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Is investing in public health measures worth our money? It is not always clear that spending money to avoid disease and stay healthy will save money. But often, the costs of prevention are much less than the costs of treatment. Do you want to know what our return on investment in public health really is? The American Public Health Association put together a quick summary for National Public Health Week 2013.

This year's National Public Health Week theme is "Public Health: Start Here". This could mean starting a new diet, making incremental changes to your exercise habits, or just going for a regular checkup. Where will you start to improve your own health? Listen as American Public Health Association leaders share their thoughts on what starting means to them and how we can achieve a healthier nation within one generation.

This week is National Public Health Week! Five years ago, the American Public Health Association started a new campaign, “Healthiest Nation in One Generation”. How can this become a reality and what really is public health? Watch this video by APHA to learn more.

When Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr co-founded Hull House in 1889 they, in part, introduced the social work profession to America. For over 100 years social workers help support people of every age, ethnicity, and need. Today there are more than 600,000 social workers in the United States committed to helping individuals, families, and communities overcome some of life's difficult challenges such as poverty, stress, discrimination, addiction, abuse,  physical illness, unemployment, disability, and mental illness.

This month the NASW (National Association of Social Workers) recognizes the impact social workers make in our everyday lives. The theme this year "All People Matter" celebrates the primary mission of the Social Work profession - to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic needs of all people, especially the most vulnerable in society. To learn more about the profession or to find a Social Worker go to

What do we spend a third of our lives doing, even though nobody really knows why? Sleeping! In honor of National Sleep Awareness Week, let's take a moment to learn about the importance of sleep, how to tell if you're getting enough, and what you can do if you're not.

Even though so much time is spent doing it, no one really knows why animals evolved to need sleep. In fact, it seems almost anti-evolutionary for an animal to need to be unconscious for so long. Nonetheless, sleep is one of the most ubiquitous behaviors in Nature, so it's probably pretty important. There are plenty of theories, and some interesting new research, but no definitive answers yet.

What we do know is that people who don't get enough sleep -- whether because of hectic schedules or disorders such as insomnia -- suffer a litany of physical and cognitive problems including stress, weight gain, reduced formation of memories, and impaired reasoning, just to name a few. And in one recent study, rats that were totally deprived of sleep for several weeks simply died, without any apparent anatomical cause.

So, sleep is pretty important! But don't worry, there's lots you can do if you think you're not getting enough. First, remember that everyone needs a different amount of sleep -- generally, as you age you can get by with less. Make sure your sleep environment is quiet, cool, and comfortable. Stick to a consistent sleep/wake schedule to help train your body's "clock", and, perhaps most importantly -- get some exercise! Check out some more bedtime tips here. Good night!

Valentine's Day is a holiday meant to set your heart aflutter. February is also American Heart Month, which makes it the perfect time to talk about another kind of heart flutter: arrhythmias.

The NYU Health Sciences Library has a number of tools to help NYULMC employees diagnose and treat arrhythmias. MedKit - our clinical search tool - lets users enter a patient problem, intervention, or drug and directs them to a page of resources on the topic. You can find point of care tools, drug information, guidelines and reviews, articles, textbooks and patient education materials all on one page! Among the most popular resources included are UpToDate, Lexicomp, and MDConsult.

Search MedKit on our homepage by choosing the right-hand tab that says, "Search MedKit" or clicking this direct link to MedKit.

 The National Weather Service has a Winter Storm Warning in NYC in effect until 6am EST Friday.  During this time its important to stay safe, warm, and dry in heavy snow and sleet, especially if walking or riding a bike is part of your daily commute.  Here are some tips on safe travel for pedestrians and cyclists.


February is American Heart Month, so CVS Caremark's decision to stop selling tobacco at their stores couldn't have come at a better time!  Quitting smoking isn't just good for your lungs, it also has many heart-healthy benefits too...


Did you know January is Glaucoma Awareness Month?  The World Health Organization estimates glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide. Within the United States over 2 million Americans have glaucoma.

Many people assume glaucoma is a single disease, but actually it is a group of diseases in which the optic nerve is damaged usually due to pressure changes within the eye. Two main types are open-angle glaucoma and closed-angle glaucoma.  Untreated, glaucoma can lead to permanent vision loss and blindness.  

Some people are more at risk: those with a family history, African Americans 40 and over, people 60 and older, those with certain medical conditions, and people who take certain medications. Many people with open-angle glaucoma never have symptoms and the changes can happen gradually.  

All types of glaucoma all have one thing in common: routine dilated eye exams with a qualified ophthalmologist can detect changes before they become more serious. Click here to find a link to NYU doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating glaucoma. If you need general information about glaucoma, contact a Patient Librarian at NYU Langone

The NYU Health Sciences Library supports physicians, providers, and researchers. Click here to learn about the latest in glaucoma research.  


David Ramsey, Financial Peace Revisited, has a profound quote that is particularly important as we celebrate National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month:

"That stupid saying 'What you don't know can't hurt you' is ridiculous. What you don't know can kill you."1

The National Cancer Institute estimated that there were 12,340 new cases and 4,030 deaths from cervical cancer (uterine cervix) in the United States in 2013.2 Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is the leading cause of most cervical cancers and is transmitted through sexual contact. Evidence has shown that the most effective methods for prevention are abstinence and barrier protection or spermicidal gel.3 Regular gynecological screening and testing via the Papanicolaou test, commonly referred to as the pap smear, can detect precancerous abnormalities. Surgery, radiation therapy or chemotherapy are the three most common forms of treatment. Click here for a more detailed overview of treatment.

It is important to remember these important facts provided by the National Cancer Institute, and together let’s decrease the rates of cervical cancer!

  • Cervical cancer is preventable and curable if detected early;
  • African-American women have the highest mortality rates among all racial and ethnic groups; and
  • Hispanic women have the highest incidence (the number of new cases) rates among all racial and ethnic groups.

If you have not had a pap smear within this past year, schedule your appointment today!