The University Health System board of managers has approved the purchase of a $989,000 mobile mammography unit. The motor coach will contain a screening room, exam room, restroom, reception area and changing rooms. According to Pamela Otto, director of breast imaging for the health system, “Our mission is to improve the health of the community, and having a mobile unit is one way of doing that.” It is also hoped that the addition of the mobile unit might help the UHS attain the goal of being designated a Certified Breast Center of Excellence, which represents the highest quality of care.
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University Health System to Add Mobile Mammography Unit
Spot the Block
Some of the more recent efforts in the promotion of health literacy focus on the use of food labels for nutritional information. This would seem to be a simple method for consumers to make informed nutritional decisions. Consumers, however, often do not or cannot use food lables to full advantage. For some ‘food for thought’, check out the newly redesigned website for the National Agricultural Library’s Food Nutrition Center (FNIC). The site has a wealth of information and visual aids to assist consumers in getting the most out of reading food labels. The site also features a program to promote food label reading called Spot the Block. Although aimed at teens, the program and materials could be adapted for other ages as well.
There is even a health literacy assessment tool, available in English and Spanish, based on an ice cream nutrition label. Named the Newest Vital Sign (NVS), the tool poses six questions that test the ability of an individual to read and use the information on the label to make health related nutritional decisions. Take the test and see what you think!
New Research states that Almonds may reduce Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Good news for almond lovers! A new study conducted at Loma Linda University and published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition suggests that people who include almonds in their diet have increased insulin sensitivity and lower levels of LDL cholesterol; both of which are risk factors for type 2 diabetes.
Michelle Wien, the lead study investigator stated, “”We have made great strides in chronic disease research from evidence of effective treatment to evidence of effective prevention. It is promising for those with risk factors for chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, that dietary changes may help to improve factors that play a potential role in the disease development.”
For the full news item, please refer to http://www.endocrineweb.com/news/type-2-diabetes/3437-almonds-may-reduce-type-2-diabetes-risk
Current health news source: MedlinePlus
MedlinePlus is an excellent resource for consumer health education, but did you know that it is also a great source of current and comprehensive health news? The “Health News” section of MedlinePlus is updated every weekday, and Reuters and HealthDay news stories remain on the site for 90 days. A direct link to the complete list of Health News items is available from the main MedlinePlus page, and each health topic also includes a link to “latest news” in the Basics section of the main health topic page. You can even get the latest health news on specific topics by email if you subscribe to a free service that alerts you when new information is available and set up your personal profile.
Freestanding Children’s Hospital One Step Closer for San Antonio
San Antonio is a step closer to having a freestanding academic children’s hospital of its own. A letter of intent has been signed between CHRISTUS Santa Rosa and University Health System to build the hospital, although the exact location for the structure is not yet known. Expecting to cost around $450 million, the facility will allow many different services and doctors to be housed under one roof, thereby reducing the travel that families of children with serious conditions often have to endure when visiting multiple facilities in order to receive services.
CDC promotes holiday health and safety
In the spirit of the holiday season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted tips for staying safe and healthy, sung to the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas!
Listen to the song and view the lyrics here: http://www.cdc.gov/family/holiday/12ways.htm
Greysi Reyna Honored at AHEC Celebration
Last night Greysi Reyna, Assistant Director for the Ramirez Library in Harlingen, was honored at an event celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program at the UT Health Science Center. Armando Lopez, Director of the Lower Rio Grande Valley AHEC, presented the plaque with Dr. Adela Gonzalez, Executive Director for the Center for South Texas Programs, officiating. Greysi has a 15-year affiliation with the AHEC program, beginning in 1995 with her appointment as circuit librarian for the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
Healthy People 2020
The US Department of Health and Human Services has launched Healthy People 2020, a document representing the federal government’s public health agenda for the coming decade. A “What’s New for 2020” page summarizes major developments relative to Healthy People 2010. Among them is a focus on addressing health disparities from a perspective that includes social determinants of health.
New Report Highlights Border Diabetes Issues
The Pan American Journal of Public Health recently published a special edition reporting on issues of diabetes along the U.S. Mexico Border. This special issue reports the results of the U.S.-Mexico Border Diabetes Prevention and Control Project, a binational research effort coordinated by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in collaboration with the CDC, the ministry of health of Mexico, the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, and the California Endowment.
Findings based on data collected between 2001 and 2002 in 16 U.S. counties and 28 Mexican municipalities show that 70% of persons with diabetes on the border are overweight or obese, and only 30% participate in regular physical activity. The studies also found that people of Mexican descent on both sides of the border are more likely to have diabetes but to be unaware of it, putting them at additional risk for diabetes complications as well as heart disease and stroke. Other key findings include the following facts: diabetes is inversely related to education and socioeconomic levels; nearly 48% of people with diabetes also have high blood pressure, but only 1 in 4 is receiving treatment; more than 60% of people diagnosed with diabetes have at least one other family member with the disease; and obesity appears to be a key factor in the high rate of diabetes in the border area.
The border diabetes project is considered the first research effort to view the border as a single epidemiological unit, with researchers noting that counties and municipalities on both sides of the border have more in common with one another than they do with their respective countries.
Additional information about the project is available at http://www.paho.org/fep/diabetes.
Healthy Habits and Family Ties Lead to Longer Lives for Hispanics
There has been much interest in the recent CDC report that concludes Hispanic life expectancy is longer and that Hispanics have lower rates of disease, including cancer, stroke and heart disease. According to Kyriakos Markides, a professor of aging at the UT Medical Branch at Galveston, “There is now doubt immigrants are driving this”. With nearly 40 percent of U.S. Latinos born outside the United States, those who have emigrated to the United States tend to eat more wholesome foods, live in tight-knit communities, as well as have jobs that demand more physical activity, which in turn all contributes to better overall health and longer lives.