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NIH Launches New Public Health Campaign

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

A growing body of scientific evidence indicates that uncontrolled high blood pressure is not only the leading cause of stroke but may also be linked to cognitive decline and dementia. The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is launching a public health education campaign called Mind Your Risks. The campaign is designed to raise awareness about how controlling the risk factors for stroke in middle age, particularly high blood pressure, may reduce the risk of cognitive decline later in life. For information and resources  http://1.usa.gov/1PZvXW0

Bladder Health – Guide for community and faith-based groups

Monday, February 8th, 2016

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’s Center for Faith-based and and Neighborhood Partnerships, in conjunction with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, has a new guide for community and faith-based leaders on Bladder Health.

Bladder Health: What Health Ministers Need to Know: http://1.usa.gov/1SbilXN (.pdf)

 

Women in Clinical Trials

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Marsha Henderson, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health, encourages women to talk about participating in clinical trials. In her recent blog post, http://1.usa.gov/23vXhPx, she discusses her own experience and why it’s important for women to talk about clinical trials and potential participation. She also refers to the Women in Clinical Trials initiative from the FDA Office of Women’s Health, http://1.usa.gov/1nAOYBT. The site offers answers to questions women may have about joining clinical trials. Both sites emphasize that anyone interested in participating in trials needs to consult with health care providers. To find a clinical trial or see the types of trials that have been done, visit ClinicalTrials.gov.

 

Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators (LHIs)

Monday, January 25th, 2016

The Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators (LHIs) are a select subset of 26 Healthy People 2020 objectives chosen to communicate high-priority health issues. Each month HealthyPeople.gov displays 1 or more infographics to visually communicate the existing health disparities for the featured LHI. This month’s topic is injury and violence. http://1.usa.gov/1lLcHx8

 

 

 

 

Colds and Sore Throats

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

It’s that time of year when colds, coughs, and sore throats seem to be everywhere.

NIH News in Health from March 2013 has some tips for “Soothing a Sore Throat.” http://1.usa.gov/1P8dhRz

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide information on reducing your risk of getting or spreading a cold. http://1.usa.gov/1NmNjEu

The CDC also has tips on relieving symptoms common to colds. http://1.usa.gov/1ZEunIq

6 Ways to Start Fresh This Semester

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

What’s the New Year’s resolution at Her Campus? Beyond acing organic chemistry, Her Campus wants to help young women at colleges and universities make this semester way healthier than their last. Everyone knows college is stressful — and in between back-to-back finals, generous helpings of eggnog, and a bit of well-deserved holiday laziness, maybe your health has taken a hit. But now it’s time to get back on campus for another whirlwind semester.  Making even tiny moves toward a healthier lifestyle can make a huge difference. Make this your healthiest semester yet! Learn more about ways to make sure you have the happiest and healthiest semester you can have! http://1.usa.gov/22Xwxah

 

January NIH News in Health

Monday, January 11th, 2016

This month’s issue of NIH News in Health features articles with tips on maintaining a healthy blood pressure, substance abuse in women, and using the NIH Body Weight Planner.

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

NLM Update: Coffee and Health

Monday, January 4th, 2016

The most current episode of the National Library of Medicine’s audio update covers current evidence on Coffee and Health. You can listen to this and listen to past episodes on MedlinePlus: http://1.usa.gov/1Ov9Unl Transcripts are available for all updates.

 

 

Make 2016 Your Year to Quit Smoking

Monday, January 4th, 2016

From the Centers for Disease Control:

“The latest CDC feature article encourages smokers to use the coming new year to get healthy by quitting smoking. The article is full of ideas and resources that can help smokers keep their New Year’s resolutions to be tobacco-free in 2016 such as:

  • Developing a quit plan. A quit plan is a key element in successful quit attempts, and this article tells smokers how to get started with their own plan. Engaging your health care provider. Talking with a health care provider increases a smoker’s chances of quitting for good, so the article encourages smokers to reach out to their doctors, pharmacists, or other health care providers for help.
  • Using approved medications. Medications can relieve physical discomfort from nicotine withdrawal and help with cravings. The article discusses how medications, along with counseling or coaching, boost smokers’ chances for success.

You can find links to more materials on the OSH January Media Calendar page. This page also has links to helpful guides explaining how smoking harms your health, as well as several resources available free of charge to help smokers quit smoking for good.”

Make 2016 Your Year to Quit: http://1.usa.gov/1JT64PB

Media Calendar: http://1.usa.gov/1OGyX2G

The Joint Commission’s New Speak Up Campaign to Reduce Readmissions

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

“Speak Up: Avoid a return trip to the hospital” uses easy-to-understand language to help patients understand the steps they should take after they are discharged to avoid returning to the hospital. The materials are free and available on The Joint Commission’s website. http://bit.ly/1k2FYTc