Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday, July 22, 2011

Health Newsletters at the Patient Health Library, July 2011

The UCSF Patient Health Library subscribes to a number of health and wellness newsletters that are not otherwise free to the public.  Here are some highlights from recent newsletters.

To see the entire articles, visit the Patient Health Library!

Duke Medicine HealthNews, July 2011
-Biology of food addiction, p.6
-There IS a “happiness” gene…but it’s not that simple, p.7

Harvard Health Letter, April 2011
-New criteria for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease pp.4-5
-Coronary bypass vs. angioplasty p.7

Harvard Men's Health Watch, July 2011
-Music and health pp.1-5

Harvard Women's Health Watch, July 2011
-Experts urge intensive lifestyle measures for lowering triglycerides p.3
-Laser vision correction after midlife pp.4-6
-Help for chronic fatigue symptoms: exercise and cognitive behavioral therapy p.7

Mayo Clinic Health Letter, July 2011
-Benefits of weight training, pp.1-3

Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter, July 2011
-Tai chi helps relieve depression in people over 60, pp.1-2
-Learning to love lentils, p.6

UC Berkeley Wellness Letter, July 2011
-Should you worry about the sugar in fruit? pp.1-2
-What you can do about prehypertension (mildly elevated blood pressure) supplement pp.1-4

Sunday, July 17, 2011

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. [From MedlinePlus]

Exercise and physical fitness
[From MedlinePlus]

How much physical activity do you need?
    Video: "What counts as aerobic activity"
[From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

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

Exercise tips for children
[From UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital]

Strength Training for Older Adults
[From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

Friday, July 8, 2011

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?  Want a search done for you?  Contact the Patient Health Librarian by email, telephone, or in person.