April is Stress Awareness Month

Although everyone is probably already very aware of the existence of stress, the APA’s Stress in America 2013 survey shows that, in the U.S. at least, stress is on the increase in recent years and far too many adults and teens are not aware of healthy coping mechanisms or ways to decrease their stress.

“Adults are living with stress that is higher than what they believe to be healthy and that they are not having much success at managing or reducing their stress.

  • Forty-two percent of adults report that their stress level has increased, and 36 percent say their stress level has stayed the same over the past five years.
  • Sixty-one percent of adults say that managing stress is extremely or very important, but only 35 percent say they are doing an excellent or very good job at it.
  • Forty-four percent of adults say they are not doing enough or are not sure whether they are doing enough to manage their stress, but 19 percent say they never engage in stress management activities.
  • Money (71 percent), work (69 percent) and the economy (59 percent) continue to be the most commonly reported sources of stress.”(APA)

It’s well established that chronic stress exacerbates health, communication and performance problems.

  • “Employees with high stress have 46% higher health costs” (JOEM 2009)
  • “61% of the workforce is impacted by chronic stress, resulting in $300 billion of lost productivity” (HERO).

Some helpful guides to stress management include:

Help Guide (Stress Management)

Mayo Clinic (Stress Management)

Family Doctor.org

MedlinePlus (Stress)

For more in-depth research, items available in our catalog that you might want to check out include:

Healthy People 2020

In December 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services began its Healthy People 2020 campaign. The program tracks over 1,000 objectives to improve the overall health of Americans, decrease health disparities, and promote positive health behaviors and health development.  Over 900 objectives were measurable with baseline data, given a target goal, and were tracked over the last 4 years.

The Healthy People Leading Health Indicators are 26 high priority health issues in Healthy People 2020. They are grouped into 12 topic areas which include Injury and Violence, Access to Health Services, and Mental Health. A recently released report highlights the progress made for each of the Leading Health Indicators.

As of March 2014:

  • 4 indicators (15.4%) have met or exceeded their targets goals. 
  • 10 indicators (38.5%) are improving.
  • 8 indicators (30.8%) show little or no detectable change.
  • 3 indicators (11.5%) are getting worse.
  • 1 indicator (3.8%) has only baseline data.


Noteworthy progress has been made for many of the indicators.

  • Fewer adults are smoking cigarettes
  • Fewer children are exposed to secondhand smoke
  • More adults are meeting physical activity targets
  • Fewer adolescents are using alcohol or illicit drugs
  • More children are receiving recommended childhood vaccines
  • Fewer infant deaths

To view all the Leading Health Indicators and their progress, see the Healthy people 2020 Leading Health Indicators: Progress Update.

World Health Day


World Health Day 2014 is April 7th

Every year the World Health Organization (WHO) picks an important global health issue to highlight, and this year’s theme is “Small Bite, Big Threat”, highlighting vector-borne diseases.

The World Health Organization’s key messages for this year’s World Health Day are:

“Vectors spread diseases: Mosquitoes, flies, ticks, bugs and freshwater snails can spread diseases that cause serious illness and death.

Diseases are preventable: Diseases such as malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis and yellow fever are preventable, yet they have the biggest impact on some of the world’s poorest people.

50% of population is at risk: More than half of the world’s population is at risk of these diseases. Increased travel, trade and migration make even more people vulnerable.

You can protect yourself and your family by taking simple measures that include sleeping under a bednet, wearing a long-sleeved shirt and trousers and using insect repellent.”

You can learn more about this theme at WHO’s World Health Day 2014: vector-borne diseases website and from their preventing vector-borne diseases news release.


Items available in our catalog that you might want to check out include:

Journal of vector borne diseases

Vector-borne diseases : understanding the environmental, human health, and ecological connections: workshop summary

Vector borne and zoonotic diseases

Edible Book Fesitval 2014

Each year, on or around April 1st, groups from community organizations, libraries, and schools around the world hold Edible Book Festivals to celebrate the love of both books and food. Participants create cake masterpieces that are inspired by books, stories, and tales. At the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the University Library and the University YMCA have sponsored the Edible Book Festival for the last 9 years. Award categories include Best Depiction of a Classic, Most Appetizing, and Funniest/Punniest. 

This year, the librarians at LHS-U decided to enter a submission based on the book, Postmortem: How Medical Examiners Explain Suspicious Deaths (In Print & e-book).


Here’s what our entry turned out to be. We were hoping to win in the category “Funniest/Punniest”. Competition was tough, but we won for the Funniest/Punniest entry!


We are very pleased to have had the opportunity to participate in the fun this year! You can view all the submissions from this and past years on the Edible Book Festival webpage.

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month!

Since about one in six children in the U.S. have one or more developmental disabilities or other developmental delays, all healthcare providers should be aware of any potential special needs their patients might have, as well as what resources are available to help them.

Helpful online resources include:

There are a number of services offered by the state of Illinois for those with developmental disabilities, such as

  • Adaptive equipment, assistive technology and home and vehicle modifications
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Behavior therapy

For a more complete list with descriptions of the types of programs and services available look at this Guide to Programs and Services Provided by the Illinois Department of Human Services’ Division of Developmental Disabilities.

Items in our collection in print or electronically that you might want to check out include:

Handbook of developmental disabilities Print. Call Number: WS39 H2353 2009

Handbook of intellectual and developmental disabilities E-book from: Springer

Medical care for children & adults with developmental disabilities Print. Call Number: WA300 M4893 2006

International Women’s Day 2014

Saturday March 8th is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the economic, social , and political achievements of women from around the globe. International Women’s Day was first observed on March 19th, 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.  Fueled by women’s suffrage and women’s social movements across the globe, International Women’s Day gained recognition as a day to rally for women’s rights and bring about change to improve living and working condition for the world’s women. Today, International Women’s Day is an official holiday in over 25 countries.

In order to celebrate International Women’s Day at the Library of the Health Sciences, here are some highlighted library resources on global women’s health issues.

Media for International Women’s Day 2014

Follow IWD 2014 on Twitter @womensday

Goggle’s Doodle video for International Women’s Day 2014

Thomas Reuters slideshow commemorating International Women’s Day and showing women “living in extraordinary times”.

Eating Disorder Awareness Week


February 24th-March 2nd is National Eating Disorder Awareness week, and you can check out efforts to raise awareness about anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and EDNOS (eating disorder not otherwise specified) at the websites of:

The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders

the NIMH · Eating Disorders page,

or The National Eating Disorders Association (a particularly useful feature might be the Eating Disorder Anonymous Online screening tool that they offer),

Items in our collection in print or electronically that you might want to check out include:

The management of eating disorders and obesity (Print)

Eating disorders in sport (Electronic)

Eating disorders and the brain (Electronic)

Eating disorders : the facts (Electronic)

Discovering Nursing Resources

The Library is offering a new workshop titled Discovering Nursing Resources. Sessions will be held in the Big Room and online.

This 45 minute workshop will give an introduction to two nursing resources: Nursing Education in Video and Nursing Reference Center. Nursing Education in Video is a database of videos aimed at the education of nurses and healthcare professionals. Nursing Reference Center is a point of care tool and can be very helpful to nurses currently in or about to start clinical rotations. This workshop will include a demonstration of each resource and will highlight basic features including searching, refining results and exporting and sharing content.

Click on the image to register or attend the online sessions. No registration needed for the in person session.


February is Heart Health Awareness Month

The American Heart Association is celebrating 50 years of American Heart Month by trying to make sure that everyone knows the warning signs of heart attack, stroke or cardiac arrest. This year AHA is particularly emphasizing the importance of spreading the word that Heart Attack Symptoms In Women can be very different from those experienced by men, which are the symptoms commonly depicted in popular media.

Yourethecure.org is an AHA related site that assembles advocacy information and toolkits designed to address heart health issues ranging from research funding to access to care.

Another excellent resource to check out and spread around is MedlinePlus’ well-populated page on Heart Diseases.

If you’re interested in extra brushing up on your heart health knowledge, some items in our collection you might want to check out include:

Heart health

Cardiovascular diseases : nutritional and therapeutic interventions