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Last Build Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:16:06 +0000


American Diabetes Alert Day: Are You at Risk?

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:16:06 +0000

Today is American Diabetes Alert Day, and did you know that diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.–killing more than 75,000 people annually? In honor of this observance, the Oklahoma State Department of Health is encouraging Oklahomans to check their risk of developing diabetes, as well as sound the alarm for […]

New Blood Test Could Spot Autism in Children

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:00:50 +0000

Researchers have been working on an experimental blood test that could point out autism in children. So far, the test is 98 percent accurate in children ages 3 to 10 in diagnosing if they have autism. “The test was able to predict autism, regardless of where on the spectrum an individual was,” according to study […]

Washing Your Hands Saves Lives

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:00:41 +0000

According to MedlinePlus, you should wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. You may be more familiar with that rule of thumb to sing the “Happy Birthday” song at least two times through before turning off that faucet. But while we’re admonished to do so, it’s difficult to say what’s actually put into practice […]

SCR Regional Highlight: Two Louisiana Cities Rank Top Five for HIV Diagnoses

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 02:36:10 +0000

According to the 2016 America’s Health Rankings report conducted by the United Health Foundation, Louisiana is the second most unhealthy state in the nation, just behind Mississippi. The report uses a number of factors to create these rankings, but it has become increasingly clear over the years that the state’s high diagnoses of new HIV […]

Funding Databases

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 23:00:45 +0000

When considering applying for a funding opportunity it is often helpful to know what types of projects that have been funded in the past. Every RML in the NNLM includes listings of the Past Funded Projects on their website for this reason. But did you know that you can also find this information for NIH, […]

Poor Diets Linked to 400,000 U.S. Deaths

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 04:28:15 +0000

March is National Nutrition Month, so it comes at the perfect time that the results from a study are released explaining that a poor diet was a contributor to 400,000 U.S. premature deaths in 2015. The study suggested that poor diets are caused not only by not avoiding certain things–like trans fat and salt–but also […]

Patient Safety Awareness Week 2017

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 04:21:24 +0000

This week is Patient Safety Awareness Week hosted by the National Patient Safety Foundation! And while this week awareness is particularly high, the National Patient Safety Foundation encourages all healthcare professionals to treat every day like Patient Safety Day. Patient safety is a public health issue according to the National Patient Safety Foundation’s United for […]

Being a Part of Your Own Healthcare: Questions to Know

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Recently, I taught a class on how to help older adults find health information. One of the issues that came up during the class was patient safety, which has been a trending topic for us this past year. Unlike the patient-doctor relationship of the past, patients today are encouraged to be active partners in the healthcare […]

Hearing Loss Predicted to Grow Tremendously by 2060 in U.S.

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 03:48:50 +0000

According to a recent study by Johns Hopkins Medicine, hearing loss among the U.S. population could jump from 44 million in 2020 to 73.5 million by 2060; the 2060 number would comprise 23 percent of the adult American population, compared to 15 percent in 2020. And in 2060, 55 percent of adults with hearing loss […]

March is National Nutrition Month

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 03:46:38 +0000

Are you putting your best fork forward this month? The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is encouraging you to! National Nutrition Month is a campaign hosted annually by the Academy focusing on the importance of informed food choices and healthy eating and physical activity habits to in turn help you lead a healthier lifestyle. This […]