Thursday, September 27, 2012

Health Newsletters at the Patient Health Library, September 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

Aug 2012

-Choosing treatment for heart disease, p.1-5
-How long can condiments safely stay in the fridge? p.3
-Adult vaccines, pp.6-7
-Demystifying generic drugs, p.9

Sept 2012

-Where high drug costs hide, pp.1-5
-Should you trust that medical news? pp.6-7
-Tools and tips for a cleaner (healthier) kitchen, p.8

Harvard Health Letter

Aug 2012
-Stop migraines before they start, pp.1,7
-Preserving brain function, p.3
-New research on diet sodas, p.4
-Men and osteoporosis, p.5

Harvard Men's Health Watch

Sept 2012
-Strength training, pp.4-5
-Knee injections for arthritis pain, p.8

Harvard Women's Health Watch

Aug 2012
-Boost your memory by eating right, pp.1,7
-How to avoid joint surgery, p.3
-Too much salt in your diet? p.5
-Update on osteoporosis treatment, p.6

Sept 2012
-Dealing with jet lag, p.2
-Vitamin D and calcium supplements, p.3
-Review of weight loss drugs, p.5

Nutrition Action Newsletter

July/Aug 2012
-The skinny on salad dressings, p13-15

Sept 2012
-Food rumors, pp.3-7
--Calcium and vitamin D
--Fiber and processed fiber
--Fish oil
--Sugar’s relationship to cancer
-Can popping pills preserve memory? pp.9-11

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Vaccines aren't just for kids

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]

Visit the MedlinePlus topic pages on immunization and childhood immunization.

Contact the librarian at the UCSF Patient Health Library for a search tailored to your needs.