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Emerging Diseases: Webinar

Monday, December 8th, 2014

From the Association of Public Health Nurses:

“Emerging Diseases are those diseases that have either appeared in a population for the first time, or that may have existed previously but are rapidly increasing in indigence or geographic range.   These diseases may be transmitted between animals and humans are a concern for all people, no matter what their age, gender, lifestyle, ethnic background or economic status. This webinar will provide an overview of prevention strategies used by Public Health, including Public Health Nurses, to contain the spread of Emerging Diseases in the United States.”

December 16, 2014 2:00-3:15 EST

For information and to register: http://bit.ly/1IpTgBJ

National Influenza Vaccination Week, December 7-13, 2014

Friday, December 5th, 2014

CDC established National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) in 2005 to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond. NIVW is scheduled for December 7-13, 2014.

Flu vaccination coverage estimates from past years have shown that influenza vaccination activity drops quickly after the end of November. CDC and its partners want to remind you that even though the holiday season has arrived, it is not too late to get your flu vaccine. As long as flu viruses are spreading and causing illness, vaccination can provide protection against the flu and should continue. Even unvaccinated people who have already gotten sick with one flu virus can still benefit from vaccination since the flu vaccine protects against three or four different flu viruses (depending on which flu vaccine you receive) expected to circulate each season.

CDC Influenza Vaccination Week Activities and Materials: http://1.usa.gov/TBzPh9
MedlinePlus Health Information on Flu: http://1.usa.gov/Uhu8qB

CDC National Health Report 2014

Friday, December 5th, 2014

The CDC National Health Report 2014 offers a snapshot of our nation’s health, highlighting recent successes and challenges in fighting critical health problems in the United States (U.S.). The report finds Americans are living longer, healthier lives, but suggests that more work is needed to ensure that all Americans can achieve optimum health. The report includes recent trend data on life expectancy, common causes of death, and health behaviors. The CDC National Health Report web site offers quick access to key resources and tools to advance public health work.

CDC National Health Report 2014: http://1.usa.gov/1ymIeoH

NLM: Genetics/Genomics Information subject guide

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

NLM released a new Genetics/Genomics Information subject guide http://1.usa.gov/1zWNIZp  as the latest update in the NLM subject guide series. These guides, based on our most frequently asked questions, are starting points for health professionals, researchers, librarians, students, and others. Other published guides in our series are about finding:

Health Statistics – http://1.usa.gov/1CK9JjP

Library Statistics – http://1.usa.gov/1vmiab6

Drug Information – http://1.usa.gov/1ySlxLM

Conference proceedings, abstracts, papers, and posters – http://1.usa.gov/1CK9SDU

We will develop more subject guides as needed.

We welcome your comments, questions, and suggestions about all of our guides at: http://1.usa.gov/1vmikiN

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.

#FactsOverFear: Ebola Preparedness for the Americas (Webinar)

Monday, December 1st, 2014

From the American Public Health Association:

“The Ebola outbreak in West Africa, currently the largest in history, has sparked an international public health response.  We invite you to join the American Public Health Association and the Pan American Health Organization for a webinar panel discussion on this topic featuring opening remarks by Dr. Georges C. Benjamin, executive director of APHA, and Dr. Francisco Becerra, assistant director of PAHO/WHO. Other invited speakers will be announced soon.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Describe the history of Ebola and the current outbreak in West Africa.
  • Evaluate the experiences in disease response from Africa.
  • Evaluate the experience in handling a suspected case in Brazil.
  • Discuss the U.S. experience in preparedness and response to imported Ebola.
  • Describe PAHO/WHO’s strategic approach to preparedness and response for LAC countries. “

Tuesday, Dec. 2

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 pm. (EST)
Register: http://bit.ly/1pHottT

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

November CDC Vital Signs: Cervical Cancer

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Not enough women are being screened for cervical cancer, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in this month’s issue of Vital Signs. More than 12,000 women get cervical cancer every year. Up to 93% of cervical cancers are preventable. Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination helps prevent infection with the HPV types that cause most cervical cancers.

To see the complete report, visit CDC Vital Signs: http://1.usa.gov/1BoOO5e 

NLM Search Hint: Searching for Ebola in PubMed

Friday, November 14th, 2014

From the National Library of Medicine:

The simple PubMed search of:

ebola*

retrieves all citations indexed with any of the Ebola MeSH headings as well as citations that have not yet been indexed but have that root string as a text word. Please be aware that truncation turns off Automatic Term Mapping and explosions in PubMed; however, with this search none of the Ebola MeSH headings have narrower terms at this time in their MeSH hierarchy, so nothing is lost by truncation.

To see the complete NLM Technical Bulletin: http://1.usa.gov/1zUXXki

Webinar: HealthMap: Using Online, Real-time Surveillance to Identify Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Friday, November 7th, 2014

John Brownstein, Ph.D., co-founder of HealthMap and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and director of the Computational Epidemiology Group at the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program in Boston, will present HealthMap: Using Online, Real-time Surveillance to Identify Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks, sharing how this widely used online tool delivers real-time intelligence on a broad range of emerging infectious diseases, including the 2014 Ebola outbreak.

HealthMap: Using Online, Real-time Surveillance to Identify Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Thursday, November 13 at 1:30 pm ET.
Instructions to join conference call/webinar and how to get MLA Continuing Education credit: http://1.usa.gov/17xlCVm
HealthMap: http://bit.ly/1uH2Ko2