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Archive for the ‘Health Information Literacy’ Category

January is National Diet Month

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

The holiday is just weeks away!  In preparation for New Year’s resolutions, Kids.gov has compiled resources for National Diet Month. These resources include information on healthy eating, exercising, staying active for kids, lesson plans, nutrition games for children, posters, coloring sheets, and much more!

To view the resources: http://1.usa.gov/1wPUuQG

AHRQ Grantee Simplifies Medicine Instructions

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Explicit, standardized instructions that improve patients’ understanding, and possibly reduce errors while improving adherence, are now available from the AHRQ Pharmacy Health Literacy Center.  These tested instructions for pills follow the Universal Medication Schedule (UMS), which simplifies complex medicine regimens by using standard time periods for administration (morning, noon, evening, and bedtime). The instructions have also been translated into Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

To access the instructions in all six languages, go to: http://1.usa.gov/13gsISy

To learn about other tools and resources available from the AHRQ’s Pharmacy Health Literacy Center, go to: http://1.usa.gov/1GvEPu6

Bleeding Disorders in Women

Monday, December 8th, 2014

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

A Priceless Gift: Your Family Health History

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

NIH News in Health –

Conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes often run in families. Tracing the illnesses of your parents, grandparents, and other blood relatives can help your health care practitioner predict your risk for specific disorders. It could suggest vital screening tests and treatments before any disease is evident. That’s why it’s so important to discuss your family’s health history.

The U.S. Surgeon General has an online tool, My Family Health Portrait  http://1.usa.gov/1wAozGb  that can help you gather and record your family health history. The tool lets you save family information to your own computer and share health histories with other family members. The tool is available in English, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

Before you start using this tool, talk with family members to gather details about their health histories. The Surgeon General offers tips on starting the conversations at http://1.usa.gov/1tUCxM0

In the future, tests may make it possible to identify and possibly fix the gene glitches that raise a person’s risk for diseases. NIH is now working on technology that will help doctors quickly create a health plan based on a person’s unique genetic blueprint. In the meantime, family health history is a no-cost way to help doctors personalize your health care.

As the holiday season continues, start a new tradition and create a family health portrait. This will truly be a priceless gift to you, your family, and future generations.

Talking Turkey: Food Safety resources

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Want to cook (and eat!) safely this holiday season? Visit the Food Safety health topic page of MedlinePlus.

Resources include:

  • 4 Basic Steps to Food Safety at Home (easy to read)
  • Poultry Preparation
  • Leftovers and Food Safety
  • Holiday Food Safety (video)

Food Safety (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1vFyIBN

Know the ABCs of Diabetes: National Diabetes Month

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

According to the CDC, more than 29 million Americans have diabetes. Since November is National Diabetes Month, it is a perfect time to familiarize yourself with the ABCs of diabetes management.

A is for: A1C test – a blood test that measures your average blood sugar level over the past 3 months.

B is for: Blood pressure – the force of your blood against the wall of your blood vessels.

C is for: cholesterol – there are two types, LDL and HDL. LDL is the “bad” cholesterol that can build up and clog your blood vessels.

It is important to monitor each of these at your regular visit with your doctor. Should you develop diabetes, it can be treated with medication, but you need to be aware of potential risks or side-effects. If you or a family member is diabetic, here are some tasty recipes to try that are also healthy.

To read the National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014: http://1.usa.gov/1uCJyHX

For National Diabetes Month resources: http://1.usa.gov/1xdWXFl

Tasty recipes: http://1.usa.gov/1tig9LZ

The ABC’s of Antibiotics Infographic

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

The 2014 International Infection Prevention Week theme was antibiotic resistance. http://bit.ly/ZUzbRv

This infographic was developed to illustrate when antibiotics work and when they don’t, explains what can happen if antibiotics are used improperly, and shows that you play a key role in preventing the spread of antibiotic-resistant organisms. The opposite side of the infographic highlights a fact sheet on antibiotic resistance, which includes the top 5 questions you should ask your healthcare professionals about antibiotic. Download the infographic here. http://bit.ly/1xwDUUH

Ebola and Health Literacy

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

“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.

Managing Your Fear about Ebola

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

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

BagIQ uses customer loyalty programs to inform better food choices

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Bag IQ recently launched in beta form and aims to use the food purchase history from loyalty programs to help users make better choices about the foods they eat. It works by linking to the a user’s accounts at the stores they shop at; linked grocers and stores include Harris Teeter, Target, Santoni’s, and many more. In fact, they claim to link to over 500,000 individual locations at which people may by food nationwide and online. It can also capture food purchase history from paper receipts.

To read more: http://bit.ly/1wmVzil

BagIQ:  http://bit.ly/1rntW4l