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History of HIV/AIDS Timeline

Friday, March 4th, 2016

On June 5, 1981, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), describing cases of a rare lung infection, Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP), in five young, previously healthy, gay men in Los Angeles. This marked the first official reporting of what will become known as the AIDS epidemic.

AIDS.gov has published a History of HIV/AIDS Timeline that reflects the history of the domestic AIDS epidemic from its origins in illness, fear, and death to our present, hope-filled years. Originally created in 2011 to highlight milestones of “30 Years of AIDS,” the timeline has recently been updated with entries through 2015.

A Timeline of HIV/AIDS: http://1.usa.gov/1Yb31Ky

Understanding the Connection between Health Insurance and Taxes

Friday, March 4th, 2016

When you file your taxes, you’ll need to include information about your health coverage. Whether you enrolled in coverage, received financial help, or chose to go without coverage there may be tax implications — including the possibility of a penalty payment. Below are resources that will help you understand your 2015 health coverage status and what you need to do next!

Healthcare.gov: 2015 Health Coverage & Your Federal Taxes: http://1.usa.gov/1p4KFzl
How Health Coverage Affects Your Taxes Factsheet: http://1.usa.gov/1LEEeN6 (PDF)
No Health Coverage? What That Means for Your Taxes Factsheet: http://1.usa.gov/1pqmL19 (PDF)

Wise Eating Strategies Added to MedlinePlus.gov’s Nutrition Health Topic Page

Friday, February 19th, 2016

The newly-released federal dietary guidelines are accessible within a carefully written website that you can find in the ‘start here’ section of MedlinePlus.gov’s nutrition health topic page.

MedlinePlus.gov’s nutrition health topic page also provides links to the latest pertinent journal research articles, which are available in the ‘journal articles’ section. Links to clinical trials that may be occurring in your area are available in the ‘clinical trials’ section. You can sign up to receive updates about nutrition as they become available on MedlinePlus.gov.

To find MedlinePlus.gov’s nutrition health topic page, please type ‘nutrition’ in the search box on MedlinePlus.gov’s home page, then, click on ‘nutrition (National Library of Medicine) or follow this link: 1.usa.gov/1XBQT5g

Women in Clinical Trials

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Marsha Henderson, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health, encourages women to talk about participating in clinical trials. In her recent blog post, http://1.usa.gov/23vXhPx, she discusses her own experience and why it’s important for women to talk about clinical trials and potential participation. She also refers to the Women in Clinical Trials initiative from the FDA Office of Women’s Health, http://1.usa.gov/1nAOYBT. The site offers answers to questions women may have about joining clinical trials. Both sites emphasize that anyone interested in participating in trials needs to consult with health care providers. To find a clinical trial or see the types of trials that have been done, visit ClinicalTrials.gov.

 

Motivational Go4Life Fitness E-cards

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Know a Senior who needs some encouragement to keep or make a New Year’s Resolution? Or do you want to congratulate someone for being your fitness hero? Send them one of Go4Life’s free animated e-cards.  http://1.usa.gov/1RW1oks

Diabetes in Children and Teens

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

The American Diabetes Association estimates that there are 208,000 Americans under the age of 20 diagnosed with diabetes.

MedlinePlus has a Health Topics page devoted to Diabetes in Children and Teens. It has links to many useful resources about type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and a number of the resources are available in Spanish. http://1.usa.gov/1Pkwj9l

The National Diabetes Education Program has a resource site for Youth and Teens Living With Diabetes. Teens can read about diabetes and how to manage their disease. Parents can read answers to many questions they have after their child has been diagnosed. The site includes information on both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. http://1.usa.gov/1PkvYmX

Connecting Kids to Coverage

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

February 11 at 3:00 pm EST (2:00 pm CT, 1:00 pm MT, Noon PT)

Register for the free webinar http://bit.ly/1P7sspV

Children and teenagers in your congregation or community may qualify for free or low-cost health insurance coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Many parents may be eligible for Medicaid as well. Learn about the nationwide effort to identify children and youth eligible for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and get them enrolled http://1.usa.gov/1OoM2hS

 

January NIH News in Health

Monday, January 11th, 2016

This month’s issue of NIH News in Health features articles with tips on maintaining a healthy blood pressure, substance abuse in women, and using the NIH Body Weight Planner.

NIH News in Health: https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/

Plain Language: Getting Started or Brushing Up

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Plain language is grammatically correct language that includes complete sentence structure and accurate word usage. Plain language is not unprofessional writing or a method of “dumbing down” or “talking down” to the reader. Writing that is clear and to the point helps improve communication and takes less time to read and understand. Clear writing tells the reader exactly what the reader needs to know without using unnecessary words or expressions. NIH’s Plain Language: Getting Started or Brushing Up is a handy tool to learn about using plain language in your work.

Plain Language: Getting Started or Brushing Up: http://1.usa.gov/1PiXlI9

Disaster Resilience Cartoons and Worksheets for Youth/Students

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Building Resilience with Hunter and Eve is an animated series featuring a young fox (Hunter) and owl (Eve) who together learn how to be resilient and cope with disasters and emergencies. Each episode of this series focuses on one important skill (for example staying safe, keeping calm, solving problems) and provides clear steps toward achieving the skill.Child and youth worksheets are available for each episode in the series. The worksheets include activities that reinforce the steps presented in each video. Discussion starters are also provided, which provide questions for children and youth to think and talk about before and after watching each episode. Discussion starters can be used with individual children or with groups. The first two episodes and accompanying worksheets are available here: http://bit.ly/1TwZNy9