October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, a month-long observance that focuses on the role substance abuse prevention plays in promoting safe and healthy communities. Substance use, including underage drinking and the non-medical use of prescription and over-the-counter medications, significantly affects the health and well-being of our nation’s youth and people of all ages. See the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Aministration prevention resources: http://1.usa.gov/1cerBWY.
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October 20-26, 2013 is International Infection Control Week. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 1 in 20 hospital patients will contract a healthcare-associated infection.
Resources to learn more:
Entertaining infection prevention videos from the IICW website: http://bit.ly/1bGlHJY
Healthcare-associated infections (CDC): http://www.cdc.gov/hai/
From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health News Roundup:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported late yesterday that it has resumed analysis of influenza surveillance data and testing of influenza laboratory specimens collected during the 16-day government shut-down. An abbreviated FluView report summarizing the data for the most recent week (October 6-12) will be posted on Friday, October 18. At a later date, reports summarizing influenza surveillance data for September 22-October 5 will also be posted. Weekly Friday posting of the full FluView report for the 2013-2014 season will begin again on October 25.
For the abbreviated FluView report: http://1.usa.gov/1i2idmE
For the full RWJF Public Health Roundup: http://bit.ly/19Rtwcj
From the National Institutes of Health:
A good night’s rest may literally clear the mind. Using mice, researchers showed for the first time that the space between brain cells may increase during sleep, allowing the brain to flush out toxins that build up during waking hours. These results suggest a new role for sleep in health and disease. The study was funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the NIH.
For centuries, scientists and philosophers have wondered why people sleep and how it affects the brain. Only recently have scientists shown that sleep is important for storing memories. In this study, Dr. Nedergaard and her colleagues unexpectedly found that sleep may be also be the period when the brain cleanses itself of toxic molecules.
For the full NIH news article: http://1.usa.gov/17RLxqn
Nearly 90% of women who find and treat their breast cancer are cancer-free at five years. Mammograms can help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer among women ages 40 to 70. A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray picture of the breast.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the standards for mammography machines and training for the people who give mammograms. FDA also certifies the places that give mammograms in the U.S., under the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA). FDA keeps a list of all certified places where you can get a mammogram.
For four mammography myths, along with helpful information you should know before you go, visit the FDA’s Women’s Health Topics: Mammography page: http://1.usa.gov/1bFI6qW
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From the blog – We Love Health Literacy, Oct 10, 2013
With the launch of the ACA many Americans who have never had health insurance will encounter terms that are foreign to them. This is a great piece that raises our awareness as we speak to consumers who are making decisions about their healthcare insurance.
Download and use the infographic “Tips on fire safety when using medical oxygen at home” to educate your patients and family members about fire safety at home. http://bit.ly/19i6DAJ
Teach kids important fire-safety skills with Sparky’s Birthday Surprise, a new free app jam-packed with games, activities, coloring pages, and even a sing-a-long. With bright graphics and kid-friendly tappable animations throughout, this free app is aligned to Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Math. Download NFPA’s free storybook app and eBook http://bit.ly/GH5ABK
This week is Bone and Joint Health Week. MedlinePlus.gov has a Bone Diseases health topic page that includes information on Bone Health, Bone Diseases, Genetic Conditions and Cool Tools.
Bone Diseases at MedlinePlus.gov: http://1.usa.gov/1gEnyTq
From the HHS:
The Digital Strategy requires us to make digital content available where, when, and how citizens want it. Many HHS websites are creating mobile versions or using responsive design sites to accomplish this. Others around the Department are creating apps for iPhone and Android smartphones. Today more than half of adult cell phone owners have apps on their phones, so in some cases that may be a good approach. But creating an app also assumes that users will value it enough to keep it on their device.
Listed are descriptions of all 33 of the HHS-sponsored apps available on iPhones, Androids, iPod Touches, iPad, Blackberries, Blackberry tablets, Android tablets, Palm OS/web OS and Windows Mobile. Learn about them and download those that can help you track your health!
For the full list, visit: http://1.usa.gov/1cABOwq