From today’s news release: “The opening of this office represents an important step as we re-design our product safety strategy. We, like our partners in the Mexican Government, realize that prevention is the key. For example, more than a third of the fresh fruits and vegetables we eat come from Mexico as do a large amount of our medical devices. Having FDA experts located permanently there will be mutually beneficial to both our countries and respective citizens,” said U.S. FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D.
Staying Well. Connected.
FDA Opens Office in Mexico City
More oral cancers found in women
Oral cancers, usually triggered by long-term alcohol and tobacco use, are most commonly found in men. However, dentists are noting increasing incidences of these cancers in their female patients. In addition to the cancers that are related to alcohol and tobacco use, women are being diagnosed with oral cancers caused by the Human Papilloma Virus, the same virus that causes cervical cancer and which can be transferred through sexual activity. The HPV virus can remain dormant for years. Dentists most frequently find the oral cancer lesions during comprehensive, routine checkups which should include examinations of not only the patient’s teeth, but the entire mouth area including the tongue, tonsils, and larynx.
World AIDS Day – December 1
World AIDS Day is observed every year on December 1. It is an international day to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS around the world. You can find more information about AIDS on Medlineplus.gov and on AIDS.gov. AIDS.gov also offers a list of different ways to get involved on World AIDS Day. Some of the suggestions include following AIDS.gov on twitter (@AIDSgov), find a HIV test site at HIVtest.org, and download posters at pepfar.gov’s poster show and on HHS.gov.
Healthy People 2020 Draft Objectives
From the Healthy People 2020 National Health Information Center:
“Every 10 years, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) sets national objectives for promoting health and preventing disease through a process known as Healthy People 2020. Right now, HHS is in the planning mode for Healthy People 2020. As a national initiative, Healthy People’s success depends on public input. The draft Healthy People 2020 objectives are now available online. We are asking that you encourage people to review the draft objectives and submit their comments.”
Of special interest to the South Texas community are objectives related to access to health services and linguistically appropriate community health promotion programs.
Recent Outreach Events in the Rio Grande Valley
Staff from the Mario E. Ramirez, MD Library recently participated in two unique outreach events in the Rio Grande Valley. Graciela Reyna and Kathy Carter conducted a presentation on “National Library of Medicine Resources for the Forensic Sciences” at the 6th Annual Seminar in Forensic Sciences on November 13th. Annually, this conference seeks to provide a multidisciplinary group of professionals tools to assist with prevention, intervention and investigations of child abuse. The library also provided an exhibit and hands-on demonstrations of National Library of Medicine resources.
In addition, NLM resources were publicized to over 200 attendees at the 2009 Midwest Stream Farmworkers Forum, November 19-20. Sponsored by the National Center for Farmworker Health, the forum brought together health care providers and educators, administrators, students, researchers, and farmworkers from across the U.S. to share ideas on health care delivery for the farmworker population.
Flu Vaccine Locator Available
Guerra: Texas Can Do Better
In today’s Express-News Dr. Fernando Guerra, director of health for the Metropolitan Health District, calls for expanding health insurance coverage in the state:
“While I believe there are many areas where Texas needs to improve, it all has to start with health insurance. Having 30 percent of adults without health insurance is a terrible stressor on our health-care system in the best of times, let alone in a crisis. To that end, Texans should support any health reform that will ensure that we all have affordable access to essential health care services. Without it, we’ll always be behind, struggling under the weight of a population that is sicker than it needs to be.”
New Issue of Salud
The fall issue of the bilingual NIH MedlinePlus Salud magazine is now available. One of the articles in this issue is a profile of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at the age of 8.
On November 6, Linda Levy taught two CNE classes for nurses attending a conference at the Gateway Community Health Center in Laredo. Each one-hour class provided an hour of CNE credit for the nurses who attended.
Several UTHSC librarians are certified to teach CNE classes, and there are three different classes: PubMed, Medical Websites for Nurses, and Patient Education Resources from the National Library of Medicine. If you are looking for an opportunity for CNE in the South Texas area, contact the library at (210) 567-2400.
Type O Negative Blood Donors Needed
The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) is currently in need of O negative type donors. In collaboration with area blood banks supplying Ft. Hood victims, STBTC has sent out O negative blood and platelets. O negative blood is the universal blood type and can be transfused to a patient of any blood type in an emergency. Platelet donations are also being collected by appointment this weekend. STBTC has six locations in San Antonio, one in New Braunfels and one in Victoria, Texas. All locations are currently accepting O negative donors. Visit www.southtexasblood.org or call 210.731.5990 for location hours or directions. Every day in South Texas, 600 units of blood are required in hospitals and emergency treatment facilities to help save lives of patients with cancer and other diseases, organ transplant recipients and accident victims. Donors must present identification. Anyone who is 16 years old weighing 120 pounds (with parental consent form), or at least 17 years old weighing 110 pounds and in good general health may donate blood. They have movies to watch and you’re welcome to bring your own. Takes about 1.5 to 2 hours to contribute.