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General interest items edited by Janice Flahiff

50 Excellent Public Health Web Sites Worth Bookmarking

From a blog item sponsored by Masters of Public Health

These fifty Web sites offer assistance, news and information at all levels and in all topics from the flu to how the environment and animals contribute to public health issues.

Categories include Government Public Health, Public Health Associations and Organizations, Public Health Policy and Law, Public Health Web Sites and Libraries, and Journals.

September 21, 2010 Posted by | Consumer Health, Health Education (General Public) | | Leave a comment

Study Shows Preventive Services Can Save Lives at Little or No Cost

From Partnership for Prevention,”A nonpartisan organization of business, nonprofit and government leaders working to make evidence based disease prevention and health promotion a national priority”.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Sept. 7, 2010 – Preventive health services such as daily aspirin use, tobacco cessation screening and alcohol abuse screening can potentially save 2 million lives and nearly $4 billion annually, according to a new paper produced by the National Commission on Prevention Priorities (NCPP). The NCPP is convened by the Partnership for Prevention. Four of the five lead authors perform research with HealthPartners Research Foundation.

The paper, “Greater Use Of Preventive Services In U.S. Health Care Could Save Lives At Little Or No Cost,” is published in the September issue of Health Affairs (see the full article here). Its authors analyzed the estimated cost of adopting a package of 20 proven preventive services against the savings that could be generated. They also estimated how much in health care costs would have been saved in a given year if 90 percent of the population had used those services. For 2006, the year selected, the savings were estimated at $3.7 billion.

Most of the savings came from three services: tobacco cessation screening and assistance; discussing daily aspirin use; and alcohol screening with brief counseling. The authors determined that those three services plus colorectal cancer screening each would have contributed more than 100,000 years of life if 90 percent of the population had participated.

September 21, 2010 Posted by | Consumer Health | | Leave a comment

Discrimination Can Hurt Teens, Body and Soul

Study finds minority kids especially vulnerable, with effects both physical and mental

Discrimination experienced by U.S. teens from Latin American and Asian backgrounds can affect their grades and health, and is associated with depression, distress and reduced self-esteem, a new study has found….

Discrimination can be especially hard on teens, the study authors noted.

“These are the years when social identity is arguably more salient among teenagers who are struggling with defining who they are. Adding on a ‘layer’ of discrimination is not an easy thing for them to deal with,” one of the study authors, Andrew J. Fuligni, a professor of psychiatry at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, said in a university news release.

“Discrimination significantly predicted lower [grade-point averages], higher levels of depression, higher levels of distress, lower self-esteem and more physical complaints,” Fuligni added. “So the bottom line? Discrimination is harmful.”

The study was released online in advance of publication in an upcoming print issue of the Journal of Research on Adolescence. If you do not have a subscription to this journal, check with your local public or academic library to see if there is a way you can access it for free or a lower cost.

A few related resources
**Teen Health (Nemours Foundation) has information and advice for teens in many areas, including school and job topics as dealing with cliques

** Kids Health (for Parents) (Nemours Foundation) includes Emotion and Behavior topics as Cyberbullyingand Developing Your Child’s Self-Esteem

**Teen Mental Health (MedlinePlus) has great informational links for teens and parents

**The National Institute of Mental Health has information for Children and Adolescents

Remember your local public library!
**Your local public library not only has books, but information about local agencies which can assist you in many areas, including parenting, mental health, and dealing with discrimination. Ask for a reference librarian! She or he will give your professional confidential assistance in locating information online and in print.

September 21, 2010 Posted by | Consumer Health | , | Leave a comment

Most Americans Don’t Get Daily Exercise

Only 5% reported vigorous physical activity within preceding 24-hour period, researchers found

“On any given day, most U.S. adults reported performing predominantly sedentary and light activities. The greatest prevalence for reported moderate activities was food and drink preparation for both men (12.8 percent) and women (37.6 percent),” the authors wrote in the report.

An abstract of the article may be found here. Check with a local public or academic library for the availability of full text. Ask if there are any charges for getting this article.

Exercise and Physical Fitness (MedlinePlus) contains many great informational links on exercise, checking your health, and nutrition.

September 21, 2010 Posted by | Consumer Health | | Leave a comment

More Bedbug Information Sites

New stories about bedbug infestations are on the rise.
The good news is an increasing number of sources of great usable information, including the appropriate use of pesticides.

Some links from Enviro-Health Links – Pesticide Exposure (National Library of Medicine)

Top Ten Bed Bug Tips (US Environmental Protection Agency [EPA])
Preventing and Getting Rid of Bed Bugs Safely (PDF, 2 MB)
Understanding and Controlling Bed Bugs (National Pesticide Information Center)

More Enviro-Health Links may be found here.
Topics include Children’s Environmental Health, Climate Change and Human Health, and Dietary Supplements.


September 21, 2010 Posted by | Consumer Health | , | Leave a comment


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