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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:

4 New MedlinePlus Health Topic Pages

Monday, September 19th, 2016

MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine’s site for patients and families, has recently added four new groups of disorders as Health Topic Pages.

Lipid Metabolism Disorders:

Mitochondrial Diseases:

Amino Acid Metabolism Disorders:

Carbohydrate Metabolism Disorders:


Updated Resource, Birth Control Guide

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Office of Women’s Health and the FDA have an updated resource, Birth Control Guide/Guía de Métodos Anticonceptivos. This easy-to-read chart provides information on the safety and effectiveness of FDA-approved medicines and devices for birth control. Learn more

And to learn more about other methods of birth control, visit the Women’s Health website

Aware in Care toolkit

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

The National Parkinson Foundation has developed the free Aware in Care kit with tools and information to share with hospital staff during a planned or emergency hospital visit. A recent study reported that many of those with Parkinson’s often do not receive their medications when needed while at the hospital putting them at a greater risk while there. This Aware in Care kit will assist hospital staff  informed during these visits.  These kits can be requested from your local chapter or center at If in Canada, call Parkinson Alberta at 1-877-243-9992 to order your kit. Find out more at

Meeting the Dietary Needs of Older Adults

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

From the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. This interactive infographic summarizes the information presented at a workshop. It will help you to learn more about the factors that affect the ability of older adults to meet their daily dietary needs

Flood Safety Tips

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Due to the recent flooding disaster in the southern states these resources may be helpful to review.

From the CDC – Flood home page and Flood Safety

MedlinePlus topic page with information in multiple languages Floods

FEMA home page Louisiana Floods

ExceptionalLives: Resource for Parents or Caregivers of Children or Adult Family Members with Disabilities

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

ExceptionalLives is a great resource for parents of children or adult family members with disabilities. There are new versions of their free online Guides for parents of children or adults with disabilities. The How-to Guides were developed to help parents through many complex processes like creating a specialized education plan, getting SSI benefits, or optimizing health insurance. The software compiles the right mix of information based on answers to questions about your family, so you only get what you need. The improved ease-of-use and new features were driven by parent feedback. We invite you to explore this site. 



Stop the Clot, Spread the Word

Monday, August 15th, 2016

The National Blood Clot Alliance has created an educational campaign to help prevent blood clots during hospitalization.

The campaign includes:

  • “A downloadable list of risk factors for blood clots
  • A short video about how hospitalization can put you at risk for a blood clot
  • A prevention plan checklist
  • A campaign infographic
  • Additional information to help people learn more about blood clot risks, signs and symptoms, and prevention before they enter the hospital”

Learn more by visiting the campaign website:

In the News: Cupping

Monday, August 15th, 2016

From the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health:

“If you’ve been watching the Olympics over the past week, you may have noticed some of the competing athletes are sporting more than medals. Spectators are noticing the red, circular marks on the skin of athletes. This is a result of a technique called cupping. Cupping is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practice that involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. This practice dates back over 2,000 years but has received recent attention in the media due to its use by world-class athletes for injury relief. The cups used in cupping are typically made of bamboo, glass, or earthenware.”

Find reliable information on cupping:

Kidney Resources on MedlinePlus

Monday, August 15th, 2016

MedlinePlus has added a new health topic page on Kidney Tests.

Check out this page and other Kidneys and Urinary System topics: