Gilman and 106 others were enlisted in “supporting GMOs and golden rice”. Correct answer — 107, dead or alive.The laureates were rounded up by Val ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 10, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Vandana Shiva 2 Tags: Biodiversity Crime & Justice Development & Aid Economy & Trade Food & Agriculture Gender Global Green Economy Headlines Health Women's Health Source Type: news

Conservation scientists help fish catch a break in Pohnpei
Underneath the waves of Palikir Pass, one of the world's top surf breaks in the Pacific Ocean, lies a new safe zone which aims to ensure the survival of local fisheries and the species that are caught in Pohnpei, Micronesia. It's all thanks to a group of scientists from Australia and Micronesia who have found by measuring how far fish travel, habitats can be better protected. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - July 28, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Conservation scientists help fish catch a break in Pohnpei
( ARC Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies ) Underneath the waves of Palikir Pass, one of the world's top surf breaks in the Pacific Ocean, lies a new safe zone which aims to ensure the survival of local fisheries and the species that are caught in Pohnpei, Micronesia.It's all thanks to a group of scientists from Australia and Micronesia who have found by measuring how far fish travel, habitats can be better protected. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 28, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Health Equity Change Makers: Kiki's Story
Describes the work of the Chuuk Women’s Council founded in Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia. This organization’s primary focus is to support education for all children regardless of gender, and to support the advancement of women who have not completed school. The council also provides education and prevention on chronic and non-communicable diseases, and supports legislation that protects women and girls from domestic violence. -- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - July 18, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Dying Coral Reefs Likely To Be Walloped For Third Year In A Row
Coral reefs, already reeling from a two-year global bleaching event that has left large swaths of ocean biomes dying or dead, will likely continue to suffer during a third year of warmer oceans, researchers warned Monday. Key reefs, particularly those around the U.S., will likely face widespread destruction as the third global bleaching event in recorded history continues, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. Warm oceans have wrought havoc on the planet's coral since mid-2014, spurred by a particularly strong El Nino, which waned earlier this year. “This is the most widespread, longest ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 21, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

UCLA scientists unravel the genetic evolution of Zika virus
How does a formerly innocuous and obscure virus like Zika transform itself into a feared pathogen inflicting a devastating impact on global health? A new UCLA study suggests that the virus possesses the ability to mutate rapidly, allowing the current outbreak to spread swiftly around the world. The Cell Press journal, Cell Host & Microbe, published the findings today in its advance online edition. “The Zika virus has undergone significant genetic changes in the past 70 years,” explained senior author Genhong Cheng, a professor of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics at the David Geffen Schoo...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - April 15, 2016 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Compacts of Free Association: Issues Associated with Implementation in Palau, Micronesia, and the Marshall Islands
Examines potential impact of proposed legislation approving the 2010 Palau agreement, which would provide financial assistance for education and health services through 2024. Summarizes and updates reports issued from 2007-2013. -- Government Accountability Office (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - April 5, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Watch highlights from the total solar eclipse
Watch highlights of the total solar eclipse that reached totality at 11:38 a.m. Wednesday in Woleai, Micronesia, or 5:38 p.m. Tuesday Pacific time. (Exploratorium) Did you miss the total eclipse of the sun? No problem! Above you'll find a highlight video of some of the best moments, courtesy of... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - March 9, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Deborah Netburn Source Type: news

Scientists Strengthen the Link Between Zika Virus and Temporary Paralysis
(LONDON) — Scientists may have the first evidence that Zika can cause temporary paralysis, according to a new study of patients who developed the rare condition during an outbreak of the virus in Tahiti two years ago. Zika is currently spreading with alarming speed across the Americas. The World Health Organization declared the epidemic to be a global emergency several weeks ago based on suspicions it may be behind a surge in disturbing birth defects and in Guillain-Barre syndrome, a neurological illness that mostly lasts a few weeks. Before reaching South America last year, the mosquito-spread Zika had triggered out...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - March 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Maria Cheng / AP Tags: Uncategorized Guillain-Barré Syndrome Tahiti temporary paralysis Virus Zika Source Type: news

Federated States of Micronesia: Tracking Progress in Maternal and Child Survival
Reports on reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health achievements and challenges experienced in the Federated States of Micronesia to achieve targets of the health-related Millennium Development Goals as outlined in the Federated States of Micronesia National Strategic Plan. Includes statistics on infant and maternal mortality rate trends, weight statuses of adults and young children, and drinking water and sanitation coverage with breakdowns by rural or urban status. (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - February 23, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

State Narrative for Federated States of Micronesia
Overview of maternal and child health services in Micronesia, prepared for a Title V Block Grant. Features statistics on infant mortality, poverty levels, participation in government aid programs, and location in urban, rural, or frontier areas. -- Maternal and Child Health Bureau (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - February 23, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Experts Study Zika’s Path From First Outbreak in Pacific
The virus, which has been around in Asia for decades, first hit hard on Yap Island, and spread across the Pacific, with a huge outbreak now in Brazil. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: AUSTIN RAMZY Tags: Yap Island (Micronesia) Epidemics Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Far East, South and Southeast Asia and Pacific Areas Mosquitoes Brazil Zika Virus Microcephaly Source Type: news

Zika virus: Australia warns pregnant women not to travel to affected areas
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade issues travel warning for outbreak areas, including Micronesia, French Polynesia and Latin AmericaThe Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has advised pregnant women to reconsider travel to any area where outbreaks of the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus has occurred, including Micronesia, French Polynesia and Latin America. Related: City at centre of Brazil's Zika epidemic reeling from disease's insidious effects Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 26, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Davey Tags: Zika virus Infectious diseases Australia news Americas Health Pregnancy Medical research Micronesia Brazil Source Type: news

In The Marshall Islands, Traditional Agriculture And Healthy Eating Are A Climate Change Strategy
LAURA VILLAGE, Marshall Islands -- Holding in his hand a bunch of what he called mountain apples, Steve Lepton grinned like a kid with a new toy. “Oh, it’s good,” he said. “Yesterday I didn’t find any fruit on this one. Wow, this is great. They’re getting red.” The delicate little fruit is crunchy like an apple and sweet. It’s a popular snack in the Marshall Islands, Lepton told The WorldPost, but kids pickle it with salt and Kool-Aid, which defeats the purpose of eating fruit in the first place.  As the Global Climate and Health Alliance made clear with an announcement ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - December 12, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

In The Marshall Islands, Traditional Agriculture And Healthy Eating Are A Climate Change Strategy
LAURA VILLAGE, Marshall Islands -- Holding in his hand a bunch of what he called mountain apples, Steve Lepton grinned like a kid with a new toy. “Oh, it’s good,” he said. “Yesterday I didn’t find any fruit on this one. Wow, this is great. They’re getting red.” The delicate little fruit is crunchy like an apple and sweet. It’s a popular snack in the Marshall Islands, Lepton told The WorldPost, but kids pickle it with salt and Kool-Aid, which defeats the purpose of eating fruit in the first place.  As the Global Climate and Health Alliance made clear with an announcement ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - December 12, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Measles Outbreak Associated with Vaccine Failure in Adults — Federated States of Micronesia, February–August 2014
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - October 2, 2015 Category: American Health Source Type: news

At the Mercy of Mother Nature (and of Policies of Larger Nations)
The Vienna Convention for Protection of the Ozone Layer this month celebrates 30 years of environmental protection, including the establishment of the Montreal Protocol, which has successfully phased down hundreds of chemicals harmful to the ozone layer and to global climate. The one remaining challenge, the management of the powerful greenhouse gases called HFCs, is finally being negotiated after several years of calls for action by the Federated States of Micronesia and fellow island nations. Phasing down HFCs under the Montreal Protocol is essential to global climate-change mitigation this century and would enhance inte...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 21, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Mass poisoning after consumption of a hawksbill turtle, Federated States of Micronesia, 2010 - Pavlin BI, Musto J, Pretrick M, Sarofalpiy J, Sappa P, Shapucy S, Kool J.
BACKGROUND: Marine turtles of all species are capable of being toxic. On 17 October 2010, health authorities in the Federated States of Micronesia were notified of the sudden death of three children and the sickening of approximately 20 other people on Mur... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - June 13, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

Palau: Reason for Ocean Optimism
Efforts to conserve the world's oceans are continually challenged by both what people put into them, and the rates at which we are taking biodiversity out of them. Awareness of these problems is at an all-time high, and yet I often struggle to find examples of places where people have gone beyond awareness to actually adopt and practice ocean-friendly behaviors. But rest assured that there are still "hope spots" in the world's oceans, ones that remind us of the benefits that occur when people and governments prioritize marine conservation. The island nation of Palau is one of them. Consisting of approximately 2...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 9, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

How People Of The Pacific Are Navigating Us To A Better Future
Over the past 40 years, I've spent a lot of time on the wooden deck of a sailing canoe. The experience, which has brought our crew around the world to diverse and beautiful places, has been a wake up call like no other. Forty years ago, the ability to navigate the world's oceans without instruments was nearly extinct in my home of Hawaiʻi. The rest of Hawaiian knowledge, culture and tradition was very close to being lost forever, too. Together with a diverse group of individuals, we formed the Polynesian Voyaging Society, and found one of earth's last traditional navigators, Mau Piailug, living in Micronesia. Through h...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 8, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Compacts of Free Association: Micronesia and the Marshall Islands Continue to Face Challenges Measuring Progress and Ensuring Accountability
Discusses Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands spending of compact sector funds in the education and health sectors. Offers recommendations to ensure the reliability of indicators in education and health. -- Government Accountability Office (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - January 8, 2014 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Compacts of Free Association: Actions Needed to Improve Oversight and Accountability of U.S. Assistance to Micronesia and the Marshall Islands
Testimony before a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee regarding Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands spending of compact sector funds in the education and health sectors for fiscal years 2007 through 2011. -- Government Accountability Office (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - January 8, 2014 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant State Overview Narrative for Federated States of Micronesia
Includes an overview of the Federated States of Micronesia, its health system, maternal and child health status, and rural geographic living areas. -- Maternal and Child Health (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - November 25, 2013 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Domestic violence against women on Yap, Federated States of Micronesia - Dugwen GL, Hancock WT, Gilmar J, Gilmatam J, Tun P, Maskarinec GG.
Anecdotally there are high rates of domestic violence in the small Micronesian State of Yap, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), but there have been no studies to quantify the prevalence or characteristics of domestic violence in Yap or in any other stat... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - October 1, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Violence and Weapons Issues Source Type: news

Dengue Outbreak — Federated States of Micronesia, 2012–2013
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - July 19, 2013 Category: American Health Source Type: news