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
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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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Hospital executives, hospital emergency management directors and/or safety officers across the United States are invited to participate in a conference call with leaders from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other government agencies on preparing healthcare systems to protect health and safety should an Ebola patient present at your facility.
When: Friday, October 31st — 3 – 4 pm EDT
Leaders from: Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, HHS
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS
Intergovernmental and External Affairs, HHS
Department of Transportation
How: Call: 800-857-0664; Participant passcode: 8614132
Audio streaming for this call is also available at: http://bit.ly/1wgCwr6
HHS held two previous calls, Preparing Your Healthcare System for Ebola, on October 9th and October 20th. Auto replays and transcripts of these calls are available at: http://1.usa.gov/1zj9lpN
Please check the ASPR Ebola Webpage http://1.usa.gov/1tmib13 and CDC Ebola Webpage http://1.usa.gov/1rDg3OL regularly for the most current information. State and local health departments with questions should contact the CDC Emergency Operations Center (by phone or email, email@example.com)