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CDC Compendium of Evidence-Based Interventions and Best Practices for HIV Prevention

Friday, November 7th, 2014

The Evidence-Based Interventions and Best Practices for HIV Prevention in the Compendium are identified by the CDC’s Prevention Research Synthesis Project through a series of ongoing systematic reviews. The Compendium comprises three chapters: Linkage to, Retention in, and Re-engagement in HIV Care (LRC), Medication Adherence (MA), and Risk Reduction (RR). Each eligible intervention is evaluated against explicit a priori criteria and has shown sufficient evidence that the intervention works.

CDC Compendium of Evidence-Based Interventions and Best Practices for HIV Prevention: http://1.usa.gov/112gmxi

DiversityDataKids website

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

State and county-level profiles and maps providing data on children, including population, race/ethnicity, types of households, teenage mother births, low birthweight, and more. http://bit.ly/1vQCRgl

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

NIMH Twitter Chat on Seasonal Affective Disorder

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

When there are fewer hours of sunlight, some people experience a serious mood change during the winter months. This condition is called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. To learn more about SAD and possible treatments, please join the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for a Twitter chat on Thursday, November 13, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST. NIMH expert Dr. Matthew Rudorfer will be answering your questions related to SAD. Please use the hashtag #NIMHchats to follow and participate in the conversation.

To learn more about SAD: http://1.usa.gov/1EmwM1F

EPA Report: Climate Change Indicators in the United States

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency has published the 3rd edition of Climate Change Indicators in the United States.

From the EPA:

“This report presents 30 indicators, each describing trends related to the causes and effects of climate change. It focuses primarily on the United States, but in some cases global trends are presented to provide context or a basis for comparison.”

The report’s website includes the full report, as well as instructions on ordering the print version, summary brochures, and fact sheets.

Climate Change report: http://1.usa.gov/1zs1A0P

Newly Redesigned DailyMed from NLM

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Recently, NLM launched the redesign of DailyMed, the official provider of FDA label information. In addition to responsive design, the new design also includes the following new features:

  • Enhanced Search Results to include displaying of NDC Codes, Pill Images, and Package Label Images on the search result page. The information will help users easily identify the drug label. The thumbnail images of drugs, magnification feature, accordions, etc. provides a more user friendly experience.
  • Improved user interface by displaying an accordion-style data presentation, so users don’t have to scroll through the entire label.

To visit the new DailyMed and read about these changes and more, visit the DailyMed website: http://1.usa.gov/1wNZINp

Winners of the Safety Apps Challenge

Friday, October 31st, 2014

From the CPSC:

“The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced four developers are the winners of CPSC’s first-ever Safety Apps Challenge, in a press conference today.  Earlier this year, CPSC challenged developers to create apps to help consumers track recall announcements and safety incidents involving consumer products.”

Several of these apps are available for immediate download.

http://1.usa.gov/1zRvcGb

Healthy You: Free Tipsheets from the American Public Health Association

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Published 10 times a year by The Nation’s Health (the American Public Health Association’s newsletter), Healthy You is a free tipsheet on pertinent health issues and concerns. Each issue focuses on a single topic, such as shingles, college health, stress, and more.

Healthy you is available for download in English and Spanish as a printable PDF.

To see the current issue of Healthy You and browse the archive: http://bit.ly/UD9hur 

Project SHARE Curriculum

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

University of Maryland/Health Sciences and Human Services Library: New resource.Project SHARE Curriculum. This program aims to empower high school students as community health advocates and promote improved health in communities. The curriculum includes downloadable lesson plans, assignments, handouts and experiential learning activities. http://bit.ly/1tUr4BV

New website: Faces and Facts of Disability

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Social Security Administration: New website. Faces and Facts of Disability. This public awareness campaign seeks to dispel misconceptions about the Social Security disability program and demonstrate its critical importance through the personal stories of individuals who receive benefits. http://1.usa.gov/ShBw5f