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Jan

08

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Privacy of Ancestry DNA Testing

Posted by on January 8th, 2019 0 comments Tags: ,

Are you one of many who received a direct-to-consumer genetic test over the holidays?  This popular gift sounds like fun and it is easy to get caught up in the excitement to learn more about your background. However, are you aware of the privacy, or lack of privacy, regarding these tests? Take some time to… Read More »

Posted in: Health Information Literacy

Jan

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Plain Language Checklist for Emergency Responders

Posted by on January 3rd, 2019 0 comments

HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and Office for Civil Rights recently developed a plain language checklist to help emergency responders provide services to individuals with limited English proficiency and individuals with disabilities during response and recovery efforts.

Posted in: Emergency Preparedness, Health Information Literacy

Dec

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Webinar: Health Literacy Begins at Your Library

Posted by on December 19th, 2018 0 comments

For anyone who is interested in the role their library can play in promoting the health and wellness of its community through fostering higher health literacy or anyone who is interested in  the role health  literacy plays in managing one’s health, this webinar will be of interest to you. Library programs directed toward children, teens,… Read More »

Posted in: Health Information Literacy, Webinars

Nov

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National Family History Day

Posted by on November 21st, 2018 0 comments

Thanksgiving Day is also National Family History Day. This Thanksgiving and holiday season, spend some time talking to your loved ones about any health concerns that might be genetic or hereditary. Knowing your risks can help you make choices to lower that risk and create a healthier future for yourself and your family.

Posted in: General, Health Information Literacy

Oct

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Health Screenings: Benefits and Overdiagnosis

Posted by on October 9th, 2018 0 comments Tags: , , ,

Health screenings are tests that look for diseases before symptoms may appear. These screenings can diagnose diseases early which may allow for easier and more effective treatment. Which tests are needed may depend on your age, gender, and family history. But some experts say that screenings can sometimes do more harm than good and that… Read More »

Posted in: Health Information Literacy, Public Health

Oct

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October is Health Literacy Month!

Posted by on October 5th, 2018 0 comments

Health Literacy Month is a time for organizations and individuals to promote the importance of understandable health information. This annual, worldwide, awareness-raising event has been going strong ever since Helen Osborne founded it in 1999. Health Literacy Month is now brought to you in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA). The theme for… Read More »

Posted in: Health Information Literacy

Sep

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Online Health Information Course

Posted by on September 11th, 2018 0 comments Tags: ,

DigitalLearn.org, the Public Library Associations’s collection of short self-directed tutorials for end-users to increase their digital literacy, now features a course all about researching health topics on the Internet. Developed in partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), the new course was designed to help learners understand and evaluate health information while… Read More »

Posted in: Health Information Literacy, Public Library, Websites

Jul

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Sepsis Awareness Materials

Posted by on July 10th, 2018 0 comments Tags: ,

Anyone can get an infection and almost any infection can lead to sepsis. Minority groups living with chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, lung disease, cancer, and kidney diseases are at higher risk for developing infections that can lead to sepsis. Everyone should know the risks, spot the signs and symptoms, and act fast if… Read More »

Posted in: Health Information Literacy, Minority Health Concerns

Jun

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Tips for Teens fact sheets about drugs

Posted by on June 12th, 2018 0 comments

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), Tips for Teens fact sheets provide information about the effects of short- and long-term use of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and inhalants. These insightful and easy-to-read brochures provide important facts teens need to know, answer frequently asked questions, and help to dispel common myths about each of the… Read More »

Posted in: Children and Teens, Health Information Literacy, Substance Addiction and Misuse

May

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Consumers’ Checkbook

Posted by on May 8th, 2018 0 comments Tags: , , ,

Choosing the best surgeon can reduce your chances of death, complications, or other bad outcomes.  Prospective surgery patients will find the Consumers’ Checkbook website a helpful guide when shopping for a surgeon. The Surgeon Rating is based on analyses of more than five million surgeries done in hospital by more than 50,000 surgeons, shows you… Read More »

Posted in: Health Information Literacy, Websites

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