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Bleeding Disorders in Women

According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 11% of women with heavy menstrual periods have a bleeding disorder. The CDC has information about signs and symptoms of bleeding disorders and tips for talking to your doctor.

Bleeding Disorders in Women (CDC): http://1.usa.gov/1ziE3Ox

Emerging Diseases: Webinar

From the Association of Public Health Nurses:

“Emerging Diseases are those diseases that have either appeared in a population for the first time, or that may have existed previously but are rapidly increasing in indigence or geographic range.   These diseases may be transmitted between animals and humans are a concern for all people, no matter what their age, gender, lifestyle, ethnic background or economic status. This webinar will provide an overview of prevention strategies used by Public Health, including Public Health Nurses, to contain the spread of Emerging Diseases in the United States.”

December 16, 2014 2:00-3:15 EST

For information and to register: http://bit.ly/1IpTgBJ

National Influenza Vaccination Week, December 7-13, 2014

CDC established National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) in 2005 to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond. NIVW is scheduled for December 7-13, 2014.

Flu vaccination coverage estimates from past years have shown that influenza vaccination activity drops quickly after the end of November. CDC and its partners want to remind you that even though the holiday season has arrived, it is not too late to get your flu vaccine. As long as flu viruses are spreading and causing illness, vaccination can provide protection against the flu and should continue. Even unvaccinated people who have already gotten sick with one flu virus can still benefit from vaccination since the flu vaccine protects against three or four different flu viruses (depending on which flu vaccine you receive) expected to circulate each season.

CDC Influenza Vaccination Week Activities and Materials: http://1.usa.gov/TBzPh9
MedlinePlus Health Information on Flu: http://1.usa.gov/Uhu8qB

AIDSinfo Releases Drug App for iOS and Android Devices

AIDSinfo has announced the release of the AIDSinfo Drug Database App. Using data from the AIDSinfo Drug Database, the drug app provides information on more than 100 HIV-related approved and investigational drugs. The information, offered in English and Spanish, is tailored to meet the needs of both health care providers and consumers. The app is designed to automatically refresh when the user is connected to a wireless or cellular data network. The auto update feature eliminates the need to manually update the app to view the most current drug information. In addition, the app works offline, ensuring that health care providers and consumers can access vital drug information anywhere—even in health care facilities that may not have an Internet connection.

AIDSinfo Drug Database App: http://1.usa.gov/1CN8wbs

CDC National Health Report 2014

The CDC National Health Report 2014 offers a snapshot of our nation’s health, highlighting recent successes and challenges in fighting critical health problems in the United States (U.S.). The report finds Americans are living longer, healthier lives, but suggests that more work is needed to ensure that all Americans can achieve optimum health. The report includes recent trend data on life expectancy, common causes of death, and health behaviors. The CDC National Health Report web site offers quick access to key resources and tools to advance public health work.

CDC National Health Report 2014: http://1.usa.gov/1ymIeoH

Child Welfare Information Gateway

HHS/Administration for Children & Families (ACF), Child Welfare Information Gateway: Updated website. Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect. The revised site features resources and materials for administrators and managers in child protective services, and new information on reporting, screening and assessment, case work practice, differential response, and trauma-informed practice.  http://1.usa.gov/1tUGtwl

NLM: Genetics/Genomics Information subject guide

NLM released a new Genetics/Genomics Information subject guide http://1.usa.gov/1zWNIZp  as the latest update in the NLM subject guide series. These guides, based on our most frequently asked questions, are starting points for health professionals, researchers, librarians, students, and others. Other published guides in our series are about finding:

Health Statistics – http://1.usa.gov/1CK9JjP

Library Statistics – http://1.usa.gov/1vmiab6

Drug Information – http://1.usa.gov/1ySlxLM

Conference proceedings, abstracts, papers, and posters – http://1.usa.gov/1CK9SDU

We will develop more subject guides as needed.

We welcome your comments, questions, and suggestions about all of our guides at: http://1.usa.gov/1vmikiN

A Priceless Gift: Your Family Health History

NIH News in Health –

Conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes often run in families. Tracing the illnesses of your parents, grandparents, and other blood relatives can help your health care practitioner predict your risk for specific disorders. It could suggest vital screening tests and treatments before any disease is evident. That’s why it’s so important to discuss your family’s health history.

The U.S. Surgeon General has an online tool, My Family Health Portrait  http://1.usa.gov/1wAozGb  that can help you gather and record your family health history. The tool lets you save family information to your own computer and share health histories with other family members. The tool is available in English, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

Before you start using this tool, talk with family members to gather details about their health histories. The Surgeon General offers tips on starting the conversations at http://1.usa.gov/1tUCxM0

In the future, tests may make it possible to identify and possibly fix the gene glitches that raise a person’s risk for diseases. NIH is now working on technology that will help doctors quickly create a health plan based on a person’s unique genetic blueprint. In the meantime, family health history is a no-cost way to help doctors personalize your health care.

As the holiday season continues, start a new tradition and create a family health portrait. This will truly be a priceless gift to you, your family, and future generations.

New Topic Guide: Conducting Rural Health Research, Needs Assessment, and Program Evaluation

The Rural Assistance Center has published a new topic guide on Conducting Rural Health Research, Needs Assessment, and Program Evaluation.

From RAC:

“Rural communities and healthcare facilities have limited resources to address many health-related needs. Research and needs assessments can help determine where and how resources may best be targeted, and program evaluations can indicate whether a particular intervention or approach works well in a rural context….

This guide:

  • Identifies the similarities and differences among rural health research, assessment, and evaluation
  • Discusses common methods, such as surveys and focus groups
  • Provides contacts within the field of rural health research
  • Addresses the importance of community-based participatory research to rural communities
  • Looks at the community health needs assessment (CHNA) requirements for non-profit hospitals and public health
  • Examines the importance of building the evidence-base so interventions conducted in rural areas have the maximum possible impact”

Access publications, relevant organizations funding opportunities at the guide: http://bit.ly/15MCzSb

#FactsOverFear: Ebola Preparedness for the Americas (Webinar)

From the American Public Health Association:

“The Ebola outbreak in West Africa, currently the largest in history, has sparked an international public health response.  We invite you to join the American Public Health Association and the Pan American Health Organization for a webinar panel discussion on this topic featuring opening remarks by Dr. Georges C. Benjamin, executive director of APHA, and Dr. Francisco Becerra, assistant director of PAHO/WHO. Other invited speakers will be announced soon.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Describe the history of Ebola and the current outbreak in West Africa.
  • Evaluate the experiences in disease response from Africa.
  • Evaluate the experience in handling a suspected case in Brazil.
  • Discuss the U.S. experience in preparedness and response to imported Ebola.
  • Describe PAHO/WHO’s strategic approach to preparedness and response for LAC countries. “

Tuesday, Dec. 2

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 pm. (EST)
Register: http://bit.ly/1pHottT