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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 to download as well as educational  infographics. On related pages you can find  information on school- based sealant programs and oral health data


October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)  is promoting their free Safe to Sleep® campaign and materials including various print resources and videos for parents and professionals. Many are also available in Spanish..You can use these materials to help parents of newborns and infants learn about safe sleep positions and to raise awareness of this condition in the community. Many of these items are available for download or can be ordered at For items that you can use to promote the Safe to Sleep® campaign or your outreach, check out our E-Toolkit


Tips for Staying Active at Any Size

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Are you overweight and feeling overwhelmed about getting active? The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has tips for increasing activity at any size.

Staying Active at Any Size:

Check out MedlinePlus for additional resources, including information in multiple languages:

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Most breast cancer is diagnosed in women who are age 50 or older. However, breast cancer does affect younger women. About 10% of new diagnosis are in women younger than age 45.  Breast cancer in young women is more likely to be hereditary than breast cancer in older women and more likely to be found at a later stage, when it is often more aggressive and difficult to treat. Many young women do not know their risk for breast cancer or ways to manage their risk. Learn more about breast cancer in young women at:

Insurance Gains among Young Adults

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Just released, according to AHRQ Stats as of mid-2015, young adults ages 18 to 29 were the most likely to gain health insurance coverage due to the Affordable Care Act. The uninsured rate for this group declined from 31 percent to 15 percent. Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. For more details, see the 2015 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report and 5th Anniversary Update on the National Quality Strategy here,


Health Hotlines Discontinuation

Monday, September 26th, 2016

From the National Library of Medicine:

Health Hotlines was developed by NLM as a community service to help the public locate health-related information from organizations with toll free numbers. NLM has decided it will no longer update the Health Hotlines database because most of the information is now readily available through web search engines and because many of the organizations no longer have toll free numbers. Health Hotlines will remain online until the end of January, 2017, at which time it will be retired.”

A printable version of Health Hotlines is also available for download by the end of January 2017:

October Health Awareness Month

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

In addition to Health Literacy Month, October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Eye Injury Prevention Month, Home Eye Safety Month, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, National Bullying Prevention Month, National Dental Hygiene Month, National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month, National Physical Therapy Month, and of course, National Medical Librarians Month.

To help you with planning, puts together the National Health Observances 2016 at a Glance

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:

What is Naloxone?

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

To find the latest information about naloxone what it is and how it is administered visit the Naloxone topic page from National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Also Easy –to –Read Drug Facts  and videos can be found at

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

To find out the most commonly abused drugs, prescription drugs and their possible health effects you can now find this information merged on one page on the NIDA’s web site.

For information about treatment options for drug addiction, see NIDA’s Treatment pages.