Health and Medical News and Resources

General interest items edited by Janice Flahiff

Nutrition and Healthy Eating from the Mayo Clinic (& additional related Web sites)

Mayo Clinic
Nutrition and healthy eating 
is just one of many Healthy Lifestyle topics which provide information and tools for the public.

The Mayo Clinic staff have vetted materials on nutrition and healthy eating in the following areas

  • Nutrition Basics  with overviews on healthy diets, healthy cooking, and nutritional supplements
  • In Depth coverage of topics in Nutrition basics as the new dietary guidelines, carbohydrates, dietary fats, specific diets (as the Mediterranean diet), and menu options
  • Multimedia links to images, interactive graphics, videos, and slideshows
  • Expert blog with tips by registered dieticians and nurses on topics like kitchen organization, meal planning, and ideas for healthy salads
  • Resources with links to Web sites on nutrition, cooking, menus, and  shopping strategies
  • Web Site of the Week: Nutrition and healthy eating (
  • Whole Grains, Fiber, Protein And Almonds Help Manage Hunger Pains (Medical News Today, April 2011)
  • Live Well & Live Longer With Foods For Healthy Aging(Medical News Today, April 2011)”The tips below provide a starting point that can help you focus on foods for key parts of the body that are important to healthy aging:– Bones: String cheese is not just for the young. Add calcium to your diet by snacking on a stick of string cheese when hunger strikes.

    — Muscles: For a quick and easy snack, look for a nutrition bar with added soy protein or add a packet of soy or whey protein to your favorite smoothie.

    — Eyes: Punch up your intake of the eye-popping nutrients lutein and zeaxanthin by making a spinach salad with slices of oranges. Many multivitamin and mineral dietary supplements also include lutein.

    — Heart: Popcorn is a great source of whole grains. Keep a few mini-bags in your desk drawer to heat up for a quick, low-calorie snack at the office. Also, try spicing up your popcorn with garlic powder and cinnamon, or rosemary and parmesan cheese.

    — Mind: Salmon or tuna that is canned in water or in a shelf-stable pouch can make easy and affordable meals; add a few tablespoons of olive oil, season with pepper and thyme to enjoy on top of whole grain crackers or wrap with tomatoes in a lettuce leaf.”

Related Resources
Aim for a Healthy Weight

Aim for a Healthy Weight can help you learn how to reach and maintain a healthy weight by taking small steps to change your lifestyle. Find tips for eating well at home and on the road, and for becoming more physically active. (US NIH)
WIN (Weight-control Information Network) - An information service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
NIH’s Weight-control Information Network provides science-based information on obesity, physical activity, and weight control.

April 23, 2011 Posted by | Nutrition | , , , | Leave a comment finds regulations from nearly 300 federal agencies - Your Voice in Federal Decision Making
locates regulations, proposed rules and final rules from nearly 300 US federal agencies. One may also submit comments on pending regulations at this site. entry points inlcude
  • What’s Hot (the “default” home page) with links to the most visited regulations

Health related regulations on 23 April 2011 included those related to the school lunch program, food labeling,
Medicare, and oil pollution prevention

  • Your Voice In Action – Site data reflecting actions based on comments to the site
  • Regulations with Comment Periods Closing Soon
  • Newly Posted Regulations
  • Regulatory Agenda and Agency Resources – information about regulations that each agency plans to issue or has recently completed, agency reports required by statute; links to the Federal Register, Code of Federal Regulations, and THOMAS (Federal legislative information from the Library of Congress)

April 23, 2011 Posted by | Librarian Resources | | Leave a comment

Cities and Climate Change: Global Report on Human Settlements [pdf]

The UN Global Report on Human Settlements  is geared to planners and others interested in exploring on how cities worldwide will be affected by climate change in the near and far future.
The 62 page document shows linkages between urbanization and climate change, arguing that  “local action is indispensable for the realization of national climate change commitments agreed through international negotiations.”
“[The report]  illustrates the significant contribution of urban areas to climate change while at the same time highlighting the potentially devastating effects of climate change on urban populations.
It reviews policy responses, strategies and practices that are emerging in urban areas to mitigate and adapt to climate change, as well as their potential achievements and constraints.
In conclusion, the report argues that urban areas have a pivotal role in both climate change mitigation and adaptation and identifies strategies and approaches for strengthening this role.

April 23, 2011 Posted by | Public Health | , , , | Leave a comment


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