On average, men live five years less than women and die at higher rates than women from the top causes of death. Men are also more likely than women to smoke and drink, more likely to engage in risky behaviors, and more likely to put off checkups and regular preventative care. National Men’s Health Week, observed annually in the week leading up Father’s Day, is intended to heighten awareness of preventable health problems, and to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early detection and treatment for disease and injury.
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stroke kills nearly 130,000 Americans each year—one out of every 18 deaths— making stroke the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Continue reading “Just Released: Stroke Sourcebook, 4th Edition”
Statistics indicate that women—on average—live approximately five years longer than men, but this longevity, unfortunately, is not linked to better overall health. According to the Health Resources and Services Administration, women have more physically and mentally unhealthy days than men. Part of this disparity is related to age; because of their longer life expectancy, women are at greater risk for age-related conditions, like Alzheimer disease. Beyond that, however, women experience gender-specific health care needs throughout their lives and are more likely than men to have certain conditions, including asthma, arthritis, migraine headaches, osteoporosis, thyroid disorders, and chronic pain.
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According to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. teenage birth rate reached a historic low in 2015, at 22.3 births per 1,000 women aged 15–19. Despite this encouraging news, the U.S. teenage birth rate retained its distinction of
being the highest among industrialized countries, emphasizing the nation’s need for continued efforts at helping young women avoid unplanned pregnancies.
Continue reading “Just Released: Pregnancy Information for Teens, 3rd Ed.”
Mental health issues affect a large segment of society in the United States — adults, young adults, and children. In a give year, approximately one in five adults (43.8 million, or 18.5%) and the same proportion of young adults aged 13 to 18 (one in five, or 21.4%) experience some form of mental illness. And younger children are not immune — for those aged 8 to 15, the estimate is 13%.
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Recent statistics show that more than 39 million Americans have low vision or a disorder that can lead to it. Together these impairments cost $68 billion in annual direct healthcare costs, as well as lost productivity and diminished quality of life.
Continue reading “Just Released: Eye Care Sourcebook, 5th Edition”
The financial services market offers today’s consumers a wide variety of products, services, and providers to choose from to meet their financial needs. While this degree of choice provides a great number of options, it also requires that consumers be equipped with the information, knowledge, and skills to evaluate their options and identify those that best suit their needs and circumstances.
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Teens often face a host of stressors and confusing feelings as they grow through the adolescent years. The emotions associated with puberty, self-doubt, confusion about the future, family problems, and school pressures can sometimes seem overwhelming.
Continue reading “Just Released: Suicide Information for Teens, 3rd Edition”
There’s nothing surprising about teens searching the internet for health-related information. But knowing why they search and how they process what they find offer significant clues for libraries and school media centers looking to support them.
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