Florida Tobacco Quit-For-Life Counseling Program
The Florida Tobacco Quit-For-Life Line is a free cessation service offering individualized counseling and support to any Florida resident who is ready to quit. The Quit-For-Life Line can provide the counseling component of tobacco dependence treatment without added time or costs to health care providers or insurers.
Folic Acid Research
Folic Acid Fortification and Supplementation—Good for Some but Not So Good for Others, Young-In Kim, MD, FRCP(C) 2007
Evidence has established the protective effect of folic acid (FA) fortification and periconceptional supplementation on neural tube defects (NTDs). Folic acid fortification and periconceptional supplementation of women may reduce the risk of certain childhood cancers in their offspring. However, recent human studies have suggested that FA supplementation and fortification may promote the progression of already existing, undiagnosed, preneoplastic and neoplastic lesions, thereby corroborating earlier observations from animal and in vitro studies. Following the success of mandatory FA fortification on the reduction of NTD rates in the United States and Canada, several countries are currently considering whether or not, and at what dose, to institute FA fortification. More
Body Mass Index and Serum Folate in Childbearing Age Women, Ramin Mojtabai, Department of Psychiatry, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY, USA Accepted in revised form 12 August 2004
Higher pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) is associated with increased risk of neural tube defects (NTDs) and possibly other negative birth outcomes in the offspring. More
Reassessing folic acid consumption patterns in the United States (1999–2004): potential effect on neural tube defects and overexposure to folate1–3, Eoin P Quinlivan and Jesse F Gregory III
In the United States, folic acid fortification of cereal grain foods has significantly increased folate status. However, blood folate concentrations have decreased from their post fortification high as a result, in part, of decreasing food fortification concentrations and the popularity of low-carbohydrate weight-loss diets.
The objectives of the study were to quantify changes in folate intake after folic acid fortification and to estimate the effect on neural tube defect (NTD) occurrence. More
Greater Maternal Weight and the Ongoing Risk of Neural Tube Defects After Folic Acid Flour Fortification, Joel G. Ray, MD, MSc, Philip R. Wyatt, MD, PhD, Marian J. Vermeulen, BScN, MHSc, Chris Meier, BSc, and David E. C. Cole, MD
Maternal obesity is likely a risk factor for neural tube defects (NTDs). By late 1997, it became mandatory in Canada that all refined wheat flour be fortified with folic acid. Because overweight women may consume greater quantities of refined wheat flour, we questioned whether their risk of NTD changed after flour fortification. The risk of open NTD
was evaluated across maternal weight quartiles and deciles,
and an interaction between greater maternal weight
and the presence of flour fortification was tested using
multiple logistic regression analysis. More
Food Fortification with Folic Acid: Has the Other Shoe Dropped? Noel W. Solomons, M.D.
Folic acid (FA) supplementation effectively reduces the rates of children born with neural tube defects (NTDs). Currently, 42 nations practice mandatory FA fortification to combat NTD. In addition to NTD, FA fortification may also have salutary effects on the incidence of orofacial cleft birth defects and have secondary benefits in reducing serum homocysteine concentrations and stroke mortality. However, a recent note of caution has been raised concerning a possible negative effect of mandatory FA fortification on the incidence of colorectal cancer. More
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Obstetric Hemorrhage Toolkit
The "Improving Response to Obstetric Hemorrhage" Toolkit was approved by the California Department of Public Health, Division of Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health. The Toolkit is available on our website: http://www.cmqcc.org. You can download the Toolkit in its entirety, or by section. The sections include:
Compendium of Best Practices
Care Guidelines: Checklist, Flowchart, Table Chart
Hospital-Level Implementation Guide
Clinician Education Slide Set
A Safe Haven for Newborns
Safe Haven provides an alternative to a frightened girl/woman, who, in a moment of desperation, may do something drastic, destroying two lives, hers and her babies.
There is now a Florida Law which allows a mother/ father an alternative to infant abandonment with their confidentiality protected. Parents may call the Safe Haven 24-hour, multi-lingual, confidential hotline at 1-877-767-2229. The result will be:
- A child’s life is saved.
- A mother/father is saved from a lifetime of guilt and criminal prosecution.
- The hopes and dreams of parents waiting to adopt are fulfilled.
Many Hospitals and all staffed 24/7 Fire and Emergency Medical Service stations have signs with the Safe Haven logo and help line # posted outside of their facility. For more information, visit the Safe Haven web site. For a brochures in English, Spanish and Creole, click here. To contact Save Haven for Newborns, call 305-882-1304 Ext. 103, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to find: vegetable consumption surveillance data; information on various 5 A Day pilot programs; internet and legislative resources; more about the 5 A Day program; and help encouraging others to eat a colorful variety of fruits and vegetables.
National HIV/AIDS Clinicians' Consultation Center
The National HIV/AIDS Clinicians' Consultation Center (NCCC) is a component of the AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETC) program funded by the Ryan White CARE Act, administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Click here to visit the web site. See services offered below:
Warmline - National HIV telephone consultation service offers healthcare providers expert clinical consultation on antiretroviral treatment options, drug interactions and toxicity, resistance testing, prophylaxis and management of opportunistic infections, and primary care of persons with HIV/AIDS. 1-800-933-3413, Monday-Friday, 8 am to 8 pm EST, Voicemail 24 hours a day - 7 days a week.
Perinatal Hotline - National perinatal HIV consultation and referral service provides 24-hour advice from HIV experts on indications and interpretations of HIV testing as well as consultation on treating HIV-infected pregnant women and their infants. 1-888-448-8765, 6am-11pm Pacific Standard Time - 7 days a week.
PEPline - National clinicians' post-exposure prophylaxis hotline offers healthcare providers around-the-clock advice on managing occupational exposures to HIV, and hepatitis B and C. 1-888-448-4911, 6am-11pm Pacific Standard Time - 7 days a week.
HIV/AIDS Testing Paid for During Pregnancy and Delivery
From: Harrelle, Nita
Sent: Monday, June 15, 2009 3:13 PM
Subject: Payment for HIV testing during labor and delivery
Hello all. We had some feedback that even though Florida Administrative Rule 64D-3.042 states that pregnant women are to be tested for HIV at:
Their initial prenatal care visit,
Again at 28 - 32 weeks, or
At L&D if no test after 27 weeks,
some hospitals are not testing during L&D because they believe Medicaid will not pay for the test. We have researched this, and Medicaid will pay for an HIV test at L&D, if it is ordered by the physician. Attached you will find a link to a list of tests covered by Medicaid. The CPT codes for rapid HIV tests can be found on page 28 of this document. http://www.cms.hhs.gov/CLIA/downloads/waivetbl.pdf We also polled the larger private insurers and they all told us the same thing. They will pay for the test if it is ordered by the physician.
The majority of hospitals are following the current recommendations and testing at L&D if there is no documentation of HIV status when the patient presents at L&D. At this juncture, I would like for you to be our eyes and ears in the community. If you are aware of a facility that does not routinely do an opt-out HIV test for a woman with undocumented HIV status at L&D, please call me at the number below or send an email, and we can provide one-on-one technical assistance to that facility. There are only a handful of birthing hospitals that are not complying with 64D-3.042, and this is probably just an education issue.
Thank you so much for all you do on behalf of mothers and babies in Florida.
Florida Department of Health
Linkage Team Leader
Perinatal Prevention Coordinator
phone: 850-245-4444 ext. 2565
Sterilization Services in Volusia and Flagler Counties (Title X)
Women Bilateral Tubal Ligation
Senior Community Health Nursing Supervisor/Contract Manager
Florida Department of Health
Volusia County Health Department
931 North Spring Garden Avenue, Bin 201, DeLand, Florida 32720
Telephone 386 943-7844 Fax 386 822-6235 Email Margaret_Bodziak@doh.state.fl.us