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U.S. Male and Female Drinking Patterns are Becoming More Alike

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) along with the National Institutes of Health  (NIH) has reported that male and female drinking habits are becoming similar in the United States. Researchers have concluded that in the U.S. and the rest of the world, men have been known to drink more than women. Experts worry about the national trend because women are more likely to suffer alcohol-related health effects, including liver inflammation, cardiovascular disease, neurotoxicity and cancer.

For more information please visit: http://1.usa.gov/1NCum7s

Home Health Agency Ratings Get Medicare’s Star Treatment

Friday, November 27th, 2015

The federal government released on Thursday a new five-star rating system for home health agencies, hoping to bring clarity to a fast-growing but fragmented corner of the medical industry where it’s often difficult to distinguish good from bad.

Medicare applied the new quality measure to more than 9,000 agencies based on how quickly visits began and how often patients improved while under their care. Nearly half received average scores, with the government sparingly doling out top and bottom ratings. Read more about the ratings and rating system: bit.ly/1MVjRWU

5 Facts About Deductibles from Healthcare.gov

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Factoring in out-of-pocket costs has always been part of buying health insurance, but for the first time now there are a lot of resources to help you better understand your choices at HealthCare. gov. These include new features that allow you to see your total estimated out-of-pocket costs, to search health plans by your preferred provider and to see if your prescription drugs are covered. Read more about how to calculate and prepare for out-of-pocket costs when making your health insurance decisions: 1.usa.gov/1PS5hW5

Federal Plain Language Report Card

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Each year, the Center for Plain Language evaluates how well federal agencies comply with the Plain Writing Act of 2010. In 2015 the Center graded each department in two categories:

  • Compliance – Does the Department fulfill the administrative requirements of the Plain Writing Act of 2010?
  • Writing & Information Design – Do writing samples consistently demonstrate plain writing principles (for example, clear style and organization and effective visual elements) to make documents easier to read and understand?

To see the full report card, please visit:  bit.ly/21jIw1g

Choose More than 50 Ways to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Explore more than 50 tips to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes! This tip sheet (PDF) from NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases helps African Americans at risk for type 2 diabetes find ways to move more, make healthy food choices, and track their progress with making lifestyle changes to lower their risk. This publication has been reviewed by NDEP for plain language principles, and received the 2013 Second Place ReadsEasy Publication Award from Health Literacy Innovations

Choose More than 50 Ways to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes: http://1.usa.gov/1LqxUSp (PDF)

AAPCHO/AHJ Health Insurance Enrollment Glossary

Friday, November 20th, 2015

The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) and Action for Health Justice (AHJ) has updated the Health Insurance Enrollment Glossary. The Glossary contains approximately 100 of the most frequently used (and often confused) terms encountered by in-person assisters and navigators. It is currently available in English and the following Asian and Pacific Islander languages: Chinese (Traditional), Korean, Laotian, Marshallese, Tagalog, Tongan, and Vietnamese, and will soon be available in Burmese, Chuukese, Hindi, Hmong, and Khmer.

AAPCHO/AHJ Health Insurance Enrollment Glossary: http://bit.ly/1QypZui

ACA Guidance for American Indians and Alaska Natives

Friday, November 20th, 2015

As an American Indian or Alaska Native, there are certain steps that you must take in order to meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. There are also benefits that may be available to you if you’re a member of a federally recognized tribe or Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act shareholder. This infographic (PDF) from the HHS Office of Minority Health provides important information about the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, defines eligibility for the Health Insurance Marketplace and the benefits of enrolling, and identifies where to get more information.

ACA Guidance for American Indians and Alaska Natives: http://1.usa.gov/1OVzTWz (PDF)

No Amount of Alcohol Safe During Pregnancy

Monday, October 26th, 2015

New statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a new warning to women of childbearing age.

Although there have been studies that have hinted that a little alcohol might be harmless during pregnancy, a leading U.S. pediatricians’ group has issued a new warning that no amount of drinking is safe while pregnant.

It published its new statement in part to update health workers and the public.

“The only guarantee of having no effects from alcohol is no prenatal alcohol exposure,” said Dr. Janet Williams, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center and co-author of the new statement and report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

The AAP’s statement “is an important stand to take, and hopefully it will lead to less stigma associated with [fetal alcohol spectrum disorders] and to more access to and uptake of prevention and treatment services.” http://1.usa.gov/1M4urcS

To read the complete report the source is : Janet Williams, M.D., professor, pediatrics, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio; Janni Niclasen, Ph.D., assistant professor, psychology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Christina Chambers, Ph.D.,M.P.H., professor, pediatrics, Center for Better Beginnings, University of California, San Diego; November 2015, Pediatrics

Is More Health Information Always Better?

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

A recently published perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine provides an interesting commentary on the provision of additional health information and that it might not always be the best approach. Listen to the To Your Health: NLM Update on “Is More Health Information Always Better?” A transcript is also available: http://1.usa.gov/1OW8y4T

 

Project Literacy: Here’s What Happens When People Don’t Understand Their Doctor

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

An article from Project Literacy describes the consequences for those with limited health literacy. A large body of research has linked limited health literacy with poor health outcomes including fewer preventive services, higher levels of hospital readmission and worse health overall.

Read more about the consequences here: http://bit.ly/1Rs9HAe