Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Health Newsletters at the Patient Health Library, December 2011

Not all information is free and not all of it is online!  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!

DukeMedicine HealthNews, Dec 2011
-Advances in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, pp.1-2
-More possible benefits of fruits and vegetables: better verbal memory, p.6

Harvard Health Letter, Nov 2011
-Taking care of your feet can reduce risk of falls, pp.1-3
-Now being served, better nutrition advice, pp.4-5

Harvard Women's Health Watch, Dec 2011
-Depression and cardiovascular risk in women, pp.1-2
-The overlooked hazards of holiday eating, pp.2-3
-Staying active despite osteoporosis, pp.4-6
-New treatment for overactive bladder, pp.6-7

Mayo Clinic Health Letter, Nov 2011
-Noncardiac chest pain, pp.1-3
-Helpful cold remedies, p.3
-Treating high blood pressure, pp.4-5

Nutrition Action Newsletter, Nov 2011
-How to keep your kitchen from making you sick, pp.1-7
-Fighting inflammation, pp.9-11

Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter, Dec 2011
-Cholesterol-lowering foods boost benefits of cutting saturated fat, pp.1-2
-The new fat rules: “low fat” is out and “healthy fats” are in, pp.4-5

UC Berkeley Wellness Letter, Nov 2011
-Stealthy vegetables, p.2
-Questions about microwave ovens, p.4
-Trouble swallowing pills?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Recognizing the Signs of Stroke

Every minute counts when someone is having a stroke.  Immediate treatment can save people's lives and enhance their chances for successful recovery.  However, you need to recognize the symptoms of a stroke and get to a hospital quickly.  Getting treatment within 60 minutes can prevent disability.
(excerpted from

The following information resources discuss the signs of stroke, ways to help prevent stroke, as well as treatment and recovery:

Knowing the Signs of Stroke
[from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke]

Stroke Signs and Symptoms
[from the UCSF Medical Center]

Stroke Information: Overviews, Symptoms, Treatment, Prevention, Recovery and more
[from MedlinePlus]

NINDS Stroke Information Page
[from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke]

For further information, contact the UCSF Patient Health Librarian.

Monday, December 5, 2011

MedlinePlus: Online Health Information

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

Resources and tools include:
  • Health Topics: Over 900 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
  • Information in many languages
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.