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”
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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Everyone needs salt. The cells in our muscles and nerves need it to function and it helps our bodies keep fluids in balance.
But most everyone knows that too much salt isn’t good for you. What’s not so clear is where we get most of the sodium in our diet (hint: it’s not just that shaker on your grandmother’s table or an unholy combination of bacon, french fries, and pretzels).
In honor of World Salt Awareness Week, here are five fast facts to share with your patrons and students about salt intake and what it means to your well being from Health Reference Series Online.
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Our American Reference Books Annual (ARBA) 2017 reviews are in! Check out the highlights below (and, yes, we added the bold, since we are rather proud) or go to http://www.arbaonline.com/ for the full reviews.
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A young woman with an ankle sprain spends six hours on a Sunday in the emergency room because that’s where the recording on her doctor’s office phone “told her to go.”
Continue reading “Why Health Literacy?”