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5 Facts About Deductibles from

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Factoring in out-of-pocket costs has always been part of buying health insurance, but for the first time now there are a lot of resources to help you better understand your choices at HealthCare. gov. These include new features that allow you to see your total estimated out-of-pocket costs, to search health plans by your preferred provider and to see if your prescription drugs are covered. Read more about how to calculate and prepare for out-of-pocket costs when making your health insurance decisions:

Reported Cases of Sexually Transmitted Diseases on the Rise, Some at Alarming Rate

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

From the Centers for Disease Control:

“Reported cases of three nationally notifiable STDs – chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis – have increased for the first time since 2006, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the 2014 STD Surveillance Report.

The approximately 1.4 million reported cases of chlamydia, a rate of 456.1 cases per 100,000 population, is up 2.8 percent since 2013. Rates of primary and secondary (P&S) syphilis – the most infectious stages of syphilis –and gonorrhea have both increased since 2013, by 15.1 percent and 5.1 percent, respectively. In 2014, there were 350,062 reported cases of gonorrhea (a rate of 110.7 per 100,000) and 19,999 reported cases of P&S syphilis (for a rate of 6.3 per 100,000).”

For information on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of STDs, visit MedlinePlus:

Share your family health history on Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Thanksgiving is National Family History Day. Take time around the dinner table to learn about your family’s health history with these resources.

Creating a Family History (NIHSeniorHealth):

My Family Health Portrait (Surgeon General): Become, and Remain, a Nonsmoker

Friday, November 20th, 2015 is intended to help you or someone you care about quit smoking. The website was created by the Tobacco Control Research Branch of the National Cancer Institute. Different people need different resources as they try to quit smoking cigarettes. The information and professional assistance available on this website can help to support both your immediate and long-term needs as you become, and remain, a non-smoker. allows you to choose the help that best fits your needs. Sign up for text messages, download an app, or browse information to help you or someone you care about quit smoking.

Use of Complementary Health Approaches in the U.S.

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Using results from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) has developed trend reports for how, why and to what extent Americans are using complementary health approaches.

NCCIH’s website includes shareable infographics on trends and most used practices and supplements:


Domestic Violence topic page added to Health Services Research Information Central (HSRIC)

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Researchers, policymakers and practitioners are actively engaged in efforts to assess, prevent, and ameliorate the effects of domestic violence.  This topic page highlights the growing literature and resources related to this problem, which has been historically hidden from view. To access the extensive list of resources go to

New From NIAAA: CollegeAIM Guide and Web Site

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

CollegeAIM is a new resource from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to help schools address harmful and underage student drinking.  Developed with leading college alcohol researchers and staff, CollegeAIM is an easy-to-use and comprehensive tool to identify effective alcohol interventions. To learn more go to

Genetics Home Reference: new topics

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Genetics Home Reference (, from the National Library of Medicine, provides consumer-friendly information about the effects of genetic variations on human health.

Two new conditions have been added to the site.

Lung Cancer:

Ovarian Cancer:

HHS launches resources system to improve disaster preparedness

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

“Health and emergency preparedness professionals now have access to the nation’s first and most comprehensive system of resources designed specifically to help communities better prepare for and manage the health impacts of disasters.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), the Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) features resource materials, a help line, just-in-time suggestions and tools to share information gleaned from real-life experiences in preparing for, responding to and recovering from disasters.”

Full announcement:


New Healthy Schools page from the CDC

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

From the Centers for Disease Control:

“Start the school year equipped with information to help teachers, parents, and students create a healthier school environment. CDC’s Healthy Schools website offers a number of resources and guidance tools to help get things started.”

Healthy Schools: