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Archive for the ‘Public Health’ Category

Secondhand Smoke: Nonsmokers May Not Know They Have Been Exposed

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

A new study in Carcinogenesis finds that many people underestimate their exposure to secondhand smoke and thus not know they are at risk of lung cancer and other conditions.

Secondhand Smoke More Insidious Than Thought (HealthDay):

For more information about Secondhand Smoke, including how to protect yourself and your children, go to MedlinePlus:

Tips for Healthy School (and Work) Lunches

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Do you pack a lunch for you and/or your kids? Many prepackaged meals are full of salt, added sugar and extra calories. Here are tips for building healthier lunches and keeping food safe until lunchtime.

School Lunches (Nemours):

Back to School Fuel (The Nutrition Source, Harvard School of Public Health):

Medication Safety Tips for Older Adults

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Whether you’re settling into your sixties or heading into your ninth decade, be careful when taking prescription and over-the-counter medicines, herbal preparations, and supplements. And if you’re caring for older loved ones, help them stay safe, too. Why the special concern? The older you get, the more likely you are to use additional medicines, which can increase the chance of harmful drug effects, including interactions. And, as you age, physical changes can affect the way medicines are handled by your body, leading to potential complications. Read more about these tips here:

FDA Information for Consumers on Food and Flavors

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) offers consumers information on food and flavors. The FDA monitors food products to ensure that what is written on the package is not misleading or inaccurate and it can, when necessary, take action against the food company. Domestically, warning letters can be followed by enforcement actions such as seizures. Imported foods can be detained until the importer can correct the label. Their website offers a range of resources on food labeling and ingredient lists. Read more here:

AHRQ News Now

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) was established to enhance the quality, appropriateness, and effectiveness of health care services and access to care by conducting and supporting research, demonstration projects, and evaluations; developing guidelines; and disseminating information on health care services and delivery systems. The AHRQ Electronic Newsletter is issued periodically and summarizes Agency research and programmatic activities.

Recent headlines from the September 20, 2016, Issue #534 include Previous Studies May Have Overestimated Health Benefits of Public Smoking Bans; Oct. 31 Deadline Set for Nominating New Topics for Evidence Reviews; Register Now: Sept. 28 AHRQ Research Summit on Diagnostic Safety, Featured Case Study: Denver Hospital Uses AHRQ’s TeamSTEPPS Training To Enhance Teamwork.

To subscribe, go here:

What is Naloxone?

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

To find the latest information about naloxone what it is and how it is administered visit the Naloxone topic page from National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Also Easy –to –Read Drug Facts  and videos can be found at

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

To find out the most commonly abused drugs, prescription drugs and their possible health effects you can now find this information merged on one page on the NIDA’s web site.

For information about treatment options for drug addiction, see NIDA’s Treatment pages.

Start Planning for Health Literacy Month

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

It is not too early to plan for Health Literacy Month in October. Health Literacy Month is a time for organizations and individuals to promote the importance of understandable health information. Examples include communication workshops for professionals, health education programs for patients and the public, educational offerings for students at all levels or having an expert in the field speak to an organization like your public library.


Rural Health Research Dissemination Cooperative Agreement

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

The purpose of this program is to disseminate and market rural health services research funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) to diverse audiences, such as decision makers and rural stakeholders at national, state, and community levels, with the goal of informing and raising awareness of key policy issues important to rural communities. The successful applicant with develop and maintain a website and strategies to share the research. For more information, visit

Text adapted from the information page for this FORHP grant.

Updated Disaster Information Specialization Courses

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) is updating disaster health information courses and formatting them for self-paced study online. Two updated courses are now available (see below). By the end of the year, there will be four more courses: US Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies; Information Roles in Disaster Management; A Seat at the Table: Working with Local Responders; and Health and Disasters: Understanding the International Context.

Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics

This class provides a comprehensive overview of the essential resources needed to provide health-related information services for supporting disaster mitigation, planning, response, and recovery.

CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive): Health Information Resources

This class provides an overview of the concepts of CBRNE, including a review of NLM resources that support planning, response, and recovery from the effects of these potential hazards.

Text adapted from NLM DIMRC email announcement.