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  

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Are your knees popping?


Do you have questions why your knees hurt? Then read Questions and answers about knee problems.  This booklet contains general information about several knee problems. It includes descriptions and a diagram of the different parts of the knee. Individual sections of the booklet describe the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of specific types of knee injuries and conditions. Information on how to prevent these problems is also provided.

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December is National Handwashing Awareness Month


To support your lesson plans, here is December’s health programing ideas – brought to you by The Pulse, part of the Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center.

December is full of celebrations. Whether at a school concert or play, family holiday gathering, or work party, when people gather together and eat together, the chance of spreading germs increases. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most important thing that we can do to prevent getting sick is simply to wash our hands.

Help your library community stay well this winter by promoting National Handwashing Awareness Month with these free resources and with information from Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center.

  • Quick and Easy: printable coloring pages and activities for children
  • Featured Resources: books for children and their caregivers and links to reliable online information
  • Book Club: books for children and their caregivers and links to reliable online information
  • Tie Ins: integrate National Handwashing Awareness Month into craft time, story time or after school fun
  • Publicity Resources: free resources to help you publicize National Handwashing Awareness Week at your library through social networking sites or traditional printed materials
  • Fun Stuff: links to interactive websites and apps

Quick and Easy

Featured Resources

Books

Trustworthy Online Resources

Tie Ins

Henry the Hand: After School or Saturday Fun

Hooray for Handwashing: Story Time (from the American Cleaning Institute for Better Living)

Craft Fun: Personalized Soap Dispenser

Take a $1.00 clear soap or hand-sanitizer dispenser and turn it into a gift by customizing it with fun photos or adding accessories to transform it into a cute snowman.

Fun StuffAdd these interesting and helpful interactive links to your library’s website, Facebook page, or Twitter feed:

Herbs at a Glance – A Quick Guide to Herbal Supplements


We’re a nation obsessed with health. Multivitamins? Herbs? Whatever it takes to keep us healthy! Not all herbs are safe however. Most of our current medicines are based on herbs – and can cause awful interaction problems if you mix the wrong ones. And some herbs are toxic or dangerous. What is a health-seeking person to do?

Check out this introduction to herbal supplements  A Quick guide to Herbal Supplements – learn the ins and outs, and talk with your doctor! Most doctors are well versed in alternative treatments and therapies, and will help you make sure you’re getting the right combinations for you!

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Plan Ahead for October: Talk About Prescriptions Month


To support your health programming strategy, here are October health programing ideas – brought to you by The Pulse, part of the Gale’s Health and Wellness Resource Center.

More than 3.5 billion prescriptions were dispensed by doctors in the United States in 2007, and an estimated twenty percent of patients admit taking prescriptions for non-medical reasons. Prescription drug abuse is now the drug problem with the fastest growth rate in the United States. It is considered an epidemic among both adults and adolescents.

Because so many teens and adults do not realize the dangers and prevalence of prescription drug abuse, raising awareness is the first step to solving the problem.  Find ways to talk about prescription drugs at your library this October with these resources and with information from Gale’s Health and Wellness Resource Center.

  • Quick and Easy: printable coloring pages for children and helpful print-ready information for adults.
  • Featured Resources: books for children and their caregivers and links to reliable online information
  • Book Club: books for children and their caregivers and links to reliable online information
  • Tie Ins: books for children and their caregivers and links to reliable online information
  • Community Resources: local agencies to contact
  • Publicity Resources: free resources to help you publicize Talk About Prescriptions Month at your library through social networking sites or traditional printed materials
  • Fun Stuff: links to interactive websites and apps

Quick and Easy

For Children

For Teens

For Adults

Featured Resources

Books

Relevant Full-Text Books Available in Gale Virtual Reference Library

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Book Club

Identical by Ellen Hopkins (Simon & Shuster, 2008)

From the publisher:

“Kaeleigh and Raeanne Gardella, identical twins, live in a posh California neighborhood. Their father is a well-known district court judge and their mother a politician. On the surface they are the perfect American family, but beneath the façade lies a damaged family. Raeanne is the aggressive twin, the one who is sexually promiscuous—giving sex in return for drugs; she craves sexual attention from anyone, including her father. Kaeleigh is the quiet one, the one most like her mother, and the victim of her father’s sexual advances. Haunted by this, Kaeleigh has difficulty letting any boy close and deals with her pain by cutting. Torn apart by a tragic event, the twins’ parents hardly speak. Their mother spends her time on the campaign trail; their father lives at home where he drinks, abuses Oxycontin, and controls his daughters’ every move—from the clothes they wear to the places they go. Both girls have an eating disorder, and as they spiral into more dangerous depths, the story takes a surprising twist. One twin will need to step up. But who?”

Tie Ins – Teen Time

Teen Night / Teen Art, Writing, or Drama Club

Halloween / Teen Writing, Film, CSI, or Drama Club

Teens create a gory “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” or other similar TV episode involving prescription drug abuse. Practice and perform to parents, classrooms or other teens and each other at a Halloween party at the library.

“Relieve-the-Stress Fest”

Get ready for mid-terms by learning how to de-stress naturally with yoga, another form of exercise, sports, dance, or more.

Community Resources

Find a professional to speak at your library or find help for your library customers.

Publicity Resources

Use these free publicity resources alongside your library’s October programming information – newsletter, blog, posters, or fliers – to promote Talk About Prescriptions Month at your library this October.

Fun Stuff

Add these interesting and helpful interactive links to your library’s website, Facebook page, or Twitter feed: