Archive for the ‘Websites’ Category
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
Thursday, December 4th, 2014
HHS/Administration for Children & Families (ACF), Child Welfare Information Gateway: Updated website. Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect. The revised site features resources and materials for administrators and managers in child protective services, and new information on reporting, screening and assessment, case work practice, differential response, and trauma-informed practice. http://1.usa.gov/1tUGtwl
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.
Monday, December 1st, 2014
The Rural Assistance Center has published a new topic guide on Conducting Rural Health Research, Needs Assessment, and Program Evaluation.
“Rural communities and healthcare facilities have limited resources to address many health-related needs. Research and needs assessments can help determine where and how resources may best be targeted, and program evaluations can indicate whether a particular intervention or approach works well in a rural context….
- Identifies the similarities and differences among rural health research, assessment, and evaluation
- Discusses common methods, such as surveys and focus groups
- Provides contacts within the field of rural health research
- Addresses the importance of community-based participatory research to rural communities
- Looks at the community health needs assessment (CHNA) requirements for non-profit hospitals and public health
- Examines the importance of building the evidence-base so interventions conducted in rural areas have the maximum possible impact”
Access publications, relevant organizations funding opportunities at the guide: http://bit.ly/15MCzSb
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
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
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
Monday, November 3rd, 2014
November is National Hospice Palliative Care Month. The National Library of Medicine has a number of resources for patients and caregivers.
Palliative Care (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1rSazQ5
Hospice Care (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1wrOSwI
End of Life (NIHSeniorHealth): http://1.usa.gov/1xSJe4Y
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
Thursday, October 30th, 2014
The Refugee Health Information Network (RHIN) was a national collaborative partnership whose principal focus was to create and make available a database of quality multilingual/multicultural, public health resources to professionals providing care to resettled refugees and asylees. In October, 2014, NLM (SIS) broadened the scope of RHIN by rebranding it HealthReach. This was done to better meet the needs of the diverse non-English and English as a second language speaking audiences. HealthReach continues to recognize the importance of providing refugee and asylee specific information while expanding the information provided to meet the needs of most immigrant populations. Over the next several months we will be adding new resources and reaching out to stakeholders. Please use the new Twitter hand @NLM_HealthReach and use the new URL . We will be transferring from the .org to .gov site in the next several months. You will notice there isn’t much change between the old RHIN and the new HealthReach – this was intentional to help with the continuity of service through the transition. We appreciate any feedback you have!
Visit the new site here: http://1.usa.gov/1zNDz5C