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NIH MedlinePlus, the Magazine Spring 2016

One of the feature stories in the Spring 2016 issue of MedlinePlus Magazine concerns women and heart disease. See what Ta’Rhonda Jones, star of Fox TV’s Empire, has to say about her personal experience with a heart condition and her message to women. http://1.usa.gov/1XX6w6Z

Originally posted by Michelle Burda on April 28.

Study shows link between e-cigarette ads and use by youth

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found a link to exposure to e-cigarette advertising and the use of e-cigarettes in middle and high school age students. This study was published in the April 2016 edition of the journal Pediatrics. Analyzing data from the 2014 NYTS, CDC researchers found that the greater the exposure to e-cigarette advertisements among middle and high school students, the greater the odds of their e-cigarette use To read the full report go tohttp://1.usa.gov/1Wt3bxN

Originally posted by Michelle Burda on April 28.

Pink Eye

Is it seasonal allergies or conjunctivitis? Pink itchy eyes may be pink eye or conjunctivitis.  It is common and is very easily spread.  To learn more about this condition and when to see a doctor  visit the CDC web site, http://1.usa.gov/1UGf6J7

Originally posted by Michelle Burda on April 28.

Creating a Culture of Wellness: A 360 Degree View

Achieving health and wellness calls for a focus on integrated care, but is your organization truly incorporating health and wellness into everything you do? Join this free webinar on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 2:30 PM EDT. Learn how to use a self-assessment tool to increase your organization’s awareness of the key components of a wellness-focused culture. Learn how to engage in a reflective process to identify what you should keep doing, stop doing, and start doing to truly have a culture of wellness, and hear from a SAMHSA Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) grantee who has used this tool to assess and implement wellness across their agency. http://bit.ly/21fFpWW

Originally posted by Pat Devine on April 27

U.S. Suicide Rates are up 24 Percent since 1999

Suicide rates in the United States rose 24 percent between 1999 and 2014, with young girls and middle-aged men accounting for the largest increases, the Centers for Disease Control reported recently. Awareness of the likelihood of suicide is an important step towards prevention. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers suicide prevention tools and training at: http://1.usa.gov/1rArzm3

Originally posted by Pat Devine on April 27

Allergy Awareness and Improved Access to Treatment for Kids

Some lower income families may not be aware of options available to them for allergy prevention and treatment for kids. Epinephrine auto-injectors, such as EpiPen — which treat allergic attacks — are usually covered by insurance. The manufacturer also has programs to help those who cannot afford the medication. All families may not be familiar with these programs. Read more at http://1.usa.gov/1XWp3An

Originally posted by Pat Devine on April 27

The Next Step: Making the Most of Your Coverage

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has a number of resources to help those with new health coverage. From Coverage to Care (C2C) provides information on how you and your family can best use it to get the care you need. C2C includes a number of resources such as the Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You and the newly released 5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Health Coverage, is designed to help you figure out what you can do to put your health first for a long and healthy life. To read more about these resources, please see: go.cms.gov/1SgJQyc

CDC Launches Improved Online Foodborne Outbreak Search Tool

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a redesigned online tool making it easier to search data on foodborne disease outbreaks. The updated Foodborne Outbreak Online Database Tool (FOOD Tool) lets users search nearly 20 years of outbreak data by state, food, or germ. An estimated 1 in 6 Americans get sick from foodborne illness every year. Tracking and reporting outbreak information is critical to understanding how foodborne illness affects America’s health.

Originally developed in 2009, the FOOD Tool includes national foodborne outbreak data reported to CDC from 1998 to 2014. New interactive features such as maps, graphs, and tables now allow users to search by specific foods and ingredients, view a “quick stats” display, and get case counts for multistate outbreaks. To learn more and access the tool, please see: 1.usa.gov/1T3lCDX

Measuring Program Outcomes: A Toolkit for Public Libraries

A free webinar on May 4th, 2016 will present how to measure outcomes of your programs using a free toolkit for public libraries. It’s focused on implementation in small libraries, but is open to libraries of all sizes. The webinar will provide an overview of outcome measurement from Project Outcome, a new program from the Public Library Association, that provides simple tools so libraries can measure programs across seven common service areas. For more information, please see: bit.ly/1VLThs2

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Originally published on April 21:

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