Thursday, September 30, 2010

Dietary Fiber

Resources from MedlinePlus: 

Fiber: Start Roughing It!
[an overview from the Harvard School of Public Health]

Fiber Supplements: Are They Safe to Take Every Day? 
[from the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research]

You can find a link to MedlinePlus on the UCSF Patient Health Library's Health Information Websites page along with many other health information resources.

Resources from UCSF:

Why Fiber Is So Good for You
[from the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital]

Encouraging Your Child to Eat Fruits and Vegetables
[from the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital]

How fiber affects carbohydrate counting for people with diabetes
[from the UCSF Diabetes Teaching Center]

You can find the UCSF Medical Center Online Health Library at

Need more information? Contact the Patient Health Librarian by email, telephone, or in person.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Adult Vaccines

Vaccines aren't just for kids. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that many adults become ill, are disabled, or die each year from diseases that could easily have been prevented by vaccines.

Everyone from young adults to senior citizens can benefit from immunizations. The CDC has a short, online questionnaire that can help you find out if there are vaccines that are recommended for you.

Some of these diseases can be especially serious for adults age 65 and older:
  • Influenza (flu)
  • Shingles
  • Diphtheria
  • Pneumococcus (pneumonia)
  • Tetanus
  • Hepatitis A & B

For more information:

Vaccine-preventable adult diseases [from the CDC]

Read the article "Good news on adult vaccines" from the August 2010 issue of Consumer Reports on Health, available at the UCSF Patient Health Library.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Resources on Nutrition and Cancer


Overview of Nutrition in Cancer Care
(from the National Cancer Institute)

Eating Hints: Before, During, and After Cancer Treatment
(from the National Cancer Institute)

Diet for Cancer Treatment Side Effects
(from UCSF Medical Center's online Health Library)

Nutrition & Cancer: The Whole Diet
(Podcast from the UCSF Ida & Joseph Friend Cancer Resource Center)

Nutrition Counseling & Workshops at UCSF
with registered dietician, Greta Macaire

Nutrition counseling services are open to UCSF cancer patients at no charge, although donations are appreciated. A dietitian is available Monday through Friday between 9 am and 5 pm. Appointments can be scheduled through any of the oncology practices.

Nutrition & Prostate Cancer:
Tuesday, September 21, 4:00 – 6:00pm
Tuesday, October 26, 4:00 – 6:00pm
Tuesday, November 30, 4:00 – 6:00pm

Eating for Strong Bones:
Wednesday, October 6, 5:00 - 7:00pm

Nutrition & Breast Cancer:
Thursday, October 21, 10:00 - 11:30am
Tuesday, November 23, 5:00 – 6:30pm

Nutrition & Chemotherapy:
Tuesday, October 19, 3:30 – 5:00pm
Wednesday, November 3, 12:00 – 1:30pm

To register for these free seminars call the Ida & Joseph Friend Cancer Resource Center at 415.885.3693. More information is available by calling or going online to

Friday, September 10, 2010

Creating a Family Health History

A family health history is a written record of a family's health. The history contains information about a family's medical conditions, lifestyle habits (for example, whether anyone in the family has smoked), and where and how family members grew up. It's like a family tree for health.

You can use a family health history to see if you, your children, or your grandchildren might face an increased risk of developing serious health problems. These health problems might be common ones, such as heart disease, cancer, or diabetes. They could also be less common diseases that are passed from one generation to the next, such as hemophilia or sickle cell anemia.

Many diseases result from a combination of a person's genes, lifestyle, and environment. People can't change the genes they inherit from their parents. But they can change things like diet, physical activity, and medical care to try to prevent diseases that run in the family.

A health care professional can use a family health history to help assess a person's risk of certain diseases. The health care professional might recommend actions to lower the chance of getting those diseases.

For more information, visit Creating a Family Health History from the National Institute on Aging and the National Library of Medicine.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

MedlinePlus: Online Health Information

MedlinePlus is a free, easy-to-use health information service of the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.

Resources and tools include:
  • Health Topics: Over 800 topics on conditions, diseases and wellness
  • Drugs & Supplements: About your prescription and over-the-counter medicines, herbs and supplements
  • Videos, Tutorials and Cool Tools
  • Medical Encyclopedia and Dictionary
  • News: Current health news and press announcements
  • Directories: Find doctors, dentists and hospitals
You can find the MedlinePlus website on the UCSF Patient Health Library's Health Information Websites page along with many other health information resources.

Need more help? Contact the Patient Health Librarian by email, telephone, or in person.