Health and Medical News and Resources

General interest items edited by Janice Flahiff

Health Communications in Video (in Reducing STIs)

Sexually transmitted disease

From a Posting in Youth Health 2.o “Health Communications in Video” by Kishan on July 17, 2011

The purpose of using videos in reducing the rates of STIs, for example, is to increase “knowledge and perception of STI/HIV risk, promoting positive attitudes toward condom use” and more importantly “building self-efficacy and skills to facilitate partner treatment, safer sex, and the acquisition, negotiation and use of condoms”.

Findings from the study on the effectiveness of “Safe in the City”, show that video based interventions are simple at a “relatively low cost, likely acceptability and likelihood of healthier behaviours being adopted and sustained over time” (Warner 2008)….

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July 18, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Science Cinema: the source for Department of Energy (DOE) multimedia

Science Cinema: the source for Department of Energy (DOE) multimedia

From the About page

The ScienceCinema site contains multimedia videos highlighting the U.S. Department of Energy’s most exciting scientific research.

[Editor’s note: ScienceCinema includes quite a few health related videos, it is worth searching]

The Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) is responsible for broadly disseminating and preserving the Department’s scientific output. ScienceCinema contains videos produced by the DOE National Laboratories and other research institutions.

Through a partnership with Microsoft Research, state-of-the-art audio indexing and speech recognition technology allows the user to search for specific words and phrases spoken by the presenter in these video files. Simply enter a term and the results list will point to the precise snippets of the video where the term was spoken.

You can search for words spoken in the videos,

and also through the “old fashioned” advanced search method.

The advanced search page (labelled bibliographic search) allows you search by

  • Bibliogaphic data – words and phrases as virus and “air pollution”
    Use quotation marks (“) to force phrase searching
  • Description/abstract– words and phrases found in the description or abstract (summary) of the video
    For an example , see Wind vs. Biofuels: Addressing Climate, Health and Energy

February 14, 2011 Posted by | Educational Resources (High School/Early College(, Finding Aids/Directories | , , , | Leave a comment

Tai Chi and Qi Gong for Health and Well Being: Video Now Available

From the US National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

This 12 minute video is an educational tool that features tai chi and qi gong as activities to enhance wellness. You can also download this video to your computer or portable media player.

Segments include introduction, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and cool down

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is the Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine.

The NCCAM Web site includes research-based information on treatments and conditions for both health care professionals and the rest of us.

December 11, 2010 Posted by | Consumer Health, Educational Resources (High School/Early College(, Health Education (General Public) | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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