“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Benjamin Franklin
Check out the various things your government is up to lately, including releasing information that should arguably have been released decades ago! We’re looking at how to prevent various ailments this week.
Hot Doc from the Centers for Disease Control:
Vital Signs: Incidence and Trends of Infection with Pathogens Transmitted Commonly Through Food — Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network, 10 U.S. Sites, 1996–2010(Prevention of illness)
June 7, 2011 / 60(Early Release);1-7 http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm60e0607a1.htm?s_cid=mm60e0607a1_w
In the United States, contaminated food causes approximately 1,000 reported disease outbreaks and an estimated 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations, and 3,000 deaths annually. This report summarizes 2010 surveillance data and describes trends since 1996.
Hot Doc from the United States Department of Agriculture:
Take a look at My Plate and see what healthy people are eating these days, and learn about the new, easier to follow health guidelines for nutrition!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEFmSk08LIE (prevention of obesity and other health problems)
Hot Doc from the National Archives regarding The Real Pentagon Papers http://blogs.archives.gov/ndc/?p=138 (Prevention of embarrassment, undue secrecy) See news release: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/08/us/08pentagon.html?src=ISMR_HP_LI_LST_FB *Update: See http://www.archives.gov/research/pentagon-papers/ for the actual Pentagon Papers.
And, in the event that you cannot prevent something bad from happening, the next best thing is to be prepared, right? So arm yourself for the next Zombie Apocalypse, or other dire situation with these emergency preparedness tips from the Centers for Disease Control: http://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2011/05/preparedness-101-zombie-apocalypse/
Lori Gwinett, MLIS
Government Documents Librarian