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Is it a cold or a flu?

It’s the time of year for runny noses, sore throats and coughing. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has a chart to help determine if seasonal symptoms indicate a cold or influenza. The chart is in PDF format and can be printed for sharing or posting.

English: http://1.usa.gov/1tU2PBi

Spanish: http://1.usa.gov/1tU2YVs

Cervical Cancer Screening: new MedlinePlus Health Topic Page

MedlinePlus has published a new health topic page on Cervical Cancer Screening. The page has resources about the Pap smear and HPV test and includes easy-to-read materials, tutorials and health check tools.

Cervical Cancer Screening (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1xCFSTX

Prostate Cancer Screening: New MedlinePlus Health Topic Page

MedlinePlus has published a new health topic page on Prostate Cancer Screening. The page covers screening methods, risks of screening, a prostate cancer risk questionnaire, as well as research and patient handouts.

Prostate Cancer Screening (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1xCEfpg

Webinar: HealthMap: Using Online, Real-time Surveillance to Identify Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks

John Brownstein, Ph.D., co-founder of HealthMap and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and director of the Computational Epidemiology Group at the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program in Boston, will present HealthMap: Using Online, Real-time Surveillance to Identify Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks, sharing how this widely used online tool delivers real-time intelligence on a broad range of emerging infectious diseases, including the 2014 Ebola outbreak.

HealthMap: Using Online, Real-time Surveillance to Identify Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Thursday, November 13 at 1:30 pm ET.
Instructions to join conference call/webinar and how to get MLA Continuing Education credit: http://1.usa.gov/17xlCVm
HealthMap: http://bit.ly/1uH2Ko2

National Homeless Youth Awareness Month

November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. Each year, as many as 1.6 million youth per year may experience homelessness. Along with losing their home, community, friends, and routines, many homeless youth are victims of trauma. While trying to survive on the streets, youth are exposed to countless dangers, with increased likelihood of substance abuse, early parenthood, posttraumatic stress disorder, and a vulnerability to being trafficked.

Resources from National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN): http://bit.ly/1vUFNsl
Resources from MedlinePlus: http://1.usa.gov/1x9kl8D

CDC Compendium of Evidence-Based Interventions and Best Practices for HIV Prevention

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

SAMHSA Spice, Bath Salts, and Behavioral Health Advisory

The SAMHSA Spice, Bath Salts, and Behavioral Health Advisory equips professional health providers with an introduction to spice and bath salts in the context of treating people with substance use disorders and mental illness. Spice (synthetic cannabinoids) and bath salts (synthetic cathinones) refer to two groups of designer drugs that have increased in popularity in recent years. Discusses adverse effects of use, patient assessment, abstinence monitoring, among other issues.

SAMHSA Spice, Bath Salts, and Behavioral Health Advisory: http://1.usa.gov/1tQ30z8 (PDF)

PSA: Sharing BHIC content

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DiversityDataKids website

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

Know the ABCs of Diabetes: National Diabetes Month

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