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Celiac Disease and Gluten-Free Diet Resources

 Gluten intolerance is becoming more and more common in the United States. We have provided a list of library and internet resources related to celiac disease and living a gluten-free lifestyle.  More...
Community Matters Health & Wellness 

The Health Insurance Marketplace

Starting in October, individuals will be able to shop for health insurance plans through the new Federal Health Insurance Marketplace. This article will give an overview and helpful sources to find information about the Marketplace.  More...
Health & Wellness Missouri & Ozarks 

Outdoor Activities in the Ozarks

 Staying active is an important part of staying healthy.  The summer months are an excellent time to explore the many outdoor activities available in the Ozarks.  This guide will highlight several helpful resources in our area.  More...
Health & Wellness 

The DSM-5

The newest edition of the Diagnostics and Statistics Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is scheduled to be released on May 22nd.  This article gives a short overview of the manual and some of the potential changes from previous editions.
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Health & Wellness 

Autism Resources

In honor of National Autism Awareness Month, we have compiled a list of helpful online and Library resources focused on learning about Autism Spectrum Disorders.
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Health & Wellness 

Healthy Heart Resources

 February is American Heart Month.  We have compiled some books and online resources to help keep your heart healthy.
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Health & Wellness Science 

Seasonal Influenza

October marks the beginning of flu season. Get answers to your questions and find out where to get vaccinated.  More...
Health & Wellness 

Healthy Aging Resources

Keeping active and staying healthy is very important for older adults.  In honor of National Healthy Aging Month, we have created a list of helpful resources to keep older adults informed about the best ways to stay healthy during aging.
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Health & Wellness 

Back-to-School Immunizations

With the new school year starting, it's important to make sure your children are up to date on their immunizations.  This article will help you find information on required immunizations and vaccinations to keep you and your children healthy.
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Health & Wellness 

Learning About Your Medications

This article discusses resources available for finding information on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines and alternative treatments.  More...
Government Health & Wellness 

Affordable Care Act

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law on March 23, 2010.  This article covers information on some of the key provisions and issues associated with the implemention of this act.  More...
Health & Wellness 

Breast Cancer Awareness

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  This article will guide you towards a variety of resources available relating to breast cancer and ways you can help.  More...
Health & Wellness 

Vaccines and Immunization Information

This article will help direct users to resources associated with immunization and vaccination safety.  More...
Health & Wellness 

How To Talk To Your Doctor

Proper communication between you and your medical provider is a crucial part of keeping yourself healthy.  This article will give you some tips, tricks and resources to help improve your "doctor talking" skills.  More...
Genealogy Health & Wellness 

Remember to Keep a Family Medical History

New research indicates the importance of continually updating your family medical history.  More...
Government Health & Wellness 

Choose My Plate

New federal nutritional guidelines stress healthy foods in healthy amounts.  More...
Health & Wellness Science 

The Link Between Cell Phones and Cancer

The World Health Organization recently concluded that wireless phone use may carry an increased risk for brain cancer. How serious is this threat and what does it mean for five-billion cell phone users worldwide?  More...
Community Matters Health & Wellness Missouri & Ozarks 

Joplin Tornado Relief Efforts

On May 22 a tornado hit Joplin, Mo., causing immeasurable damage to homes and businesses. Residents had a mere 20-minute warning to find shelter before the storms hit. At time of publication, the death toll sits at 122 as citizens of Joplin sort through the wreckage.    More...
Health & Wellness 

Harmful Health Effects Of Smoking

On April 5 voters approved the Springfield Smokefree Air Act of 2011. Learn more about the harmful health effects of smoking and find resources to quit.
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Health & Wellness 

Health & Wellness Resource Center

Do you need an authoritative medical resource but can't get to the Library? You can access up-to-date and reliable health information from the Library's website.  More...
Health & Wellness Science 

Mobile Health

Smartphones and related technology help bring more, better, and faster medical care to vulnerable populations around the world.
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Health & Wellness 

The Ban on Drop-Side Cribs

On December 15, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced new federal crib standards that will stop the sale, manufacture, resale, and distribution of drop-side cribs.  More...
Community Matters Health & Wellness 

Patient-Centered Care Task Force Forming

The Ozarks' ethnic makeup is growing more diverse, and health care providers need to understand cultural differences to best serve patients and coworkers. Volunteers are sought through December 31 to serve on a task force to help health care organizations prepare for the future.  More...
Health & Wellness 

National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month

Early detection can slow the disease's onset and greatly improve quality of life, both for patients and their loved ones.  Take some time this November to arm yourself with knowledge.  More...
Health & Wellness 

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Consider adding some pink to your wardrobe and some proactive measures to your routine.  More...
Community Matters Health & Wellness 

The Health Commission

In its first report to the community, a new Springfield-Greene County nonprofit called The Health Commission outlined numerous challenges facing medically underserved residents, by the health care systems and medical providers.  More...
Business Government Health & Wellness 

Area Health Access

Working toward comprehensive local health care.
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Health & Wellness 

Electronic Medical Records

Plans are completed for a statewide health information exchange that would use electronic medical records to make patient information easily accessible to multiple healthcare professionals over a secure network.  More...
Health & Wellness 

Early Family Bonds Lead to Better Health

Close personal relationships, such as that between mother and child, may provide long-term physical as well as emotional health benefits, according to recent studies.
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Community Matters Health & Wellness Missouri & Ozarks 

Shop Local, Eat Local

Greene County citizens are rapidly becoming "locavores" -- those who seek out goods produced within a 100-mile radius of their hometown. When you live somewhere as bountiful as the Ozarks, it's easy to find local produce and meat if you know where to look.   More...
Health & Wellness 

Poison Ivy: An Itchy Situation

Warm weather means more time outside soaking up the sun and tidying up our yards. It also means more exposure to poison ivy. Learn how to maximize your outdoor fun while minimizing your poison ivy risk.  More...
Community Matters Health & Wellness 

Crisis in Haiti: What You Can Do To Help

On January 12th, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 rocked the small nation of Haiti, forever changing the structure of their country and their population.  In the aftermath, individuals and organizations from all over the world are pitching in to do what they can to aid this devastated area.  More...
Community Matters Health & Wellness 

Forget the Fads: Make Health Resolutions that Stick in 2010

Every year it's the same old song and dance - you'll resolve to "lose weight" and "be healthy," and by February, you'll be on the couch wearing sweatpants and eating bonbons.  Instead of making vague, unrealistic goals, resolve this year to take charge of your personal health and inform yourself.  More...
Health & Wellness 

Holiday Snacking Without (too much of) the Guilt

Just can't say no to those holiday party munchies?  Here are a few hints to help you make the healthiest choices from all the tempting offerings on the table.  More...
Health & Wellness 

H1N1 Vaccine Recall

There are no safety concerns associated with a recent recall of H1N1 pediatric vaccines, the CDC reports.  More...
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