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January NIH News in Health

Monday, January 11th, 2016

This month’s issue of NIH News in Health features articles with tips on maintaining a healthy blood pressure, substance abuse in women, and using the NIH Body Weight Planner.

NIH News in Health:

NLM Update: Coffee and Health

Monday, January 4th, 2016

The most current episode of the National Library of Medicine’s audio update covers current evidence on Coffee and Health. You can listen to this and listen to past episodes on MedlinePlus: Transcripts are available for all updates.



Make 2016 Your Year to Quit Smoking

Monday, January 4th, 2016

From the Centers for Disease Control:

“The latest CDC feature article encourages smokers to use the coming new year to get healthy by quitting smoking. The article is full of ideas and resources that can help smokers keep their New Year’s resolutions to be tobacco-free in 2016 such as:

  • Developing a quit plan. A quit plan is a key element in successful quit attempts, and this article tells smokers how to get started with their own plan. Engaging your health care provider. Talking with a health care provider increases a smoker’s chances of quitting for good, so the article encourages smokers to reach out to their doctors, pharmacists, or other health care providers for help.
  • Using approved medications. Medications can relieve physical discomfort from nicotine withdrawal and help with cravings. The article discusses how medications, along with counseling or coaching, boost smokers’ chances for success.

You can find links to more materials on the OSH January Media Calendar page. This page also has links to helpful guides explaining how smoking harms your health, as well as several resources available free of charge to help smokers quit smoking for good.”

Make 2016 Your Year to Quit:

Media Calendar:

The Joint Commission’s New Speak Up Campaign to Reduce Readmissions

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

“Speak Up: Avoid a return trip to the hospital” uses easy-to-understand language to help patients understand the steps they should take after they are discharged to avoid returning to the hospital. The materials are free and available on The Joint Commission’s website.

Multiple Sclerosis and Complementary Health Approaches

Monday, December 14th, 2015

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) has published a Clinical Digest on the state of evidence for commonly used complementary approaches for treating multiple sclerosis (MS).

Multiple Sclerosis and Complementary Health Approaches:

For more information about MS, go to the MedlinePlus Health Topic page:

Toolkit: Communities, Social Justice and Academic Medical Centers

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) provides a new toolkit: Communities, Social Justice and Academic Medical Centers. Included are a facilitator guide, slides and discussion sheets. This toolkit can be used to explore how clinical, research and education missions can improve community health and help to close gaps in healthcare. Download the kit at:

The National Institutes of Health Supports New Studies to Find Alzheimer’s Biomarkers in Down Syndrome Volunteers

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has started an initiative to identify biomarkers, track the progression of Alzheimer’s and the latter effects of dementia in persons with Down syndrome. Researchers will use brain imaging, as well as fluid and tissue biomarkers in research that could lead to effective solutions for those facing dementia.

For more information:

5 Facts About Deductibles from

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Factoring in out-of-pocket costs has always been part of buying health insurance, but for the first time now there are a lot of resources to help you better understand your choices at HealthCare. gov. These include new features that allow you to see your total estimated out-of-pocket costs, to search health plans by your preferred provider and to see if your prescription drugs are covered. Read more about how to calculate and prepare for out-of-pocket costs when making your health insurance decisions:

Federal Plain Language Report Card

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Each year, the Center for Plain Language evaluates how well federal agencies comply with the Plain Writing Act of 2010. In 2015 the Center graded each department in two categories:

  • Compliance – Does the Department fulfill the administrative requirements of the Plain Writing Act of 2010?
  • Writing & Information Design – Do writing samples consistently demonstrate plain writing principles (for example, clear style and organization and effective visual elements) to make documents easier to read and understand?

To see the full report card, please visit:

Thanksgiving Pet Safety

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Are you travelling with your pet this week? Does your dog like to “clean” your kitchen floor as you cook? The American Veterinary Medical Association has tips for keeping your pets’ safe.

Thanksgiving Pet Safety (AVMA):