Monthly Archives: November 2012

Once Again, Is It a Cold or the Flu?

COLD SYMPTOMS Fever: Rare in adults and older children, but can be as high as 102 degrees in infants and small children Headache:  Rare Muscle aches:   Mild Tiredness and weakness:  Mild Extreme exhaustion:   Never Runny nose:  Often Sneezing:   Often … Continue reading

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Osteoporosis and Heart Disease

These two are common age-related conditions! There is a link between them. What is it? Read “The link between osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease” at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2781192/

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Are Acrylic Nails Dangerous?

Read this from a Mayo Clinic doctor, at http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/acrylic-nails/AN01261. He’ll tell you what to do to ensure your safety.

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Consequences of Low Health Literacy

“Health information literacy, or the ability to understand basic health information, has an important impact on health. Patients of lower socioeconomic status, or racial and ethnic minorities, are disproportionately affected by low health literacy. Raising awareness about health literacy and … Continue reading

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Measuring Health Literacy

Back in 2003, the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) measured health literacy of adults in America. This was the first time American adults were tested on their ability to read, understand, and apply health-related information in English. The performance … Continue reading

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Health Information Literacy

The Medical Library Association defines health information literacy as “the set of abilities needed to: recognize a health information need; identify likely information sources and use them to retrieve relevant information; assess the quality of the information and its applicability … Continue reading

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How (Health) Literate Are You?

How many times does someone throw out a health statistic and you wonder where in the world it came from? Do you ever read medical articles in the daily paper that leave you more confused than ever? Does a friend … Continue reading

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