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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

Color Me Healthy

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Coloring books for both children and adults have become very popular lately. A blog post from NLM’s Circulating Now: From the Historical Collections of the World’s Largest Biomedical Library highlights this trend with references to The Latest Greatest Coloring Book about Lice from the National Pediculosis Association, CDC’s Express Your Health and The Non-Color AIDS Color Me Deadly Coloring Book, and Skeeter Beaters about preventing Zika mosquitoes. Coloring books are popular health education tools for children used by organizations to teach everything from proper eating habits to what to expect during hospital stays.

NLM also has an adult coloring book featuring images from the History of Medicine. To read more, see https://nnlm.gov/bhic/gpqb

AHRQ News Now

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) was established to enhance the quality, appropriateness, and effectiveness of health care services and access to care by conducting and supporting research, demonstration projects, and evaluations; developing guidelines; and disseminating information on health care services and delivery systems. The AHRQ Electronic Newsletter is issued periodically and summarizes Agency research and programmatic activities.

Recent headlines from the September 20, 2016, Issue #534 include Previous Studies May Have Overestimated Health Benefits of Public Smoking Bans; Oct. 31 Deadline Set for Nominating New Topics for Evidence Reviews; Register Now: Sept. 28 AHRQ Research Summit on Diagnostic Safety, Featured Case Study: Denver Hospital Uses AHRQ’s TeamSTEPPS Training To Enhance Teamwork.

To subscribe, go here: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/f3ja

Evidence-based Evaluation of Complementary Health Approaches for Pain Management

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Researchers from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health have published a review of complementary health approaches used to treat several chronic pain conditions. The review is designed to assist primary care providers.

To read the review, as well as access a blog entry, video Q and As and images about the study, go to NCCIH’s website: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/9vcz

New issue of MedlinePlus magazine

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

The Summer 2016 issue of NIH MedlinePlus magazine is now online. Topics include Zika virus, alcohol-medicines interactions, endmetriosis, oral health and aging, colorectal cancer, precision medicine, and age-related macular degeneration. To read the full issue, visit https://nnlm.gov/bhic/uuyw