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Multiple Sclerosis and Complementary Health Approaches

Monday, December 14th, 2015

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) has published a Clinical Digest on the state of evidence for commonly used complementary approaches for treating multiple sclerosis (MS).

Multiple Sclerosis and Complementary Health Approaches:

For more information about MS, go to the MedlinePlus Health Topic page:

Toolkit: Communities, Social Justice and Academic Medical Centers

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) provides a new toolkit: Communities, Social Justice and Academic Medical Centers. Included are a facilitator guide, slides and discussion sheets. This toolkit can be used to explore how clinical, research and education missions can improve community health and help to close gaps in healthcare. Download the kit at:

The National Institutes of Health Supports New Studies to Find Alzheimer’s Biomarkers in Down Syndrome Volunteers

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has started an initiative to identify biomarkers, track the progression of Alzheimer’s and the latter effects of dementia in persons with Down syndrome. Researchers will use brain imaging, as well as fluid and tissue biomarkers in research that could lead to effective solutions for those facing dementia.

For more information:

5 Facts About Deductibles from

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Factoring in out-of-pocket costs has always been part of buying health insurance, but for the first time now there are a lot of resources to help you better understand your choices at HealthCare. gov. These include new features that allow you to see your total estimated out-of-pocket costs, to search health plans by your preferred provider and to see if your prescription drugs are covered. Read more about how to calculate and prepare for out-of-pocket costs when making your health insurance decisions:

Federal Plain Language Report Card

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Each year, the Center for Plain Language evaluates how well federal agencies comply with the Plain Writing Act of 2010. In 2015 the Center graded each department in two categories:

  • Compliance – Does the Department fulfill the administrative requirements of the Plain Writing Act of 2010?
  • Writing & Information Design – Do writing samples consistently demonstrate plain writing principles (for example, clear style and organization and effective visual elements) to make documents easier to read and understand?

To see the full report card, please visit:

Thanksgiving Pet Safety

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Are you travelling with your pet this week? Does your dog like to “clean” your kitchen floor as you cook? The American Veterinary Medical Association has tips for keeping your pets’ safe.

Thanksgiving Pet Safety (AVMA):


Share your family health history on Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Thanksgiving is National Family History Day. Take time around the dinner table to learn about your family’s health history with these resources.

Creating a Family History (NIHSeniorHealth):

My Family Health Portrait (Surgeon General):

Sweetened Drinks Might Raise Men’s Risk for Heart Failure

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

A recent news item in MedlinePlus highlights a study linking two servings a day of sugary drinks to increased risk of heart failure.


Check out the Heart Diseases – Prevention health topic page on MedlinePlus for tips to improve heart health:

Use of Complementary Health Approaches in the U.S.

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Using results from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) has developed trend reports for how, why and to what extent Americans are using complementary health approaches.

NCCIH’s website includes shareable infographics on trends and most used practices and supplements:


National Diabetes Month Social Media Toolkit

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

The National Eye Health Education Program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announces a new resource. National Diabetes Month Social Media Toolkit. November is National Diabetes Month. This toolkit provides social media messages, infographics, videos, and other resources to engage key audiences. Learn more: