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Institute of Medicine Study: Errors in Patient Diagnosis

Friday, September 25th, 2015

The report, called “Improving Diagnosis in Health Care,” asserts that diagnostic errors occur daily in every health care setting nationwide, yet they have never been adequately studied. No one knows how many people suffer from misdiagnoses or delays that affect their care. “Most people will experience at least one diagnostic error during their lifetime, sometimes with devastating consequences.” Read more in U.S. News & World Report:

Flu Shots for Pregnant Women

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

The March of Dimes says that flu shots can help you while you are pregnant. Mothers who become sick with the flu are two times more likely to have a baby with a serious birth defect of the brain, spine, or heart than women who don’t catch the virus.

To learn more about Influenza (flu) and pregnancy go to

New Health Education Materials on Blood Clots: This Is Serious

Monday, September 14th, 2015

From the Centers for Disease Control:

“The Duke Hemostasis and Thrombosis Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently launched new health education materials for women who are at an increased risk for blood clots. This Is Serious is a health education campaign developed by the Duke Hemostasis and Thrombosis Center, in partnership with the Division of Blood Disorders at the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at CDC. The objective of this work is to increase awareness and action around the prevention of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or blood clots, in women.”

This is Serious:

Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives

Friday, September 4th, 2015

The Exhibition Program at the National Library of Medicine has announced its newest traveling exhibition, Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives, which is now available for six-week booking periods. The exhibition explores the story of nurses and activists who during the late 20th century worked with passion and persistence to reform a medical profession that overwhelmingly failed to acknowledge violence against women as a serious health issue. Beginning in the late 1970s, nurses were in the vanguard as they pushed the larger medical community to identify victims, adequately respond to their needs, and work towards the prevention of domestic violence. The accompanying exhibit website contains lesson plans, online activities, other resources, and a digital gallery.

Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives:

Sepsis Fact Sheets from the CDC

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

From the Centers for Disease Control:

“What is sepsis? What causes sepsis? Who gets sepsis? The answers to these questions and more can be found in a series of fact sheets and an infographic created to increase sepsis awareness among both the general public and healthcare professionals. These resources are intended for patients and caregivers and can be placed in patient waiting areas, emergency rooms, and anywhere that patients might view them.

These fact sheets can be downloaded, viewed, copied, and distributed without alteration.”

Fact Sheets:

MedlinePlus: Three new Health Topic pages

Monday, August 31st, 2015

MedlinePlus has four new health topic pages.

Assisted Reproductive Technology:

Hemorrhagic Stroke:

Ischemic Stroke:



September is National Preparedness Month

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

The 2015 National Preparedness Month (NPM) theme is: Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.

This year FEMA is asking you to take action now – make a plan with your community, your family, and for your pets.  Plan how to stay safe and communicate during the disasters that can affect your community. We ask everyone to participate in America’s PrepareAthon! and the national day of action, National PrepareAthon! Day, which ends National Preparedness Month on September 30.

There is a NPM Digital Engagement Toolkit and NPM graphics to help you promote activities and awareness for the month.

The KnowBullying App from SAMHSA

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

With a new school year starting, this is a good time to review the free KnowBullying App from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This mobile application helps to empower parents, caregivers, child care providers and educators with a tool that can be used to recognize warning signs and has strategies to prevent bullying. This app received the Bronze Award in the mobile category from the Web Health Awards in 2014.

10 Years After Hurricane Katrina

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Resources to help those experiencing anniversaries of disasters

From SAMHSA: “Anniversaries of disasters may also be hard for survivors, who may experience some of the same reactions they did around the time of the disaster itself. For those who experience intense reactions, preparing ahead of time and knowing what to expect may be helpful.”


SAMHSA has resources related to Hurricane Katrina and disaster anniversaries that may be helpful to behavior specialists, public health workers, consumers and others in your community who may need support.


Tableau Public for Data Visualizations

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Tableau Public is free software that can help users publish interactive data visualizations to the Internet. It has powerful charting and graphing tools and allows data mapping. People can see and understand data, reports and dashboards faster with visual analytics technology, which can help uncover key trends, relationships, patterns that might otherwise be a challenge to find.

To see resources and a gallery of examples, visit: