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If you are planning to return to the United States permanently, please notify the overseas librarian in advance of your move. This will enable the smooth transfer of your records, ensuring that you continue receiving service from the library in your new state of residence.
The online catalog is accessible from the NLS home page at www.loc.gov/nls. You can search the online catalog by author’s name, title, and subject. Braille books are identified by the prefix “BR,” “BRA,” recorded cassettes by the prefix “RC,” and digital books by “DB,” followed by the book numbers. Patrons may access Braille Book Review and Talking Book Topics online, as well as browse the web site to learn more about braille and talking-book services.
NLS is making available two kinds of digital talking-book players: standard and advanced. Both players are about 6 x 9 x 2 inches, in comparison with the cassette book machine (C-1), which is 9 x 11 x 3 inches. The weight of the digital talking-book player is slightly more than two pounds compared to the C-1’s seven pounds. The standard and advanced models both have power, rewind, play, fast-forward, sleep, and volume buttons that feature raised edges and a braille letter on the player’s surface to help the user identify them.
In addition, the advanced model has buttons for setting and retrieving bookmarks and buttons to navigate through the structured levels of a book.
Readers of fiction will likely prefer the standard model while those who read nonfiction or need to navigate to particular parts of their books may prefer an advanced model. Please let the overseas librarian know as soon as possible which machine you would like to receive.
In a coordinated effort with the Library of Congress, Independent Living Aids (ila), LLC, is offering USB cables and blank NLS cartridges to libraries and patrons for purchase. The cartridges are identical to the ones on which NLS distributes its digital books, however the ila cartridges are not write-protected. The cartridges are blank so patrons and libraries can download materials directly from the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) web site at nlsbard.loc.gov to any computer and then transfer the book to the cartridge for reading with the NLS digital talking-book player. A USB transfer cable is required. Additionally the ila cartridges are green so they can be distinguished from the white NLS-owned cartridges.
Currently, ila offers cartridges with 1GB of memory space; 2GB cartridges will be available in 2010. Cartridges may be purchased separately or with a USB transfer cable. For more information or to make a purchase, visit www.independentliving.com on the Internet and select “New Products.”
Choice magazine is now available as a free digital download on the NLS BARD at nlsbard.loc.gov. The cassette edition will continue to be available.
Produced six times a year, each issue contains unabridged works from publications such as National Geographic, Smithsonian, Sports Illustrated, and the New Yorker.
Each issue of Overseas Outlook includes a bibliography on a subject that may be of interest to NLS patrons. This issue features a minibibliography on women’s health. The listing represents a small selection of the many books available from the NLS collection. To receive any of the books in this bibliography, complete the order form at the end of the newsletter and return it to the overseas librarian. More titles can be found by visiting the NLS catalog at www.loc.gov/nls and clicking on “Search the Catalog.”
The Abs Diet: The Six-Week Plan to Flatten Your Stomach and Keep You Lean for Life
by David Zinczenko
Offers a nutrition program to improve health, appearance, and athletic performance by targeting dangerous belly fat. Claims adherents can lose up to twenty pounds of fat and gain four to six pounds of muscle in six weeks. Includes meal suggestions, abdominal exercises, and success stories. Bestseller. 2004.
Aging with Grace: What the Nun Study Teaches Us about Leading Longer, Healthier, and More Meaningful Lives
by David Snowdon
Epidemiologist discusses his research project on aging and the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease in a stable population―nuns. Explains how the survey was conducted and his involvement with this group of women, many of whom have become personal friends. Examines his discoveries concerning remaining mentally alert. 2001.
The Carbohydrate Addict’s Lifespan Program: Personalized Plan for Becoming Slim, Fit, and Healthy in Your 40s, 50s, 60s, and Beyond
by Richard F. Heller and Rachael F. Heller
The authors of The Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet (RC 37248) now explain how those over forty can create a lifestyle program using a simple nutritional plan. Explains basic diet and includes menus and recipes (some vegetarian meals) for high-protein and fiber-rich breakfasts and lunches, and “well-balanced feasts” for dinner. Bestseller. 1997.
Carved in Sand: When Attention Fails and Memory Fades in Midlife
by Cathryn Jakobson Ramin
DB/RC 65246, BR 17514
A journalist in her forties, dismayed by her unreliable memory, chronicles her journey in pursuit of an agile brain. She interviews experts in the fields of physiology, psychology, and sociology to explore such factors as sleep, stress, diet, exercise, medication, and genetics. 2007.
Cereal for Dinner: Strategies, Shortcuts, and Sanity for Moms Battling Illness
by Kristine Breese
Author recounts her serious illness and discusses with others the changes that occur in home life when mothers become sick. Describes how a disability affects the whole family. Provides tips and tools for talking with children and asking for help. Includes resources. 2004.
The Change before the Change: Everything You Need to Know to Stay Healthy in the Decade before Menopause
by Laura E. Corio and Linda G. Kahn
A physician explains the physical changes that occur in women prior to menopause during the period called “perimenopause.” Details symptoms, body functions, and treatments―including medical and herbal―that are available and may help women make a comfortable transition to their next stage of life. 2000.
A Consumer’s Guide to Aging
by David H. Solomon
Five experts give advice on aspects of aging to those over the age of fifty. Subjects discussed include getting optimal nutrition and exercise; maintaining emotional health; dealing with medical care and insurance; managing personal finances; having an active sex life; exploring housing options; relating to family members; and joining, staying in, or leaving the work force. 1992.
Curves: Permanent Results without Permanent Dieting
by Gary Heavin
Fitness center founder Gary Heavin demonstrates how to achieve permanent weight loss by modifying one’s lifestyle to include a fitness program and healthy eating habits. Includes examples of specific exercises and sample menus that raise the metabolic rate and lead to loss of unwanted pounds. Bestseller. 2003.
Dr. Gavin’s Health Guide for African Americans
by James R. Gavin and Sherrye Landrum
President of the Morehouse College School of Medicine offers guidelines for controlling health problems common among African Americans such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and kidney disorders. Advocates making incremental lifestyle changes to eat healthier, exercise more, and reduce stress. An American Diabetes Association publication. 2004.
Essential Exercises for the Childbearing Year: A Guide to Health and Comfort before and after Your Baby Is Born by Elizabeth Noble
Physical therapist Noble stresses the importance of exercise both in preparing for childbirth and in helping postpartum recovery. Provides exercises for muscles of the pelvic floor and the abdomen and gives advice on breathing, posture, positions, and relaxation. 1995.
Fight Fat after Forty: The Revolutionary Three-Pronged Approach that Will Break Your Stress-Fat Cycle and Make You Healthy, Fit, and Trim for Life
by Pamela Peeke
Clinician offers a program to help women combat age-induced physical and emotional changes that can lead to self-destructive eating behaviors when exacerbated by stress. Focuses on mental regrouping, diet, and exercise to develop a “stress resilient” lifestyle. 2000.
For Women Only: A Revolutionary Guide to Overcoming Sexual Dysfunction and Reclaiming Your Sex Life
by Jennifer Berman
A urologist and her psychotherapist sister, both specialists in female sexual dysfunction, explain physiological and psychological problems associated with the disorder. They discuss conditions that may initiate maladies, such as pelvic surgery, spinal column injury, and post-menopause, and suggest solutions. The doctors also offer advice for obtaining treatment. 2001.
French Women Don’t Get Fat
by Mireille Guiliano
Guide to the “French paradox” of staying trim while eating for pleasure. A four-part program includes inventorying your current diet, adjusting to balanced portions and nutritional diversity, reintegrating favorite foods in proper measure, and maintenance. Discusses grocery shopping, food preparation, simple exercise, and secrets of Frenchwomen. Includes recipes. Bestseller. 2005.
Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Physical and Spiritual Well-Being
by Andrew Weil
Physician and author of Eight Weeks to Optimum Health (RC 44268) explains the aging process and describes ways to keep healthy while growing older. Covers nutrition, physical activity, vitamins, rest, stress reduction, and maintaining a social and spiritual life. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2005.
Healthy Women, Healthy Lives: A Guide to Preventing Disease from the Landmark Nurses’ Health Study
by Susan E. Hankinson and Patricia McDermott
DB/RC 53475, BR 14125
Summarizes the Harvard University medical study, which began in 1976, of nurses and their health. Discusses lowering the risk of common cancers, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis, age-related eye disorders, asthma, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s disease. Includes advice on changing behaviors and making decisions. 2001.
How to Live to Be 100―or More: The Ultimate Diet, Sex, and Exercise Book
by George Burns
George Burns, at age eighty-seven, recommends martinis and a simple half-hour exercise routine. He cautions against worry and stress and offers a sound diet. Uses humor to warn about fretting over children, and advises caution in dealing with doctors and funerals. Bestseller. 1983.
I Knew a Woman: The Experience of the Female Body
by Cortney Davis
Nurse practitioner uses four characters, composites of her many patients, to relay practical information about female sexuality issues. Discusses emotional and physical concerns about pregnancy and birth, intercourse, abuse, menopause, pelvic exams, Pap smears, and mammograms, among other topics. 2001.
Mother-Daughter Wisdom: Creating a Legacy of Physical and Emotional Health
by Christiane Northrup
Physician and author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom (RC 48380) uses anecdotes to illustrate ways mothers can guide their daughters’ emotional and physical growth. Offers tips on pregnancy and birth, self-esteem, holistic medicine, sexuality, self-care, and becoming closer to one’s own mother. 2005.
Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause
by Boston Women’s Health Book Collective
Describes the stages of menopause for women and covers health-care options for its symptoms. Includes medical and alternative treatments such as stress management, diet, and exercise. Discusses scientific research studies and encourages women to focus on making good personal health-care decisions. Highlights women’s natural life transitions. 2006.
Our Bodies, Ourselves: A New Edition for a New Era
by Boston Women’s Health Book Collective
Updated version of Our Bodies, Ourselves for the New Century
(RC 47117). Discusses all aspects of women’s health and well-being, including nutrition and exercise, sex and relationships, reproduction, and aging. Covers the rearranged food pyramid and provides information on negotiating the complicated health-care system. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.
Outsmarting the Midlife Fat Cell: Winning Weight Control Strategies for Women Over Thirty-five to Stay Fit through Menopause
by Debra Waterhouse
Nutritionist explains why midlife weight gain is so pervasive and what one can do about it. Discusses the role of fat cells and estrogen, why dieting doesn’t work, and how to work around biology to minimize weight gain. Emphasizes attitude changes and stress management by modifying eating and exercise habits. 2000.
Prime Time: The African American Woman’s Complete Guide to Midlife Health and Wellness
by Marilyn H. Gaston and Gayle K. Porter
A physician and a clinical psychologist give advice on dealing with medical problems that commonly afflict African American women in middle age, including heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes. They also discuss psychological issues such as stress, depression, and negative attitudes that can affect one’s health. 2001.
The Right Moves: A Girl’s Guide to Getting Fit and Feeling Good
by Tina Schwager and Michele Schuerger
An athletic trainer and a former competitive skater advise teenagers on combining attitude, proper nutrition, and exercise to achieve fitness. They discuss the pros and cons of various workout options along with diets, eating disorders, visualization, stretching, and more. For junior and senior high readers. 1998.
The Sexy Years: Discover the Hormone Connection; the Secret to Fabulous Sex, Great Health, and Vitality, for Women and Men
by Suzanne Somers
Actress and health guru describes her search for a cure to the “Seven Dwarfs of Menopause.” Drawing on her own experience working with physicians who specialize in natural hormone treatment, Somers explains the value of bioidentical hormones in making menopause the best years of life. Bestseller. 2004.
Strong Women Eat Well: Nutritional Strategies for a Healthy Body and Mind
by Miriam E. Nelson
RC 53052, BR 13862
Discusses nutrition and its scientific basis―including the national guidelines presented in the Food Guide Pyramid. Promotes consumption of water, whole grains, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Explains how to read labels on packaged foods. Contains fifty healthy and easy-to-prepare recipes. Companion to Strong Women, Strong Bones (RC 51016, BR 13186). 2001.
The 30-Day Natural Hormone Plan: Look and Feel Young Again― without Synthetic HRT
by Erika Schwartz
Physician provides a monthlong program that relies on natural hormones to alleviate menopausal symptoms. Suggests using diet and exercise to maintain good health while aging. Includes meal plans and a summary of the National Institutes of Health synthetic hormones study. 2004.
What to Expect in Your Fifties: A Woman’s Guide to Health, Vitality, and Longevity
by Judy Mandell
Describes physical and emotional changes women go through in their sixth decade. In addition to typical topics like menopause, osteoporosis, and heart disease, deals briefly with stress, chronic pain, alternative medicine, and plastic surgery. Gives preventive health strategies and advice. 2000.
Whose Body is it Anyway? Smart Alternative and Traditional Health Choices for Your Total Well-Being
by Joan Kenley
Inspired by her own menopausal problems, a psychologist presents information on concerns faced by women in midlife. Topics include hormone treatments, physical appearance, urinary and sexual problems, cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis. 2000.
A Woman’s Guide to Coping with Disability
by Patricia McDermott
Information to help women maintain their independence, raise a family, and continue in a career despite physical challenges. Strategies for living with arthritis, diabetes, lupus, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, and spinal-cord injury. Includes a list of national organizations that provide services for women. 1998.
Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing
by Christiane Northrup
Gynecologist combines Western medicine and alternative therapies for female mind-body wellness. This revised edition covers developments in nutrition, pregnancy, and menopause. Includes many patients’ experiences evidencing the connection between mental state and physical condition. Provides a twelve-step plan for personal healing with advice on choosing a health-care provider. Bestseller. 1999.
The Yale Guide to Women’s Reproductive Health: From Menarche to Menopause
by Mary Jane Minkin
DB/RC 56145, BR 14831
Discusses gynecological issues and reproductive system events, including menstruation, menopause, pregnancy, abortion, miscarriage, sexually transmitted diseases, cancer, and other conditions. Also reviews some lifestyle issues affecting general health. 2003.
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____DB 59337 The Abs Diet: The Six-Week Plan to Flatten Your Stomach and Keep You Lean for Life
____DB 65246 Carved in Sand: When Attention Fails and Memory Fades in Midlife
____DB 59198 Cereal for Dinner: Strategies, Shortcuts, and Sanity for Moms Battling Illness
____DB 52957 The Change before the Change: Everything You Need to Know to Stay Healthy in the Decade before Menopause
____DB 39078 A Consumer’s Guide to Aging
____DB 61423 Dr. Gavin’s Health Guide for African Americans
____DB 41887 Essential Exercises for the Childbearing Year: A Guide to Health and Comfort before and after Your Baby Is Born
____DB 59378 Fight Fat after Forty: The Revolutionary Three-Pronged Approach that Will Break Your Stress-Fat Cycle and Make You Healthy, Fit, and Trim for Life
____DB 59698 French Women Don’t Get Fat
____DB 60915 Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Physical and Spiritual Well-Being
____DB 53475 Healthy Women, Healthy Lives: A Guide to Preventing Disease from the Landmark Nurses’ Health Study
____DB 19221 How to Live to Be 100—or More: The Ultimate Diet, Sex, and Exercise Book
____DB 60245 Mother-Daughter Wisdom: Creating a Legacy of Physical and Emotional Health
____DB 66354 Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause
____DB 60439 Our Bodies, Ourselves: A New Edition for a New Era
____DB 58056 The Sexy Years: Discover the Hormone Connection; the Secret to Fabulous Sex, Great Health, and Vitality, for Women and Men
____DB 58540 The 30-Day Natural Hormone Plan: Look and Feel Young Again—without Synthetic HRT
____DB 48209 What to Expect in Your Fifties: A Woman’s Guide to Health, Vitality, and Longevity
____DB 56145 The Yale Guide to Women’s Reproductive Health: From Menarche to Menopause
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Posted on 2010-10-14