General Maternal & Child Health
Toolkit on Social Media and MCH
A new toolkit offers information about the growing importance of online information, including social media, for obtaining information about health and medical issues. Social Media in the States: Providing Instant Access to Emerging Issues was developed by the Maternal and Child Health Library (MCH Library) at Georgetown University in collaboration with AMCHP, and with support from the HRSA MCHB. It discusses how emerging issues can be tracked through social media in the states and provides links to resources, including a live feed of Twitter accounts, a list of state health department Facebook and Twitter accounts, and other resources to help states use social media. To access the toolkit, click here.
AHRQ Evidence Inconclusive on Effectiveness of Oral Contraceptive Use for Prevention of Ovarian Cancer
According to findings in a recent review from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and CDC, insufficient evidence exists to recommend for or against the use of oral contraceptives solely for the prevention of ovarian cancer. While oral contraceptives may increase life expectancy by one month when other medical benefits are included, the harm/benefit ratio of oral contraceptives for ovarian cancer prevention alone is uncertain when factored in with the increased risk of breast cancer, cervical cancer, and cardiovascular events associated with their use. To access the full review, click here.
Child & Adolescent Health
AHRQ Report: School, Community-Based Intervention Programs Can Prevent Childhood Obesity
According to data from the 2007-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, approximately 17 percent of U.S. children and adolescents are obese, while approximately 30 percent are either overweight or obese. In a recent review by the AHRQ Effective Health Care Program, Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs: A Comparative Effectiveness Review and Meta-Analysis, combining diet and physical activity interventions showed benefit in reducing the prevalence of overweight and obesity in children when used in a combination of home, school, and community settings. To access the full report, click here.