Thursday, May 31, 2012

Health Newsletters at the Patient Health Library, May 2012

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!

Consumer Reports on Health

May 2012
-Beware of kitchen germs, p.10

Harvard Men's Health Watch

May 2012
-Sour news about sugar, pp.1-4
-Distracted driving, pp.6-7

Harvard Women's Health Watch

April 2012
-Bone mineral density testing how often? pp.1-2
-Peripheral artery disease, pp.4-6

Johns Hopkins Bulletin: Prostate Disorders

Spring 2012
-Focal therapy for prostate cancer pp.13-16
-Managing prostate cancer with active surveillance, pp.17-23

Mayo Clinic Health Letter

April 2012
-Cancer vaccines, pp.4-5
-Clostridium difficile, p.6
-Inside whole grains, p.7
-Eye floaters, p.8

Nutrition Action Newsletter

April 2012
-How much is too much sugar? pp.1-7
-Getting a good night’s sleep, pp.9-11

Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter

April 2012
-Eating right improves your odds of avoiding mental decline, pp.1,7
-Recipe for sweet potato pancakes or waffles, p.7
-Ask the Experts: questions on whole grains, naturally occurring sugars, and more, p.8

UC Berkeley Wellness Letter

April 2012
-Do you really need a colonoscopy? pp.1-2
-Better sex in a bottle? p.4
-Meditation, p.5

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Summer fun and summer safety go hand in hand

Memorial Day signals the beginning of the summer season, with longer days, more time outdoors, and for many, play time in the water.

Use the following resources to help you stay safe, so you can make the most out of many summers to come.


Sun Safety: Save Your Skin!
[From the FDA]

Sun Exposure
[From MedlinePlus]

Top-Rated Sunscreens
[From Environmental Working Group]

Learn what products work well with fewer hazardous ingredients.


Summer Swimtime: Staying Healthy at the Pool and Beach
[From the National Institutes of Health]

Summer Water Safety Guide
[From the American Red Cross]

Pool Safely

[From the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission]
A great site for kids to learn through activities and games.


Food Safety - Summer and Vacations
Tips on cooking and eating outdoors, day trips, camping, traveling and more.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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.