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Nuestra Salud-Bringing Behavioral Health Best Practices to Latino Communities Livestream
SAMHSA - 4/11/2018
SAMHSA, together with the National Latino Behavioral Health Association, invites you to participate in a four-part webcast series called “Nuestra Salud.” This webcast series, conducted in Spanish, will share best practices for behavioral health treatment and recovery for the Latino population. Registration is required for the webcasts.

Alcohol and Pregnancy: A Bad Mix
AAP News & Journals Gateway
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders might be more prevalent than thought. A recent study found 1% to 5% of first-graders in four communities were affected.

Elevated Blood Pressure before Pregnancy may Increase Chance of Pregnancy Loss
National Institutes of Health - 4/2/2018
Elevated blood pressure before conception may increase the chances for pregnancy loss, according to an analysis by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. 

Overdose Deaths Involving Opioids, Cocaine and Psychostimulants
CDC - 3/30/2018
During 1999‒2015, 568,699 persons died from drug overdoses in the United States.* Drug overdose deaths in the United States increased 11.4% from 2014 to 2015 resulting in 52,404 deaths in 2015, including 33,091 (63.1%) that involved an opioid. 

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
CANTASD - 3/29/2018
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month! CANTASD is offering a series of learning opportunities and tools to raise awareness. Subscribe to our mailing list using the form on the left to stay up to date on our Prevention Month activities and more.

Webcast Series: The Power of Perceptions and Understanding
SAMHSA - 3/29/2018
This four-part series educates health care professionals about the importance of using approaches that are free of discriminatory attitudes and behaviors in treating individuals with substance use disorders and related conditions. The series will feature discussions among experts in the field of addiction treatment, research, and policy.

A Third of Young Adults have Ridden with an Impaired Driver
National Institutes of Health - 3/19/2018
Roughly a third of recent high school graduates have ridden in a motor vehicle with a substance-impaired driver, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions.

FDA to Lower Nicotine in Cigarettes to "Nonaddictive" Levels
Medscape - 3/15/2018
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking what it calls a historic first step toward eliminating cigarettes' addictive properties by seeking comments on the impact of lower nicotine levels, how lowering of nicotine levels might be accomplished, and whether doing so might have unintended consequences.

Emotions During and After Pregnancy
National Child & Maternal Health Education Program - 3/15/2018
Pregnancy and a new baby can bring a range of emotions. In fact, many women feel overwhelmed, sad, or anxious at different times during their pregnancy and even after the baby is born.

Use of ADHD Medicine is Increasing among Pregnant Women
CDC - 3/9/2018
A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that an increasing number of pregnant women are taking attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medicine. The study also found that women who took ADHD medicine during early pregnancy may be more likely to have a baby with some types of birth defects compared to women who did not take ADHD medicine.

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
US Department of Health and Human Services - 3/9/2018
This National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD), the Office on Women's Health wants everyone to make the best choices when it comes to protecting their health.

Opioid Overdoses Treated in Emergency Departments
CDC - 3/7/2018
Emergency department (ED) visits for opioid overdoses rose 30% in all parts of the US from July 2016 through September 2017. People who have had an overdose are more likely to have another, so being seen in the ED is an opportunity for action.

Drug Use Hurts Unborn Children
National Institute on Drug Abuse - 3/5/2018
When a woman is pregnant, a baby is growing inside her. If the woman uses drugs while she is pregnant, the drugs can pass to the baby. Mothers drinking alcohol when pregnant is the most common cause of birth defects that can be avoided.

Feed Your Family Healthfully on a Low Income Budget
Eat Right - 3/2/2018
When resources are tight, many families must choose between paying household bills or buying food. Poor nutrition can impair health and immunity, lower productivity, and hinder development and learning. If a limited budget makes it difficult for you to buy food, there is help for you and your family.

Understanding Mental Disorders
American Psychiatry Association - 3/2/2018
Based on the latest, fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders — known as DSM-5® — Understanding Mental Disorders provides valuable insight on what to expect from an illness and its treatment—and will help readers recognize symptoms, know when to seek help, and get the right care.

School Peer-to-Peer Awareness Program Addressing Adolescent Depression
American Psychiatric Association - 3/1/2018
A high school peer-to-peer program to develop depression awareness campaigns can lead to improved knowledge and attitudes toward depression, greater likelihood to seek help if needed and reduced stigma, according to a new study published online today in Psychiatric Services in Advance.

CDC Launches New Website for Understanding the Effects of Alcohol on Health
Centers for Disease Control - 3/1/2018
To help consumers better navigate alcohol information, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launcheda new online alcohol portal. The new portal gives consumers 24/7 access to all of CDC’s alcohol prevention related information and highlights CDC’s key program areas including excessive drinking, impaired driving, underage drinking, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

Cigarette Smoking During Pregnancy
CDC - 2/27/2018
Maternal tobacco use during pregnancy has been linked to a host of negative infant and child outcomes, including low birthweight, preterm birth, and various birth defects.

Let's Shatter the Myths about Drugs
NIDA for Teens - 2/26/2018
Whether you realize it or not, you’re seeing and hearing a lot of things about drugs that just aren’t true. For instance, movies and TV sometimes make smoking look like a cool thing to do. But often, tobacco companies are paying the shows’ producers to show smoking that way—so the tobacco companies can get into your head and into your pockets.

Medications for Opiod Use Disorder (pdf)
SAMHSA - 2/12/2018
This Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) reviews the use of the three Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medications used to treat opioid use disorder (OUD)—methadone, naltrexone, and buprenorphine—and the other strategies and services needed to support recovery for people with OUD.

Video: Children Discuss Thoughts and Experiences with Suicide
Voices for Georgia's Children - 2/9/2018
Children discuss their thoughts and experiences with suicide. The goal of this video is to work to stem the crisis many youth are having with hopelessness, depression and anxiety, as well as suicide attempts.

Finding Quality Treatment for Substance Use Disorders (pdf)
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration - 2/8/2018
This fact sheet serves as guide for individuals seeking behavioral health treatment. It provides three necessary steps to complete prior to utilizing a treatment center and the five signs of a quality treatment center, which include a review of the accreditation, medication, evidence-based practices, position on the role of families, and support networks.

Clinical Guidance for Treating Pregnant and Parenting Women with Opioid Use Disorder and Their Infants
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration - 2/7/2018
This Clinical Guide provides comprehensive, national guidance for optimal management of pregnant and parenting women with opioid use disorder and their infants.

What Today's Parents Should Know about the Gateway Drug Theory
NCADD - 2/6/2018
While scanning the latest news, it’s easy to feel as if we’ve traveled back in time to the 1980s. “Just say no?” “The war on drugs?” After nearly three decades, there’s still little evidence to suggest these outdated addiction prevention and treatment strategies work, and some evidence even shows that they are counterproductive. 

Study of First-Graders Shows Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Prevalent in US Communities
National Institutes of Health - 2/6/2018
A study of more than 6,000 first-graders across four U.S. communities has found that a significant number of the children have fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), with conservative rates ranging from 1 to 5 percent in community samples.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in Children Up to 10 Times More Common than Experts Thought
Good Morning America - 2/6/2018
A new multisite study released by The Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that FASD are up to 10 times more common than they thought -- perhaps as high as one in 10 children.

Induced Labor after 39 Weeks in Healthy Women may Reduce Need for C Section
National Institutes of Health - 2/1/2018
Healthy first-time mothers whose labor was induced in the 39th week of pregnancy were less likely to have a cesarean delivery, compared to a similar group who were not electively induced at 39 weeks, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Women's Health and Smoking
U.S. Food and Drug Administration - 1/28/2018
Smoking continues to have a profound impact on the health and well-being of women and their families in the United States.

One Cigarette a Day Increases Heart Disease and Stroke Risk
BBC News - 1/25/2018
People who smoked even one cigarette a day were still about 50% more likely to develop heart disease and 30% more likely to have a stroke than people who had never smoked, researchers said.

Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults
Centers for Disease Control - 1/19/2018
The U.S. Surgeon General has concluded that the burden of death and disease from tobacco use in the United States is overwhelmingly caused by cigarettes and other combusted tobacco products. Cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product among U.S. adults, and about 480,000 U.S. deaths per year are caused by cigarette smoking and secondhand smoke exposure. 

CDC Launches New Milestone Tracker App
Centers for Disease Control - 1/11/2018
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the launch of the "Milestone Tracker," a free app for tracking every child's development in a fun and easy way. This app adds to the popular suite of free, family-friendly materials available through CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." program.

Safe Sleep for Babies (pdf)
CDC Vital Signs - 1/10/2018
There have been dramatic improvements in reducing baby deaths during sleep since the 1990s, when recommendations were introduced to place babies on their back for sleep. Other recommended safe sleep practices today include eliminating hazards, such as keeping blankets, pillows, bumper pads, and soft toys out of the sleep area. 

Spread Prevention, Not the Infection during Pregnancy
MotherToBaby - 1/5/2018
In keeping with the theme Prevent to Protect: Prevent Infections for Baby’s Protection, read on to learn more about the top five preventable infectious diseases that we get questions about here at MotherToBaby, and what you can do to prevent exposure during pregnancy.

The Flu: Why Prevention is Key during Pregnancy
MotherToBaby - 1/1/2018
The Influenza virus may not make sensational headlines, but it’s a serious problem every year, and pregnant women are especially vulnerable to this infection.

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month!
Centers for Disease Control - 1/1/2018
Each January the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) raises awareness among women about actions they can take to prevent birth defects. This January we will encourage women to Prevent to Protect: Prevent infections for baby’s protection.