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Heart Disease versus Cancer Deaths

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

A recent article in the CDC’s Preventing Chronic Disease highlights that by 2020, cancer will be the leading cause of death instead of heart disease. Since the 1960s the overall number of heart disease deaths declined and cancer deaths increased.

Weir HK, Anderson RN, Coleman King SM, Soman A, Thompson TD, Hong Y, et al. Heart Disease and Cancer Deaths — Trends and Projections in the United State969–2020. Prev Chronic Dis 2016;13:160211. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd13.160211.

For more details, see https://nnlm.gov/bhic/jndv

 

High Blood Pressure: Global Totals Double in Four Decades

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

The number of people living with high blood pressure, or hypertension, worldwide has grown from 594 million in 1975 to over 1.1 billion in 2015 – mainly because of population growth and aging – says the study, published in The Lancet. However, while average blood pressure is high and rising in less affluent countries, especially in south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, it has dropped to an all-time low in high-income nations like Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The authors say the reason for this contrast is not clear, but they suggest a major factor could be that people in wealthier nations enjoy better health overall and eat more fruits and vegetables. Read more here: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/n3cg

Mapping the Opioid Epidemic in the US

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Andria Caruthers posted “Mapping the Opioid Epidemic in the US” on CommunityCommons.org. She reviewed geographic trends of the opioid epidemic and included Community Commons maps that link to their interactive versions. To read the full article, visit https://nnlm.gov/bhic/fvqp.

Don’t know about Community Commons? According to its About page, “Community Commons is a place where data, tools, and stories come together to inspire change and improve communities. We provide public access to thousands of meaningful data layers that allow mapping and reporting capabilities so you can thoroughly explore community health.”

Cancer Prevention for babies and young children

Monday, November 7th, 2016

The CDC has a new Supplement in the journal Pediatrics that highlights research in cancer prevention from birth to early childhood. In addition to the open access supplement, there is also a video and tips for healthcare providers, policy makers and caregivers.

Cancer Prevention During Early Life (Centers for Disease Control): https://nnlm.gov/bhic/9jqt

Have a safe Halloween!

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Before you get dressed up and start trick-or-treating tonight, check out these sites for safety tips from food to streets to costumes.

jack-o-lanterns with candles and small gourds

Aging in Place Technology Report 2016

Friday, October 28th, 2016

The marketplace for technology to assist aging adults in the Longevity Economy is expected to grow sharply from $2 billion today to more than $30 billion in the next few years, according to the updated report by Aging in Place Technology Watch, more likely to be based on customization of standard software than creation of senior-specific products. The report provides predictions about key technology trends for 2016 and beyond. Families, caregivers, and seniors will acquire new offerings as services that are combined with persuasive training on how to use it. To read the report, please visit: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/n6sy

Wrong Medicine Dosing in Children

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

A NIH funded study recommends the use of an oral syringe instead of a small measuring cup when giving medicine to children. In this study, with participation of more than 2,100 parents, they found that the greatest confusion occurred when parents used dosing cups instead of oral syringes. Parents also made more errors when they looked at medication labels that only referred to teaspoons. To learn more about this research listen to the podcast with  lead author, Dr. Shonna Yin, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Population Health at the New York University School of Medicine at Bellevue Hospital Center. https://nnlm.gov/bhic/p86r

 

Secondhand Smoke: Nonsmokers May Not Know They Have Been Exposed

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

A new study in Carcinogenesis finds that many people underestimate their exposure to secondhand smoke and thus not know they are at risk of lung cancer and other conditions.

Secondhand Smoke More Insidious Than Thought (HealthDay): https://nnlm.gov/bhic/eez3

For more information about Secondhand Smoke, including how to protect yourself and your children, go to MedlinePlus: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/1bkd

Medication Safety Tips for Older Adults

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Whether you’re settling into your sixties or heading into your ninth decade, be careful when taking prescription and over-the-counter medicines, herbal preparations, and supplements. And if you’re caring for older loved ones, help them stay safe, too. Why the special concern? The older you get, the more likely you are to use additional medicines, which can increase the chance of harmful drug effects, including interactions. And, as you age, physical changes can affect the way medicines are handled by your body, leading to potential complications. Read more about these tips here: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/yois

FDA Information for Consumers on Food and Flavors

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) offers consumers information on food and flavors. The FDA monitors food products to ensure that what is written on the package is not misleading or inaccurate and it can, when necessary, take action against the food company. Domestically, warning letters can be followed by enforcement actions such as seizures. Imported foods can be detained until the importer can correct the label. Their website offers a range of resources on food labeling and ingredient lists. Read more here: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/tcan