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Health Law Helper

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Consumer Reports has created an interactive web site to help those who are unsure how the Affordable Care Act affects them.  Visitors to the site can answer a series of questions to determine how health care reform affects them and what, if anything, they need to do.  The site is also available in Spanish.

Access the site: http://www.healthlawhelper.org/

OK2Talk, Mental Health Online Community for Teens and Young Adults

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

“Teens and young adults who suffer from mental illness can feel hopeless and alone. Many don’t know what’s wrong with them but feel like it’s their fault. Those who understand what is happening fear they can’t be helped. Because of the stigma attached to mental illness, it’s often hard for those suffering and their families and friends to talk about what they’re going through. But help is available, and it works.”

The National Association of Broadcasters created OK2Talk, an online community for teens and young adults coping with mental health problems to encourage them to share their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope.  Poetry, inspirational quotes, photos, videos, song lyrics and messages of support can be shared in this safe, moderated space.

OK2Talk, http://bit.ly/18Wys0o

PHPartners.org

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce is a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations, and health sciences libraries which provides timely, convenient access to selected public health resources on the Internet.   PHPartners.org, the web portal of the Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce, aims to help the public health workforce find and use information effectively to improve and protect the public’s health.  The site just published a new educational trifold about PHPartners.org  You can print the tri-fold to spread the word about this helpful resource.

PHPartners,  http://bit.ly/17ULgEt

PHPartners tri-fold, http://1.usa.gov/1aDpglt

 

A Handful of Nuts a Day

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

A recent study analyzing 30 years worth of data from two national health surveys showed that people who ate seven or more servings of nuts per week had a 20% lower risk of dying from any cause than those who didn’t eat nuts.  The study found 29% fewer deaths from heart disease among regular nut-eaters and an 11% lower risk of dying from cancers.

Hear more from Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV, with the latest breakthroughs from the world of medicine, on MedlinePlus.gov Health News:  http://1.usa.gov/1bYd0wq

Safe Infant Sleep Campaign Packet For Native Communities

Monday, November 4th, 2013

The National institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and its collaborators in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities recently released a packet of tailored training materials and activities intended to help spread safe infant sleep messages in Native communities.  The new Health Native Babies Project Facilitators Packet, currently available online only (print copes coming soon), is designed to complement the Healthy Native Babies Workbook Project.  This packet includes a Toolkit CD-ROM that enables users to create custom outreach materials, released in 2010.

Find more information online at the Safe Infant Sleep Campaign Packet web site: http://1.usa.gov/1hI7117

National Cancer Institute Launches New Quit Smoking Website in Spanish

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Roughly 5 million Hispanic Americans smoke, and lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among Hispanic men and second leading cause among Hispanic women. To address this important public health issue, the National Cancer Institute developed Smokefree Español, a website created specifically for Spanish speakers who want to quit smoking or know someone who does. Resources include interactive checklists and quizzes, advice on how to help a loved one quit, and real-time support and information through Twitter and Pinterest.

Smokefree Español: http://1.usa.gov/1gh8pIW

November is National Diabetes Month

Friday, November 1st, 2013

National Diabetes Month, observed each year in November, is a time for communities across the country – and the world – to shine a spotlight on diabetes and encourage action to change the way diabetes is treated. Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, and another 79 million adults in the United States have prediabetes, a condition that increases their chances of developing type 2 diabetes. If left undiagnosed or untreated, diabetes can lead to serious health problems such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and even death. With early diagnosis and treatment, people with diabetes may prevent the development of these health problems.

MedlinePlus and the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) offer resources to help you make healthy lifestyle changes as a family as well as resources that can be used in community settings that are a part of the extended family, such as schools, businesses, and the health care community, among others.

MedlinePlus: Diabetes: http://1.usa.gov/1f8la5C
National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP): http://1.usa.gov/1aNd0wG

Understanding School Violence

Friday, October 25th, 2013

This CDC Factsheet, Understanding Schoool Violence, provides tips to prevent school violence, and learn about CDC programs to prevent school violence.   http://1.usa.gov/1ajjBPj

The Nemours Foundation’s KidsHealth site includes information to help parents talk with children about school violence.  http://bit.ly/1hg7UxY 

Health Literacy Online

Friday, October 25th, 2013

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s Health Literacy Online Guide helps you create a user-centered health information website.  The guide teaches how to create personas, conduct prototype testing and write for health behavior change.

http://1.usa.gov/1aqNC1u

What does the Supplement Facts panel on a dietary supplement tell me?

Monday, October 21st, 2013

IU, mcg, mg, % Daily Value? What do they all mean? The Scoop, the consumer health newsletter of The Office of Dietary Supplements, has an article explaining how to “read” Supplement Facts panels. The article has links to resources to learn more about the labeling of dietary supplements, as well as the new Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD), a joint project of the National Library of Medicine and the Office of Dietary Supplements.

Read the article: http://1.usa.gov/17yXC4C

Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD): http://1.usa.gov/1exBix7