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Norovirus in Schools and other Institutional Settings

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Norovirus is a very contagious virus that can infect anyone. You can get it from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces. The virus causes your stomach or intestines or both to get inflamed.

Norovirus outbreaks occur in a range of institutional settings, for example, schools, child care centers, colleges, prisons, and military encampments. Norovirus outbreaks on university campuses have led to campus closures. This happened recently at Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA where about 200 students were affected. Dining halls and some classes were canceled or closed.

To learn more about this virus visit the CDC’s page at http://1.usa.gov/1QmsqLn or view this video Have You Ever Heard of Norovirus? (On YouTube) This short video explains what norovirus is, how it spreads, and how you can protect yourself and loved ones from getting it. Running Time: 2:37 minutes Date Released: 12/10/2015 Transcript[2 pages]

CDC: Help Protect Babies from Whooping Cough

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Whooping cough (pertussis) is a very contagious illness that can be especially serious for babies. The Centers for Disease Control recommends the following steps to protect babies from whooping cough:

  • If you are pregnant, get vaccinated with the whooping cough vaccine in your third trimester.
  • Surround your baby with family members and caregivers who are up-to-date with their whooping cough vaccine.
  • Make sure your baby gets all his doses of the whooping cough vaccine.

More information about protecting babies from whooping cough: http://1.usa.gov/1SPOi8T

Protect Babies from Whooping Cough Infographic: http://1.usa.gov/1R4rezs

Coping Strategies for Anxious Kids

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Webinar from the National Institute of Mental Health:

Webinar: Coping Strategies for Anxious Kids

Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 12pm – 1pm EST

Presenter: Erin Berman, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist

  • How to identify an anxious child
  • How to change anxious thinking
  • The science and biological roots of anxiety in children
  • How computer technology is transforming the understanding of anxiety
  • Current treatment options (medications & CBT: cognitive behavioral therapy)

There is no cost to participate in this webinar.

Please note that participants will need access to a computer and the ability to download or temporarily run the software WebEx. Directions on how to access the software will be included in a registration email.

Contact Kalene DeHaut, LCSW at kalene.dehaut@nih.gov to register.”

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, February 21-27

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

The goal of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness) is to put the spotlight on eating disorders and improve public understanding of their causes, dangers and treatments. Millions of people across the country suffer from eating disorders, but by increasing awareness and access to resources, we can encourage early detection and intervention. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder, so early intervention can mean saving lives. Learn more at http://bit.ly/20LXMTk

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

The 11th National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is on March 10, 2016. The purpose of the observance is to raise awareness of the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), http://1.usa.gov/1SxODwx , at the end of 2010, women accounted for one in four people living with HIV infection in the United States. Compared with women of other racial/ethnic groups, African-American women and Hispanic/Latino women are disproportionately affected by HIV. These facts underscore the importance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which is observed on March 10. The annual observance joins together organizations and communities in a nationwide effort to promote HIV prevention, testing, and treatment to protect women and girls from HIV.  Go to http://1.usa.gov/1TJ7EeL and for useful education materials as well as http://1.usa.gov/1mikP8G

OMH Funding Opportunity: Communities Addressing Childhood Trauma (ACT) (MP-CPI-16-002)

Friday, February 5th, 2016

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the United States Department of Health and Human Services has announced the availability of funds for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 for grant awards for the Communities Addressing Childhood Trauma (ACT) Program (Announcement Number: MP-CPI-16-002). ACT is intended to test the effectiveness of innovative approaches in promoting healthy behaviors among minority and/or disadvantaged youth at-risk for poor health/life outcomes due to childhood trauma. These innovative approaches (including curricula) should be designed for minority and/or disadvantaged youth ages 5 to 15 years who have been exposed to childhood trauma, as well as support services to their families. ACT seeks to address unhealthy behaviors in minority youth and provide them with opportunities to learn coping skills and gain experiences that contribute to more positive lifestyles and enhance their capacity to make healthier life choices.

A technical assistance webinar for interested applicants will be on March 9, 2016 at 3:00 – 4:00 pm ET. Information on accessing the webinar will be posted on the OMH Website: http://1.usa.gov/1TING3x

Visit Grants.gov for more information and to submit an application: http://1.usa.gov/1S5ceEy

Webinar: Supporting LGBTQ Youth: What Peer Educators Need to Know

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Please join the Office of Minority Health Resource Center and Administration for Children and Families grantee Northwest Network of Bisexual, Transgender, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse as they share innovative approaches to working with LGBTQ youth to build healthy relationships and communities. Attendees will learn about Love+, a domestic and sexual violence prevention project that works with young people to build violence prevention messages and explore what peer educators can do to support LGBTQ youth and envision a world where all people can have access to loving equitable relationships and communities.

Webinar: Supporting LGBTQ Youth: What Peer Educators Need to Know
Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EST
Register: http://bit.ly/1QhMLBH

Alcohol Exposure During Pregnancy Affects Millions of Women in the United States

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Adapted from CDC:

The CDC reports an estimated 3.3 million women are at risk of exposing their children to harmful effects related to alcohol use because they are drinking,  sexually active and fail to use birth control.  The age group of these women are between 15 and 44 years. Alcohol use before a woman knows she is pregnant, is known to cause irreversible damage to her child. For more information, please visit: 1.usa.gov/1nMXGwP

Vitals Signs Infographic: 1.usa.gov/1o6972H

 

New Science iOS Games for Grades 5 to 12

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

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There are three new interactive, educational apps from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Division of Specialized Information Services for students studying genetics, chemistry and environmental health science.

Bohr Thru: Use a 3-match game style to collect protons, neutrons, and electrons to create the first 18 elements on the periodic table. With the help of the main character, Atom, players become familiar with a variety of chemical elements and their structures.

Base Chase: Learn the bases of DNA with this fast-paced, educational app. Players grab bases of DNA in order to complete unique DNA strands for a variety of animals. DeeNA, the game’s cartoon mascot, assists players in completing each of the required tasks.

Run4Green: The importance of environmental conservation is reinforced through this interactive game. Topics, such as greenhouse gas reduction, renewable energy and green product purchases are emphasized and rewarded throughout game play. The game is appropriate for students in grades 5-8.

Download these games on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch by visiting the NLM app page at: http://apple.co/1nqG891

‘Standing Desks’ in Classrooms May Kickstart Kids’ Activity

Monday, January 25th, 2016

A new systematic review reports that use of “standing desks” at school helped kids get more active.

Experts noted that the review’s findings weren’t surprising, but said more research is needed to pinpoint actual health benefits to children from using standing desks.

The researchers also found that standing desk use was tentatively linked to better classroom behavior and greater energy expenditure among children, although the results were mixed — stemming from varied studies.

The systematic review was published online Jan. 22 in the journal Pediatrics.

Link to the abstract: http://1.usa.gov/1WKQIUA

SOURCES: Karl Minges, M.P.H., doctoral candidate, Yale School of Nursing, Orange, Conn.; David A. Paul, M.D., chair, department of pediatrics, Christiana Care Health System, Wilmington, Del.; James F. Sallis, Ph.D., professor, family medicine and public health, chief, division of behavioral medicine, and director, active living research, University of California, San Diego; February 2016, Pediatrics