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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month; New Mexico Proclaims February is Children’s Oral Health Month

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, raising awareness for parents and children about how to keep their smiles white and their teeth clean. Recognizing the importance of oral health, especially among children who need to create good habits, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez proclaimed February 2017 as Children’s Oral Health Month for the state.

New Mexico’s Office of Oral Health has been working with dental providers throughout the state to be able to ensure treatment for low-income and/or uninsured individuals.

The New Mexico Department of Health does have several recommendations to help keep your teeth clean:

  • Help kids develop good brushing and flossing habits
  • Eat healthy foods
  • Limit consumption of sugary beverages (the American Dental Association recommends only consuming these beverages with meals)
  • Limit snacks
  • Schedule regular dental visits

To read more about New Mexico’s Children’s Oral Health Month, please visit “The Importance of Good Dental Health.”

To read more about National Children’s Dental Health Month, please visit the American Dental Association’s website.

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U.S. Task Force Recommends Doctors Should Screen Teens for Major Depression

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Adapted from MedlinePlus (Health Day)

The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends primary care doctors should screen patients between 12 and 18 years for major depression, but not in younger children. The task force believes that the screening of young adults should be accompanied by diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. Experts believe major depression can hinder an adolescent school and work performance as well as developing positive relationships with family and friends. If the situation persists, there is an increased risk of suicide. For more information, please visit: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_157131.html

Additional Resources:

Depression

Teen Mental Health

Study Shows Direct Relation Between Asthma-Flair Ups and School Year Calendar

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Adapted from MedlinePlus (Health Day)

A recent study may explain why children with Asthma tend to suffer cold systems after a school long holiday or break. Experts believed that environmental factors, such as air quality was the culprit. Researchers analyzed asthma-related hospitalizations of children across Texas for seven years. The study concluded that the school year calendar was the primary cause. Researchers found that when children are not at school for a long period, they will be less likely exposed to other children with colds and their immunity decreases. When they return to school, there is an increase in their exposure to cold viruses and their immune systems are not ready. For more information, please visit: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_157134.html

Additional Resources:

Asthma in Children

Common Cold

School Health

Introducing iOS Educational Apps for Students from the National Library of Medicine

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

The National Library of Medicine‘s (NLM) Division of Specialized Information Services is pleased to announce the launch of three interactive, educational iOS (iPhone, iPad) apps for middle/high school students studying biology, chemistry and environmental health.

  • Bohr Thru: This Candy Crush style game requires users to collect and organize protons, neutrons and electrons in order to form the Bohr Model first 18 elements on the periodic table, such as Carbon, Nitrogen and Lithium. With the help of the main character, Atom, players become familiar with a variety of chemical elements and their structures. Teachers can easily implement short, in-class game sessions to enhance their students’ understanding of the periodic table as well. Visit the NLM’s ChemIDplus for more information on over 400,000 chemicals. (Install Bohr Thru)

  • Base Chase: Learning the bases of DNA has never been as easy with this fast paced, educational app. Players grab bases of DNA in order to complete unique DNA strands for a variety of animals. DeeNA, the game’s cartoon mascot, assists players in completing each of the required tasks. A helpful video tutorial is accessible once the game is successfully downloaded. This resource goes hand-in-hand with the NLM’s GeneEd website. (Install Base Chase)

  • Run4Green: The importance of environmental conservation is reinforced through this interactive, Mario-style game. Topics, such as greenhouse gas reduction, renewable energies and green product purchases are emphasized throughout game play. Playing as a jolly, green and earth-shaped character, users collect coins and perform environmentally friendly tasks. The game is appropriate for students in grades 5-8. More information linking middle school classroom science to environmental health can be found on the NLM Environmental Health Student Portal. (Install Run4Green)

Visit the NLM K-12 homepage for additional resources and view the NLM’s iTunes page for other great NLM apps!

Run4green app

Run4Green app

August 2015: National Immunization Awareness Month

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recognized August as the National Immunization Awareness month. As such, various activities structured by the National Public Health Information Coalition will focus on encouraging individuals to safeguard their health against infectious diseases. Emphasis of the month-long program is designed to highlight the importance of immunization. The CDC in collaboration with the NPHIC has developed a toolkit as a guide. Each week will highlight a different group:

A Ready for School toolkit is available for communicating the importance of vaccinations for students as well.

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Tox Town Updates the City Neighborhood

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

The City neighborhood is the newest neighborhood in Tox Town to update its graphics. The City neighborhood, joined previously by the Town and Southwest scenes, is now in HTML 5 and has a new photorealistic look. All of the location and chemical information is the same, but the new graphics allow users to better identify with real-life city locations. Tox Town can be accessed on a variety of personal electronic devices, including iPad, iPad minis, and other tablets.

Regardless of where you live, you will definitely want to visit the updated City neighborhood and learn about possible environmental health risks in a typical city.

(Oooh–that Dentist sound effect though!)

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Tox Town Updates the Town Neighborhood

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
Tox Town is the National Library of Medicine’s interactive Web site about commonly encountered toxic substances, the environment, and health. Enhanced with lively graphics, sound effects, and animation, Tox Town brings to life the everyday locations where you might encounter potentially toxic chemicals.

The Town neighborhood now has a new photorealistic look. All of the location and chemical information is the same, but the new graphics allow users to better identify with real-life locations. The Town scene is now in HTML5 so it can be accessed on a variety of personal electronic devices, including computers, iPads, iPad minis, and tablets.

Take a trip to this fun website if you haven’t been in awhile!

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New Environmental Health and Toxicology Game

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

The Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has launched TOXinvaders, an environmental health and toxicology game for iPhone and iPad. It is available from the Apple Store (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/toxinvaders/id971776185?mt=8).

TOXinvaders supports middle school science concepts pertaining to chemistry, the environment, and health. It can serve as an engaging classroom or homework activity for middle and high school students, as well as an entertaining learning activity for gaming aficionados of all ages. In the classroom environment, TOXinvaders works best as a supplement to NLM Tox Town, Environmental Health Student Portal, TOXMAP, and ChemIDplus Web sites.

The game consists of four fast-paced levels, in which a launcher is used to annihilate toxic chemicals falling from the sky and earn protective shield points by capturing “good chemicals.” To move on to the next level, players must take a brief quiz about the chemicals. These dynamically generated tests provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about environmental health and toxicology from the game’s chemical information sheet and from NLM Web sites. Quiz questions and answers can also serve as a starting point for classroom discussions, as well as for Tox Town, TOXMAP, and Environmental Health Student Portal activities and experiments.

NN/LM SCR Staff to Exhibit at 70th Annual ASCD Conference

Friday, March 13th, 2015

In continuing our work in reaching out to the K-12 community (also see February’s School Library Committee meeting and our upcoming NLM Online Exhibition Program webinar), our office will be exhibiting at next week’s ASCD Annual Conference & Exhibit Show in Houston, TX from March 21-23.

Founded in 1943, ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is the global leader in developing and delivering innovative programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner. It comprises 125,000 members, mostly superintendents, principals, teachers, professors, and advocates from more than 138 countries.

This will be a significant avenue for us to promote the extensive K-12 resources from the NLM, most of which can be found on NLM’s SIS K-12 webpage.

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March SCR CONNECTions: NLM’s Online Exhibition Program

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Our next SCR CONNECTions will be Wednesday, March 18, 10:30-11:30 CT.

Title: Please DO Touch the Works of Art…With Your Mouse! NLM’s Online Exhibition Program

Join NN/LM South Central Region Consumer Health Coordinator and Texas Liaison Adela Justice in the exploration of the fascinating and educational online exhibitions of the National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Division. Be entertained while learning how they also can be used as resources for educators and students of all grade levels from K-College/University.