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Heart Disease versus Cancer Deaths

Posted by on December 1st, 2016 0 comments

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…. Read More »

Posted in: Articles, Chronic Disease

Nov

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High Blood Pressure: Global Totals Double in Four Decades

Posted by on November 29th, 2016 0 comments Tags: , ,

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… Read More »

Posted in: Articles, General, Public Health

Nov

17

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Mapping the Opioid Epidemic in the US

Posted by on November 17th, 2016 0 comments Tags:

Andria Caruthers posted “Mapping the Opioid Epidemic in the US” on CommunityCommons.org. She reviewed geographic trends of the opioid epidemic and included Community Commons maps that link to their interactive versions. To read the full article, visit https://nnlm.gov/bhic/fvqp. Don’t know about Community Commons? According to its About page, “Community Commons is a place where data, tools, and stories… Read More »

Posted in: Articles, Public Health, Websites

Nov

07

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Cancer Prevention for babies and young children

Posted by on November 7th, 2016 0 comments

The CDC has a new Supplement in the journal Pediatrics that highlights research in cancer prevention from birth to early childhood. In addition to the open access supplement, there is also a video and tips for healthcare providers, policy makers and caregivers. Cancer Prevention During Early Life (Centers for Disease Control): https://nnlm.gov/bhic/9jqt

Posted in: Articles, Children and Teens, Environmental Health

Oct

31

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Have a safe Halloween!

Posted by on October 31st, 2016 0 comments

Before you get dressed up and start trick-or-treating tonight, check out these sites for safety tips from food to streets to costumes. Halloween Health and Safety Tips (CDC) A Safe and Spooktacular Halloween (KidsHealth from Nemours) Make Halloween a Sweet Dream, Not a Nightmare (Foodsafety.gov) ‘Lucky 13’ Tips for a Safe Halloween (FDA)

Posted in: Articles, Children and Teens, Public Health, Public Library

Oct

28

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Aging in Place Technology Report 2016

Posted by on October 28th, 2016 0 comments Tags: ,

The marketplace for technology to assist aging adults in the Longevity Economy is expected to grow sharply from $2 billion today to more than $30 billion in the next few years, according to the updated report by Aging in Place Technology Watch, more likely to be based on customization of standard software than creation of… Read More »

Posted in: Articles, General, Senior

Oct

19

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Wrong Medicine Dosing in Children

Posted by on October 19th, 2016 0 comments

A NIH funded study recommends the use of an oral syringe instead of a small measuring cup when giving medicine to children. In this study, with participation of more than 2,100 parents, they found that the greatest confusion occurred when parents used dosing cups instead of oral syringes. Parents also made more errors when they… Read More »

Posted in: Articles, Health Information Literacy, Public Health

Oct

03

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Secondhand Smoke: Nonsmokers May Not Know They Have Been Exposed

Posted by on October 3rd, 2016 0 comments

A new study in Carcinogenesis finds that many people underestimate their exposure to secondhand smoke and thus not know they are at risk of lung cancer and other conditions. Secondhand Smoke More Insidious Than Thought (HealthDay): https://nnlm.gov/bhic/eez3 For more information about Secondhand Smoke, including how to protect yourself and your children, go to MedlinePlus: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/1bkd

Posted in: Articles, Environmental Health, Public Health

Sep

23

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Medication Safety Tips for Older Adults

Posted by on September 23rd, 2016 0 comments Tags: , ,

Whether you’re settling into your sixties or heading into your ninth decade, be careful when taking prescription and over-the-counter medicines, herbal preparations, and supplements. And if you’re caring for older loved ones, help them stay safe, too. Why the special concern? The older you get, the more likely you are to use additional medicines, which… Read More »

Posted in: Articles, Public Health, Senior

Sep

23

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FDA Information for Consumers on Food and Flavors

Posted by on September 23rd, 2016 0 comments Tags: , ,

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) offers consumers information on food and flavors. The FDA monitors food products to ensure that what is written on the package is not misleading or inaccurate and it can, when necessary, take action against the food company. Domestically, warning letters can be followed by enforcement actions such as… Read More »

Posted in: Articles, Public Health, Websites

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