Friday, December 27, 2013

Health Newsletters at the Patient Health Library, December 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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Consumer Reports on Health

December 2013
-Latest on the flu vaccine and what to do if you get sick anyway, pp.1,4-5
-The best protection for your eyes, pp.6-7
-What you need to know about "off-label" drug prescription, p.8
-Cooking do's and don'ts for your feast, p.9
-Ate too much? Here's why it matters, p.11
"A study of almost 2,000 heart-attack patients suggested that a single act of overeating could quadruple one's chance of having a heart attack on the same day."

Harvard Health Letter

December 2013
-Choosing a medical alerting device, pp.1,7
"Unfortunately, the devices are underused. Many older adults agree to use a device only after a medical emergency when they've been traumatized."
-A guide to headache symptoms and treatments, p.3
"Knowing which type of headache you're dealing with will indicate which medications to use first."
-Easy exercises for couch potatoes, p.4
-Wean yourself off sleep aids, p.5
-Medication errors and how to avoid them, p.6

Harvard Heart Letter

December 2013
-Depression and heart disease, pp.1,7
-Living with AFib, p.3
-Prescription for exercise, pp.4-5
"As little as 15 minutes of physical activity a day can increase your life span as much as three years."
-Managing medications for coronary artery disease, p.5

Johns Hopkins Medical Letter: Health After 50

November 2013
-Should you be screened for lung cancer? pp.1-2 
-Regaining bladder control, pp.4-5

Mayo Clinic Health Letter

December 2013
-Lowering blood pressure: devices that help, p.6

Nutrition Action Newsletter

December 2013
-What do we know about weight gain and loss? pp.1,3-6
"[Researchers] are looking at not just a how many calories people eat and burn, but the their genes, the microbes in their gut, how much they sleep, and more."
-Is chocolate really good for us? pp.8-11
-Delicious, healthy holiday side dish recipes, p.12
-Counting year-end calories, pp.13-15
"New flash: calories count even if you're standing up."

Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter

December 2013
-Control your blood sugar to help protect your brain, pp.1,3
-Walking as good as running, if you have time, p.3
-Eat right for strong bones, pp.4-5

Monday, December 16, 2013

Holiday Safety

Holiday Safety Tips
[Source: American Academy of Pediatrics]

Holiday Fire Safety (video)
Winter Fire Safety (video)
[Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency]

Holiday Food: Nutrition and Safety
[Source: UCSF Patient Health Library blog]

Holiday Road-Trip Survival Tips
Winter Driving Tips
[Source: AAA]