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Senior Safety Driving

AAA has a website with excellent resources to keep seniors driving safely, with information about how aging affects driving, ways to test yourself, safe-driving tips, and guidance in adapting or selecting a vehicle to fit your changing physical capabilities. Alternate means of transportation are also discussed. For concerned family members, the site provides advice on evaluating a senior’s driving skills and addressing safety concerns. Many seniors feel they are better drivers after taking AAA’s online or in person class or the AARP’s classroom course. Both are open to any driver over age 50. These inexpensive programs may entitle you to a discounted auto insurance rate; check with your insurance agent.

 

No cost print publications from National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

From the NIDDK:

“The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) is reducing the number of print publications in our warehouse.

Up to 250 copies of certain titles are available to order free of charge if shipped to addresses within the United States.

View the list of eligible titles at NIDDK’s Online Catalog to order resources for your clinic, organization, or community.”

Deadline: July 31, 2016.
Order: http://bit.ly/29sBWQk

Build Your Own Zika Prevention Kit

Do you live in or are traveling to an area that has the mosquito that spreads Zika? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has downloadable posters and handouts in multiple languages. The materials provide guidance for pregnant women and for people who want to build a home Zika prevention kit.

Download materials: http://bit.ly/29HfJAZ

Updates to FoodKeeper app

The United States Department of Agriculture has updated its food safety app, FoodKeeper, to include Spanish and Portuguese. In September, the app, which includes storage advice for 400+ foods, will be updated to include food recall alerts and training videos. The app is available via the web, Google Play and iTunes.

More information and download instructions: http://bit.ly/29HeVMh

National Health Observances for July

According to Healthfinder and WELCOA, the Wellness Council of America, these are some of the health observances for July.

  • Cord Blood Awareness Month
  • International Group B Strep Awareness Month
  • Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
  • Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
  • National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month
  • UV Safety Month
  • July 28 is World Hepatitis Day

For more details, see Healthfinder, http://bit.ly/29CsAmH and WELCOA, http://bit.ly/29ry4zG.

NIH News in Health, July 2016 Issue

Check out the July issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research.

Features
  • Safeguarding Our Health: Vaccines Protect Us All
  • A Blurry Worldview: Understanding Myopia
Health Capsules
  • Physical Activity Linked to Reduced Cancer Risk
  • Understanding Aphasia
  • Featured Website: Test Your Sense of Pitch

NIH News in Health, July 2016  http://bit.ly/29upIJr

Telehealth: Mapping the Evidence for Patient Outcomes from Systematic Reviews

AHRQ released this report based on research conducted by the Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC). The information in this report is intended to help health care decision makers—patients and clinicians, health system leaders, and policymakers, among others—make well-informed decisions and thereby improve the quality of health care services.

The study identified 1,494 citations about telehealth, from which 58 systematic reviews met the inclusion criteria. There is sufficient evidence to support the effectiveness of telehealth for specific uses with some types of patients, including:

  • Remote patient monitoring for patients with chronic conditions;
  • Communication and counseling for patients with chronic conditions;
  • Psychotherapy as part of behavioral health.

For a copy of the report, see the AHRQ EPC Evidence-Based Reports, http://bit.ly/29CtVtA

Grant for innovative approaches for HIV testing and prevention

Innovative internet-based approaches to reach black and Hispanic MSM for HIV testing and prevention services
Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – ERA

The purpose of this project is to evaluate innovative recruitment approaches via the internet to provide HIV testing and linkage services to black and Hispanic men who have sex with men (MSM) who have not been tested for HIV in the past 12 months, especially those who have never been tested for HIV. Estimated application due date is Oct 31, 2016 at 5 p.m. ET. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/29usn7Q

Original text comes from CDC Grant Opportunity

Connections: A Peer Learning Webinar Series on Connecting Consumers to Coverage and Care

Enroll America and the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services co-host a series of five webinars in which navigators and assisters share their experience, challenges and solutions for connecting people to health care and preventive services.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 | 2:00 p.m. ET
Health as a Second Language: Connecting Health Insurance Literacy to Outreach and Coverage to Care Efforts

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 | 2:00 p.m. ET
PowerMapping: Expanding Capacity and Building Partnerships to Connect with Consumers All Year Long

For additional information and recordings of previous webinars, visit http://bit.ly/29kDhdR

Text adapted from Enroll America.

Water Safety and Kids Misconceptions

An infographic from Safe Kids Worldwide emphasizes findings from their new research report, “Keeping Kids Safe In and Around Water: Exploring Misconceptions that Lead to Drowning.” They address the misconceptions and recommend what people can do to keep kids safe around water. For a summary of the report and links to the infographic, safety poster, and full report, visit http://bit.ly/29m2KT4

Facts about Kids and the Dangers of Drowning from SafeKids.org