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

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

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.

Allergy Awareness and Improved Access to Treatment for Kids

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

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

April issue of NIH News in Health

Monday, April 18th, 2016

This month’s issue of NIH News in Health features articles with tips on preventing mosquito-borne illnesses, gardening to promote health, and avoiding childhood sports injuries.

NIH News in Health: https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/

Want to Know How to Help a Friend?

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

It can be challenging to know how to react when you notice a friend exhibiting signs of a mental health condition. It’s important first to be able to recognize those warning signs and to then be able to talk with your friend about their situation in a way that is comfortable for them. NAMI has created this infographic to highlight a few steps you should follow in order to help a friend that is going through problems with their mental health. To download the graphic http://bit.ly/1qk7LBZ

National Public Health Week 2016

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Adapted from the Outreach and Special Populations Branch of the National Library of Medicine

It’s nearing the end of National Public Health Week 2016. Outreach and Special Populations Branch provides a variety of reliable information resources to help improve public health information access, including:

HealthReach – Multilingual and multicultural public health information for those working with or providing care to individuals with limited English proficiency.
HIV/AIDS Information for Specific Populations – Comprehensive HIV/AIDS information for scientists, physicians, educators, and consumers.
Multi-Cultural Resources for Health Information – Information about cultural competency, tools, health literacy, research, and policy.
K-12 Science and Health Education – Working with teachers and science experts to provide free reliable resources to help introduce, reinforce, and supplement education.

 

 

Wee Breathers – Program to Teach Parents About Managing Children’s Asthma

Friday, April 1st, 2016

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s National Asthma Control Program, has developed a new health education program, Wee Breathers. This interactive program is for health professionals who teach parents of young children about managing asthma. It can be used during home visits, one-on-one or in group classes for parents in child care centers. Materials for families are in English and Spanish, and are at a sixth grade reading level or lower.

Wee Breathers: http://bit.ly/1q9EKcN

A Snapshot of Behavioral Health Issues for Asian American/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Boys and Men

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

From Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), this meeting summary highlights issues specific to Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) males. This report will provide clinicians with data on the prevalence of depression, suicide, and substance use disorder within the population. Pub id: SMA16-4959 http://1.usa.gov/1S4hq9c

The 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge is Here!

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

The First Lady is once again teaming up with PBS flagship station WGBH Boston, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to host the fifth annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge to promote cooking and healthy eating among young people across the nation.
The challenge invites kids ages 8-12, in collaboration with a parent or guardian, to create an original recipe that is healthy, affordable, and delicious. One winner from each U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia will win the opportunity to be flown to Washington, DC and the opportunity to attend the 2016 Kids’ “State Dinner” here at the White House, where a selection of the winning recipes will be served. Don’t forget to submit by April 4! Learn more at http://1.usa.gov/1QyHF7a

Youth and E-Cigarettes

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Though cigarette use has declined among middle and high school students, use of electronic cigarettes increased among middle and high school students from 2011 to 2014, according to the  CDC.

  • Nearly 4 of every 100 middle school students (3.9%) reported in 2014 that they used electronic cigarettes in the past 30 days—an increase from 0.6% in 2011.
  • More than 13 of every 100 high school students (13.4%) reported in 2014 that they used electronic cigarettes in the past 30 days—an increase from 1.5% in 2011.

Adolescence is a critical time for brain development and exposure to nicotine can have lasting harmful effects.  The National Institute on Drug Abuse offers an infographic illustrating the statistics of e-cigarettes and youth http://1.usa.gov/1LN6c9F 
MedlinePlus includes teen information for teens about e-cigarettes at MedlinePlus http://1.usa.gov/21TRXXZ as well as how they are being advertised to youth from a recent CDC Vital Signs report http://1.usa.gov/1R1uCZ2

 

 

Study Shows Fidgeting Could Possibly Help ADHD Students Learn Better

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Adapted from healthfinder.gov (Health Day News)

Research shows that students, who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and fidget in the classroom, may learn better. Until more is known, it is recommended that students should not have total control in the classroom and thus parents and teachers should focus less whether a child is sitting still and more on whether their work is completed. For more information, please visit: 1.usa.gov/218caDH

To learn more about ADHD, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention webpage: 1.usa.gov/1pnQyrm