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  • News | HSC Public Health Agency
    of Nursing and Allied Health Professions Nursing Allied Health Professions and Personal and Public Involvement Centre for Connected Health and Social Care HSC Safety Forum Directorate of Operations Planning and Corporate Services Communication and Knowledge Management Title Published Flu vaccine campaign 2010 11 gets underway 04 10 2010 PHA welcomes study of benefits of flu vaccine during pregnancy 05 10 2010 Children and young people must be protected against measles 06 10 2010 PHA gives smokers 4 000 reasons to stop smoking 06 10 2010 Flu vaccination programme for poultry workers 06 10 2010 17 10 Public Health Agency calls for the tables to be turned on mental ill health statistics 07 10 2010 Public Health Agency cautions against drinking in pregnancy 07 10 2010 09 35 Breastfeeding welcome at Ulster Museum 12 10 2010 Public Health Agency declares measles outbreak 13 10 2010 14 11 Alcohol misuse can we really afford it 18 10 2010 Cervical cancer vaccine offered to Year 9 girls 21 10 2010 Bamford Implementation Rapid Review Scheme 22 10 2010 Colin Health for All Suicide Prevention Task Group meets to respond to community concerns 22 10 2010 Public Health Agency puts Focus on health inequalities

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/news?page=8&order=field_published_date_value&sort=asc&keys=&field_directorate_value=All (2016-02-11)
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  • News | HSC Public Health Agency
    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec To date Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Directorate Any Directorate of Public Health Health Protection Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement Service Development and Screening HSC Research and Development Professional Medical Issues Directorate of Nursing and Allied Health Professions Nursing Allied Health Professions and Personal and Public Involvement Centre for Connected Health and Social Care HSC Safety Forum Directorate of Operations Planning and Corporate Services Communication and Knowledge Management Title Published Zika advice pregnant women should consider travel plans 04 02 2016 Reminder to get shingles vaccination 05 02 2016 Major moves under way for health service to go smoke free 08 02 2016 PHA reminds people of importance of flu vaccine 09 02 2016 first previous 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 Site menu Home About Directorates News Publications Contracts Consultations Webcasts Links Contact Legal information Freedom of Information Cookies Privacy Policy Terms of use and disclaimer Our websites www aaascreening info www becancerawareni info www breastfedbabies org www cancerscreening hscni net

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  • Public Health Annual Research and Practice Conference - Call for Abstracts
    parallel session where local researchers practitioners will give 10 minute presentations each followed by a 5 minute discussion In order to ensure a broad spectrum of content for the Conference presenters are invited to consider a range of preventive public health interventions their resulting health and anticipated economic benefits By detecting disease early and tackling primary risk factors public health interventions can help mitigate the huge cost burden associated with chronic diseases However unless economic benefits are estimated in evaluations an opportunity to present the economic argument is lost To demonstrate the economic worth of public health interventions a range of economic techniques are available including cost effectiveness analysis return on investment analysis and more recently social return on investment analysis Whilst a formal economic analysis is not essential an attempt to estimate the anticipated economic return of a programme is encouraged Presenters are invited to submit an abstract on the pro forma available below describing a current or recently completed evidence based public health initiative intervention innovation and or high quality research study in Northern Ireland relevant to the conference theme Abstracts are welcome from all sectors of the research and practice communities with an interest in making life

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/print/2713 (2016-02-11)
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  • Views sought on autism and mental health services for children and young people
    services across Northern Ireland The initiative acknowledges that patient and client contribution is fundamental to ensuring that services are commissioned to deliver better outcomes for patients their families and carers We want people to tell us about their experiences of health and social care and to highlight the things that were important to them The information we receive will help us to direct how health and social care is shaped and delivered in Northern Ireland 10 000 Voices would like to hear your story if you or someone you care for has had experience with the following services in the past twelve months Autism children and young people up to age 18 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services CAMHS You can tell your story by completing a survey at www 10000voices info 1 or you can complete it by downloading the app Go to the app store and download SenseMaker Enter the Activity Code 10KVoicesAutismandCAMHS Paper versions of the survey are also available on request Tony Rodgers Assistant Director of Social Care and Children with the Health and Social Care Board said This project creates a very important opportunity for children young people and their families to share their experiences

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/print/2712 (2016-02-11)
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  • Stay sun safe on snow and sand
    of the year Just one episode of sunburn especially in childhood doubles the lifetime risk of malignant melanoma the most serious form of skin cancer Everyone is at risk of sun damage therefore it is vitally important that all of us take steps to protect ourselves and actively reduce the risks of skin cancer whether we re going on a skiing holiday or heading off to somewhere warm It is easy to associate winter with frostbite and windburn but most people are unaware that UV rays can be every bit as damaging for winter sun seekers just because it is off peak does not mean that the sun is any less harmful Marbeth Ferguson Skin Cancer Prevention Strategy Co ordinator at Cancer Focus NI said You don t need to be sunbathing to get skin cancer it is over exposure to ultraviolet radiation UVR which can cause serious damage over time It is important for everyone to avoid getting sunburnt and this is particularly important for children UV radiation from the sun can cause skin damage even on cloudy days Both snow and water reflect the sun s rays and the higher altitude of ski resorts means increased intensity of UV radiation Both snow and strong wind can wear away sunscreen and reduce its effectiveness so in snow conditions it is best to take extra precautions and protect skin from the winds and winter sun As well as skin cancer UVR also causes skin damage ageing wrinkling and eye damage so it is vital to take the necessary measures to protect yourself and enjoy winter sun and ski holidays safely Top tips Seek shade and avoid prolonged exposure when the sun is at its strongest generally 11am to 3pm Wear sunglasses and a hat that protect against UV rays Use

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/print/2708 (2016-02-11)
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  • Look out for your neighbours during cold spell
    61ºF heat all the rooms you use in the day if you can t heat all your rooms make sure that you keep your living room warm throughout the day It is important to make sure your heating is safe and that your house is properly ventilated to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning If you have electric setting for your heating set the timer on your heating to come on before you get up and switch off when you go to bed in very cold weather set the heating to come on earlier rather than turn the thermostat up so you won t be cold while you wait for your home to heat up If you use an electric blanket check what type it is some are designed only to warm the bed before you get in and should not be used throughout the night and never use an electric blanket and hot water bottle together as you could electrocute yourself You can help keep warm by wearing plenty of thin layers rather than one thick one putting on a coat hat scarf gloves and warm shoes or boots when you go outside even if it is just to get coal or go to the bin wearing clothes made of wool cotton or fleecy synthetic fibres wearing bed socks and thermal underwear at night Eat well food is a source of energy which helps to keep your body warm Try to make sure you have hot meals and drinks regularly throughout the day Who to contact if you need further help If you are worried about a relative or an older neighbour contact your local council There is also help and support from the charity Age NI The Age NI website has information on how to stay warm

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/print/2706 (2016-02-11)
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  • Are you inching towards bad health?
    distance around your abdomen at roughly the halfway point between the bottom of your ribs and top of your hips the bellybutton can be used as a good point to do it from Having a waistline of 37 inches or more for a man and 32 inches or more for a woman can put you at a greater risk of developing heart disease some cancers and type 2 diabetes Your health could be at greater risk if you re storing a lot of fat around your waist We store excess body fat under the skin but also around our vital organs in the abdomen and having a large amount of tummy fat could make you more likely to develop heart problems or type 2 diabetes Follow these steps to help you measure your waist correctly Get hold of a standard tape measure Stand up straight and breathe out naturally Find the bottom of your ribs and the top of your hips Your waist is halfway between the two Keep the tape measure snug around your waist and write down the result Dr Owen continued Now you know how to measure your waist it s time to start to shift the excess weight if you need to What s great is that all the advice you need can be found in the one place www choosetolivebetter com 1 where there are tips on setting yourself realistic targets advice on swapping unhealthy food for healthier options 70 healthy recipe ideas as well as tips on getting more active The website also has a helpful video on measuring up correctly as well as a Body Mass Index calculator which helps you tell whether you may be underweight overweight or the correct weight for your height Notes to the editor Stats from the 2014

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/print/2700 (2016-02-11)
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  • Carbon Monoxide poisoning
    symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning If temperatures fall sufficiently gas flues can get blocked by ice or snow causing an increased risk of carbon monoxide poisoning Symptoms include headaches nausea and vomiting exhaustion drowsiness dizziness and light headedness flu like symptom palpitations chest pain and losing consciousness Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal and can also cause long term health problems if victims are exposed to low doses over a long period of time The signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are often mistaken for other illnesses such as food poisoning or flu the symptoms can be similar to flu but without a raised temperature Please look out for these signs and symptoms and consider if carbon monoxide poisoning could be the cause Anyone who suspects they may be suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning should immediately turn off all appliances go outside and seek medical help from a qualified healthcare professional Appliances should not be used again until they have been serviced by a registered engineer Carbon monoxide poisoning causes a number of deaths and hospital admissions each year It is vital that we are all vigilant to ensure that we are protected from its dangers Advice on the risks and measures that can be taken to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning is available online from nidirect It is essential that people take care when using appliances and ensure that they are safe and used in properly ventilated spaces To minimise the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning the PHA recommends the following install an audible Carbon Monoxide alarm that meets British or European standards BS Kitemark or EN 50291 These cost as little as 20 00 and can be purchased from large DIY stores and food retail stores Alarms however should not be used as a substitute for regular servicing

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/print/2698 (2016-02-11)
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