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Climate Change and Health

posted: , by Brandie Burrows
tags: Adults | Teens | Seniors | Health

On Tuesday, February 23rd, the Physicians for Social Responsibility Maine Chapter (PSR Maine) will be here to talk about their report, Death death-by-degreesby Degrees: The health crisis of climate change in Maine. PSR Maine believes we now must do the work to slow or halt climate change and protect the health of all Mainers regardless of where they live. The health effects of climate change are an important and often overlooked aspect global warming. This presentation will look at what we are already experiencing and what we can expect in Maine. The talk is enlightening and leaves participants empowered to take action on climate change to help protect their family’s health.

Please check out these resources if you are interested in further information about the effects of climate change on human health:

Enviro-Health Links – Climate Change and Human Health:  Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program (TEHIP) maintains a comprehensive web site that provides access to resources produced by it and by other government agencies and organizations. This web site includes links to databases, bibliographies, tutorials, and other scientific and consumer-oriented resources.

Wildfires May Boost Ozone Levels in Cities: Wildfire smoke may boost levels of dangerous ozone air pollution, researchers report.

A Human Health Perspective on Climate Change: A report outlining the research needs on the human health effects of climate change.

The Metadata AccesMATCHs Tool for Climate and Health (MATCH): a publicly accessible, online tool for researchers that offers centralized access to thousands of government-held datasets related to health, the environment, and climate-science. MATCH is one of a growing number of tools, driven by open data, that are being made available by the Obama Administration as fuel for innovation, ideas, and insights ‐ in this case, at the important intersection of climate and human health.

Portland Public Library books that relate to climate change and health.

The Atlas of Climate Change: Mapping the World’s Greatest Challenge: This highly acclaimed atlas distills the vast science of climate change, providing a reliable and insightful guide to this rapidly growing field. Since the 2006 publication of the first edition, climate change has climbed even higher up the global agenda. This new edition reflects the latest developments in research and the impact of climate change, and in current efforts to mitigate and adapt to changes in the world’s weather. (digital copy available)

Climate change and human health: a program of the World Health Organization (WHO). Includes links, reports, news and events. The primary role of WHO is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations’ system.


Climate and Public Health Topics: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): CDC’s Climate and Health Program is helping state and city health departments prepare for the specific health impacts of climate change that their communities will face.

Use these PPL online resources to find articles, videos, and news concerning climate change and human health.

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Healthy Resolutions

posted: , by Brandie Burrows
tags: Adults | Seniors | Health

January is resolution time. Everywhere you turn you’ll find tips and tricks for making and keeping those New Year’s Resolutions. The New Year gives us an opportunity to make changes and try new things. Portland Public Library has many free resources to help you keep your resolutions. Whether you have resolved to lose weight, exercise regularly, travel, be more creative, learn something new, find a new job, get out of debt, watch less TV, get more organized, live a simpler life, listen to more music, defeat a bad habit…We have what you need to get started on the right foot and stay on track. Achieve your goals and save money by using the resources available at the Portland Public Library!

Our online resources can help with anything from health and wellness, to learning a new language or changing careers. Our print collection is a great resource too, with thousands of materials to help you achieve the changes you seek. Just do a search for what you’re interested in: exercise, home improvement, self-improvement, diet, meditation, etc. You can also check out our lists, like this list of best selling health books.

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Also, be sure to join us for a free program on January 5th @ 5:30 in meeting room 5. As part of the Health First initiative, the Library is happy to present Healthy Resolutions. Many people have limited or no experience with setting realistic goals for themselves so we’ve invited Ellie Foster from MaineHealth here to help you. In the pursuit of healthy lifestyle changes, many people set themselves up for failure by not having a clear, realistic pathway to success. This leads to frustration and self-doubt. Learn how setting small, achievable goals can boost confidence and lead to lasting lifestyle change.

Whatever goals you set for yourself, we wish you the best of luck!

New England Osteopathic Heritage Center

posted: , by Brandie Burrows
tags: About the Library | Adults | Health

For the month of August, New England Osteopathic Heritage Center at University of New England will have an informational kiosk on display at the main library. The exhibit was designed to educate the public with panels focused on the history of Osteopathic medicine, women in the profession, and Osteopathic medicine today. The kiosk includes images of records and artifacts held by the New England Osteopathic Heritage Center (NEOHC) as well as original images. This exhibit explores the wide variety of artifacts, including medical equipment, yearbooks and drug kits held by the NEOHC.

Osteopathic medicine is a distinct form of medical practice in the United States. According to the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, osteopathic medicine provides all of the benefits of modern medicine including prescription drugs, surgery, and the use of technology to diagnose disease and evaluate injury. It also offers the added benefit of hands-on diagnosis and treatment through a system of therapy known as osteopathic manipulative medicine. Osteopathic medicine emphasizes helping each person achieve a high level of wellness by focusing on health promotion and disease prevention.

Other interesting osteopathic links around the web:

The Evolution of Osteopathic Medical Education

Discover Osteopathic resources at the library.

Explore the nature, history, and future of Osteopathic Medicine in the online interactive video Hand Over Hand” 



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