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December 1 is World AIDS Day

Today is World AIDS Day.

AIDS.gov has resources for commemorating the day, including shareable social media messages, facts about HIV/AIDS and information on the Affordable Care Act and HIV. MedlinePlus has links to information on prevention, diagnosis, treatment, research and related issues. Information is available in English, Spanish and four other languages.

AIDS.gov: http://1.usa.gov/1v4Osr9

HIV/AIDS (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1vbIpWw

Healthcare Access in Rural Communities

The Rural Assistance Center has published a new resource guide on Healthcare Access in Rural Communities. The guide includes information on barriers to healthcare access, strategies to promote access, relevant organizations and funding opportunities.

Healthcare Access in Rural Communities (RAConline): http://bit.ly/1HDiL1T

Talking Turkey: Food Safety resources

Want to cook (and eat!) safely this holiday season? Visit the Food Safety health topic page of MedlinePlus.

Resources include:

  • 4 Basic Steps to Food Safety at Home (easy to read)
  • Poultry Preparation
  • Leftovers and Food Safety
  • Holiday Food Safety (video)

Food Safety (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1vFyIBN

Nutrition lesson plans for high schoolers

From the United States Department of Agriculture:

“SuperTracker Nutrition Lesson Plans for High School Students are now available! This series of four lesson plans is designed to help students grades 9-12 learn how to build a healthy diet using SuperTracker. Teachers can select from a variety of topics including selecting healthy snacks, finding personal recommendations for what and how much to eat, evaluating food selections, and building healthy meals. Each lesson plan includes learning objectives, detailed instructions, and accompanying resources and handouts.”

Resources for younger kids also available.

Health and Nutrition Information for Educators (USDA): http://1.usa.gov/1rj5d1o

New Guidelines for training physicians to care for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender nonconforming, or born with differences of sex development

From the Association of American Medical Colleges:

“The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) has released the first guidelines for training physicians to care for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), gender nonconforming, or born with differences of sex development (DSD). Until now, there have been no formal comprehensive standards to help medical schools and health care organizations train providers in the health care needs of these patients.”

Learn more about the guidelines: http://bit.ly/1Fjyj9d

Download the guidelines (free registration required): http://bit.ly/1xMBAeS

November CDC Vital Signs: Cervical Cancer

Not enough women are being screened for cervical cancer, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in this month’s issue of Vital Signs. More than 12,000 women get cervical cancer every year. Up to 93% of cervical cancers are preventable. Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination helps prevent infection with the HPV types that cause most cervical cancers.

To see the complete report, visit CDC Vital Signs: http://1.usa.gov/1BoOO5e 

NLM Search Hint: Searching for Ebola in PubMed

From the National Library of Medicine:

The simple PubMed search of:

ebola*

retrieves all citations indexed with any of the Ebola MeSH headings as well as citations that have not yet been indexed but have that root string as a text word. Please be aware that truncation turns off Automatic Term Mapping and explosions in PubMed; however, with this search none of the Ebola MeSH headings have narrower terms at this time in their MeSH hierarchy, so nothing is lost by truncation.

To see the complete NLM Technical Bulletin: http://1.usa.gov/1zUXXki

National Library of Medicine Resource Update: Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM)

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released a new version of Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM). http://chemm.nlm.nih.gov/
New or updated content in CHEMM includes:

1) updated and enhanced content on Decontamination Procedures, Discovering the Event, and Training and Education

2) an NIH CounterACT program funded database with information on twenty-two medical countermeasures (including efficacy, relevant publications, research in progress, FDA and other global regulatory status information)

3) content for how emergency responders can recognize and handle events dealing with toxic gases generated by the combinations of consumer products or common household chemicals

CHEMM is a Web-based resource that can be downloaded in advance to Windows and Mac computers to ensure availability during an event if the Internet is not accessible.

CHEMM’s content is also integrated into the NLM Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER), which is Web-based and downloadable to Windows computers. CHEMM’s content is also available in WISER’s iOS and Android apps. The new CHEMM content will be incorporated into the next release of WISER. http://wiser.nlm.nih.gov/index.html

For complete information on these updates, see the “What’s New on CHEMM?” section of CHEMM. http://1.usa.gov/1xosJkB

New Interactive Tool from the AMA to Identify Underserved Patient Care Areas

The American Medical Association (AMA) has announced a resource to help healthcare providers improve patient access to care. The Health Workforce Mapper is an interactive tool that illustrates the geographic locations of the health care work force in each state, including health professional shortage areas, hospital locations, and other related workforce trends. The tool is designed to highlight areas where the number of health care professionals could be expanded to enhance patient access to timely, quality care close to home. It can also assist policy makers to make evidence-based decisions. Non-members of the AMA can view a version of the tool: http://bit.ly/1udJooM.

African Americans and Heart Disease

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Minority Health, over 40% of African Americans have high blood pressure. Find out what can be done from the American Heart Association: http://bit.ly/1sFJYqL, view this infographic, “What Are My Risks for Getting Heart Disease?”: http://bit.ly/1EvW3Ve, and learn about the Power to End Stroke movement: http://bit.ly/1EDusDs