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
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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
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
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
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.
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 Glance. https://nnlm.gov/bhic/n4gt
The Great American Smokeout is an event that is held on the third Thursday of November by the American Cancer Society to encourage Americans to stop smoking tobacco. Today about 1 in 5 US adults smoke cigarettes. Excluding secondhand smoke, smoking is estimated to cause 32% of all cancer deaths in the US, including 83% of lung cancer deaths in men and 76% of lung cancer deaths in women. For event tools and resources to help you promote this day go to: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/dtkd
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
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