Thursday, October 24, 2013

Health Newsletters at the Patient Health Library, October 2013

Here are highlights from recent health and wellness newsletters at the UCSF Patient Health Library.  To see the entire articles, visit the Patient Health Library!

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UC Berkeley Wellness Letter

Special Fall Issue: The ABCs of sleep

September 2013
-Toenail fungus, p.4
-The carnivore's dilemma, p.5
-Cutting calories - as easy as 1,2,3  p.6

Mayo Clinic Health Letter

September 2013
-Macular degeneration, pp.1-3
-Laxatives, pp.4-5
-Flu vaccine, p.6

October 2013
-Sinus problems, pp.1-3
-Pain after shingles, pp.4-5
-Inguinal hernia, p.7

Johns Hopkins Medical Letter: Health After 50

October 2013
-Osteoarthritis of the knee, pp.1-2
-Grapefruit & drugs often don't mix, p.3

Special Fall Issue: Stroke in women

Harvard Men's Health Watch

October 2013
-Before dementia begins, pp.1,7
-Arthritic knees, p.3
-Leg pain from walking, p.4
-How to prevent kidney stones, p.5

Harvard Heart Letter

October 2013
-Simple food substitutions yield big health dividends, pp.1,7
-Prevent kidney disease to prevent heart disease, p.3
-Tell you dentist about your heart problems, p.5

Duke Medicine Health News

October 2013
-Vitamin D, pp.1-2
-Aspirin protects some hearts better than others, p.3
-Control blood sugar to reduce risk of Alzheimer's, pp.5-6
-Breakthrough in ER+ breast cancer, p.7

Consumer Reports on Health

October 2013
-Good bacteria vs. C. diff: what to look for when choosing a probiotic, pp.1,4-5
-Women: be wary of new bladder drug, p.9

Friday, October 4, 2013

Mental Illness Resources

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Mental health problems are actually very common. In 2011, about:
  • One in five American adults experienced a mental health issue
  • One in 10 young people experienced a period of major depression
  • One in 20 Americans lived with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression
Mental health problems are common but help is available. People with mental health problems can get better and many recover completely.


Warning Signs of Mental Illness
[Source: American Psychiatric Association]

Recovery is possible

Finding a mental health provider
[Source: Mayo Clinic]

Brain Basics
[Source: National Institute of Mental Health]
Brain Basics provides information on how the brain works, how mental illnesses are disorders of the brain, and ongoing research that helps us better understand and treat disorders.

Additional mental illness resources
[Source: MedlinePlus]