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      health reference series

      Cancer Sourcebook, 7th Ed.

      By: Keith Jones
      Library binding. 1344 pages. July 2015.

      Provides basic consumer health information about risks, prevention, and treatment of major forms of cancer. Includes index, glossary of related terms, and other resources.

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      Web Price: $85.00

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      cultural studies

      Holiday Symbols and Customs, 5th Ed.

      Library binding. 1,500 pages. August 2015.

      Describes the origins of more than 350 holidays observed in the United States and around the world. Explains where, when, and how each event is celebrated, with detailed information on the symbols and customs associated with the holiday. Includes contact information and web sites for related organizations.

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      Web Price: $119.00

Free Resources

  • Stress in Teens

    The start of the school year brings a familiar feeling for many teens: stress. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), stress is extremely common among teenagers, and school is their top source of stress. In a 2013 APA study, teens report their average stress level is higher during the school year.

    • Teens report that their stress level during the school year far exceeds what they believe to be healthy and tops adults’ average reported stress level in the past month.
    • 31 percent of teens say that their stress level has increased in the past year, and 34 percent believe their stress levels will increase in the coming year.
    • 83 percent report that school is a somewhat or significant source of stress, and 10 percent of teens report receiving lowers grades than they are capable of because of stress.
    • Teens are more likely than adults to report that their stress level has a slight or no impact on their body or physical health or their mental health. Yet teens report experiencing both emotional and physical symptoms of stress in similar proportions to adults, including feeling irritable or angry, nervous, anxious, or tired.
    • 42 percent of teens say they either are not doing enough to manage their stress or they are not sure if they are doing enough to manage it.
    • 37 percent of teen girls report feeling depressed or sad in the past month due to stress compared to 23 percent of teen boys.
    • Teens often struggle to cope with their stress. Only 50 percent report feeling confident about their ability to handle their personal problems, and 46 percent say they feel that they are on top of things fairly or very often.

    free resource button small  Stress in Teens This selection from Stress Information for Teens, 2nd Edition, provides information on two related topics: “What Causes Stress in Kids?” and “Teens and Stress: Are You Overbooked?”

    Comprehensive information about stress in teenagers is available in
    Stress Information for Teens, 2nd Edition. including common causes of stress; effects of stress on the mind, body, and behavior; diseases and disorders related to stress; stress management; and additional resources.

    Posted: August 19, 2015

  • The Hiroshima Peace Ceremony

    August 2015 marks a time of somber observance: the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the end of World War II. By July 1945 World War II was nearing an end, but fighting continued between the United States and Japan. On July 17, the U.S. ordered Japan to surrender or face destruction. Japan refused to surrender, and the U.S. decided to take action. On August 6, 1945, at exactly 8:15 a.m., the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, Japan. This was the first use of nuclear weapons in war. Three days later, on August 9, the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Nagasaki, Japan. On August 10, Japan surrendered. In Hiroshima, there were approximately 135,000 casualties, including 66,000 dead; in Nagasaki, there were approximately 64,000 casualties, including 39,000 dead. While exact casualty numbers are difficult to pin down, what is certain is that many more have died since then from radiation sickness and cancer.

    free resource button small  The Hiroshima Peace CeremonyThe anniversary of the atomic bomb blast in Hiroshima has become an occasion for many people around the world to think about nuclear disarmament. In Hiroshima, the part of the city that was destroyed by the bomb blast has been made into a memorial site called Peace Memorial Park. Each year on August 6, a memorial ceremony is held to commemorate the bombing. Information about the customs and traditions associated with the Hiroshima Peace Ceremony is available in this entry from Holiday Symbols and Customs, 5th Edition.

    Holiday Symbols and Customs, 5th Edition, a brand new edition to be published in August 2015, covers a diverse selection of more than 350 holidays and festivals from the United States and around the world, with information on more than 1,200 symbols and customs associated with these special events.

    Posted: July 26, 2015