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January 17, 2017
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January 12, 2017
NEW CDC Tool – Antibiotic Resistance Investment Map
An interactive web app with state-by-state fact sheets describing CDC’s key investments to combat antibiotic 
resistance and protect patients across the nation.  Using fiscal year 2016 funding data, the AR Investment Map and 
fact sheets can be used to better understand how CDC supports AR activities locally. With these investments, the 
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), in partnership with health departments, academia, and healthcare, is 
transforming how the nation combats and slows antibiotic resistance at all levels.

January 11, 2017
First NY Recovery High Schools Created to Help Young People in Recovery Finish School
New York’s Governor Cuomo announced in his 2017 State of the State report that he will propose legislation to create 
New York’s first recovery high schools in regions of the State hit especially by the disease of addiction --one upstate 
and one downstate, in partnership with local social service agencies.  Enrollment will be open to all high school 
students with a diagnosis of a substance abuse disorder and a commitment to recovery.  Recovery schools are “schools 
within school” where students in recovery can learn in a substance-free and supportive environment and have proven 
to be an effective model to help youth in recovery stay healthy and graduate.

January 5, 2017
FDA Podcast -- Agency’s Actions to Address the Opioid Epidemic
FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) provides an audio podcast series, The Director’s Corner, 
featuring discussions by FDA’s CDER director, Janet Woodcock, MD. The latest podcast presents a discussion on 
various opioid safety labeling changes and opioid prescribing in the US.

January 4, 2017
Patient Education Materials Assessment Tools
The Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT), created by a research team at AHRQ working with a panel 
of experts in health literacy, content creation, patient education, and communication, is designed to help determine 
whether patients will be able to effectively use educational resources based on understandability and actionability. 
PEMAT was designed to be used by healthcare providers, health librarians and others tasked with providing high-
quality materials to patients or consumers. There are two versions including PEMAT-P for 
printable materials (e.g., brochures, pamphlets, PDFs) and 
PEMAT for audiovisual resources. PEMAT-A/V for audiovisual 
materials (E.g., videos, multimedia materials) consists of 13 items measuring understandability and 4 items 
measuring actionability. These include content, word choice and style, layout and design, and use of visual aids.

January 3, 2017
Five Blood Pressure Tips for the Winter Season
For the 80 million Americans with high blood pressure, the hectic holiday crunch ’tis the season for a little extra 
caution.  Even people who usually eat healthy diets, exercise and take other precautions may run the risk of 
sabotaging their health during the holidays. It’s especially important to avoid self-sabotage because of just how 
dangerous high blood pressure is: It’s a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke – two of the leading causes of 
death in the world – and usually has no outward symptoms.   So check out the link above for details on the five things 
the American Heart Association and numerous other health experts have identified as potential saboteurs to keeping 
your blood pressure measurements below 120/80.

1. Sodium can spell trouble
2. Watch out for stress
3. Take your medicine!
4. Be careful with over-the-counter medicine
5. Beware of sleep apnea
 
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