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Ways to be a safe patient

Monday, March 21st, 2016

The CDC has published a list of “10 Things You Can Do to Be a Safe Patient”. The number 1 tip is “Speak up. Talk to your doctor about all questions or worries you have. Ask them what they are doing to protect you.”

Read the other nine and get more information here:

On St. Patrick’s Day eat green… leafy vegetables

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here are a few reminders about the benefits of leafy green vegetables.

Lin Yan published the benefits of these foods in USDA Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center News, on March 23, 2013. “Dark green leafy vegetables are great sources of nutrition. Salad greens, kale and spinach are rich in vitamins A, C, E and K, and broccoli, bok choy and mustard are also rich in many of the B-vitamins. These vegetables also contain an abundance of carotenoids—antioxidants that protect cells and play roles in blocking the early stages of cancer. They also contain high levels of fiber, iron, magnesium, potassium and calcium. Furthermore, greens have very little carbohydrates, sodium and cholesterol…The dark greens supply a significant amount of folate, a B vitamin that promotes heart health and helps prevent certain birth defects.”

Ingrid Adams from the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service outlines benefits of dark, leafy green vegetables as well as tips on their shopping, preparation, and storage.

Safer, More Effective Pain Management

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Guideline information for patients on how to be safe when using opioids for chronic management can be found on the CDC site at

Learn what opioids are and the risks and side effects of prescription opioid pain relievers.

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,