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Three Steps to Initiate Discussion About Weight Management with Your Patients 12/17/07

Effective treatment for obesity is based on skillful and empathetic communication between practitioners and patients. This quick-reference card is part of a package for starting an effective weight management program in an office or clinic. It includes:

  • Tips on how to discuss weight issues with patients
  • Guide to determine patient’s health risks
Screening for Obesity in Adults, What's New from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) 12/17/07

This fact sheet presents highlights of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening for obesity in adults.

Topics addressed include:

  • What does the USPSTF recommend?
  • Overweight or obese?
  • What is the role of clinicians?
  • What are the characteristics of effective interventions?
  • Are effective interventions equally effective for everyone?
  • What are the roles of medications and surgery?
Atlas of the Body 12/17/07

The Atlas of the Body tool is a Web site that contains 25 anatomy and medical illustrations of the body (including the brain, circulatory system, respiratory system, muscles, nervous system, female reproductive system, and skeleton) to enhance the physician’s patient education sessions. Each illustration is accompanied by a brief paragraph describing the various parts of each body organ/system.

Available diagrams include:

  • Body/Torso
  • Brain
    • Effects of...
Building Strong Bones: Calcium Information for Health Care Providers 12/17/07

This fact sheet can be used by health care providers to educate their patients about the importance of calcium consumption in children and teenagers.

This fact sheet is part of Milk Matters, a public health education campaign to promote calcium consumption among tweens and teens, especially during the ages of 11 to 15, a time of critical bone growth.

This fact sheet answers the following questions:
  • How does pediatric bone...
American Cancer Society Mammogram Reminder 12/17/07

This interactive tool will send an e-mail message each year reminding you or someone you know to “Please schedule your mammogram today.” You can choose the month for delivery of the reminder.

Women: Stay Healthy at Any Age: Your Checklist for Health 12/17/07

This checklist displays screening tests, preventive medicine, and other healthy life behaviors recommended for women by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The screening test checklist allows patients to chart dates and test results as well as questions for the doctor.

Early Intervention: Communication and Language for Families of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Infants 12/17/07

This 12-page tool answers questions about hearing loss in infants, focusing on communication and language strategies for families.

The tool includes the following sections:

  • Our child has a hearing loss. What happens next? What is early intervention?
  • I didn’t know that an infant’s hearing could be tested.
  • Hearing in humans is very complex. There are many different types of hearing loss.
  • Your child’s hearing loss is unique.
  • What are some things...
Maternal and Child Health Library 12/17/07

The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Library is a virtual guide to MCH information. It offers a combination of MCH information compiled by library staff and pathways to the best MCH information available on other Web sites, from organizations and libraries.

The MCH Library publishes the MCH Alert; produces databases; develops knowledge paths, bibliographies, and other information resources; maintains this Web site to provide access to key MCH-related data and information; and promotes...

Screening for Hepatitis C in Adults, What's New from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) 12/17/07

This fact sheet presents highlights of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening for hepatitis C in adults.

Topics addressed include:

  • What does the USPSTF recommend?
  • How effective is screening for hepatitis C?
  • Who may be at increased risk for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection?
  • How effective is treatment?
  • What are the harms of screening for hepatitis C?
  • What are the harms of treatment?
Adapting Your Practice: General Recommendations for the Care of Homeless Patients 12/17/07

This tool is intended for health care professionals, students, and ancillary personnel who have minimal experience working with homeless patients.

Recognizing that standard clinical practice guidelines often fail to take into consideration the unique health care challenges faced by displaced people, the Health Care for the Homeless Clinicians’ Network convened an advisory committee comprised of six health and social service providers to develop standards for the...

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