Learn how to use free health resources available at the library during this free online webinar.

EBSCO healthThe State of Nevada is offering a free online session for  the content found in EBSCO health resources available to public library patrons. You will learn about searching in both Health Source versions: Consumer Edition and Nursing/Academic Edition. You will also see how easy it is to include other EBSCO databases that might be relevant to a particular health-related topic.
The free online session is on Thursday, June 12, 2014 @ 10:00 AM PDT registration is required.

For additional libraries resources on health topics please visit our Hot Topic – Health Information.

Graduating from College? Here’s four ways to get health insurance!

college gradsCollege students and recent graduates have several options for finding coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Read the article on the Health Insurance blog. For additional information about Health Insurance visit Hot Topics – Health Insurance on the library’s website.

1/3 of Americans Mixing Prescription Drugs and Dietary Supplements. Is this a good practice?

drugsOne in three Americans is mixing dietary supplements with prescription medications, according to new research and the risk for potential interactions between prescription medications and dietary supplements is significant.

In a recent study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, researchers analyzed data on 9,950 adults from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). In this nationally representative sample of adults, 34.3 percent reported using dietary supplements and prescription medications together. Adults diagnosed with a medical condition were 2.5 times more likely to mix supplements with drugs than those without a medical condition.

The researchers found that multivitamins with added ingredients like ginkgo  were more commonly used than standard multivitamins. The researchers also found that multivitamins with added ingredients, antacids, and multivitamins that have added botanical ingredients were the most common dietary supplements to be used in conjunction with prescription medications. The most common prescription medication categories that were taken with dietary supplements were heart medications and hormone medications.

The authors concluded that dietary supplement use was highest among patients who have medical conditions like osteoporosis, arthritis, cancer, liver conditions, heart conditions and diabetes. Prescription medication use was highest among patients with the same medical conditions. Patients who have been diagnosed with a medical condition should talk to their doctors about the dietary supplements that they are taking.

For information about potential drug-supplement interactions, please visit Natural Standard’s Advanced Interactions Checker.

  1. Farina EK, Austin KG, Lieberman HR. Concomitant Dietary Supplement and Prescription Medication Use Is Prevalent among US Adults with Doctor-Informed Medical Conditions. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2014 Apr 4. View Abstract
  2. Natural Standard: The Authority on Integrative Medicine. www.naturalstandard.com

Are you between 60 and 74 years of age? Are you eating right?

eating wellThis kit will help you learn how to Eat Smart, Live Strong by improving your fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity. The kit promotes two key behaviors: increase fruit and vegetable consumption to 3 1/2 cups per day (1 1/2 cups of fruits and 2 cups of vegetables), and participate in at least 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week. The Activity Kit includes a Leader’s Guide and four sessions designed to reinforce these behaviors.So gather up your friends and work together to learn how to Eat Smart, Live Strong.

Want some ideas for new recipes? Download the latest issue of Eating Well for free with your library card from the Library’s Zinio Magazine collection.


Rotator Cuff Tears how effective is surgery?

rotator cuffThe rotator cuff (RC) is comprised of four muscle-tendon units, which stabilize the humeral head within the shoulder joint and aid in powering the movement of the upper extremity. RC tears refer to a partial or full discontinuation of one or more of the muscles or tendons and may occur as a result of traumatic injury or degeneration over a period of years. The incidence of RC tears is related to increasing age; 54 percent of patients over the age of 60 years have a partial or complete RC tear compared with only 4 percent of adults under 40 years of age. Although not a life threatening condition, RC tears may cause significant pain, weakness, and limitation of motion. Both non-operative and operative treatments are used in an attempt to relieve pain and restore movement and function of the shoulder.

Read the report Comparative effectiveness of nonoperative and operative treatments for rotator cuff tears

Additional information can be found in Health and Wellness Resource Center- Rotator Cuff Injuries