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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

November is National Hospice Palliative Care Month

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

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

RHIN becomes HealthReach

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

LGBT Cultural Competence Best Practices Manual

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
The National LGBT Cancer Network has released free, comprehensive manual for creating and delivering LGBT cultural competence trainings to health and human service organizations: http://bit.ly/10zrKAC  The manual provides a clear roadmap for designing LGBT cultural competence trainings based on measurable goals of changing knowledge, attitudes and behavior in human service providers. It includes guidelines for selecting the best training methods and provides a clear evidence-based foundation for developing evaluation tools.

 

The ABC’s of Antibiotics Infographic

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

The 2014 International Infection Prevention Week theme was antibiotic resistance. http://bit.ly/ZUzbRv

This infographic was developed to illustrate when antibiotics work and when they don’t, explains what can happen if antibiotics are used improperly, and shows that you play a key role in preventing the spread of antibiotic-resistant organisms. The opposite side of the infographic highlights a fact sheet on antibiotic resistance, which includes the top 5 questions you should ask your healthcare professionals about antibiotic. Download the infographic here. http://bit.ly/1xwDUUH

Ebola and Health Literacy

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

“A lot of media outlets have made a good effort to clarify how a person can and cannot get Ebola. But confusion persists. Could it be a health literacy issue?” This entry from the We Love Health Literacy Blog http://bit.ly/12TxWnH will help you understand what terms may cause confusion when explaining Ebola transmission and offer other alternatives.

Managing Your Fear about Ebola

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

The American Psychological Association’s Help Center  has some suggestions on how to manage your fears and anxieties concerning Ebola. Many of them are essential ingredients for a healthy lifestyle; adopting them can help improve your overall emotional and physical well-being.

APA Help Center: http://bit.ly/1yFRqGA

Managing your fear about Ebola: http://bit.ly/10zr7XN

National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – Provides access to results for this annual survey focused on substance abuse and mental health issues. Includes information on prevalence and services. Rural-specific data is available in detailed tables that list “geographic characteristics.” Data is also made available by state and for regions within states. http://1.usa.gov/1tg20F0

BagIQ uses customer loyalty programs to inform better food choices

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Bag IQ recently launched in beta form and aims to use the food purchase history from loyalty programs to help users make better choices about the foods they eat. It works by linking to the a user’s accounts at the stores they shop at; linked grocers and stores include Harris Teeter, Target, Santoni’s, and many more. In fact, they claim to link to over 500,000 individual locations at which people may by food nationwide and online. It can also capture food purchase history from paper receipts.

To read more: http://bit.ly/1wmVzil

BagIQ:  http://bit.ly/1rntW4l