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  • May Is Mental Health Month

    Mental Health Month began in 1949 with a week-long observance and is now recognized each year in May. Mental health issues affect a large segment of society in the United States — adults, young adults, and children. In a given year, approximately one in five adults (43.8 million, or 18.5%) and the same proportion of young adults aged 13 to 18 (one in five, or 21.4%) experience mental illness. And younger children are not immune — for those aged 8 to 15, the estimate is 13%.

    free resource button small  May Is Mental Health MonthThis section from Mental Health Information for Teens, 5th Edition, provides some basic facts on three topics: understanding mental health, defining mental illness, and the causes and warning signs of mental illness.

    Comprehensive information about mental wellness and mental illness, along with facts about recognizing and treating mood, anxiety, personality, psychotic, behavioral, impulse control, and addiction disorders, is available in Mental Health Information for Teens, 5th Edition. Complete information about mental health disorders in adults and children is available in the Health Reference Series volume, Mental Health Disorders Sourcebook, 6th Edition.

    Posted: May 4, 2018

  • The Birthday of Henry Cabot Lodge

    Henry Cabot Lodge, born on May 12, 1850, was an American political leader who served in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Lodge was active on a wide range of issues: he supported military involvement in the Spanish-American War, increasing the size of the U.S. Navy, laws designed to improve worker and consumer safety and reduce business corruption, and stiff tariffs on foreign goods; he opposed women’s suffrage and Prohibition. He also fiercely opposed immigration. In the 1890s, he spoke out against immigrants from southeastern Europe, Asia, and other parts of the world, believing they were inferior to earlier immigrants from England and northern Europe. He was a big proponent of literacy tests for immigrants, which would have significantly limited the number of eligible immigrants.

    free resource button small  The Birthday of Henry Cabot LodgeA biography of Henry Cabot Lodge is provided in this selection from Defining Moments: The Dream of America: Immigration 1870-1920.

    Additional information about this era of immigration, plus more biographies of the key players and related primary source documents, can be found in Defining Moments: The Dream of America: Immigration 1870-1920.

    Posted: May 3, 2018

  • Earth Day

    Earth Day was first observed on April 22, 1970 with efforts to encourage both government officials and U.S. citizens to preserve the wilderness and the earth’s natural resources. This year’s campaign by The Earth Day Network, which now coordinates events around the world, is focused on ending plastic pollution. free resource button small  Earth Day

    More information about the customs and traditions associated with Earth Day is available in this entry from Holiday Symbols and Customs, 5th Edition.

    Posted: April 20, 2018

  • April Is Alcohol Awareness Month

    Each April, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) sponsors Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness, reduce stigma, and encourage communities to focus on alcohol-related issues. Alcoholism is a chronic disease that affects millions of Americans, both directly and indirectly. It can be progressive, and it can be fatal——but it can also be overcome with proper treatment. Some of the statistics related to alcoholism in the United States are staggering:

    22.6 million people (9.2% of the U.S. population ages 12 and older) have an alcohol or drug problem
    2.4 million adolescents have an alcohol or drug problem
    50% of adults have a family member with alcoholism
    Approximately 1 in 4 children under 18 live in a family with alcoholism, and many more live in a family with drug addiction
    Alcoholism is the 3rd leading lifestyle-related cause of death in the nation
    Alcoholism and drug dependence cost the nation over $276 billion a year, resulting principally from lost productivity and increased health care spending.

    free resource button small  April Is Alcohol Awareness Month

    These sections from Alcoholism Sourcebook provide some basic facts: What Does Alcoholism Look Like; Questions and Answers about Alcoholism; and Researchers Identify Alcoholism Subtypes.

    Comprehensive, updated information about the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of alcoholism is available in Alcoholism Sourcebook, 4th Edition.

    Posted: March 30, 2018

  • St. Patrick’s Day

    St. Patrick’s Day is a religious and cultural holiday honoring the patron saint of Ireland that is celebrated on March 17th. Formerly enslaved in Ireland, Bishop Patrick returned there as a missionary from his home in Britain in 432 AD and is widely credited with introducing Christianity to the country. St Patrick’s Day is a feast day in the Roman Catholic and Episcopal churches and a national holiday in Ireland and Northern Ireland. It is also an opportunity to celebrate Irish heritage and culture, which is observed by people of all nationalities around the world.

    free resource button small  St. Patrick’s DayMore information about the many customs and traditions associated with St Patrick’s Day is available in this entry from Holiday Symbols and Customs, 5th Edition.

    More than 300 holidays and festivals from the United States and around the world are covered in Holiday Symbols and Customs, 5th Edition, with information on more than 1,000 symbols and customs associated with these special events.

    Posted: March 1, 2018

  • February Is American Heart Month

    Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Families, health professionals, and communities can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices. February is American Heart Month, sponsored by the American Heart Association. They recommend healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease, or to control and prevent risk factors if you already have heart disease. To lower your risk:

    Watch your weight.
    Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
    Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
    If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
    Get active and eat healthy.

    free resource button small  February Is American Heart MonthThis selection from Cardiovascular Disorders Sourcebook provides information on two related topics: Preventing Heart Disease at Any Age and Heart Healthy Eating.

    Comprehensive information about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the heart and blood vessels is available in Cardiovascular Disorders Sourcebook, 6th Edition.

    Posted: February 2, 2018

  • February Is African American History Month

    African American History Month, celebrated annually in February, is an opportunity to recognize the contributions of African Americans to our nation’s history and culture. The origin of the observance can be traced to 1926, when historian Carter G. Woodson and his organization, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, announced the first Negro History Week. In subsequent years, the response to the effort built until 50 years later, in 1976, the first month-long celebration of African American history was held. Today, African American History Month is the occasion for events and observances across the country to honor the achievements of African Americans and to recognize their central role in U.S. history.

    free resource button small  February Is African American History MonthIn addition to African American History Month, there are a host of celebrations around the country that are dedicated to black history and culture. This selection from African-American Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations includes two guides to these events: a calendar of holidays, festivals, and celebrations and an alphabetical listing, with contact information, of organizations that sponsor the events.

    Additional information about African American History Month and many other events that celebrate black history and culture can be found in African-American Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations, 2nd Ed.

    Posted: February 1, 2018

  • January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month

    Birth defects affect 1 in every 33 babies born in the United States and are a leading cause of infant mortality, illness, and disability. Though diagnosis and treatment of these conditions has improved dramatically, the focus of public health efforts is to reduce the number of birth defects that occur. National Birth Defects Prevention Month is intended to raise awareness about the prevention of birth defects and to educate the public about concrete steps a woman can take before and during pregnancy to increase her chances of having a healthy baby.

    free resource button small  January is National Birth Defects Prevention MonthThis directory of resources, from Congenital Disorders Sourcebook, 4th Edition, provides information on organizations that provide information, support, and advocacy for families affected by birth defects.

    Comprehensive information about the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of birth defects is available in Congenital Disorders Sourcebook, 4th Edition.

    Posted: December 26, 2017

  • Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day — December 7th

    Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is observed each year on December 7th. On that fateful morning in 1941—as unsuspecting American soldiers, sailors, and civilians on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, followed their regular routines—hundreds of Japanese planes suddenly appeared in the sky overhead. Before people on the ground could grasp what was happening, the planes began dropping bombs and torpedoes on the ships in Pearl Harbor and strafing nearby airfields with machine-gun fire. The surprise attack shocked, outraged, and united the American people like few other events in U.S. history. Immediately afterward, the United States declared war on Japan and officially entered World War II.

    free resource button small  Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day — December 7thThis primary source document from Defining Moments: The Attack on Pearl Harbor contains an excerpt from the oral history of a U.S. Navy crewman stationed at Pearl Harbor.

    Additional information about the events leading up to and following the attack on Pearl Harbor, plus biographies of the key players, and related primary source documents, can be found in Defining Moments: The Attack on Pearl Harbor.

    Posted: December 7, 2017

  • World AIDS Day— December 1st

    An estimated 50,000 people in the United States are newly infected with HIV each year. This devastating disease attacks the immune system and affects all parts of the body, eventually leading to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), it’s most deadly and advanced stage, for which there is currently no cure. Yet there is hope for the many Americans living with HIV infection or AIDS. Researchers are developing new and more effective drug combinations, and scientists are growing ever closer to a vaccine. Improvements in medication and earlier diagnosis mean that those infected with HIV are living longer, healthier, and more productive lives.

    Established by the World Health Organization in 1988 and observed each year on December 1st, World AIDS Day is an opportunity for organizations around the world to raise awareness and advocate for progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care.

    free resource button small  World AIDS Day— December 1stThis chapter offering advice for coping with an HIV/AIDS diagnosis is from AIDS Sourcebook, 6th Edition.

    Comprehensive information about risk factors, prevention, transmission, and treatment of HIV and related complications, along with tips for living with HIV/AIDS, is available in AIDS Sourcebook, 6th Edition.

    Posted: December 1, 2017