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CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

The CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain was published in March 2016. It provides recommendations for prescribing appropriate opioid pain relievers and other treatment options to improve pain management and patient safety. To find more information and guideline resources for both the clinical staff and patients go to the CDC Guideline Resources

Patient Safety Awareness Week

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

To promote Patient Safety Awareness Week, the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) will host a webinar involving leaders and organizations addressing patient safety from a national perspective. The complimentary webinar “Patient Safety Is a Public Health Issue” will take place on Thursday, March 17, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm (EST).


Treatment for Alcohol Problems: Finding and Getting Help

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism provides a new guide, Treatment for Alcohol Problems: Finding and Getting Help.  This guide is written for individuals, and their family and friends, who are looking for options to address alcohol problems. It is intended as a resource to understand what treatment choices are available and what to consider when selecting among them. Link to the guide,

Menopausal Symptoms and Complementary Health Practices

Monday, March 7th, 2016

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) has published a Clinical Digest summarizing the available evidence on complementary health practices for menopausal symptoms.

Menopausal Symptoms and Complementary Health Practices:

Understanding the Connection between Health Insurance and Taxes

Friday, March 4th, 2016

When you file your taxes, you’ll need to include information about your health coverage. Whether you enrolled in coverage, received financial help, or chose to go without coverage there may be tax implications — including the possibility of a penalty payment. Below are resources that will help you understand your 2015 health coverage status and what you need to do next! 2015 Health Coverage & Your Federal Taxes:
How Health Coverage Affects Your Taxes Factsheet: (PDF)
No Health Coverage? What That Means for Your Taxes Factsheet: (PDF)

Unapproved Foreign Drugs Cannot Be Brought Into the United States Without U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Approval

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Adapted from (Health Day News)

Americans traveling abroad are not allowed to bring home foreign versions of medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (FDA) If someone with a serious medical condition needs treatment with a foreign drug and there is no U.S. substitute, the FDA will review an application to import the drug for personal use. A letter from a doctor explaining the drug is part of ongoing treatment that began outside of the United States, or the name and address of a licensed U.S doctor, who will supervise the drug, is required. Foreigners planning to carry medications into the United States need to have a valid prescription or note from a doctor written in English, explaining the drug is necessary. For more information, please visit:


Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

In Yoga for Pain Relief, Harvard Medical School described study findings, a typical yoga session, and modification of yoga postures if needed.

Go4Life from the National Institute on Aging shared some tips specifically for Yoga and Older Adults

  • Put safety first
  • Look for a well-trained instructor who’s attentive to your needs
  • Practice mindfully

For additional facts and resources on yoga, check out the highlights from NCCIH Yoga for Health and Well-Being Twitter Chat from September 2015,

Colorectal Cancer Month: Toolkit

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. has an online toolkit to promote colorectal health throughout the month. The kit includes wording for getting the word out through social messaging and traditional media, as well as health information resources.

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month:

Merck Manual Available Free Online

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Merck Manual has moved from print books to putting editions online for free. Users need not register or provide personal information. Two versions available, one for consumers and one for professionals. The same information is available, but the consumer site is designed and punctuated with language that is easy to understand for patients and consumers. The first edition was published in 1899 as a small reference book for physicians and pharmacists, but has grown to become one of the most widely used medical resources. To read more and to access the online editions, please see:

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 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]