Iowa Department of Public Health

New Iowa health report shows drop in cancer deaths, more accidental poisoning

Cancer remained the second leading killer of Iowans from 2006 to 2010, but its mortality rates are trending down, according to a new report out of the University of Iowa and the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Since the 1990s, Iowa has see [...]

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Selling and trading WIC benefits illegal, Iowa public health officials warn

The Iowa Department of Public Health is warning people not to sell or trade WIC benefits as they continue to see people do so on social media sites.

WIC — the special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children — is issued [...]

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Iowa reports season's first flu-related deaths

Flu activity is increasing nationally and across the state, with the first pediatric flu-related death reported this week, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. The department has also been notified of several probable adult deaths re [...]

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Iowa performs newborn testing rapidly, nationwide investigation shows

A nationwide investigation into delays in state-run newborn screening programs places Iowa among the top performers when it comes to prompt testing of infant blood work.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel conducted the investigation, requesting [...]

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First flu cases of season being reported in Iowa

State health officials are warning Iowans that the latest flu season is under way.

Officials with the Iowa Department of Public Health reported Monday that the Iowa Influenza Surveillance Network has identified three strains of flu currently [...]

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Iowa WIC program gets temporary reprieve from 'unspent food funding'

Needy women and children in the federal supplemental food nutrition program known as WIC will get a temporary reprieve, after the government shutdown froze payments for the core food items provided by WIC.

A federal funds transfer will allow [...]

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