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Medication and Supplement Use Among Older Adults

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

The Washington Post Wonkblog article stated the potential negative implications of more seniors taking dietary supplements, as found in a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine (Qato, Wilder, Schumm, Gillet, & Alexander, 2016). Mainly, it has to do with the increased risk of an adverse interactions between prescription or over-the-counter medicine and supplements. “The use of prescription medications and dietary supplements, and concurrent use of interacting medications, has increased since 2005, with 15% of older adults potentially at risk for a major drug-drug interaction. Improving safety with the use of multiple medications has the potential to reduce preventable adverse drug events associated with medications commonly used among older adults” (Qato et al., 2016).

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has a number of resources on dietary supplements, their use, and safety.

Qato, D., Wilder, J., Schumm, L., Gillet, V., & Alexander, G. (2016, March 21). Changes in prescription and over-the-counter medication and dietary supplement use among older adults in the United States, 2005 vs 2011. JAMA Internal Medicine. Retrieved from http://bit.ly/1q2ZX8e. PubMed Abstract http://1.usa.gov/1WYwoyN.

Support for Consumer Health Interactions at the Public Library

Friday, March 25th, 2016

The Health Happens in Libraries team from WebJunction.org has posted the new article “Just Another Day at the Desk: squirrels, professional ethics and consumer health information” with resources to support public libraries as you provide ethical responses to consumer health information requests. It also provides resources such as the guide Understanding Ethics and Privacy in Health Information and Services. It includes guidance on how to provide ethical services when you aren’t a health expert; ethical communication practices for when you and your patron speak different languages; and how to maintain an ethical and reliable collection for health information consumers. The guide also includes individual and team reflection questions to help you consider these topics proactively. To read the article, please visit: bit.ly/1XSxRqJ To see the pathway and guide: bit.ly/1RpYsYh

Prenatal Education for Low-Income Latinas Using Photonovels

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Participatory Group Prenatal Education Using Photonovels: Evaluation of a Lay Health Educator Model with Low-Income Latinas

By Susan J. Auger, Sarah Verbiest, James V. Spickard, Florence M. Simán, and Mélida Colindres

Published in Journal of Participatory Medicine, December 2015, http://bit.ly/1RhjfCu

“This study demonstrated that 1) a participatory prenatal education program can be an effective way to foster health literacy and empowerment among low-income Latinas; and 2) trained lay educators can be effective group facilitators. The intervention’s tripartite approach offers a vehicle for health professionals to partner with Latino communities to promote active participation and capacity building for health and change. This strategy could be adapted and tested with other topics and communities.”

 

Rural Hospital Difficulties

Monday, March 14th, 2016

More Rural Hospitals Are Closing Their Maternity Units by Michelle Andrews

From KIOS and Kaiser Health News

http://bit.ly/1Lmpt1C

Michelle Andrews discusses difficulties hospitals face in keeping maternity units open and how closures of the units impact expecting mothers.


Hospital Closures Rattle Small Towns by Sarah Varney

From Kaiser Health News and PBS NewsHour

http://bit.ly/1QRYj1J

Sarah Varney shares the difficulties small towns in Georgia face after the closing of their hospitals.

Understanding the Connection between Health Insurance and Taxes

Friday, March 4th, 2016

When you file your taxes, you’ll need to include information about your health coverage. Whether you enrolled in coverage, received financial help, or chose to go without coverage there may be tax implications — including the possibility of a penalty payment. Below are resources that will help you understand your 2015 health coverage status and what you need to do next!

Healthcare.gov: 2015 Health Coverage & Your Federal Taxes: http://1.usa.gov/1p4KFzl
How Health Coverage Affects Your Taxes Factsheet: http://1.usa.gov/1LEEeN6 (PDF)
No Health Coverage? What That Means for Your Taxes Factsheet: http://1.usa.gov/1pqmL19 (PDF)

Physically Fit Individuals Are Less Likely to Suffer Depression After Heart Attack

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Adapted from healthfinder.gov (Health Day News)

A recent study shows that physically fit people may be less likely to become depressed after a heart attack. In the report, heart attack survivors are three times more likely to have depression than people who haven’t had a heart attack but those who regularly exercise can reduce their risk. The study based in Norway, researchers looked at 189 middle-aged and older people. For more information, please visit: 1.usa.gov/218bqyr

To learn more information about depression after experiencing a heart attack, please visit the American Heart Association webpage: bit.ly/218bq1j

Effective Interventions to Reduce Sexually Transmitted Disease

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control has published a special supplement to Sexually Transmitted Diseases. The supplement provides guidance on effective interventions to reduce sexually transmitted disease for community-based and clinical settings.

Read articles at the CDC website: http://1.usa.gov/1oDfj2H

Women in Clinical Trials

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Marsha Henderson, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health, encourages women to talk about participating in clinical trials. In her recent blog post, http://1.usa.gov/23vXhPx, she discusses her own experience and why it’s important for women to talk about clinical trials and potential participation. She also refers to the Women in Clinical Trials initiative from the FDA Office of Women’s Health, http://1.usa.gov/1nAOYBT. The site offers answers to questions women may have about joining clinical trials. Both sites emphasize that anyone interested in participating in trials needs to consult with health care providers. To find a clinical trial or see the types of trials that have been done, visit ClinicalTrials.gov.

 

‘Standing Desks’ in Classrooms May Kickstart Kids’ Activity

Monday, January 25th, 2016

A new systematic review reports that use of “standing desks” at school helped kids get more active.

Experts noted that the review’s findings weren’t surprising, but said more research is needed to pinpoint actual health benefits to children from using standing desks.

The researchers also found that standing desk use was tentatively linked to better classroom behavior and greater energy expenditure among children, although the results were mixed — stemming from varied studies.

The systematic review was published online Jan. 22 in the journal Pediatrics.

Link to the abstract: http://1.usa.gov/1WKQIUA

SOURCES: Karl Minges, M.P.H., doctoral candidate, Yale School of Nursing, Orange, Conn.; David A. Paul, M.D., chair, department of pediatrics, Christiana Care Health System, Wilmington, Del.; James F. Sallis, Ph.D., professor, family medicine and public health, chief, division of behavioral medicine, and director, active living research, University of California, San Diego; February 2016, Pediatrics

 

Tips for Shopping for Prescription Drugs from Consumer Reports

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Millions of Americans have been hit with high drug costs within the last year. In fact, a recent Consumer Reports National Research Center poll of 1,037 adults showed that a third of those who currently take a drug said they experienced a spike in their prescription drug prices in the past 12 months—anywhere from just a few dollars to more than $100 per prescription. Drugs can cost as much as ten times more at one retailer versus another. Read more about this issue and tips for being a better comparison shopper here: bit.ly/1VdDPkA