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Compendium of Publicly Available Datasets Available!

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the release of a new resource to aid researchers, public health practitioners and policymakers with data on health and health care disparities and social determinants of health. The Compendium of Publicly Available Datasets and Other Data-Related Resources is a free resource that compiles in one place descriptions of and links to 132 public datasets and resources that include information about health conditions and other factors that impact the health of minority populations.

The Compendium includes data and data-related resources from the following federal agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Administration for Community Living (ACL); Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS); Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA); Indian Health Service (IHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH); and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). It also includes data from the U.S. Census Bureau at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The Compendium was created by the Federal Interagency Health Equity Team of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA) to advance research, public policy and the public’s knowledge of issues related to health equity. The compendium fills a gap that researchers and practitioners frequently face in locating federal datasets in one place, with information that is vital to conduct research on various topics.

To access the Compendium, go to https://nnlm.gov/bhic/mfwa.

World AIDS Day

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

World AIDS Day is December 1st. World AIDS Day is a global initiative to raise awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education about HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Around the world, about 37 million people are living with HIV. In the United States, about 44,000 people get infected with HIV every year.

For more information from the National AIDS Trust who promote World AIDS Day all year round, see https://nnlm.gov/bhic/hzdu.

To seek information about AIDS, visit the NLM resources of  AIDSinfo, https://nnlm.gov/bhic/cglp and AIDSource,   https://nnlm.gov/bhic/6gxl.

 

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

Redesign of National Library of Medicine Toxicology Tutorial

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has updated its online toxicology tutorial. ToxTutor is a self-paced tutorial covering key principles of toxicology. For almost 20 years, students and others have used ToxTutor to explore the fundamental principles of toxicology. Written in plain language and including helpful illustrations, the tutorial provides users of toxicology resources, including the NLM chemical and toxicological databases, with a basic understanding of the subject. ToxTutor introduces toxicology by covering dose and dose response, toxic effects, interactions, toxicity testing methods, risk assessment, and exposure standards and guidelines. Additional topics will be included in future updates. A certificate of completion option is expected to be released next year.For more information, please see: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/ugdo

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

Mapping the Opioid Epidemic in the US

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Andria Caruthers posted “Mapping the Opioid Epidemic in the US” on CommunityCommons.org. She reviewed geographic trends of the opioid epidemic and included Community Commons maps that link to their interactive versions. To read the full article, visit https://nnlm.gov/bhic/fvqp.

Don’t know about Community Commons? According to its About page, “Community Commons is a place where data, tools, and stories come together to inspire change and improve communities. We provide public access to thousands of meaningful data layers that allow mapping and reporting capabilities so you can thoroughly explore community health.”

HIV and Older Adults

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Over 1 million Americans are living with HIV and the number is growing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 31% percent of people living with HIV nationwide are over the age of 50. Moreover, research indicates that by 2015 half of the people living with HIV in the U.S. will be over more than 50 years old.

With the advent of the 21st century, prevention of HIV has become an important issue for older Americans. Today, 17% of all new HIV/AIDS cases occur among people who have lived to the half century mark and beyond. It is clear that more needs to be done to inform individuals and aging network providers about the importance of educating older Americans about HIV prevention. Resources for older adults can be found at:

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

Heart to Heart Video Series

Friday, November 4th, 2016

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix launched its Heart to Heart video series featuring renowned cardiologist, Dr. Martha Gulati. This important video series starts a conversation aimed at educating people, especially women, about the risks associated with heart disease. Each of the four videos is only 2-3 minutes long.

Martha Gulati, MD, Division Chief of Cardiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, is featured in the four-part series and is an outspoken advocate for preventing heart disease in women. “The fact is that 42.7 million women in the U.S. are living with heart disease right now,” she said. “That’s compared to 2.9 million women who are living with breast cancer. Women need to know about their heart risk. Women with heart disease are underdiagnosed and undertreated.”

To view the videos, visit https://nnlm.gov/bhic/sucy

Get Ready for the Great American Smokeout November 17

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

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