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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]

February Flu Alert from the CDC

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Please be advised of the following ALERT issued by the Centers For Disease Control(CDC). The CDC is reporting increased, severe Seasonal Flu Activity. Learn what you can do to prevent you and your loved ones from getting the flu.

NIHSeniorHealth: Bladder Health

Monday, February 15th, 2016

NIHSeniorHealth has a new topic page for Bladder Health. Designed for older adults and their family members, the page provides guidance on the effects of aging on bladder health, tips for keeping one’s bladder healthy and when to see a doctor.

Bladder Health (NIHSeniorHealth):

NIH Launches New Public Health Campaign

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

A growing body of scientific evidence indicates that uncontrolled high blood pressure is not only the leading cause of stroke but may also be linked to cognitive decline and dementia. The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is launching a public health education campaign called Mind Your Risks. The campaign is designed to raise awareness about how controlling the risk factors for stroke in middle age, particularly high blood pressure, may reduce the risk of cognitive decline later in life. For information and resources

Bladder Health – Guide for community and faith-based groups

Monday, February 8th, 2016

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’s Center for Faith-based and and Neighborhood Partnerships, in conjunction with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, has a new guide for community and faith-based leaders on Bladder Health.

Bladder Health: What Health Ministers Need to Know: (.pdf)


Women in Clinical Trials

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Marsha Henderson, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health, encourages women to talk about participating in clinical trials. In her recent blog post,, she discusses her own experience and why it’s important for women to talk about clinical trials and potential participation. She also refers to the Women in Clinical Trials initiative from the FDA Office of Women’s Health, The site offers answers to questions women may have about joining clinical trials. Both sites emphasize that anyone interested in participating in trials needs to consult with health care providers. To find a clinical trial or see the types of trials that have been done, visit


Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators (LHIs)

Monday, January 25th, 2016

The Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators (LHIs) are a select subset of 26 Healthy People 2020 objectives chosen to communicate high-priority health issues. Each month displays 1 or more infographics to visually communicate the existing health disparities for the featured LHI. This month’s topic is injury and violence.





Colds and Sore Throats

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

It’s that time of year when colds, coughs, and sore throats seem to be everywhere.

NIH News in Health from March 2013 has some tips for “Soothing a Sore Throat.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide information on reducing your risk of getting or spreading a cold.

The CDC also has tips on relieving symptoms common to colds.