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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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”
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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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?”