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World AIDS Day

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.

 

Heart Disease versus Cancer Deaths

A recent article in the CDC’s Preventing Chronic Disease highlights that by 2020, cancer will be the leading cause of death instead of heart disease. Since the 1960s the overall number of heart disease deaths declined and cancer deaths increased.

Weir HK, Anderson RN, Coleman King SM, Soman A, Thompson TD, Hong Y, et al. Heart Disease and Cancer Deaths — Trends and Projections in the United State969–2020. Prev Chronic Dis 2016;13:160211. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd13.160211.

For more details, see https://nnlm.gov/bhic/jndv

 

High Blood Pressure: Global Totals Double in Four Decades

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

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

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

Oral Health in Indian Country

The National Indian Health Board is a non-profit organization which provides a variety of services to tribes, Area Health Boards, Tribal organizations, federal agencies, and private foundations. Their online survey. Oral Health in Indian Country, will allow Tribal members, Tribal leaders and others to provide feedback on oral healthcare access and patient satisfaction in Indian Country. Learn more and take the survey here: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/ysx2

 

More than 20 Million Children Lack Sufficient Access to Essential Health Care

“Unfinished Business: More than 20 Million Children in U.S. Still Lack Sufficient Access to Essential Health Care” is a report based on analyses of national data sets concerning uninsured children, insured children who miss primary care visits due to various barriers, and insured children who lack access to essential subspecialties. The report describes problems that underserved rural children face in obtaining adequate healthcare, and discusses how to address non-financial barriers to care: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/4jay

Circle of Life Prevention Curriculum for Youth

Multimedia Circle of Life is a sexual risk-reduction program designed specifically for American Indian youth ages 10-12 years. Multimedia Circle of Life teaches skills such as goal setting, decision making, and standing up to peer pressure. Prevention topics include: how diseases are spread; the health effects of HIV, AIDS and sexually transmitted infections; and ways youth can protect themselves from these diseases. The content also addresses teen pregnancy prevention. See: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/m6zk for student, parent and teacher resources, lesson plans, training videos, games and more.

NLM 4 Caregivers 2016 User Survey

Are you a family caregiver, or do you know or work with family caregivers? Take the NLM 4 Caregivers 2016 User Survey, and help National Library of Medicine to identify the kinds of health information most needed by family caregivers and the best ways to share this information.

The survey can be accessed at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HXXNLGV

Holiday Mental Health texts from MedlinePlus

Get holiday mental health tips. Text MP Health to 468311

The National Library of Medicine has launched a MedlinePlus text messaging campaign on Holiday Mental Health: Anxiety, Depression, and Stress. Users that sign-up for the campaign will receive 3 text messages per week through the holidays on mental health support, such as managing anxiety, coping with depression, and preventing stress during the holiday season.

Users can subscribe by texting MP Health to 468311 or by signing-up online: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/j4wu