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October is SIDS Awareness Month

Friday, October 10th, 2014

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

About 4,000 infants die suddenly and unexpectedly each year in the United States. These deaths are called sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUID).

Health care providers and researchers don’t know the exact causes of SIDS, but they do know methods to help reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related SUID that include the following:

  • Always place babies on their backs to sleep for every sleep.
  • Use a firm sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib, covered by a fitted sheet.
  • Have the baby share your room, not your bed. Your baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch, or on a chair alone, with you, or with anyone else.

For more information on SIDS, visit the CDC’s page on the topic: http://1.usa.gov/1nfXuo0

NLM Information Resources for the 2014 Ebola Outbreak

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Several resources at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) are available to those who need access to health information related to the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Resources include:

  • a continually updated resource guide from the Disaster Information Management Research Center
  • links to the Emergency Access Initiative
  • a specialized database that provides an easy way to search and retrieve protein and nucleotide sequences related to Ebolavirus
  • MedlinePlus Health Topic Page: Ebola in English and Spanish
  • a PubMed search

NLM Ebola resources: http://1.usa.gov/Zqjd1s

Webinar: Ebola Outbreak-Managing Health Information Resources

Monday, October 6th, 2014

From the Disaster Information Management Research Center, National Library of Medicine:

WHAT: Disaster Information Specialists Program monthly conference call/webinar

WHEN: Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 1:30 PM ET

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: The Disaster Information Specialist monthly meeting is open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.

TOPIC: Ebola Outbreak: Managing Health Information Resources
The 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak has resulted in an explosion of information on many aspects of managing the disease from a clinical and public health perspective. There is also considerable interest in related topics such as legalities of quarantine; ethics of vaccine development; shaming and isolation of Ebola survivors, family members of the deceased and Ebola orphans; food security; and the effects on healthcare for other medical conditions in areas with extremely limited resources. How does one make sense of the outpouring of information from news media, social media, publications and guidelines from international agencies, national governments, NGOs, and professional associations; situation reports; maps and other tools for visualizing the outbreak? What about health messaging materials like infographics, radio jingles, banners, TV interviews, and webinars? Join us to discuss the nature of information flow during an infectious disease outbreak, with a special focus on Ebola-related resources from the National Library of Medicine.

Presenter: Cindy Love is a medical librarian with over 20 years’ experience in public health information management at the National Library of Medicine. As part of the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center, Cindy has developed information resources for every major U.S. and international disaster in the last 5 years. She first co-authored a bibliography on “Viral Hemorrhagic Fever” in 1996. It ranks #8,569,688 on Amazon’s list of bestselling books.

LOGIN: To join the meeting at 1:30 pm ET, Thursday, October 9, click on http://1.usa.gov/1gK9mqU

MORE INFORMATION: For more information on this and past meetings, see http://1.usa.gov/17xlCVm

Population Health Added to PubMed Special Queries

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

The NLM PubMed Special Queries page includes a link to a new MEDLINE/PubMed Population Health search. The Population Health Special Query is a PubMed search of relevant MeSH headings and other text words combined by NLM staff to retrieve citations about health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group. MeSH headings were selected with the assistance of members of the Institute of Medicine Board on Population Health and Public Health staff and a member of the IOM Roundtable on Population Health Improvement.

PubMed: http://1.usa.gov/1x6IM3a
PubMed Population Health Special Query: http://1.usa.gov/1pwMXQS

World Heart Day: Prevention

Monday, September 29th, 2014

September 29, 2014 is World Heart Day. To learn about heart-healthy lifestyle choices, visit MedlinePlus.

Heart Diseases–Prevention (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1DRtAM5

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Saturday, September 27, 2014 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. This day “aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications”.

Find a collection site near you by visiting the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Diversion Control webpage: http://1.usa.gov/HVVcRV

World Rabies Day is September 28

Friday, September 26th, 2014

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

More than 90% of all animal rabies cases reported to CDC each year occur in wild animals. The main animals that get rabies include raccoons, bats, skunks and foxes.

One of the best ways to protect yourself and your family is to avoid contact with wild animals. Do not feed or handle them, even if they seem friendly.

Raccoons, bats, skunks and foxes often get rabies and should be avoided.

If you see an animal acting strangely, report it to animal control. Some things to look for are:

  • General sickness
  • Problems swallowing
  • Lots of drool or saliva
  • An animal that appears more tame than you would expect
  • An animal that bites at everything
  • An animal that’s having trouble moving or may even be paralyzed

Sometimes, people may come across a dead animal. Never pick up or touch dead animals. The rabies virus may still be present in the saliva or nervous tissue, especially if they have only been dead for a short time. If you see a dead animal, call animal control to take care of the animal’s body.

For more information and statistics on World Rabies Day, visit the CDC website: http://1.usa.gov/1u35Tft

Flu Shot Season is Around the Corner

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Everyone needs a flu shot every flu season. Less than half of all Americans got a flu shot last year.”It’s really unfortunate that half of Americans are not getting the protection from flu they could get,” said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

You should get vaccinated every year for two reasons.

Flu viruses are constantly changing. The flu vaccine is often updated from one season to the next to protect against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season.

A person’s immune protection from vaccination declines over time so annual vaccination is needed for optimal protection. Annual vaccination is recommended even for those who received the vaccine during the previous flu season.

Watch this fun 30 second video to learn why everyone needs a flu vaccine! http://1.usa.gov/1up671Z

For more information about flu shots go to http://1.usa.gov/Y6YO0V

“Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine” in English and Spanish

http://1.usa.gov/1rnbz2Z (English)   http://1.usa.gov/ZLDtLF(Spanish)

 

Million Hearts® September’s CDC Public Health Grand Rounds

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Million Hearts® http://1.usa.gov/15U1n6o is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Million Hearts® brings together communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke.

Million Hearts® focuses on increasing the number of communities who go smoke-free, decreasing sodium in the food supply, and eliminating trans-fat. In addition to changes to our environment, Million Hearts® calls for changes in the health care system that will produce better performance in the ABCS (Aspirin when appropriate, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, Smoking cessation).

Since launching in 2012, Million Hearts® has captured the support of many individuals and organizations, and has made important steps in preventing heart attacks and strokes. We have learned much from leaders in health care and communities nationwide about what is working and how to affect change.

The September CDC Grand Rounds features some of the progress that has been made to date through the Million Hearts® initiative along with some of the work that is still needed to reach the goal of preventing one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.  Visit http://1.usa.gov/1rkavvu for more information.

Teen Dating Violence

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

What is dating violence?   According to the CDC, dating violence is defined as the physical, sexual, or psychological/emotional violence within a dating relationship, as well as stalking. It can occur in person or electronically and may occur between a current or former dating partner. For more information go to CDC website: http://1.usa.gov/1yqUOc2

For a fact sheet on “Understanding Teen Dating Violence” go to: http://1.usa.gov/1yqVlLe

VetoViolence Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1ohOqKu

This Facebook page also hosts a partner spotlight, which features one of the partners working in the field of violence prevention each month. This provides fans with instant access to other organizations who are also working to help us all live safer, healthier lives. Fans can also pledge to prevent violence with the interactive VetoViolence Pledge app, which allows you to create a custom badge that will appear on your Facebook profile page.