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November CDC Vital Signs: Cervical Cancer

Not enough women are being screened for cervical cancer, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in this month’s issue of Vital Signs. More than 12,000 women get cervical cancer every year. Up to 93% of cervical cancers are preventable. Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination helps prevent infection with the HPV types that cause most cervical cancers.

To see the complete report, visit CDC Vital Signs: http://1.usa.gov/1BoOO5e 

NLM Search Hint: Searching for Ebola in PubMed

From the National Library of Medicine:

The simple PubMed search of:

ebola*

retrieves all citations indexed with any of the Ebola MeSH headings as well as citations that have not yet been indexed but have that root string as a text word. Please be aware that truncation turns off Automatic Term Mapping and explosions in PubMed; however, with this search none of the Ebola MeSH headings have narrower terms at this time in their MeSH hierarchy, so nothing is lost by truncation.

To see the complete NLM Technical Bulletin: http://1.usa.gov/1zUXXki

National Library of Medicine Resource Update: Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM)

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released a new version of Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM). http://chemm.nlm.nih.gov/
New or updated content in CHEMM includes:

1) updated and enhanced content on Decontamination Procedures, Discovering the Event, and Training and Education

2) an NIH CounterACT program funded database with information on twenty-two medical countermeasures (including efficacy, relevant publications, research in progress, FDA and other global regulatory status information)

3) content for how emergency responders can recognize and handle events dealing with toxic gases generated by the combinations of consumer products or common household chemicals

CHEMM is a Web-based resource that can be downloaded in advance to Windows and Mac computers to ensure availability during an event if the Internet is not accessible.

CHEMM’s content is also integrated into the NLM Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER), which is Web-based and downloadable to Windows computers. CHEMM’s content is also available in WISER’s iOS and Android apps. The new CHEMM content will be incorporated into the next release of WISER. http://wiser.nlm.nih.gov/index.html

For complete information on these updates, see the “What’s New on CHEMM?” section of CHEMM. http://1.usa.gov/1xosJkB

New Interactive Tool from the AMA to Identify Underserved Patient Care Areas

The American Medical Association (AMA) has announced a resource to help healthcare providers improve patient access to care. The Health Workforce Mapper is an interactive tool that illustrates the geographic locations of the health care work force in each state, including health professional shortage areas, hospital locations, and other related workforce trends. The tool is designed to highlight areas where the number of health care professionals could be expanded to enhance patient access to timely, quality care close to home. It can also assist policy makers to make evidence-based decisions. Non-members of the AMA can view a version of the tool: http://bit.ly/1udJooM.

African Americans and Heart Disease

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Minority Health, over 40% of African Americans have high blood pressure. Find out what can be done from the American Heart Association: http://bit.ly/1sFJYqL, view this infographic, “What Are My Risks for Getting Heart Disease?”: http://bit.ly/1EvW3Ve, and learn about the Power to End Stroke movement: http://bit.ly/1EDusDs

November is National Native American Heritage Month

National Native American Month is a time to recognize the achievements and contributions of Native Americans. Health and wellness continue to be concerns in many native communities. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers examples of action to take to to address health disparities which affect this population: http://1.usa.gov/1u3dTvY. Included are injury prevention interventions, diabetes prevention programs, and data on health disparities. The U.S. Office of Minority Health also provided ideas to raise community awareness about health disparities that exist among Native American communities: http://1.usa.gov/1xiLl5r.

Is it a cold or a flu?

It’s the time of year for runny noses, sore throats and coughing. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has a chart to help determine if seasonal symptoms indicate a cold or influenza. The chart is in PDF format and can be printed for sharing or posting.

English: http://1.usa.gov/1tU2PBi

Spanish: http://1.usa.gov/1tU2YVs

Cervical Cancer Screening: new MedlinePlus Health Topic Page

MedlinePlus has published a new health topic page on Cervical Cancer Screening. The page has resources about the Pap smear and HPV test and includes easy-to-read materials, tutorials and health check tools.

Cervical Cancer Screening (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1xCFSTX

Prostate Cancer Screening: New MedlinePlus Health Topic Page

MedlinePlus has published a new health topic page on Prostate Cancer Screening. The page covers screening methods, risks of screening, a prostate cancer risk questionnaire, as well as research and patient handouts.

Prostate Cancer Screening (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1xCEfpg

Webinar: HealthMap: Using Online, Real-time Surveillance to Identify Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks

John Brownstein, Ph.D., co-founder of HealthMap and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and director of the Computational Epidemiology Group at the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program in Boston, will present HealthMap: Using Online, Real-time Surveillance to Identify Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks, sharing how this widely used online tool delivers real-time intelligence on a broad range of emerging infectious diseases, including the 2014 Ebola outbreak.

HealthMap: Using Online, Real-time Surveillance to Identify Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Thursday, November 13 at 1:30 pm ET.
Instructions to join conference call/webinar and how to get MLA Continuing Education credit: http://1.usa.gov/17xlCVm
HealthMap: http://bit.ly/1uH2Ko2