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January NIH News In Health

Saturday, January 9th, 2016

Check out the January issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. To search for more trusted health information from NIH, bookmark http://health.nih.gov.

woman getting her blood pressure checkedHealth Capsules:
Blood Pressure Matters
Keep Hypertension in Check

Early diagnosis and simple, healthy changes can keep high blood pressure from seriously damaging your health. Read more about hypertension.

Online Weight Management Gets Personal
NIH Body Weight Planner

It’s always a good time to resolve to eat better, be more active, and lose weight. NIH now offers a free, research-based tool to help you reach your goals. Read more about the NIH Body Weight Planner.

Breastfeeding May Help Health After Gestational Diabetes

Substance Abuse in Women

Featured Website: Health E-cards

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Working in the Cold: Be Prepared and Aware

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Adapted from the CDC:

If you happen to work outside during the winter months, there are many risks. Some of these risks may be easier to detect than others; therefore, it is important to be prepared.

Be Prepared

If you work in the cold, several layers of loose clothing is recommended. Layering provides better insulation than otherwise.

Wear gloves to protect your hands, and a hat/hood for your head. If your environment is wet, waterproof shoes with good traction are recommended. It is also important that your clothing does not interfere with your eyesight.

Be prepared for cold weather, even if the temperature currently seems pleasant. Conditions may change quickly and you could suffer from cold-related illnesses and injures in 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

Be Aware

Hypothermia can be hard to recognize and can occur when your body temperature drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Mild hypothermia can result in confusion and lack of judgment. Early symptoms include shivering, fatigue, and loss of coordination. Due to the loss of heat, your body will stop shivering, skin may turn blue, eyes will dilate, breathing will slow and loss of conscious will occur. To prevent hypothermia, it is recommended to wear clothes in layers.

Frostbite occurs when a part of the body such as fingers, toes, nose and ears, freezes to the point in which tissue is damaged. If the body tissue cannot be saved, removal is recommended. You can avoid frostbite by being alert in a cold environment with layered clothing and hat, gloves, etc.

Other cold related injures include trench foot and chilblains. Trench foot occurs when your feet are wet and it is cold for an extended period of time. Moisture causes the loss of heat and poor circulation. Chilblains can occur due to cold weather damaging an individual skin. The result is broken skin, swelling, blisters, redness, and itching. Trench foot and Chilblains can occur in 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

Therefore, if you work in the cold, please wear appropriate clothing for outdoor conditions. It is also recommended to alert your supervisor if you are not warm enough and seek attention. Cold temperatures can affect your judgment and reaction time. For more information, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/features/workingincold/ and for additional information about hypothermia and other cold weather injuries, see the NIOSH Fast Facts card, Protecting Yourself from Cold Stress[PDF – 576KB].

Finding Information about Integrative and Complementary Medicine

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.

A Year of Health Calendar – Free Download/Order

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 prAsian amerian health planneroviding 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.

Gratitude: During the Holidays and Year-Round

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
  • Pray
  • Meditate: instead of a mantra, try focusing on what you’re grateful for

Environmental Health Concerns of Native Tribal Communities Webinar

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.

For more information and to register visit: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=xrv3iunvldn5

Coping with Disastrous Events

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

Special NHGRI Seminar Series: “A Quarter Century after the Human Genome Project’s Launch: Lessons beyond the Base Pairs”

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) was established originally as the National Center for Human Genome Research in 1989 to lead the International Human Genome Project. NHGRI is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nation’s medical research agency (http://www.nih.gov/about/). The Human Genome Project, which had as its primary goal the sequencing of the 3 billion DNA letters that make up the human genetic instruction book, was successfully completed in April 2003. Launched in 2012, the NHGRI History of Genomics Program aims to collect and organize historic materials related to the field of genomics and NHGRI as an organization. Efforts include digitization of relevant assets and database development, generation of oral histories chronicling the experiences of genomics leaders and NHGRI staff, production of scholarly work related to major genomics accomplishments, and expansion of the general knowledge about the history of genomics among the scholarly community and the general public. Efforts include digitization of relevant assets and database development, generation of oral histories chronicling the experiences of genomics leaders and NHGRI staff, production of scholarly work related to major genomics accomplishments, and expansion of the general knowledge about the history of genomics among the scholarly community and the general public.

SPEAKERS:

Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director, National Institutes of Health. Elke Jordan, Ph.D., Former Deputy Director, National Human Genome Research Institute. Mark Guyer, Ph.D., Former Deputy Director, National Human Genome Research Institute. Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D., Director, National Human Genome Research Institute. TITLE:  “A Quarter Century after the Human Genome Project’s Launch:  Lessons Beyond the Base Pairs” DATE:  Thursday, December 3, 2015 TIME:  2:00-3:00 p.m. EST LOCATION:  National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, Building 10, Lipsett Amphitheater SPONSOR:  NHGRI History of Genomics Program 

The NHGRI History of Genomics Program: An Archival and Scholarly Initiative

nih genome project

 “Courtesy: National Human Genome Research Institute”

Dec. 1: World AIDS Day

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

#WAD2015 #WorldAIDSDay2015
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MedlinePlus Connect: Linking Patient Portals and Electronic Health Records (EHRs) to Consumer Health 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

More Information

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.