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Potential Harm of Unnecessary Health Care

Friday, June 26th, 2015

The New Yorker has published an article in their Annals of Health Care issue on the avalanche of unnecessary medical care, which could potentially harm patients physically and financially and what can be done about it.

To read the article, please visit: nyr.kr/1CyBGX0

 

Healthy People 2020 Objective Data Search

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Healthy People 2020 includes over 1,200 objectives to monitor and improve the health of all Americans over the decade. The objectives are organized into 42 Topic Areas, each representing an important public health area. To determine the success of Healthy People, it is important to track and measure progress for the objectives over the decade. Search the objectives data online to locate date by state level, populations, type of intervention, health condition and more:  http://1.usa.gov/1GIA2pT

Summer Sun and Pool Safety

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Sun Safety

Protect your self from the summer sun with these tips from the American Cancer Society. http://bit.ly/1BnbEdY

Pool Safety

Simple Steps Saves Lives. Learn how to keep yourself and your children safe while having fun at the pool. http://1.usa.gov/1Lfuffv

Watch the video: The Adventures of Splish and Splash. http://1.usa.gov/1N2yPvP

Take one minute to make sure your family is safer this year by pledging to: Pool Safety Take the Pledge, there is one for adults and one for the kids. http://1.usa.gov/1JTVOdV

 

 

Summer Weather Safety

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Learn how to keep yourself safe during severe weather this summer. http://1.usa.gov/1KZpA01

Also learn what to do during lighting storms. Lightning: What you need to Know http://1.usa.gov/1BiNDFa

State Community Health Worker Models

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

The National Academy for State Health Policy offers a new resource: State Community Health Worker Models, with a map highlighting state activity to integrate Community Health Workers into evolving health care systems in key areas such as financing, education and training, certification, and state definitions and legislation, roles and scope of practice:  http://bit.ly/1QaHTP5

MedlinePlus Releases New Responsive Web Design

Monday, May 4th, 2015

From the National Library of Medicine:

Last week, MedlinePlus (http://medlineplus.gov/) and MedlinePlus en español (http://medlineplus.gov/spanish) released a completely redesigned site with a fresh look and feel.

The new version of MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español uses responsive design for ease of use on any device, whether that is a desktop monitor or mobile touchscreen.  Responsive pages automatically change their layout to fit your screen.  See the announcement page (http://1.usa.gov/1dHTGbx) for more details.

Because this latest release enables all users to access a layout of MedlinePlus.gov optimized for their device, there is no longer a need for the separate mobile (m.medlineplus.gov) sites.  These sites are now retired; visitors to them will be redirected to the new version of MedlinePlus.gov.

We invite you to try out MedlinePlus’s full responsive design on your smartphone, tablet or desktop at http://medlineplus.gov/ and http://medlineplus.gov/spanish .  Take a tour of the redesigned site at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/tour/tour.html (also available in Spanish).  Please send us your feedback and comments about the new design via the Contact Us link that appears on every MedlinePlus page.

Health Equity Thunderclap

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

The U.S. Office of Minority Health invited you to join the Thunderclap! A Thunderclap is a social media tool that makes a message louder because we all say it together. On April 30, at 2 PM EDT, take action for health equity and raise awareness of health disparities. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/1K2VfLJ

Former Smokers Harmed by Tobacco Tell Their Stories

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

U.S. health officials released a new round of graphic anti-smoking ads featuring former smokers living with the ravages of tobacco.

The new ads highlight the benefits of quitting for the families of smokers and the importance of giving up cigarettes completely, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Bottom line, these ads will save lives and they will also save money,” CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden said during a news conference Thursday. Tobacco is “public health enemy number one,” Frieden said. “More than 1,000 Americans per day are killed by tobacco — nearly 500,000 every year.”  Yet 42 million Americans still smoke, according to the CDC.

Among those former smokers featured in the ads is Julia, 58, who smoked for more than 20 years and developed colon cancer at 49. “I tried to quit many times,” she said during the news conference. “With the help of my family and my faith, I was able to quit smoking successfully. Unfortunately, I did not walk away from smoking without consequences. The battle I fought with cancer isn’t something I would wish on anybody.”

To read more about the ads go to: http://1.usa.gov/1CMmNiA

March is Deep Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month. Are you at risk?

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)  is often an underdiagnosed and serious, but preventable medical condition. The CDC is partnering with two national organizations to raise awareness and make a difference. http://1.usa.gov/1GpEqso

This is Serious is a national campaign originally developed by the Vascular Disease Foundation and then taken over by Duke University. The purpose of this campaign is to increase awareness and action around the prevention of DVT and PE among women. The campaign encourages women to be aware of symptoms and to talk with their doctors about their risks. The campaign is conducted through a variety of channels including live community education activities, a website, and print materials. http://bit.ly/1EwmZX0

Stop the Clot, Spread the Word is a new national campaign from the National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA). This new program will help to reduce blood clots through awareness, education, and community engagement. NBCA plans to incorporate a far-reaching, awareness-building effort driven by a dynamic digital and social media initiative. This campaign will be extended further through the traditional media such as television, radio, and print. http://bit.ly/1CtXs1u

Community Engagement Ideas

Friday, February 20th, 2015

WebJunction has some great ideas for innovative community engagement as well as some community-generated ideas on the future of libraries. They point to major takeaways from the recent 10-day experiment, in which people were invited to join the discussion and generate ideas: http://bit.ly/1D4qeqp.