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Friday, May 7, 2010

Technology to Inform Partners about Possible STD Infection Now a National Service

InSPOT a website to help people who are infected with STDs inform their sex partners about testing and treatment options using playful, serious, and humorous e-cards that link to free and low-cost testing services, is now available throughout the U.S.

The service was first launched by ISIS in 2004 in response to a significant rise in syphilis in San Francisco and continues to be "an innovative way to empower people who are diagnosed with a STD take charge of their own sex lives". The site currently has about 15,000 users annually in 13 states and 11 cities, and with this national expansion, ISIS projects that users will jump to nearly 150,000 in 40 states and 25 cities by 2013. 


Partner notification plays a significant role in reducing STD rates by finding and treating people who have had contact with an infected person before they can pass the disease onto others. InSPOT provides a clever, easy, inexpensive way for people to notify their partners, especially if they are uncomfortable having a face-to-face or phone conversation about this often embarrassing topic, or if they don't know their partner very well.

Posted by: Christianne Johnson at 12:00 AM
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Labels: asdf, Inspot, ISIS, partnernotification, screening, STD, STDscreening

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Colon Cancer Test that Saves Lives, Americans Living in Unclean Air Named “Best, Worst Prevention Ideas of the Week”

The five minute flexi-scope colon cancer test that could reduce the number of deaths from the disease by about 40 percent was named the “Best Prevention Idea of the Week,” while a report showing that six in 10 Americans live in areas with unclean air was named the “Worst Prevention Idea of the Week."

The “Best/Worst” awards are announced each week in “Prevention Matters,” the blog of Partnership for Prevention. Nominees are submitted by Partnership staff as well as the general public, and are voted on by the staff. Partnership for Prevention is a nonpartisan organization of business, nonprofit and government leaders who are working to make evidence-based disease prevention and health promotion a national priority. More information is available at .


Colon cancer test could save thousands in Britain


A five-minute colon cancer test could reduce the number of deaths from the disease by about 40 percent, a new study says. British researchers followed more than 170,000 people for about 11 years. Of those, more than 40,000 had a "flexi-scope" test, an exam that removes polyps, small growths that could become cancerous. Researchers compared those results to more than 113,000 people who were not screened. They found the flexi-scope test reduced peoples' chances of getting colon cancer by one third. It also cut their chances of dying by 43 percent. Researchers said the test needed to be done just once in a person's lifetime.


Report: Most Americans still live in unclean air

Six in 10 Americans - about 175 million people - are living in places where air pollution often reaches dangerous levels, despite progress in reducing particle pollution, the American Lung Association said in a report released last Wednesday. The Los Angeles area had the nation's worst ozone pollution.

The report examined fine particulate matter over 24-hour periods and as a year-round average. Bakersfield, Calif., had the worst short-term particle pollution, and the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area of Arizona had the worst year-round particle pollution.

The U.S. cities with the cleanest air were Fargo, N.D., Wahpeton, N.D., and Lincoln, Neb.

Posted by: Prevent Staff at 12:00 AM
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Labels: airpollution, best/worst, cleanair, coloncancer, colonoscopy, d, uncleanair

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Partnership featured in Inc. Magazine Article on Worksite Wellness

On April 28th Partnership's Garry Lindsay was interviewed by Sarah Kessler for her Inc. magazine article “How to Start a Wellness Program."  Kessler's article includes several links for free resources from Partnership for Prevention and other sources that can be used by small to mid-sized employers to plan and implement worksite health promotion programs.

Posted by: Prevent Staff at 12:00 AM
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Labels: workplacewellness

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