News and Updates for Healthcare Professionals

Final Recommendation Statement: Behavioral Counseling to Promote a Healthy Lifestyle in Adults With Cardiovascular Risk Factors

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released today a final recommendation statement on behavioral counseling interventions to promote a healthy diet and physical activity for cardiovascular disease prevention in adults with cardiovascular risk factors.

Rural and Urban Can Join Forces to Improve Health Literacy Skills

Improving health literacy across our country is a priority for the Cooperative Extensive System (CES), just like it is for you and us. The CES is a nationwide network that provides non-formal higher education and learning activities to farmers, ranchers, and their communities. The U.S. Cooperative Extension System’s National Framework for Health and Wellness and their follow-on special report on implementing the framework are excellent resources on health literacy.

Benzodiazepine Equivalency Chart

Evidence-based information on benzodiazepine equivalency is limited, and different sources may disagree; hence the use of dose ranges in this table. Even so, the data listed in this table are estimates, and their use requires clinical judgement.

Prevention, Diagnosis, and Management of Opioids, Opioid Misuse, and Opioid Use Disorder in Older Adults

Opioid-related harms are increasing among older adults. Until we better understand the factors contributing to this trend, we will be unable to design and implement effective interventions to optimally manage opioid use and its potential harms among older adults. Although considerable research has been done in younger or mixed-age populations, the degree to which it is directly applicable to older adults is uncertain.

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Diagnostic Safety in the COVID Era: Let’s Not Squander the Opportunity

News and Updates for the Patient and Family

Pneumonia Can Be Prevented—Vaccines Can Help

Pneumonia, an infection of the lungs, needlessly affects millions of people worldwide each year. Pneumonia can often be prevented and can usually be treated. Lower your risk of pneumonia with vaccines and other healthy living practices.

Awareness of Chronic Kidney Disease in US Adults With Diabetes Remains Low

Diabetes is a leading cause of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and a major risk factor in the progression to kidney failure or end-stage kidney disease. An estimated 34 million US adults have diabetes,1 and prevalence is projected to increase globally in the coming decade.

Office on Smoking and Health (OSH)

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States. Based on 2018 data, about 34 million US adults smoke cigarettes. Every day, about 1,600 young people under age 18 years smoke their first cigarette, and nearly 200 begin smoking cigarettes daily. Over 16 million people live with at least one disease caused by smoking, and 58 million nonsmoking Americans are exposed to secondhand smoke.

Baby Boomer Caregivers Report Poor Health

Caregivers provide much of the care or assistance for people with health problems or disabilities living in the community.

Preventing Diabetes Nerve Damage

Managing your blood sugar levels is an important part of diabetes care. Keeping your blood sugar as close to your target range as possible can give you the energy you need to feel your best! It can also help prevent serious diabetes complications, such as diabetic neuropathy, or nerve damage.

Someone with nerve damage can feel anything from numbness to severe pain in the affected area. Nerve…