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Mercury and Our Health

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine Environmental Health Student Portal has added “Mercury and Our Health,” an animation about the uses of mercury and how exposure can impact human health.

The animation introduces children to mercury and its basic properties, discusses mercury exposure routes, outlines health impacts of mercury, describes mercury containing products, discusses mercury contamination in the environment, outlines the proper disposal of mercury containing products, discusses bioaccumulation and mercury contamination of fish, and describes additional sources that children could use to find credible health information on mercury.

The Environmental Health Student Portal connects middle school students and science teachers with free, reliable, and engaging environmental health education resources. The Student Portal offers a diverse array of engaging educational materials such as videos, games and activities, lesson plans, experiments and projects, fun challenges, as well as additional resources for further reading.

“Mercury and Our Health,” NLMNIH YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1r4OH6M

“Mercury and Our Health,” Environmental Health Student Portal: http://1.usa.gov/1pkLYlM

Environmental Health Student Portal: http://1.usa.gov/Zsh8CC

Latest Child and Family Trauma Resources

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) added a new section to its website that focuses on trauma. Children and families involved in child welfare, substance abuse treatment, and court systems often have significant, prolonged, and generational exposure to traumatic environments and experiences. This new section offers links to resources that focus on trauma within the substance abuse treatment, child welfare, and court systems and its impact on the children and families who enter those systems.  http://1.usa.gov/1qhIxws

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

HHS and OMH recognize September 15-October 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Join us in celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Visit the website for the history, health concerns, the Affordable Care Act and Latinos, as well as ways to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month.  http://1.usa.gov/YVTEWp

NLM’s Household Products Database now has over 14,000 products!

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Household Products Database (HPD) now contains over 14,000 products. http://1.usa.gov/1whBcSR

 

The latest update includes a new product category “commercial/institutional”. Product manufacturers of the more than 300 products in this category use various descriptions,  including professional grade, professional use, hospital grade and more. Users can locate products using the new “commercial/institutional” link under “Browse by Category” on the HPD homepage or by entering the category/description terms (e.g. commercial, institutional, professional, hospital) as a Quick Search.

The Household Products Database links over 14,000 consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by manufacturers and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients. The database is designed to help answer the following typical questions:

  • What are the chemical ingredients and their percentage in specific brands?
  • Which products contain specific chemical ingredients?
  • Who manufactures a specific brand? How do I contact this manufacturer?
  • What are the acute and chronic effects of chemical ingredients in a specific brand?
  • What other information is available about chemicals in the toxicology-related databases of the National Library of Medicine?

Information in the Household Products Database is from a variety of publicly available sources including brand-specific labels and Material Safety Data Sheets when available from manufacturers and manufacturers’ web sites.

September is National Infant Mortality Awareness Month

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

OMH recognizes September as National Infant Mortality Awareness Month. Find events, media toolkits, statistics and other resources at

Office of Minority Health – http://1.usa.gov/X2vZCg

National Healthy Start Association – http://bit.ly/YB1pkF

Center for Disease Control – http://1.usa.gov/1lXD1Uv

March of Dimes – http://bit.ly/WPeBAl

 

OMH and NHSA: Community event. Baby Buggy Walk in the Park. While enjoying a fun-filled day in the park, families will learn about eating right, exercise, health-related resources in their own communities and how these elements work together to give their babies a better start in life. September 13, 2014 in various locations. Learn more: http://1.usa.gov/1qyRBjU

Rural Hospital Closures: January 2010 – Present

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research – An interactive map displaying the location of rural hospital closures across the country from January 2010 to present. It also provides a sortable list of those hospitals closed.  http://bit.ly/Yfl49r

August is National Breastfeeding Month: Resources

Monday, August 25th, 2014

This month is National Breastfeeding Month. The National Library of Medicine has a number of resources to support mothers who choose to breastfeed their babies. MedlinePlus has information on health benefits of breastfeeding, how to breastfeed, dealing with challenges and complications, and resources for fathers and other caregivers. The LactMed database contains peer-reviewed information on medications and their effects on lactating mothers and babies.

Breastfeeding (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/PKuTQi

LactMed: http://1.usa.gov/1qifCN8

ALS: Beyond the Bucket

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Over the past couple of weeks, many of you may have participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Want to know more about the disease, sometimes known as Lou Gehrig’s disease?

Amyotropic Laterial Sclerosis Fact Sheet (National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke): http://1.usa.gov/1zso51h

Amyotropic Laterial Sclerosis (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1qbP7I4

Kids.gov September Calendar

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Start your school year off right by checking the Kids.gov September calendar for upcoming special events. The calendar features websites, lesson plans, and activities for Hispanic Heritage Month, National Cholesterol Education Month, National Preparedness Month, World Suicide Prevention Day and a lot more! Don’t forget to bookmark the main calendar page, so you can plan for the rest of the school year!

September calendar: http://1.usa.gov/YFlC8z

Main calendar page: http://1.usa.gov/1pW3LUH

 

FDA Gives Latinas Tools to Fight Diabetes

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

FDA Gives Latinas Tools to Fight Diabetes reveals that nearly one million Latinas aren’t aware that they are at risk of developing diabetes, and many will likely not get the preventive care they need. Overall, diabetes affects nearly 26 million Americans (8.3 percent of the population). To help prevent the spread of diabetes, the FDA offers resources to help women of Latin American ancestry and all Americans reduce their risk or to find the most effective treatment.  Search catalog for tools by keyword: http://bit.ly/1tlIi91