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ChooseMyPlate.gov Holiday Infographics

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Here is a very colorful and educational infographic on how to choose healthier options during the holidays https://nnlm.gov/bhic/s6bf

Presented as an infographic is how to prepare Pumpkin 5 Ways. https://nnlm.gov/bhic/rcut

And the last highlighted infographic from ChooseMyPlate.gov is Turkey 5 Ways. https://nnlm.gov/bhic/fs3z

MedlinePlus: Your Source for Making and Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

Monday, December 19th, 2016

In addition to health topic pages on mental and physical conditions, MedlinePlus has numerous resources for improving one’s overall wellness. The Mental Health page has advice on letting go of grudges, managing your anger and “cultivating contentment.” Are you looking to ways to drink less? Check out the Alcohol and Alcoholism pages. Do you want to be more involved in your healthcare? The Talking With Your Doctor page has tips for asking questions, developing priorities and understanding medical words. Do you want to live better as you age? Is it time to finally quit smoking? Is this the year you lose weight, eat better, or start exercising? MedlinePlus has you covered with high quality, reliable health information.

Prevent travel-related blood clots

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Many people have travel plans this week. Sitting for long periods of time, such as on a long distance flight or car ride, can increase one’s risk of developing life-threatening deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or blood clots in the leg.

Check out MedlinePlus for more information on the prevention of DVT: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/csb1

Health and Wellness in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

The Tribal Health Research Office of the NIH announces a call for submissions for the Storytelling about Health and Wellness in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities Challenge. The goal of this Challenge is to develop a brief digital story that communicates how traditions and heritage promote health in American Indians and Alaska Natives. The deadline is January 31, 2017: Learn more.

What to Ask Your Doctor Before Taking Opioids

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Every patient should ask questions when getting a new prescription. This is especially important when your doctor, dentist or other health care professional prescribes you an opioid, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine and morphine. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) provides information to assist health care consumers to dialog with their physicians before taking opioids. Information is also available in Spanish. Learn what to ask at https://nnlm.gov/bhic/09p3

Genetic Testing for Breast or Ovarian Cancer- Making Sense of Health News

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

In the last few months, some news media have reported the controversial advice that all women should be tested for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, not just those with a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer. This review (from HealthNewsReview.org) of that news coverage contains information and viewpoints helpful to women who are considering BRCA testing, regardless of their family history.   Read the review https://nnlm.gov/bhic/imxx

High Blood Pressure: Global Totals Double in Four Decades

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

The number of people living with high blood pressure, or hypertension, worldwide has grown from 594 million in 1975 to over 1.1 billion in 2015 – mainly because of population growth and aging – says the study, published in The Lancet. However, while average blood pressure is high and rising in less affluent countries, especially in south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, it has dropped to an all-time low in high-income nations like Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The authors say the reason for this contrast is not clear, but they suggest a major factor could be that people in wealthier nations enjoy better health overall and eat more fruits and vegetables. Read more here: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/n3cg

FDA Helps You Make Healthy Food Choices

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

As you’re sitting around your kitchen table or walking into your favorite chain restaurant, or in the grocery store, you may wonder: What should I feed myself and my family at home? What about when we’re eating out? Which of the many food options available would be a healthy choice, no matter where we’re eating? To help you make healthy choices, The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent efforts to improve nutrition facts labels will do two things: First, provide the information you need to make those choices. Second, encourage and help food companies to reformulate, or change the recipes of products to produce healthier foods. Read more here: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/7kxa

Prevent and Respond to Bullying: Resources

Monday, November 14th, 2016

According to the CDC, “Bullying can result in physical injury, social and emotional distress, and even death. Victimized youth are at increased risk for depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, and poor school adjustment. Youth who bully others are at increased risk for substance use, academic problems, and violence later in adolescence and adulthood.”

MedlinePlus has a Health Topic Page on Bullying: https://medlineplus.gov/bullying.html

The page includes information on dealing with bullies, in school or in the workplace, and prevention strategies.

 

National Health Observances for November

Friday, November 4th, 2016

There are several days and the month itself dedicated to raising awareness about various health topics in November. From the National Health Observances put together by the National Health Information Center, we have American Diabetes Month, Bladder Health Month, COPD Awareness Month, Diabetic Eye Disease Month, Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Lung Cancer Awareness Month, National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, National Family Caregivers Month, National Healthy Skin Month, National Hospice Palliative Care Month, and National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month. In addition these are special days and weeks in November, 17 Great American Smokeout, 19 International Survivors of Suicide Day, 20 – 26 Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Awareness Week and 24 National Family Health History Day.

To help you with planning, Healthfinder.gov puts together the National Health Observances 2016 at a Glancehttps://nnlm.gov/bhic/n4gt