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November CDC Vital Signs: Cervical Cancer

Friday, November 14th, 2014

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 

Is it a cold or a flu?

Monday, November 10th, 2014

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

Monday, November 10th, 2014

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

Monday, November 10th, 2014

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

Ebola and Health Literacy

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

“A lot of media outlets have made a good effort to clarify how a person can and cannot get Ebola. But confusion persists. Could it be a health literacy issue?” This entry from the We Love Health Literacy Blog http://bit.ly/12TxWnH will help you understand what terms may cause confusion when explaining Ebola transmission and offer other alternatives.

Managing Your Fear about Ebola

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

The American Psychological Association’s Help Center  has some suggestions on how to manage your fears and anxieties concerning Ebola. Many of them are essential ingredients for a healthy lifestyle; adopting them can help improve your overall emotional and physical well-being.

APA Help Center: http://bit.ly/1yFRqGA

Managing your fear about Ebola: http://bit.ly/10zr7XN

ONC Innovation Engagement: Pillbox (Google Hangout)

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)’s next Innovation Engagement Google Hangout is on October 7 at 2pm ET, featuring a discussion between David Hale of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and Mark Silverberg from Social Health Insights on Pillbox, an NLM project to aid in the identification of unknown pills (oral solid dosage form medications). This resource combines images of pills with appearance and other information to enable users to visually search for and identify oral solid dosage form medications. NLM created and released open source code for “Pillbox” to make this data easily accessible and usable by the developer community. Available on Github, Pillbox is a collection of Python scripts that download the SPL data files, process the data files along with other data sources to create a “pill-focused” view of the information, and provide the data into formats that can be easily used by APIs. Pillbox is available as an API or developers can download and incorporate the scripts into their own applications. Join ONC on Oct 7 to learn more about Pillbox and how you can get involved.

Google Hangout (October 7, 2014, 2:00pm ET): http://bit.ly/1rIs48L
Pillbox: http://1.usa.gov/1oGUe0q

World Heart Day: Prevention

Monday, September 29th, 2014

September 29, 2014 is World Heart Day. To learn about heart-healthy lifestyle choices, visit MedlinePlus.

Heart Diseases–Prevention (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1DRtAM5

New Ways to Fight Migraines

Friday, September 26th, 2014

For those who suffer from migraine headaches and cannot tolerate drug treatments, the onset of a migraine can mean being unable to function normally for up to 72 hours. In this consumer update from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), two new prescription devices may offer much needed relief. In clinical studies, both devices have shown to be effective with minimal risks and side effects when used correctly.

For information on these devices, visit the FDA’s consumer update page: http://1.usa.gov/1t2jD5U

Flu Shot Season is Around the Corner

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Everyone needs a flu shot every flu season. Less than half of all Americans got a flu shot last year.”It’s really unfortunate that half of Americans are not getting the protection from flu they could get,” said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

You should get vaccinated every year for two reasons.

Flu viruses are constantly changing. The flu vaccine is often updated from one season to the next to protect against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season.

A person’s immune protection from vaccination declines over time so annual vaccination is needed for optimal protection. Annual vaccination is recommended even for those who received the vaccine during the previous flu season.

Watch this fun 30 second video to learn why everyone needs a flu vaccine! http://1.usa.gov/1up671Z

For more information about flu shots go to http://1.usa.gov/Y6YO0V

“Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine” in English and Spanish

http://1.usa.gov/1rnbz2Z (English)   http://1.usa.gov/ZLDtLF(Spanish)