Health and Medical News and Resources

General interest items edited by Janice Flahiff

National Women’s Health Week- May 9 to May 15, 2010

From:   About National Women’s Health Week

“National Women’s Health Week is a weeklong health observance coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH). National Women’s Health Week empowers women to make their health a top priority. With the theme “It’s Your Time,” the nationwide initiative encourages women to take simple steps for a longer, healthier, and happier life.”

For those interested, here is how to send a National Women’s Health Week E-card.

The US federal agency has compiled a list of free, online,  related health resources for women which includes these areas: 
General Resources, Cancer, Cardiovascular Health, Diabetes, Lupus, Menopause, and Smoking.  
An interactive health screening tool is also available. 

Looking for additional free, reputable, online resources?
Try the Women’s Health topic page at MedlinePlus (US National Library of Medicine/ US National Institutes of Health)

May 8, 2010 Posted by | Consumer Health | | Leave a comment

Climate Change and Human Health – A New US Govt Web Site

Many government, education, and nonprofit agencies and organizations are studying and reporting on the effect of climate change on human health.  These proposed effects include  sea-level rise, heat waves,  and poor air quality  which may affect human health both directly and indirectly.

Climate Change and Human Health presents an organized set of resources both for professionals and the general public.
It is one of many Specialized Information Services sponsored by the (US) National Library of Medicine and the (US) National Institutes of Health.

Headings include: 

Overview – 10 links including Climate Change and Human Health(National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences) 

Specific Impacts in 6 areas (Agriculture, Extreme Weather ,General Health, Infectious Disease, Population Displacement and Water Quality and Scarcity)

A sampling:

The Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture, Land Resources, Water Resources, and Biodiversity in the United States 
United States Global Change Research Program

Climate Change Futures: Health, Ecological and Economic Dimensions (PDF, 5.5 MB) 
The Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Medical School

Vector Borne Diseases 
Regional Disaster Information Center for Latin America and the Caribbean

Water Resources 
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Law, Policy and Regulation

Resources from the National Library of Medicine
Links to professional literature and consumer information Web sites


May 8, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment


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