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]

Friday, November 21, 2014

Health Newsletters at the Patient Health Library, November 2014

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.

Consumer Reports on Health

October 2014
-Resources for choosing a doctor, pp.1,4-5

November 2014
-How to choose the best health insurance for you, pp.1,4-5
-Keep food poisoning of the menu, p.10

Johns Hopkins Medical Letter: Health After 50

November 2014
-Are prostate cancer treatments going too far?: Overtreatment, active surveillance and knowing your options, pp.1-2
-Is canned salmon as good for you as fresh salmon? p.7

Duke Medicine Health News

October 2014
-Preserve your mind and prevent cognitive decline, pp.1-2
-Four key nutrients decrease the risk of bone and muscle degeneration, p.4
-Exercise as medicine for older women, p.7

Harvard Health Letter

October 2014
-Stay flexible to protect your mobility, pp.1,7
-Signs of early dementia, p.3
-Best ways to keep your bones healthy and strong, p.4
-Understanding allergy medications, p.7

 Harvard Heart Letter

October 2014
-Rethinking alcohol use and heart disease, p.3
-Testosterone therapy may not be as safe as once thought, p.7

Harvard Women's Health Watch

October 2014
-How to lower your cholesterol without drugs, pp.1,7

Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter

October 2014
-Health seniors who took fish oil pills score better on cognitive tests, pp.1,3
-Walking and other physical activities reduce disability risk, p.6

Mayo Clinic Health Letter

October 2014
-Tips for those who have difficulty swallowing pills, p.3


Monday, November 10, 2014

Holiday Food: Nutrition and Safety

- How can I limit calories and still enjoy the holidays?

- How long do I need to cook a 20-pound turkey?

- What should I know to safely cook for a large group?

- How long will my leftovers still be good?

- My mom is undergoing chemotherapy. Do I need to pay special attention to my food preparation habits?

- What can I make for people on special diets? 

If you are asking questions like these, take a look at the following sites to help keep everyone safe, healthy and happy this holiday season:

Enjoy Guilt-Free Holiday Celebrations
Food Safety Tips for Holiday Road Trips
[Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics]

Inspiration for Your Holiday Parties
Holiday Recipes
Cooking for the Family… Gluten-free, Vegan and All
[Source: American Institute for Cancer Research]

Food Safety Tips for Healthy Holidays
[Source: US Department of Agriculture]

Are You Storing Food Safely?
[Source: US Food and Drug Administration]

Food Safety During Cancer Therapy
[Source: UCSF Ida & Joseph Friend Cancer Resource Center]