Friday, February 26, 2010

This Week's Health News in Brief

This Week's Health News in Brief will be taking a break this week, but it will return next week.

In the meantime, since February is Heart Month please check out the following tools:
(Gov't of Ontario): Heart Disease Risk Calculator

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada: My Heart and Stroke Risk Assessment

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
: Act in Time to Heart Attack Signs

Thursday, February 25, 2010

KPL the Community: Region of Waterloo's Child Health Fair, Fri. Mar. 5

Come visit the Kitchener Public Library display at the Region of Waterloo Public Health's upcoming Child Health Fair.

Date: Fri. Mar. 5, 2010
Time: 9 - 1 pm
Location: Our Place Family Resource and Early Years Centre
Address: 154 Gatewood Road, Kitchener (Click here to view map)

These Child Health Fairs are held up to 7 times a year. The location rotates and is held in different communities throughout the Waterloo Region. Kitchener Public Library attends the fairs held within the City of Kitchener.

This free event is aimed at parents, relatives and caregivers of children from birth to 6 years of age. Visitors can look at information displays for various community services related to children's health. Parents and caregivers also have access to health professionals who can screen children's learning, social, emotional, language, and physical development.

If you would like to have your child professionally screened, appointments are recommended (call 519-571-1626 to register). However, walk-in requests will be accomodated as scheduling permits. Appointments are not required if you only wish to view the displays.

For more details, see the Child Health Fair information page on the Region of Waterloo Public Health's website.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Programs @ KPL: Skin Cancer and Prevention, Wed. Mar. 3

Skin Cancer and Prevention
with Dr. Theresa C. B. Chow, MBBS, DDS,
family physician with special interest in dermatology

Learn more about:

  • Causes of skin cancer
  • Recognizing changes in your skin
  • Steps to prevent skin cancer

Wed. Mar. 3
Main Library

Displays at 6:30 pm
Presentation at 7 pm

Brought to you by the Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Network (CPEDN).

For resources in KPL's collection related to cancer prevention, please see our catalogue.

Friday, February 19, 2010

This Week's Health News in Brief

Immigrants struggle with declining health

CTV MedNews: Are TV commercials solely responsible for screen time weight?

CTV MedNews: Some Poli-Grip products linked to nerve damage

Globe and Mail: Accutane linked to severe skin disorders, Health Canada warns

Globe and Mail: Canada leads world in hypertension treatment, Statscan says

Globe and Mail: Frozen food is simple, yes, but is it good for you?

K-W Record
: Local medical mission starts work in Haiti

K-W Record: Public health questioning local students sickened by outbreak at Toronto event

National Post: Occasional binges may undo alcohol's heart benefits

Toronto Sun: H1N1 vaccine may be part of regular flu shot next season

Toronto Sun: Summit Series hero Paul Henderson battling leukemia

Toronto Sun: Word of mouth

Health Tool of the Week
Womens Health Matters (Women's College Hospital, Toronto): Women Wading Through the Web - A Health Toolkit
Created by the team, this toolkit can help women learn how to locate reliable health information on the Internet.

Friday, February 5, 2010

This Week's Health News in Brief

CBC: Indoor tanning campaign targets young women

CTV MedNews: Chemical imbalance may explain crib death: study

CTV MedNews: Lancet retracts study linking vaccine to autism

CTV MedNews: Needing less sleep may be a normal part of aging

Globe and Mail: How to eat less salt

Globe and Mail: SickKids first to offer teens surgery for obesity

K-W Record: Ambulances still face long waits at hospitals

K-W Record: Autistic boy and his dog guide work as a team

K-W Record: Giant colon invades Waterloo

National Post: Extra weight after age 70 may lengthen life: study

National Post: Internet usage linked to depression in clinical study

Toronto Sun: Almost half of cancers preventable, new study finds

Toronto Sun: Health Spending Accounts can stretch health-care dollars

Health Tool of the Week
OnGuard Online (Federal Trade Commission, United States): Net Cetera - Chatting With Kids About Being Online
Your safety has an important effect on your health. When it comes to the Internet there are many potential threats to your safety. Kids and teens are especially vulnerable to this. This guide, aimed at parents, teachers, and other adults responsible for youth, helps explain how to talk to kids about the many ways of socializing and communicating online and the risks they involve. Do you know what sexting or cyberbullying are? If not, you should definitely read this.

The OnGuard Online website also features games, videos, and information on many topics to teach you about Internet safety.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

KPL's Health Information Guides Updated

Have you seen KPL HealthLink's Health Information Guides? These guides offer a list of books, websites, DVDs, and local organizations related to a variety of health topics. These were updated in January to include some of the newest items on these topics in KPL's collections.

There are also Information Guides for topics related to autism, to help connect you to the many great resources in KPL's Autism Collection. The Autism Information Guides are currently being updated, but you can still access last year's version in the meantime.

These are posted on the KPL HealthLink website, and print copies are available in the HealthLink section of the Main Library (top floor).

Do you have a suggestion for a resource that you don't see in the information guide or in our catalogue? You are welcome to make a Suggestion for Purchase.