CLHIN eNewsletter for October, 2013
CLHIN eNewsletter for September, 2013
Dental Hygienists and Head Start – tip sheet
The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) has added a new tip sheet, Dental Hygienists and Head Start: What You Should Know and How You Can Help (http://www.mchoralhealth.org/PDFs/HSRDH.pdf). The resource provides information about how dental hygienists can help address the oral health needs of pregnant women, infants, and children enrolled in Head Start. Practical suggestions along with HeadStart information are included in the tip sheet.
El regreso de la “Lotería de salud” #13: El cantarito
Primero que nada, su humilde servidor y cantor de lotería quiere pedir disculpas por la larga e inesperada ausencia de la “Lotería de Salud;” una serie de compromisos y problemas técnicos hicieron difícil continuar con la lotería por ese período. Pero lo bueno es que regresamos — y ojalá sea por un buen rato más.
Esta semana — del 19 al 25 de octubre de 2008 — es la Semana Nacional de la Prevención del Envenenamiento por el Plomo. La imágen del “cantarito” nos recuerda que el plomo tóxico no sólo nos puede alcanzar en materiales del trabajo o en antigua tubería o pintura de nuestras casas, sino también en vajillas de barro o cerámica como las que se pueden comprar en México o en la frontera, o en remedios caseros como “greta” y “azarcón”. El plomo es un veneno silencioso — altos niveles de plomo en la sangre no muestran síntomas óbvias hasta que lleguen a tener efectos permanentes en el cerebro y en el cuerpo. Los niños corren más riesgo del plomo porque les pueden llegar a afectar cantidades de plomo mucho más pequeñas de los que afectan a los adultos.
Por favor, lea los siguientes documentos para entender cuáles son las posibles fuentes de plomo que pueden afectarle a usted y a su familia. Si cree que es posible que usted o algún miembro de su familia se haya expuesto al plomo, es importantísimo que vaya al doctor y pida que le haga pruebas del nivel de plomo en la sangre.
- De MedlinePlus: Envenenamiento con plomo e Intoxicación con plomo
- De la EPA (Agencia de Protección Ambiental): Un programa de video y un programa de audio (6 min 38 seg)
- Del DSHS (Departamento Estatal de Servicios de Salud): “Plomo en su comida y remedios caseros”
- Del TCEQ (Comisión de Calidad Ambiental de Texas): “El envenenamiento con plomo: ¿De dónde viene? ¿Cuáles son los riesgos?”
February: National Children’s Dental Health Month
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, which is sponsored by the American Dental Association (ADA.org). The month helps raise awareness about oral health in children and teens. The ADA provides free promotional materials and program planning kit to promote Children’s Dental Health Month.
Good Health Blogs
Writers and readers of health blogs now have one way to identify a site as a source of authentic health-related information. The Healthcare Blogger Code of Ethics (HBCE) reviews health blog sites to see if they maintain standards of 1) Clear presentation of perspective 2) Confidentiality 3) Commercial disclosure 4) Reliability of information and 5) Courtesy. Approved sites are listed on their website, and in turn bloggers can download an HBCE button to place on their blog’s homepage to identify themselves. The approved blogs come from a wide range of health interests, written by patients, medical health professionals, and students in both undergraduate and graduate professional health programs. An array of health-related topics are covered from personal accounts of coping with cancer, to the challenges of training to work as a paramedic, to support for independent practice for nurse practitioners. You can review the continuously updated list of medical blogs and patient blogs on their site. To have your blog reviewed so that it can be added, please visit their site here for instructions: http://medbloggercode.com/get-the-code/.
Health Lotería #10: El alacrán
Last week in the Health Lotería, we gave you a preview of this week’s topic with the saying: “¡No levantes esa piedra, / que te pica ese animal!” ["Don't lift up that rock, / because that animal will sting you!"] Well, surely you figured out the answer, we’re talking about… ¡¡¡el alacrán!!! [the scorpion!]
Although here in Texas we do have biting scorpions, there are lots more animals that threaten us with bites or stings during our long, hot summers. Some don’t bring us anything worse than bother and discomfort, while others can bring us illnesses (like malaria or Lyme disease) or, for some people, serious allergic reactions. It’s very important to know the risks for you and your family, and know how to avoid them, as well as to respond to them when they occur. These links can help:
- An article from last Friday’s DallasNews.com: “7 ways to soothe summer’s bites, rashes and sunburns“
- “Stinging insect allergy: How to avoid the ouch” from the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology
- From MedlinePlus: “Insect Bites and Stings” — with links to many more information sources
- From the UTMB health library: “Spider Bites” and “Bee Stings“
Don’t get stung this week… and we’ll see you again next week!
Health Lotería #11: La estrella
Well, after a bit of an unplanned break, we’re back again with the Health Lotería. This week we feature “la estrella” [the star] — because here in South Texas it’s nearly time for a very important annual event: Operation Lone Star.
This year, 2008, marks the tenth year for this cooperative program of the Texas Armed Forces, the Health and Human Services Commission, and many other volunteers. Over the course of two weeks — from July 28 to August 8 — the program will offer medical and dental services and health information, totally free of charge, to the entire community at eight sites in seven counties across South Texas.
This HHSC press release and this article from the Rio Grande Guardian explain Operation Lone Star, but the most important questions are: Where and when? Here are the important details, and if you click on the links, you will find maps for the service locations:
Clinics open from July 28 to August 1:
Brownsville: Raul A Besteiro Middle School, 6280 Southmost Road
Mission/La Joya: Cesar Chavez Middle School, Expressway 83 and Showers Road
Raymondville: Raymondville High School, One Bearkat Lane
San Juan: PSJA High School, 805 W. Ridge Road
Clinics open from August 4 to August 8:
Laredo: United South High School, 4001 Avenida Los Presidentes
Rio Grande City: Fort Ringgold Middle School, Fort Ringgold Campus
Zapata: Zapata Middle School, 17th Avenue and Carla Street
Clinic open from August 6 to August 8:
Hebbronville: Hebbronville Middle School, 910 N. Willhelma
This is a great opportunity and a very important program — please help spread the word!
Health Lotería #1: El músico
Last week was the annual Fiesta Week here in San Antonio, which inspired me to launch a new weekly series here in this blog: Health Lotería. For those who don’t know it, lotería is a traditional Mexican game rather like Bingo, but in which the caller picks out a card from a deck which has images that correspond to the squares on the players’ cards. Through the years, the traditional fun and picaresque images of the lotería cards have become icons of Mexican popular culture. It seemed to me that these images would go very well with discussions of health topics, because they are all images of daily life — which reminds us that health is not something that affects us just when we’re sick or go to the doctor, but is something that we live out in the decisions we make every day. So without further ado… let’s get started with… ¡¡¡el músico!!!
El músico (the musician) reminds us that we’re about to start the month of May, which is Better Hearing and Speech Month. This celebration invites us to better understand the causes of hearing and speech problems, and promote understanding and treatments for those who live with those problems. There are a variety of causes related to hearing loss; some are preventable and others are not. Fortunately, there are now exams which can detect hearing loss very early, in adults as well as children and even newborn infants. Moreover, we continue to learn more about how to avoid some of the preventable causes of hearing loss. For more information:
- MedlinePlus introduction to Hearing Disorders and Deafness
- Health Topics & Resources from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
- Brochures from the Texas Department of State Health Services: “Sounds of Texas-Can Your Baby Hear Them?” and “My Ear Hurts! Ear Infections“
- Texas Connect: Educational information for families of children with hearing loss
- Listen to your Buds: an educational campaign for young people about the risks of listening to personal audio devices (like MP3 players) at high volume or for long periods of time.
Next Monday we’ll continue with la lotería de salud… see you then!
Image: detail of #32 “El músico” from the lotería card deck “Gallo de Don Clemente” — Pasatiempos Gallo SA de CV y Don Clemente Inc.
Health Lotería #2: El tambor
Today we continue with the Health Lotería — and this week we turn over a new card… el tambor (the drum)!!!
That boom, boom, boom that you’re hearing in your ears — it might be the drums of the Cinco de Mayo parade, but it may be the sound of your heart, reminding you that May is High Blood Pressure Awareness Month. And what if you don’t know your blood pressure? Go get it checked! As this MedlinePlus article explains, high blood pressure tends not to have symptoms, but can cause serious problems such as stroke, heart failure, and heart attack. This American Heart Association article indicates that one in three adults in the US has high blood pressure — but the good news is that if you’re one of them, there’s a lot that you can do yourself to bring it down. Here’s some advice for starters:
- High Blood Pressure: Things You Can Do to Help Lower Yours (familydoctor.org)
- Your Guide to Lowering High Blood Pressure (National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute – NHLBI)
- High Blood Pressure: What Can I Do? (American Heart Association)
If you’ve got a plan to manage and control your blood pressure, mark that square… and next week we’ll continue with the Health Lotería!
Image: detail of #29 “El tambor” from the lotería card deck “Gallo de Don Clemente” — Pasatiempos Gallo SA de CV y Don Clemente Inc.