Blood Pressure

Learn about blood pressure Suggested Caption: High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can lead to serious health problems. Measuring your blood pressure is the only way to know if you have it. #iHeardSTL #HeartHealth #KnowYourNumbers How can I prevent high blood pressure? Suggested Caption: Take control of your health one heartbeat at a time! […]

Weight-loss drugs

Public understanding of weight-loss drugs is low Suggested Caption: It’s okay to have questions about weight-loss medicines. Look to sources like your doctor, Mayo Clinic, and MedlinePlus to learn more. #iHeardSTL #WeightLossDrugs #StayAware #PublicHealthEducation Fake weight-loss drugs Suggested Caption: Only 4% of adults surveyed in MD, MO and NE are confident that they could tell […]

EMFs & radiation poisoning

Why do older adults need the RSV vaccine? Suggested Caption: Here’s a quick overview of what to know about claims that say cell phones, Wi-Fi and 5G internet are linked to radiation poisoning. Radiation comes in two types: ionizing and non-ionizing. High doses of ionizing radiation like X-rays may cause cancer, but there’s no evidence […]

Mammograms

Are mammograms necessary for women over 40? Suggested Caption: An online influencer posted a Spanish-language video on Facebook with a false claim that mammograms are not necessary for women over 40, viewed over 500,000 times before it was removed. Overall, 1 in 8 panelists from three states (13%) heard this false claim. Hispanic respondents were […]

New Mammogram Guidelines

Weekly alert: New mammogram guidelines – what to know Suggested Caption: On May 9, 2023, after considering scientific evidence, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended lowering the screening age for breast cancer to 40 years for women with an average risk of breast cancer. Only 19% of St. Louis adults surveyed heard about the […]

Masking and Long COVID

Weekly alert: Does masking protect against Long COVID? Suggested Caption: Does masking protect against Long COVID? Let’s clear the air! According to our recent survey, most respondents believe masks prevent getting COVID-19 (80%) and prevent spreading it to others (84%). However, only 49% of our panel think masks can lower the risks of developing Long […]

Over-the-counter Naloxone

Weekly Alert: Naloxone Suggested Caption: Do you know about Naloxone? A third of St. Louis adults (34%) heard about the FDA recommendation to make Narcan/Naloxone available as an over-the-counter overdose death prevention prescription drug nationwide. Naloxone/Narcan trainings are available throughout the St. Louis region. The T, an organization promoting harm reduction in St. Louis, hosts […]

Ozempic drug shortages

Weekly alert part 1: What are St. Louisans hearing about Ozempic? Suggested Caption: For the fourth consecutive week, about 1 in 4 St. Louis adults heard that people with diabetes are not able to access the drug Ozempic because of its recent popularity for weight loss. This week’s total, 27%, is actually up 4% increase […]