This Week's Facts:
With the recent turbulence in our economic climate, there may be some good news for Hoosiers! The Department of Workforce Development published Hoosier Hot 50 Jobs, a list of the 50 fastest growing high-wage jobs of the future. Whether you are under employed or going back to further your education, this list can help prepare you for future job trends or help you strengthen skills you currently have if your profession is listed. The 2010 Hoosier Hot 50 jobs are based on several criteria based on data from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey. There are meaningful occupations for all skill levels. Some of the jobs listed require little to no formal education. What better time to reevaluate your career or learn new skills?
Friday Facts Editorial Team:
It’s that time of year again! The days are getting shorter and colder and the holidays are just around the corner. According to the Library of Congress Today in History page for November 25, puritan colonists in Massachusetts were celebrating a day of thanks as early as 1621. Up through the nineteenth century, celebrations of thanks occurred on a regular basis, particularly in the fall. In fact, American Memory has an image of a “Proclamation for Publick Thankfgiving” dating from 1721 that you can view online. It wasn’t until the Civil War era that Thanksgiving became an official holiday. On October 3, 1863, President Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November to be National Thanksgiving Day. In 1941, this was changed to the fourth Thursday in November, a practice we still acknowledge today.
The federal government provides plenty of information on the holiday. To begin with, there are cooking tips! The USDA provides a list of different ways to cook turkeys, from grills to smokers to deep fat fryers. They also provide a variety of safety tips. If you’re interested in sharing your thanks in a different way, the government also has information on volunteering. Additionally, you can fill out a form to send the troops a Thank You message. Finally, if you have any young patrons who want to be astronauts, take them to this site that shows what Thanksgiving is like in space.
November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month, as announced in the Oct. 29 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Epilepsy is a brain condition which causes a misfiring of neurons, or brain cells, and results in recurring seizures. Symptoms can include temporary confusion, a staring spell, uncontrollable jerking movements in arms and legs, or complete loss of consciousness. According to a 2009 Mayo Clinic article on Epilepsy, this disorder affects about 1 in 100 people in the United States. Risk factors for developing epilepsy include having a family history of epilepsy, age, sex, head injuries, vascular diseases, brain infections, and/or prolonged seizures in childhood. Epilepsy can now be well controlled by various medications and lifestyle changes. If you know someone with Epilepsy who is having any type of seizure, do not try to restrain the person. Remain calm, keep the person safe and comfortable, and stay with them until medical help arrives. Learn more about the condition using the Medline Plus Epilepsy webpage, which points to many good resources on the topic.
Does your patron have statistical questions that you’ve searched for, but can’t find the answers? Do you need a good statistical website to put on one of your library’s pathfinders or electronic guides? The U.S. Bureau of Labor Services (BLS) maintains an updated list of Statistical Sites on the World Wide Web. The websites are not related to the BLS. As a courtesy, they provides national and international listings of websites from different governmental and educational organizations around the world with access to nation-wide surveys, socio-political demographics, economic information, and other public statistics. Some of these resources require online registration. Here, you can find out the population of different regions in Namibia; the rate of knee replacements for people aged 65 or over in Wales, UK; the percentage of Japanese males who traveled abroad in a certain year; and much more.
According to the CDC, one in eight babies is born premature every year. A baby is considered to be premature when it is born at least three weeks before its due date. While preterm babies can certainly grow to be healthy adults, they do face more health risks than babies carried to full term. Those who survive infancy may still face problems such as cerebral palsy, respiratory issues, digestive problems and various intellectual disabilities. It is possible for anyone to have a preterm baby. However, there are certain risk factors that make it more likely. Medline Plus provides a list of factors that may increase your chances: multiple pregnancy (like twins), health conditions in the mother such as diabetes or heart disease, pre-eclampsia, lack of prenatal care or even age. Because of the risks premature babies face, November is National Prematurity Awareness Month. By increasing awareness of the consequences of preterm birth, the March of Dimes and other organizations hope to prevent it as much as possible. For further information on premature birth and babies, check out this site from the National Institute of Health or the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.
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