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  • September Is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

    Prostate cancer starts in the prostate, a small gland in the male reproductive system. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in men, after skin cancer. But this cancer can be treated successfully, and nearly 100% of men diagnosed today will still be alive in five years. Early detection and treatment can save lives, so routine testing is important.

    free resource button small  September Is Prostate Cancer Awareness MonthThis chapter from Cancer Sourcebook, 7th Edition, provides a wealth of information on prostate cancer, including a description of the disease, its symptoms, diagnostic tests, stages, treatment, and more.

    Comprehensive information about the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of many different types of cancer is available in Cancer Sourcebook, 7th Edition.

    Posted: September 5, 2017

  • September Is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

    National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month calls attention to the dangerously high rates of obesity in American youth. The program’s goal is to build awareness about childhood obesity and encourage action. 1 in 3 children in the United States are overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

    free resource button small  September Is National Childhood Obesity Awareness MonthThis selection from Diet Information for Teens, 4th Edition, provides information on weight-loss and nutrition myths.

    Comprehensive information on nutrition, vitamins and minerals, the elements of food, smart eating plans, weight-related concerns, and a range of health conditions related to diet is available in Diet Information for Teens, 4th Edition.

    Posted: September 1, 2017

  • Labor Day

    Celebrated on the first Monday in September, Labor Day honors the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the nation, and celebrates the accomplishments of the labor movement in achieving increased wages and legal protections for workers. Labor Day has been a national holiday in the United States since 1894.

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

    More than 350 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: August 27, 2017

  • July Is National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness Month

    Each year in the United States, thousands of infants, children, teens, and adults suffer from cleft and craniofacial conditions. Some are born with congenital anomalies like cleft lip and palate, others with more complex, life-threatening craniofacial conditions.

    free resource button small  July Is National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness MonthDealing with a congenital condition can be very difficult, especially for new parents. Helpful information is provided in these two sections from Genetic Disorders Sourcebook: “When Your Baby Has a Birth Defect” and “Tips for Parenting a Child with a Disability.”

    Comprehensive information about the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide range of congenital conditions is available in Genetic Disorders Sourcebook, 6th Edition.

    Posted: July 10, 2017

  • June Is Men’s Health Month

    The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. According to Dr. David Gremillion of the Men’s Health Network, “There is a silent health crisis in America. … It’s that fact that, on average, American men live sicker and die younger than American women.” This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to make their health a priority: to exercise regularly; to eat healthy; and to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.

    free resource button small  June Is Men’s Health MonthThis selection from Men’s Health Concerns Sourcebook, 5th Edition, provides information on two related topics: Preventing Heart Disease at Any Age and Heart Healthy Eating.

    Comprehensive information about the issues in men’s health, including facts on gender-specific health differences, leading causes of death in men, reproductive and sexual concerns, genetic disorders, mental health concerns, and alcohol and drug abuse is available in Men’s Health Concerns Sourcebook, 5th Edition.

    Posted: June 12, 2017

  • Brown v. Board of Education decision announced—May 17, 1954

    On May 17, 1954 the U.S. Supreme Court announced its landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, outlawing segregation in public schools. In the first half of the twentieth century, the forced segregation of people by race had effectively become the law of the land in the United States. The Supreme Court’s ruling that “separate but equal” facilities and accommodations were constitutional had resulted in blacks and whites being segregated in virtually all areas of daily life. Some of the most egregious examples of racial bigotry and discrimination occurred in the nation’s public schools. In Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court concluded that the segregation of public school children violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Finding that, “In the field of public education the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place,” the court’s decision forever changed education in the United States and was a watershed moment in the struggle for racial equality.

    free resource button small  Brown v. Board of Education decision announced—May 17, 1954Drafting a straightforward opinion that eschewed sentiment or blame, Chief Justice Earl Warren was able to gain unanimous approval for the decision from his eight colleagues. Excerpts from the Supreme Court’s majority opinion are provided in this selection from Defining Moments: Brown v. Board of Education.

    Additional information about the events leading up to and following the decision, plus more biographies of the key players and related primary source documents, can be found in Defining Moments: Brown v. Board of Education.

    Posted: May 7, 2017

  • 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 (43.7 million, or 18.6%) 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, 4th 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, 4th Edition. Complete information about mental health disorders in adults and children is available in the recently published Health Reference Series volume, Mental Health Disorders Sourcebook, 6th Edition.

    Posted: May 7, 2017

  • 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: April 5, 2017

  • Jackie Robinson’s Major League Baseball Debut – April 15, 1947

    Jackie Robinson (January 31, 1919-October 24, 1972) was a professional baseball player at the center of a landmark event of the civil rights movement. This event was not a court ruling or a protest march, but rather a baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Boston Braves on April 15, 1947. When the Dodgers trotted out of the dugout to start the game, the rookie first baseman wearing number 42, Jackie Robinson, became the first black player in Major League Baseball, breaking the “color barrier”—the policy of strict racial segregation that professional baseball had operated under for more than fifty years. Robinson overcame resistance from his teammates and hostility from opposing players and fans to have an outstanding season, not only claiming the National League Rookie of the Year Award and leading the Dodgers to the World Series, but also earning the admiration of millions of Americans with his quiet courage. Although Robinson continued to face racial hostility in some quarters during his successful ten year career, he also became a national celebrity whose fame and influence extended far beyond the baseball diamond. Upon his retirement from baseball, Robinson’s involvement in the civil rights movement expanded, and he emerged as a powerful advocate for racial equality.

    free resource button small  Jackie Robinson’s Major League Baseball Debut – April 15, 1947A biography of Jackie Robinson is provided in this selection from Defining Moments: Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball.

    Additional information about the events leading up to and following the breaking of the color barrier in baseball, plus more biographies of key players and related primary source documents, can be found in Defining Moments: Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball.

    Posted: April 5, 2017

  • 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 Day More 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, 2017