National Stalking Awareness Month – President Barack Obama has declared January 2013 as National Stalking Awareness Month. Millions of Americans face “fear, isolation, and the danger of being victims of stalking” each year. Many of these crimes go unreported and unprosecuted. As many as 1 in 6 women and 1 in 19 men will be stalked at some point during their lifetime. Please read the full Presidential Proclamation to find out more information and visit the National Stalking Awareness Month website to find out ways to support victims of stalking.
Anti-Smoking Policies Will Prevent 7 Million Deaths Worldwide by 2050: Study – According to a new study, anti-tobacco policies will prevent smoking and save lives. The study reported that tobacco control measures enacted in 41 countries between 2007 and 2010 will prevent about 7.4 million premature deaths by 2050. The measures the countries implemented include: protecting people from tobacco smoke, offering smokers help to quit, warning people about the dangers of tobacco, banning tobacco ads, promotion and sponsorship, and raising taxes on tobacco. Tobacco use is a major preventable cause of premature death and disease worldwide. People die prematurely from diseases caused by smoking or secondhand smoke exposure. Read more here.
USPSTF Releases Hepatitis C Screening Recommendations – The new Recommendation Statement on screening for hepatitis C virus (HCV) issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) this week represents a critical step toward achieving the prevention, care and treatment goals outlined in the federal government’s Viral Hepatitis Action Plan. Based on the latest evidence, the Task Force recommends hepatitis C screening for adults at risk of infection, including people who currently use injection drugs or have in the past, as well as people who received a blood transfusion before 1992. The Task Force also recommends one-time hepatitis C screening for all adults born between 1945 and 1965. The Task Force recommendation notes that screening should be voluntary. Before screening, patients should receive an explanation of hepatitis C infection and the meaning of positive and negative test results, have an opportunity to ask questions, and the chance to decline testing. The new USPSTF Recommendation Statement aligns with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Recommendations for the Identification of Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection Among Persons Born During 1945–1965, issued in 2012. These aligned recommendations from USPSTF and CDC send a clear signal to health care professionals, policymakers, and the public that screening for HCV is effective and should be conducted. Read the complete new USPSTF HCV screening recommendations or the consumer fact sheet about the new recommendation. Learn more USPSTF Releases Hepatitis C Screening Recommendations.