Archive for the ‘Consumer Health’ Category
Saturday, December 26th, 2015
The NN/LM SCR offers a popular class entitled “Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts? Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine” that covers the history and statistics about complementary and integrative medicine, as well as the best resources to find information about these therapies and practices.
The authoritative website is the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), from the National Institutes of Health. Formerly called the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, it underwent a name change in December 2014 in order to reflect the Center’s research commitment to studying promising health approaches already in use by the American public.
The National Library of Medicine’s premiere consumer health website, MedlinePlus, is another excellent resource on this topic. MedlinePlus has a health topics page for Complementary and Integrative Medicine with several links to the NCCIH as well as to other authoritative organizations’ websites.
For finding research articles from medical journals, the NCCIH has partnered with PubMed on an automatic “complementary and alternative medicine” search filter, called “CAM on PubMed®.” When you type your search topic into this filter, PubMed will automatically retrieve scientific research articles in the area of complementary and integrative medicines.
So enjoy learning about acupuncture, magnets, zinc and everything in between! Keep an eye out for our “Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts?” class as a possible future activity, which we teach both in person and online via Moodle.
Saturday, December 19th, 2015
The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), part of the NIH, has developed a set of 2016 health planners – A Year of Health – tailored for four multicultural communities as part of its National Multicultural Outreach Initiative. The Hispanic/Latino Health Planner is also bilingual! An organization can order up to 150 copies of the health planner free of charge for their communities, while supplies last.
NIAMS is providing also some great images you can use in their social media toolkit for promotional purposes and have offered the following tweets:
- Each day is a chance to get healthier. Order your free 2016 health planners from @NIH_NIAMS today! http://1.usa.gov/1FU4Hh2 #NMOI2016
- Have you thought about your #health goals for 2016? @NIH_NIAMS can help with free 2016 health planners http://1.usa.gov/1FU4Hh2 #NMOI2016
The 2016 A Year of Health planners offer information on staying healthy and managing conditions of the bones, joints, muscles, skin, and pain based on proven studies. The planners also include information about other free publications that you can order or download if you want to find out more.
Sunday, December 13th, 2015
The Harvard Mental Health Letter recently published an article entitled “In Praise of Gratitude” which recognized the holiday season as being a good time to review the mental health benefits of gratitude. According to the article, gratitude is a “thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible.” This can be applied to the past, the present, and the future and it is a beneficial thing to cultivate as a habit.
The research on the benefits of practicing gratitude is extensive: the article mentions the work of Drs. Emmons and McCullough and Dr. Martin Seligman. We are warned that although it may feel contrived at first, the mental state of gratitude grows stronger with use and practice. There are some ways listed to help us cultivate gratitude on a regular basis:
- Write a thank-you note: to others and occasionally, to yourself!
- Thank someone mentally: when there is no time to write a thank-you note
- Keep a gratitude journal
- Count your blessings: Pick a number — such as three to five things — to identify each week
- Meditate: instead of a mantra, try focusing on what you’re grateful for
Thursday, December 3rd, 2015
Adapted from atsdr.cdc.gov
The American Public Health Association and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are hosting a webinar on environmental health concerns of Native Tribal communities and how ATSDR effectively supports tribal governments in addressing these concerns Thursday, December 17, 11:30-12:30pm MT, 12:30-1:30pm CT.
This is the fifth and final webinar of a five part series exploring the Agency’s role as an integral partner in: determining chemical threats; supporting communities with their environmental health concerns; protecting children and vulnerable populations; and supporting the specific needs of Native Tribes.
Thursday, December 3rd, 2015
Here are some resources to aid in coping with recent traumatic events.
Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 FREE
The helpline is also available in Spanish, by text and by TTY.
National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus: Coping with Disasters English and Spanish
National Traumatic Child Stress Network:
Restoring a Sense of Safety in the Aftermath of a Mass Shooting: Tips for Parents and Professionals
Coping with Crisis – Helping Children With Special Needs
Facing Fear: Helping Young People Deal with Terrorism and Tragic Events – for ages 5 to 7.
Activity Book for African American Families: Helping Children Cope with Crisis
Tuesday, December 1st, 2015
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
Monday, November 30th, 2015
December 1 is recognized globally as World AIDS Day. The annual observance highlights the advances in HIV prevention, treatment, and care since the AIDS epidemic was first reported three decades ago. World AIDS Day is also an occasion to reflect on the ongoing challenges to achieve an AIDS-free generation. Here are some AIDS resources:
- AIDSource: The National Library of Medicine’s Web portal for HIV/AIDS information
- AIDSinfo: a website from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, offers access to the latest, federally approved HIV/AIDS medical practice guidelines, HIV treatment and prevention clinical trials, and other research information for health care providers, researchers, people affected by HIV/AIDS, and the general public
- The Centers for Disease Control’s webpage on World AIDS Day
- AIDS.gov: collaborates with departments and agencies across the Federal government to provide HIV/AIDS related information
Monday, November 23rd, 2015
MedlinePlus Connect https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/connect/overview.html is a free service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM)https://www.nlm.nih.gov/, National Institutes of Health (NIH)http://www.nih.gov/ , and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) http://www.hhs.gov/ that links patient portals, patient health record (PHR) systems, and electronic health record (EHR) systems with IT and health providers which provide relevant, authoritative patient health information from MedlinePlus.gov https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ at the point of need.
MedlinePlus Connect Quick Facts
Resources and News
Find out more details about how MedlinePlus Connect works https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/connect/howitworks.html, what codes it accepts, and what it looks like within an electronic health record or patient health portal.
Wednesday, November 18th, 2015
When the family is gathered around the table for Thanksgiving Dinner, before the tryptofan coma kicks in, this is an excellent time also to celebrate Family Health History Day.
Because so many diseases are inherited and have a genetic component (such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease) it is important to know your family’s health history. Armed with this information, you can then be an active participant in your own health care by following preventive practices, getting needed screenings, and assisting your health care team as needed.
A quick tip sheet on getting started is available from the Dept. of Health and Human Services. Once you have begun the background research, the U.S. Surgeon General has a free online tool you can use.
Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!
Friday, November 13th, 2015
Web content syndication is the process by which websites can receive automatic updated content to their site. This is an arrangement that obviously can be mutually beneficial to both parties. Oftentimes this is a service for cost, but now with NIHSeniorHealth, you can get quality information on health and aging delivered to your website for free!
NIHSeniorHealth is the National Library of Medicine‘s (NLM) web site for older adults, generally age 60+. It was developed by the National Institute on Aging and the NLM, both part of the National Institutes of Health.
It has senior-friendly features and health topics include general background information, open-captioned videos, quizzes and frequently asked questions. New topics are regularly added to the site.
Their Free Web Content from NIHSeniorHealth page provides instructions for three simple steps to setting up an account and syndicating their reliable, easy to understand health information for senior citizens to your website. Contact NIHSeniorHealth staff for any further assistance.