Archive for the ‘Children and Teens’ Category
Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
Kitchen spoons are great for mixing up your family’s favorite recipes, but when it comes to measuring kids medicine, teaspoons and tablespoons should be left in the utensil drawer, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. The AAP is urging parents, physicians and pharmacists to use only metric measurements on prescriptions, drug labels and dosing devices to make sure children receive the correct amount of medication.
“Household spoons vary in size. They are not precise. Parents should use syringes, which is a much more accurate way for them to give their child the intended dose of medication.”
According to the Academy more than 70,000 children visit emergency rooms each year because of unintentional medication overdoses. One recent study found that those errors are significantly less common among parents who use only milliliter-based dosing. The Academy is recommending several changes to improve accuracy, including: The use of standard label language with lower case m and upper case L as the only abbreviation for milliliter. Having pediatricians review milliliter-based doses with families when a prescription is written. Including NO extra markings on dosing devices, as well as the elimination of oversize syringes and cups. And asking manufacturers to eliminate use of all other dosing units other than metric.
To read more about correctly measuring kids medicine go to: http://bit.ly/1GCh06v
Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
The Division of Specialized Information Services of the National Library of Medicine launches TOXinvaders, an environmental health and toxicology game for iPhone and iPad, available from the Apple Store.
TOXinvaders supports middle school science concepts pertaining to chemistry, environment and health. It can serve as an engaging classroom or homework activity for middle and high school students, as well as an entertaining learning activity for gaming aficionados of all ages. In the classroom environment, TOXinvaders works best as a supplement to NLM Tox Town, Environmental Health Student Portal, TOXMAP, and ChemIDplus Web sites.
The game consists of four fast-paced levels, in which a launcher is used to annihilate toxic chemicals falling from the sky and earn protective shield points by capturing “good chemicals.” To move on to the next level, players must take a brief quiz about the chemicals. These dynamically generated tests provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about environmental health and toxicology from the game’s chemical information sheet and from NLM Web sites.
Click here for the link to the Apple Store to download the app: http://apple.co/1NvGl6o
Monday, April 13th, 2015
From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality:
“As the development of consumer health IT tools becomes increasingly commonplace, methods for analyzing their personal health information management needs must become an embedded component of the design lifecycle. The projects presented in this Web conference will discuss the identification of users’ personal health information management practices and the context in which these practices occur to inform the development of consumer health IT tools to improve communication of safety concerns of hospitalized patients and effective health management of patients with diabetes and children with asthma.”
Thursday, May 7 1:30-3:00 pm ET
For more information and to register: http://bit.ly/1PDJEqL
Wednesday, April 8th, 2015
The Association of American Indian Physicians’ National Native American Youth Initiative is offering scholarships to cover the cost of a week long summer program to encourage students who wish to pursue careers in healthcare or biomedical research. Structured activities and mentors are provided. The deadline is April 17, 2015. For more information, see: http://bit.ly/1CVltNI.
Friday, April 3rd, 2015
National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote prevention across the country.
For 2015, the Children’s Bureau, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has published the 2015 Prevention Resource Guide: Making Meaningful Connections. The guide was created primarily to support community-based child abuse prevention professionals who work to prevent child maltreatment and promote well-being.
Child Welfare Information Gateway: http://1.usa.gov/1IZ5YX3
2015 Prevention Resource Guide: http://1.usa.gov/1NMd2ZR
Friday, April 3rd, 2015
During the first full week of April each year, American Public Health Association (APHA) brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. The theme for National Public Health Week 2015 (April 6-10, 2015) is making the U.S. the Healthiest Nation in One Generation by 2030. Daily themes include:
- Monday, April 6: Raising the Grade
- Tuesday, April 7: Starting from Zip
- Wednesday, April 8: Building Momentum
- Thursday, April 9: Building Broader Connections
- Friday, April 10: Building on 20 Years of Success
Additionally, this year, APHA will host its fifth annual NPHW Twitter Chat on April 8 at 2 pm ET. Follow NPHW @NPHW to learn more about the NPHW 2015 Twitter Chat. Use the official NPHW hashtag, #NPHW, in your tweets so users can easily search for what you and others are saying about NPHW.
National Public Health Week: http://bit.ly/1DEo4NW
Twitter @NPHW: http://bit.ly/1P4M41e
Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announces a new mobile app, Suicide Safe. This app is based on the nationally recognized Suicide Assessment Five-Step Evaluation and Triage (SAFE-T) card, and is designed to help primary care and behavioral health providers integrate suicide prevention strategies into their practices and address suicide risk among their patients. Available for Android http://bit.ly/1Nhqzqe and IOS operating systems: http://apple.co/1BpjdLL.
Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
March 23-27 is National Youth Violence Prevention Week. MedlinePlus has resources to help parents, caregivers and teens understand, prevent and cope with youth violence.
Teen Violence (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1DFiLyK
Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
In observance of National Nutrition Month March 2015, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has published an online guide that identifies and describes books and websites that provide timely and scientifically-based nutrition information you can trust.
This is not a comprehensive list but a good place to start to find reliable information. Categories include: child and teen nutrition, diabetes, food sensitivities, nutrition and lifestyle and special needs. http://bit.ly/1xfnQvD
Monday, March 16th, 2015
The Centers for Disease Control will host an online Public Health Grand Rounds on Tuesday, March 17 at 1pm EST.
From the CDC:
“This session of Grand Rounds will discuss strategies to address the unique vulnerabilities of children in every stage of emergency planning. Presenters will also highlight the strong progress that has been made in pediatric disaster readiness as well as the collaboration that is still needed between public health professionals and pediatric care providers to improve the outcomes for children during emergencies.”
To register for the webinar and to access resources: http://1.usa.gov/1ANEihA