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Texas-Mexican Border Study finds pesticides a BIG problem.
HARLINGEN,TX— Air samples from homes of Hispanic mothers-to-be along the Texas-Mexico border contained multiple pesticides in a majority of the houses, according to a study conducted by the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio.
Several studies have reported that pesticide exposure may adversely affect mental and motor development of the infants during infancy and childhood. The new report is in the summer issue of the Texas Public Health Journal .
Click Here to read the entire story as it appears in the HSC News Publication, and what suggestions are being made to remedy the situation. Story by Will Sansom and Sheila Hotchkin.
TexasFlu.org – new site by the Texas Department of State Health Services
The CLHIN Program of the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX, Briscoe Library Outreach
CLHIN (Circuit Librarian Health Information Network), a program provided by the University of Texas Health Science Center, Briscoe Library Outreach Program, provides accredited continuing education courses for nurses that provide participants with the skills they need to use current information technologies to obtain the latest news and research in the medical field.
We teach courses on health information resources that are approved for 1.0 CNE contact hour. Nursing contact hours have been approved through the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
These are just a couple of the programs we offer through the outreach program of the Briscoe Library. For a comprehensive listing of CLHIN programs and contacts, visit CLHIN Services.
If you would like to set a date for any of our CE courses contact your institution’s CLHIN contact or email CLHIN@uthscsa.edu for more information.
Think Cultural Health
Sponsored by the US Dept. of Health & Human Services, Office of Minority Health(OMH), the Think Cultural Health website offers cultural competency e-training for health providers. Part of the OMH mission is to “improve the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of effective health policies and programs that help to eliminate disparities in health”.
Along with free online courses which are accredited for continuing education credit, other resources and tools are available to promote awareness of cultural awareness in the patient population. Resources are available for physicians, physicians’ assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, social workers and other health professionals. The website is advertising a soon to be curriculum for emergency responders also. Another added resource is the Health Care Services Language Implementation Guide which has been developed to assist healthcare organizations implement language access services to meet the needs of patients who have limited English proficiency.
Think Cultural Health: Bridging the Health Care Gap through Cultural Competency Continuing Education Programs.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008 is Diabetes Alert Day
Diabetes Alert Day is a one day awareness event sponsored by the American Diabetes Association. The purpose of Diabetes Alert Day is to help inform Americans about the seriousness of diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 21 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes and more than six million of them do not know they have diabetes. On the 25th, all Americans are encouraged to take the online diabetes risk test and discuss the results with a healthcare professional.
Free Diabetes Alert Day promotional materials are available online.
US-Mexico Border 2012 Program
Border 2012 is a binational initiative with the goal of “protecting the environment and public health in the U.S.-Mexico border region, consistent with the principles of sustainable development.” The Border 2012 Web site, hosted by EPA, provides information about several regional and local projects. The list of projects in the Mexico-South Texas region highlights several sponsored by EPA.
Web tools to analyze & track diet, exercise
The Learning 2.1 blog from the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County introduces two online tools that can be used to look up and/or keep track of calories (and nutrients) consumed, calories burned, and progress toward a personal target weight. Both tools — FitDay and Nutridiary — are web-based, and both require you to create a free account associated with a profile of your height, weight, and lifestyle activity level that are used to help create estimates of daily metabolic and lifestyle calories burned. Then you can add information about your daily activities and food consumption to find out how many calories (and essential nutrients) you took in and how many calories you burned in activity. You can use these tools as quick occasional references, or you can actually chart your progress over time if you maintain the information on an ongoing basis. Librarian Joy Moll has also reviewed Nutridiary and reviewed FitDay on her blog. In addition, you might also want to consider the US government’s contribution to the effort — MyPyramidTracker is a free online tool from the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.
Your Diabetes Is My Diabetes
Don’t miss this great story (also available in Spanish) from the DHHS Office of Minority Health about Manuel Hernández and the social networks he created for Latinos with diabetes — tudiabetes.com (in English) and estudiabetes.com (in Spanish). Both of those sites were created using a free online tool called Ning that provides a platform, infrastructure and hosting for user-created social networks. The story of tudiabetes.com (only eight months old and a vibrant community of over 1400 members) and estudiabetes.com (six months old, 178 members) shows the power of using Web 2.0 tools like Ning to create new kinds of online communities connecting people with common interests — like those who have been affected by a particular health condition — in all corners of the globe.