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Archive for the ‘Children and Teens’ Category

NEI for Kids

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

The National Eye Institute has a new website for kids making learning about vision science and eye health fun. NEI for Kids features a glossary of some basic terminology associated with eye health and a fun series of short videos featuring scientists who answer questions kids and many adults have always wondered.

Kids will learn about how to keep their eyes healthy and safe and learn some first aid tips. And of course, eye tricks and optical illusions are part of the package to impress family and friends! Go to https://nnlm.gov/bhic/n4ce

 

Ten Helpful Tools for Teaching DNA

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Whether you are teaching genetics for the first, or the umpteenth time, this list of Ten Helpful Tools offers new ideas and techniques that will pep up your presentations and captivate students. Several image sources, interactive tools, and activities you will not want to miss! Unlocking Life’s Code includes additional resources for teachers as well as tools students may find as a fun way to reinforce genetic learning.

Healthy You: Teen Depression

Monday, November 7th, 2016

This month’s Healthy You column from the American Public Health Association focuses on Teen Depression. The consumer-friendly article can be downloaded in English or Spanish, easy-to-read or as a podcast. APHA encourages reuse and printing of the Healthy You columns to share at health fairs, on bulletin boards and in other venues.

Teen depression: It’s more than a passing mood swing: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/9b6d

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

Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

The National Diabetes Education program has an updated school guide that is now available to provide guidance to school personnel. Promotional tools, such as print ads, presentation slides and an e-newsletter blurb, are available to help raise awareness of the School Guide resource.

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

Dental Sealants Effective Protection for Preventing Cavities

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

From CDC Vital Signs. Learn about dental sealants, thin coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars) and how it  can prevent cavities for years. You will find  a detailed fact sheet https://nnlm.gov/bhic/factsheet to download as well as educational  infographics. On related pages you can find  information on school- based sealant programs https://nnlm.gov/bhic/ui78 and oral health data https://nnlm.gov/bhic/cdcoralhealth.

 

Virtual Healthy School

Monday, October 17th, 2016

From the Centers for Disease Control:

“The Virtual Healthy School is an online, interactive school that provides innovative learning experiences to help make schools healthier. While the Virtual Healthy School’s major themes are nutrition, physical education and physical activity, and the management of chronic health conditions (e.g., asthma, diabetes) in schools—the tool includes examples of all 10 components of the [Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC)] model incorporated into the entire school.”

Visitors to the Virtual Healthy School can navigate through different school rooms and find evidence-based strategies and action steps.

Virtual Healthy School: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/ypwt

FDA warns against the use of homeopathic teething tablets and gels

Monday, October 17th, 2016

From the Food and Drug Administration:

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers that homeopathic teething tablets and gels may pose a risk to infants and children. The FDA recommends that consumers stop using these products and dispose of any in their possession.

Homeopathic teething tablets and gels are distributed by CVS, Hyland’s, and possibly others, and are sold in retail stores and online.

Consumers should seek medical care immediately if their child experiences seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, or agitation after using homeopathic teething tablets or gels.”

Looking for ways to help your baby through teething? MedlinePlus has resources: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/6wxs

Affordable Care Act Toolkit for Native Youth

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

The National Indian Health Board, in partnership with the Indian Health Service, offers a new resource. Affordable Care Act Toolkit for Native Youth. This toolkit introduces Native youth to concepts of the ACA, Medicaid, and health insurance coverage, and encourages Native youth to learn more from their local Patient Benefit Coordinator (PBC) or Enrollment Assistor Entities. Access the toolkit: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/54ov