Friday, February 27, 2015

Exercise and physical fitness

Regular exercise is a critical part of staying healthy. People who are active live longer and feel better. Exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight. It can delay or prevent diabetes, some cancers and heart problems.

The key is to find the right exercise for you. If it is fun, you are more likely to stay motivated. You may want to walk with a friend, join a class or plan a group bike ride. If you've been inactive for awhile, use a sensible approach and start out slowly.

[Source: MedlinePlus]


How much physical activity do you need?
Measuring Physical Activity Intensity (Watch the excellent video on this page)
[Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

Eating and exercise: 5 tips to maximize your workouts
[Source: Mayo Clinic]

Exercise tips for parents and children
[Source: UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital]

Strength Training for Older Adults
[Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

Additional exercise and physical fitness resources
[Source: MedlinePlus]

Monday, February 2, 2015

Health Newsletters at the Patient Health Library, February 2015

The UCSF Patient Health Library subscribes to over a dozen health and wellness newsletters that are not available for free online. We also have access to all of the online journals the UCSF subscribes to.

Here are highlights from the newsletters. To read the articles, look at the online journals or ask a health or medical question, visit the Patient Health Library.

Consumer Reports on Health

January 2015
-The trouble with diet pills, pp.1,4-5
-Make your home a safer place, pp.6-7
-Stop paying too much for drugs, p.8
-What you must know about milk, p.9
"Q: Should I opt for organic milk? A: Yes....[benefits include] 100% organic feed, no growth hormones, and no antibiotics....and healthy agricultural practices."

Johns Hopkins Medical Letter: Health After 50

January 2015
-Which drugs are best for preventing fractures, pp.1-2
-New device for a hard-to-treat type of hearing loss: the hybrid cochlear implant, p.3
-Ways to manage your angina and reduce symptom frequency, p.5

Winter 2014-2015
-You can fight age-related weight gain, pp.1-2
-A team-based approach to weight loss, p.3
-Probiotics: what to consider before adding these supplements to your diet, pp.4-5
-How to make snacking a sensible part of your weight control efforts, p.6

Mayo Clinic Health Letter

January 2015
-Exercise after join replacement: DOs and DON'Ts, pp.4-5

February 2015
-Seven ways to prevent cancer, pp.4-5

Supplement, February 2011665
-Aging and skin

Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter

January 2015
-Can you train your brain to crave healthier foods? pp.1,3

UC Berkeley Wellness Letter

Winter 2014-2015
-Vitamin D, pp.1-4
-Family history 101, pp.5

Friday, January 9, 2015

Health Newsletters at the Patient Health Library, January 2015

The UCSF Patient Health Library subscribes to over a dozen health and wellness newsletters that are not available for free online. We also have access to all of the online journals the UCSF subscribes to.

Here are highlights from newsletters. To read the articles, look at the online journals or ask a health or medical question, visit the Patient Health Library.

UC Berkeley Wellness Letter

November 2014
-Are coconuts all they're cracked up to be? pp.1-2
-Choking: know what to do, p.4

December 2014
-Yoga for a better bladder, p.5

Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter

November 2014
-Extra magnesium may boost your physical performance, p.7

Supplement, November 2014: The latest on fats: facts vs. fads

December 2014
-Get fit now to keep your brain sharp later, p.7

Nutrition Action Newsletter

December 2014
-What you can do to protect your bones, pp.1,3-7

Mayo Clinic Health Letter

November 2014
-Irritable bowel syndrome: new approaches for relief, pp.1-3
-Lymphedema surgery: new solutions for swelling, pp.4-5

Supplement, November 2014 - Diabetes: Taking charge of your health

December 2014
-Nonallergic rhinitis, pp.1-3
-Lifting safely, pp.4-5

Johns Hopkins Medical Letter: Health After 50

December 2014
-Don't let COPD stand in the way of an active lifestyle, pp.1-2
-Pneumonia: two vaccinations are better than one, p.3

Harvard Women's Health Watch

December 2014
-Keep your weight down and your energy up with the glycemic index, pp.1,7
-When to get help for low back pain, pp.4-5

Harvard Men's Health Watch

November 2014
-How much alcohol is too much? p.3
-Relief for hand arthritis, p.6

Harvard Heart Letter

November 2014
-Exercise is still the best medicine, pp.1,7
-For heart health, less salt makes the most sense, p.5

Duke Medicine Health News

November 2014
-An action plan to avoid chronic loneliness, p.3


Friday, January 2, 2015

Making Your Resolutions Stick

New Year’s resolutions—they’re easy to make but easier to break. Why is it so hard to make the healthy changes that we know can help us feel better and live longer? And why is it so hard to make them last?

Following are tools that can help you remove the barriers to making good habits a part of your life:

Making Your Resolutions Stick
[Source: American Psychological Association]

How to Create Healthy Habits
[Source: NIH News in Health from the National Institutes of Health ]

Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Outlook
[Source: UCSF Medical Center]

Behavior Modification Ideas for Weight Management
[Source: UCSF Medical Center]

Passing on Healthy Habits to Your Children
[Source: American Academy of Family Physicians]

Healthy Sleep Tips
[Source: American Academy of Sleep Medicine]

Adopt Good Sleep Habits
[Source: Harvard Medical School]

Healthy living
[Source: MedlinePlus]

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Emergency Preparedness


Natural Disasters and Severe Weather
  -  Winter Weather
  -  Floods
  -  Landslides and Mudslides
  -  Lightning
  -  Earthquakes
  -  Hurricanes
  -  Tornadoes
[Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

Be Informed: Learn what protective measures to take before, during, and after an emergency
Make A Plan: Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it is important to plan in advance: how you will get to a safe place; how you will contact one another; and how you will get back together.
Build A Kit: You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours.
Preparing Your Pets for Emergencies
Individuals with Disabilities or Access Needs or Functional Needs: If you have a disability or an access need or functional needs, you may need to take additional steps to prepare for emergencies.[Source: Ready.gov]

Emergency Disinfection of Drinking Water
[Source: U.S. EPA]

Home-Use Medical Devices: How to Prepare for and Handle Power Outages for Medical Devices that Require Electricity
[Source: U.S. FDA]