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Partnership For Healthier North Dakota Announces Health Survey

The Partnership for a Healthier North Dakota will conduct a survey to gather information about the views of North Dakotans concerning health-care issues. The Partnership is a group of leaders from the private and public sectors focused on exploring innovative approaches to improving the health of North Dakotans. The group will use the information gathered by the survey to guide future efforts in addressing health-care issues in North Dakota.

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How Wildfires Affect Public Health

Many county health departments are getting questions from their residents who have been affected by the smoke from the wildfire burning in Eastern North Carolina. The accompanying information has been provided to the local health departments by the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response and is being provided to the media to help facilitate dissemination of the information to the public. Thank you for assisting us in that effort.

Q: What is the health threat from wildfire smoke?

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Water Safety Information Issued For Private Water Supply Wells

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services issued guidance today on the safety of wells and private water sources that have been subjected to flooding. If the well casing is submerged in floodwater, DO NOT USE THE WATER. Water from submerged wells cannot be safely sanitized. When floodwaters recede, small quantities may be disinfected until the well can be properly chlorinated.

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No Public Health Problem With Arsenic In Baltimore Parks

Following the closure of Swann Park because of arsenic contamination, Baltimore City has completed its review of city parks and found no other public health risks associated with arsenic. The review was conducted in coordination with the Maryland Department of the Environment with input from federal and local experts.

"Because of its proximity to a former chemical manufacturing facility, Swann Park is unique," said Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, Commissioner of Health. "This review is reassuring to all of us who regularly enjoy the parks in the city."

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House, White House Agree On War Supplemental Spending Bill With Medicaid Provision

House leaders and the White House reached an agreement on a $250 billion supplemental war appropriations bill with a provision that would place a one-year moratorium on six new Medicaid regulations proposed by the Bush administration.

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eHealth Initiative Releases Guides For Rapid Expansion Of Electronic Prescribing

A new report indicates more than 35 million prescription transactions were sent electronically in 2007, a 170 percent increase over the previous year. The report, "Electronic Prescribing: Becoming Mainstream Practice," offers a detailed examination of the progress made, obstacles that remain, and recommendations for helping the nation's prescribers migrate from paper-based prescriptions to an electronic system.

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Hip, Knee Replacement Patients Not Receiving Blood Clot Treatment

Hip and knee replacement surgery patients - who are often elderly - are at increased risk of developing potentially life-threatening thrombosis, or blood clots. Nevertheless, according to a study by Dr. Elham Rahme of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and McGill University, most patients in Quebec do not receive the recommended treatment to prevent a thrombosis.

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