Archive for the ‘General’ Category
According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 11% of women with heavy menstrual periods have a bleeding disorder. The CDC has information about signs and symptoms of bleeding disorders and tips for talking to your doctor.
Bleeding Disorders in Women (CDC): http://1.usa.gov/1ziE3Ox
Not enough women are being screened for cervical cancer, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in this month’s issue of Vital Signs. More than 12,000 women get cervical cancer every year. Up to 93% of cervical cancers are preventable. Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination helps prevent infection with the HPV types that cause most cervical cancers.
To see the complete report, visit CDC Vital Signs: http://1.usa.gov/1BoOO5e
It’s the time of year for runny noses, sore throats and coughing. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has a chart to help determine if seasonal symptoms indicate a cold or influenza. The chart is in PDF format and can be printed for sharing or posting.
MedlinePlus has published a new health topic page on Cervical Cancer Screening. The page has resources about the Pap smear and HPV test and includes easy-to-read materials, tutorials and health check tools.
Cervical Cancer Screening (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1xCFSTX
MedlinePlus has published a new health topic page on Prostate Cancer Screening. The page covers screening methods, risks of screening, a prostate cancer risk questionnaire, as well as research and patient handouts.
Prostate Cancer Screening (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1xCEfpg
“A lot of media outlets have made a good effort to clarify how a person can and cannot get Ebola. But confusion persists. Could it be a health literacy issue?” This entry from the We Love Health Literacy Blog http://bit.ly/12TxWnH will help you understand what terms may cause confusion when explaining Ebola transmission and offer other alternatives.
The American Psychological Association’s Help Center has some suggestions on how to manage your fears and anxieties concerning Ebola. Many of them are essential ingredients for a healthy lifestyle; adopting them can help improve your overall emotional and physical well-being.
APA Help Center: http://bit.ly/1yFRqGA
Managing your fear about Ebola: http://bit.ly/10zr7XN
Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)’s next Innovation Engagement Google Hangout is on October 7 at 2pm ET, featuring a discussion between David Hale of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and Mark Silverberg from Social Health Insights on Pillbox, an NLM project to aid in the identification of unknown pills (oral solid dosage form medications). This resource combines images of pills with appearance and other information to enable users to visually search for and identify oral solid dosage form medications. NLM created and released open source code for “Pillbox” to make this data easily accessible and usable by the developer community. Available on Github, Pillbox is a collection of Python scripts that download the SPL data files, process the data files along with other data sources to create a “pill-focused” view of the information, and provide the data into formats that can be easily used by APIs. Pillbox is available as an API or developers can download and incorporate the scripts into their own applications. Join ONC on Oct 7 to learn more about Pillbox and how you can get involved.