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Category: Health/Medicine

OCTOBER 10, 2013
How to Raise Stress Resilient Kids

Plan to join Gregory Ramey, Ph.D., child psychologist, Tuesday, October 15th at 7 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room as he presents “How to Raise Stress Resilient Kids”.
 
Dr. Ramey will give a brief introduction to the topic, to be followed by a discussion with the audience.  He will be utilizing the interactive “Turning Point” technology to solicit feedback from the audience throughout the workshop.  Dr. Ramey’s visit is part of OAKWOOD READS, a community-wide reading event presented by Wright Memorial Public Library and the Oakwood City Schools.

Advance registration is required and limited to the first 65 people. Contact the Reference Department at 294-7171 or reference@wrightlibrary.org to register today.

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Categories: EducationHealth/MedicineOakwood Reads

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SEPTEMBER 27, 2013
Affordable Care Act

As part of the Affordable Health Care Act, U.S. citizens and legal residents will be required to have qualifying health coverage by January 1, 2014.  In preparation for this, a health care exchange (a place where consumers can purchase subsidized health insurance coverage) will be available on October 1, 2013.

Ohio has chosen to use the federal exchange for health insurance rather than implementing a state-based exchange.  The federal exchange is located online at Healthcare.gov

There are four methods an individual can use to apply for health care insurance: mail, toll-free phone, online at Healthcare.gov, and in person through certified navigators. The toll-free phone number patrons can call for assistance is 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325).  Assistance is available in multiple languages.  For Spanish speaking consumers, CuidadoDeSalud.gov is also available.

The federal exchange will open October 1, 2013.  If an individual wishes their health insurance to begin January 1, 2014, they must enroll by mid-December.  Open Enrollment will close March 31, 2014.

Resources:

The Affordable Care Act includes sweeping changes and a number of options in healthcare coverage.  There are a wide variety of resources available online that provide information about these options, and how to choose what is best for you.  The staff of the Wright Public Library can direct patrons to those resources.  
 
Making the correct healthcare choices requires an understanding of each person’s or family’s unique health and financial circumstances. Members of the Wright Public Library staff are not trained or licensed to provide advice or to assist you in selecting a specific health plan, but can provide information and direction to public resources about the Affordable Care Act that will help you make your own choices.

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Categories: Health/MedicineGovernmentConsumer Information

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SEPTEMBER 24, 2013
Affordable Care Act Information Session

On Tuesday, October 8th at 7:00 p.m. in Wright Library's Meeting Room, Greg Pfander, Account Executive from local firm McGohan Brabender, will present information about the Affordable Healthcare Act.  Starting October 1, 2013 enrollment in health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace at HealthCare.gov will begin.  Mr. Pfander will talk about where we are now in the process and explain how the enrollment will work.  Reservations are required and will be limited to the first 65.  Make a reservation now by contacting the Reference Desk at 937-294-7171 or reference@wrightlibrary.org.

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Categories: Consumer InformationHealth/MedicineLibrary Event

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JULY 18, 2011
It's Hot! Take Care

According to the National Weather Service's Web site "heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States."  When temperatures are as high as they have been lately, excessive heat advisories can be issued.  These alerts are issued mainly on the Heat Index, which is a measure of how hot it really feels when relative humidity is factored with the actual air temperature.  The current Heat Index can be found online at sites like weather.com or Weather Underground

Because of the danger excessive heat poses, it is important to not only be aware of the temperature and heat index. but also what steps to take to prevent the heat from affecting your health.  Here are some guides that can help.

Stay cool.

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APRIL 25, 2011
Parkinson's Awareness Month
Already we have highlighted April as National Poetry Month and National Financial Literacy Month, but is also designated as Parkinson's Awareness Month. Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the United States and seven to 10 million people worldwide. During April, the Parkinson's community makes extensive efforts to increase awareness about the disease and the resources that are available to those individuals living with it.

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OCTOBER 18, 2010
Medication Information
At one point or another we will all take medicine of one form or another.  It is to our benefit that we educate ourselves concerning the medications that we take, so that we take them effectively and safely.  Many consumer health Web sites (such as the Mayo Clinic, Medline Plus, and WebMD) offer medication information, but there are sites that specialize in providing this information for consumers. Much of the information provided comes by way of the Food and Drug Administration, which makes it Medication Guides available online, as well as  a drug database, Drugs@FDADailyMed is another database on medicine information from the National Institutes of Health.

Anytime you are looking for medical information, especially online, it is important to know that you are dealing with reputable, accurate information.  Most of the sites listed here are certified by the Health on the Net Foundation.  You can use their specialized search engine to search only sites they have certified.

An additional resource is this tutorial on how to evaluate online medical information from the National Library of Medicine.

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OCTOBER 24, 2009
Health Literacy Month

October is Health Literacy Month and in the spirit of promoting understandable health information, we would like to remind patrons of the variety of online, health-related resources the Library makes available.

All of the following resources can be found on our databases page.

Alt HealthWatch (EBSCOhost)
Provides in-depth coverage across the full spectrum of subject areas covered by complementary and alternative medicine dating back to 1990. Includes full-text for many peer-reviewed journals.
Health Source - Nursing/Academic Edition (EBSCOhost)
Provides scholarly full text journals as well as indexing and abstracts focusing on many medical disciplines with coverage of nursing and allied health being particularly strong.
MEDLINE
Provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE indexs over 4800 biomedical journals providing citations with some full text. Most materials indexed are at the research level.
MedlinePlus
MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to medical journal articles. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.
NetWellness
Improve your health online. This non-profit consumer health Web site provides high quality health information created and evaluated by medical and health professional faculty from several Ohio universities.
Psychology and Behavorial Sciences Collection (EBSCOhost)
This database covers topics such as emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods.
Salem Health - [From Home]   [In the Library]
This is the online version of Magill's Medical Guide. The Guide covers diseases, disorders, treatments, procedures, specialties, anatomy, biology, and issues in an A-Z format, with sidebars addressing recent developments in medicine and concise information boxes for all diseases and disorders. Every entry has been evaluated by a panel of medical consultants and then updated by experts or re-edited to ensure currency and accuracy.

 

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2009
Health Care Reform Bill

Health care reform is a big issue with new legislation proposed in both houses of Congress.  A review copy of H.R. 3200 America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009, the health care reform bill from the U.S. House of Representatives, is available at Wright Library.  Those interested in reading the bill will find it in three binders on the shelf behind the Reference Desk.

The text of the bill is also available online from the Government Printing Office or OpenCongress.org, where comments are already being made on the proposed legislation.  You can also participate in the League of Women Voters sponsored Health Care Reform:  The Big Read to get a better understanding of what is included in the bill and what it may mean for you.

UPDATE (10/5/09):  Since the date of this post the Senate Finance Committee has released America's Healthy Future Act, it's version of a health care reform bill.

Also currently on the shelf behind the Reference Desk are these new reference books:

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Categories: GovernmentReference BooksHealth/Medicine

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SEPTEMBER 14, 2009
Stay Healthy: Information About the H1N1 Virus (Swine Flu)

Concern about the continuing spread of the H1N1 (Swine flu) virus is growing, especially with schools back in session.  As in all medical situations, information is key to understanding risks and what preventive steps can be taken.  In that spirit we have collected Web sites that contain specific information on the H1N1 virus, including what it is, how to recognize symptoms, what to do if you feel sick, and better yet what to do to help prevent yourself from becoming sick.

Here are a few good starting places to get an overall picture of the situation, as well as specific recommendations.  Get started by visiting one of the following Web sites.

A wealth of information is available including Frequently Asked Questions, information on vaccines, What to do if you get flu-like symptoms, and Travel Notices

Numerous informational sites are collected at MedlinePlus from a variety of sources.  There is also an Interactive Tutorial.  A Talk to Your Doctor page is just one resource available from Netwellness.  You can follow the international situation at the World Health Organization Web site.

If you have children, the following resources may be of interest.

Stay healthy.  Stay informed.  Follow CDC updates on Twitter or get news using the Widget below. 

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NOVEMBER 13, 2008
Medicare/Prescription Drug Care Coverage Sign Up

Every year Medicare Managed Care Plans and Prescription Drug Plans have open enrollment from November 15 - December 31.  The Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) is a good place to start to locate assistance in choosing the best plan for yourself.  They are online or you can call 1-800-686-1578.

Check out our post on this topic from last year for additional resources.

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Categories: Health/MedicineSeniorsConsumer Information

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AUGUST 21, 2008
New Health Resource

One of the Library's new databases, Salem Health is the online version of Magill's Medical Guide. The Guide covers diseases, disorders, treatments, procedures, specialties, anatomy, biology, and issues in an A-Z format, with sidebars addressing recent developments in medicine and concise information boxes for all diseases and disorders. Every entry has been evaluated by a panel of medical consultants and then updated by experts or re-edited to ensure currency and accuracy. 

You can access the Salem Health In the Library or From Home.

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Categories: Featured ResourceHealth/Medicine

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JANUARY 3, 2008
NetWellness

NetWellness is a non-profit consumer health web site that provides high quality information created and evaluated by medical and health professional faculty at the University of Cincinnati, Case Western Reserve University, and The Ohio State University. NetWellness is dedicated to improving the health of Ohioans and people worldwide through information that is scientifically sound, high quality, and unbiased. Over 493 health professionals, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dieticians, dentists, genetics counselors, optometrists, athletic trainers, and social workers who answer all legitimate questions, usually in two to five days. NetWellness adds new content daily. Check back often for the latest information on virtually any health topic or to ask an expert about the latest health developments. It's confidential, anonymous, and free.

For additional health and medicine resources try our other databases and the Medical Information Online blog post.

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Categories: Featured ResourceHealth/Medicine

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NOVEMBER 12, 2007
Medicare/Prescription Drug Coverage Assistance

Medicare and the related Prescription Drug Coverage are difficult to understand.  Fortunately there are resources to assist.   Fall open enrollment is November 15 to December 31, so now is the time to review plans and make changes.

The government's Medicare Web site is an one stop site to find information on eligibility, available plans, prescription drug plans, and supplemental insurance.  This site includes the publication Medicare & You, which is also available at the Library.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is another government site with additional information on various programs.

The Social Security Administration also offers helpful information on prescription drug plans.

The Ohio Department of Insurance offers services for people on Medicare including assistance with prescription drug coverage.

The

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Health/MedicineSeniorsConsumer Information

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OCTOBER 25, 2007
Medical Information Online

Many people obtain medical information online.  The Pew Internet and American Life Project Health Reports support this.  Medical information obtained this way must be carefully evaluated and should never replace the advice of a doctor or other medical professional.  We encourage you to use following resources to inform yourself, but not as a substitute for seeing your doctor.

In addition to the Library's Health and Medicine databases (your card number or zip code may be required to use them), the following Web resources are known to be reliable and authoritative.

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