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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.

November is National Diabetes Month

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

29.1 million US adults have diabetes—and 1 out of 4 of them don’t know they have it. To get more facts about diabetes, programs and initiatives so you can outreach to your community visit the CDC’s diabetes web site: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/g175

 

AHRQ Teach-Back Strategies Help Primary Care Providers Engage Patients and Families

Friday, October 28th, 2016

To learn more about how clinicians use “teach-back” to improve communication with patients, access AHRQ’s Guide to Improving Patient Safety in Primary Care Settings by Engaging Patients. The new resource features evidence-based interventions for implementing the teach-back technique in primary care practices.  With teach-back, clinicians ask patients or family members to explain in their own words what they need to know or do. It is more than repeating what patients or family members heard—clinicians ask them to teach it back. Effective communication is a clinician’s first step to helping a patient with a health problem. The evidence-based, low-technology teach-back technique can be the gateway to better communication and better understanding, and ultimately it can improve patient outcomes. For more information, please visit: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/anop

Aging in Place Technology Report 2016

Friday, October 28th, 2016

The marketplace for technology to assist aging adults in the Longevity Economy is expected to grow sharply from $2 billion today to more than $30 billion in the next few years, according to the updated report by Aging in Place Technology Watch, more likely to be based on customization of standard software than creation of senior-specific products. The report provides predictions about key technology trends for 2016 and beyond. Families, caregivers, and seniors will acquire new offerings as services that are combined with persuasive training on how to use it. To read the report, please visit: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/n6sy

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.

 

October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) https://nnlm.gov/bhic/u1q5  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 https://nnlm.gov/bhic/kxrb. For items that you can use to promote the Safe to Sleep® campaign or your outreach, check out our E-Toolkit https://nnlm.gov/bhic/lbub.

 

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: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/ltjw

Check out MedlinePlus for additional resources, including information in multiple languages: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/614r

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, https://nnlm.gov/bhic/l280

 

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: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/ced9