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The Public Health Conference was moderated by David Sencer, M.D., M.P.H., Chief Emertus, Federal Centers for Disease Prevention (CDC).

This conference may include discussion of commercial products and services.

The opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the sponsor or its publisher. Please review complete prescribing information of specific drugs or combination of drugs, including indications, contraindications, warnings and adverse effects before administering pharmacologic therapy to patients.

Global Warming and Ancient Microorganisms

Global warming is just one of the many facets of climatic change. The word "global warming" commonly refers to the measured increase in global average temperature in terms of intensity and rate over the last few decades. It is driven by the greenhouse effect caused by a sharp rise in CO2 emissions from increased global use of fossil fuels, as well as the chopping down of trees and forests. The temperature rises faster at the poles and less close to
Authors: Mohamed S. K. Kamel, Ph.D.
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Medical Use of Cannabinoids

In the last twenty years, the medical use of cannabinoid (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-THC and cannabidiol-CBD) has gained popularity as a potential novel treatment of psychiatric diseases, despite having never received the approval from the drug regulatory agencies and having never passed the required clinical trials of Phase 1, 2 and 3 to test their safety and efficacy in larger populations. Although several lines of evidence suggest that cannabinoids may represent valid therapeutic tools in psychiatry, the evidence available is not conclusive. Therefore,
Authors: Danilo De Gregorio, PharmD, Ph.D.
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Infection Control: 2019 Update

Healthcare today has moved well beyond the walls of hospitals; outpatient infusion centers, ambulatory surgical centers and other professional facilities deliver care more complicated than was available in the best hospitals decades ago. Likewise, the term hospital-acquired infection (or "nosocomial infections") has yielded to the more general term "healthcare-associated infections" (HAI). In the U.S., an infection develops in about 1 in 31 hospitalized patients, an estimated 1.2 million patients per year. Infections acquired during home care or from outpatient visits
Authors: Keith F. Woeltje, M.D., Ph.D.
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Population Health: Transforming Healthcare in the 21st Century

Essentially, the health of a population is largely determined by what we have come to call the social determinants of health—that is, socioeconomic status, the environment, individual behavior, rather than the actual delivery of healthcare services. The unequal distribution of morbidity, mortality and quality of life also determine population health. And then there are the laws of the society that help define and sculpt the population’s health, such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and the new kid on
Authors: David B. Nash, M.D., M.B.A.
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The Health Consequences of Unconventional Gas Extraction ("Fracking")

This presentation may include discussion of commercial products and services. This material was developed by the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health & the Environment and funded under the cooperative agreement award number 1U61TS000118-03 from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Acknowledgement: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the PEHSU by providing funds to ATSDR under Inter-Agency Agreement number DW-75-92301301-0. Neither EPA nor ATSDR endorse the purchase of any commercial products or services mentioned in PEHSU publications. Natural
Authors: Jerome A. Paulson, M.D.
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Six Sigma in Healthcare

"The greatest danger is not that we aim too high and miss it but that we aim too low and reach it." - Michelangelo "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - Albert Einstein For many centuries, skilled work was done by craftsmen who were responsible for inspecting their products and ensuring good quality for their customers. Starting in the late 19th century, people such as Frederick Taylor, an American engineer, saw
Authors: Wendy M. Novicoff, Ph.D., and Khaled J. Saleh, M.D., M.Sc., M.H.C.M.
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Community-acquired MRSA

Staphylococcus aureus is a virulent organism that is the causative agent of a wide range of clinical disease, including skin and soft tissue infections (SSTI). Traditionally, there were two categories into which these infections fell: infections acquired in the community and those acquired in the health care setting. In this context, organisms causing community-acquired infections were typically susceptible to traditional antibiotics of choice, namely anti-staphylococcal penicillins, of which methicillin is the parent drug. These organisms are referred
Authors: Daniel Scheurich, M.D., and Keith Woeltje, M.D., Ph.D.
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