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)
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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
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
When there are fewer hours of sunlight, some people experience a serious mood change during the winter months. This condition is called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. To learn more about SAD and possible treatments, please join the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for a Twitter chat on Thursday, November 13, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST. NIMH expert Dr. Matthew Rudorfer will be answering your questions related to SAD. Please use the hashtag #NIMHchats to follow and participate in the conversation.
To learn more about SAD: http://1.usa.gov/1EmwM1F
The Environmental Protection Agency has published the 3rd edition of Climate Change Indicators in the United States.
From the EPA:
“This report presents 30 indicators, each describing trends related to the causes and effects of climate change. It focuses primarily on the United States, but in some cases global trends are presented to provide context or a basis for comparison.”
The report’s website includes the full report, as well as instructions on ordering the print version, summary brochures, and fact sheets.
Climate Change report: http://1.usa.gov/1zs1A0P
November is National Hospice Palliative Care Month. The National Library of Medicine has a number of resources for patients and caregivers.
Palliative Care (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1rSazQ5
Hospice Care (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1wrOSwI
End of Life (NIHSeniorHealth): http://1.usa.gov/1xSJe4Y
From Child Trends:
“Join us for a webcast of the 2014 Kristin Anderson Moore Lecture! You’ll learn: how the brain grows and learns; how the brain responds to trauma, and how this response differs in children and adults; how the environment, experience, and genetics impact the brain’s response to challenges and learning; and how programs can apply this new research to help children and youth. Participants include: Moderator Kristin Anderson Moore, Ph.D., senior scholar at Child Trends; Presenter Jane Roskams, Ph.D., professor in the Brain Research Centre and director of the lab of neural regeneration and brain repair at the University of British Columbia; Respondent Daniel Cardinali, president of Communities In Schools; and Respondent Dianna Walters, associate at the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative. Join the conversation on Twitter using #braininsights.”
Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Time: 1-2PM ET
Watch the webcast: http://bit.ly/1xSDVm6
Recently, NLM launched the redesign of DailyMed, the official provider of FDA label information. In addition to responsive design, the new design also includes the following new features:
- Enhanced Search Results to include displaying of NDC Codes, Pill Images, and Package Label Images on the search result page. The information will help users easily identify the drug label. The thumbnail images of drugs, magnification feature, accordions, etc. provides a more user friendly experience.
- Improved user interface by displaying an accordion-style data presentation, so users don’t have to scroll through the entire label.
To visit the new DailyMed and read about these changes and more, visit the DailyMed website: http://1.usa.gov/1wNZINp
From the CPSC:
“The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced four developers are the winners of CPSC’s first-ever Safety Apps Challenge, in a press conference today. Earlier this year, CPSC challenged developers to create apps to help consumers track recall announcements and safety incidents involving consumer products.”
Several of these apps are available for immediate download.