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NLM Search Hint: Searching for Ebola in PubMed

Friday, November 14th, 2014

From the National Library of Medicine:

The simple PubMed search of:

ebola*

retrieves all citations indexed with any of the Ebola MeSH headings as well as citations that have not yet been indexed but have that root string as a text word. Please be aware that truncation turns off Automatic Term Mapping and explosions in PubMed; however, with this search none of the Ebola MeSH headings have narrower terms at this time in their MeSH hierarchy, so nothing is lost by truncation.

To see the complete NLM Technical Bulletin: http://1.usa.gov/1zUXXki

Population Health Added to PubMed Special Queries

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

The NLM PubMed Special Queries page includes a link to a new MEDLINE/PubMed Population Health search. The Population Health Special Query is a PubMed search of relevant MeSH headings and other text words combined by NLM staff to retrieve citations about health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group. MeSH headings were selected with the assistance of members of the Institute of Medicine Board on Population Health and Public Health staff and a member of the IOM Roundtable on Population Health Improvement.

PubMed: http://1.usa.gov/1x6IM3a
PubMed Population Health Special Query: http://1.usa.gov/1pwMXQS

AAMC Research Update

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Twice monthly, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) posts citations to newly published research articles describing efforts to detect, understand, or reduce health disparities and disparities in care. This resource is an efficient way to stay current and inform your health disparities work: http://bit.ly/1rrz3Fd

Blog from the HHS Office on Women’s Health

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Women’s Health has a blog: http://1.usa.gov/1nRQYmR.  Blog posts highlight important women’s health issues such as breast cancer, affordable health care and domestic violence.  Visit the blog to browse through past posts and also subscribe: http://bit.ly/1AvpJT8.

Data Brief: Characteristics of Uninsured Adult Males by Race and Ethnicity

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

A new data brief released the the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health during Men’s Health Month examines the characteristics of uninsured adult males by race and ethnicity, using the most recent data from the 2012 American Community Survey.  Findings from the survey, which include information on social determinants of health such as poverty and education level, underscore the social and economic factors that should be considered in developing strategies to increase coverage and access to care for minority adult males.  The survey findings provide additional information on the patterns of uninsurance among non-elderly males prior to the establishment of the Health Insurance Marketplace and the expansion of Medicaid eligibility under the Afffordable Care Act.

Download the Data Brief here:http://1.usa.gov/1kfmWTD

Updated Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-1-Infected Adults and Adolescents

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

The HHS Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents has announced the release of the updated Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-1-Infected Adults and Adolescents.

Key additions and revisions to the guidelines include:

  • Addition of “Cost Considerations and Antiretroviral Therapy,” a new section that discusses strategies to contain costs without compromising treatment effectiveness.
  • Changes to recommendations on the frequency of CD4 count monitoring, including a table that outlines the updated recommendations.
  • Change in classification of recommendations for initial treatment from “Preferred Regimens” to “Recommended Regimens” to reflect the expanding options for treatment-naive patients.
  • Increased emphasis on key principles to follow when switching ARV drugs in the setting of viral suppression.
  • A new table listing ARV drug options to consider when switching ARV drugs because of adverse effects.
  • For a complete preview of key updates to the guidelines, please see What’s New in the Guidelines. Additions and revisions are also highlighted in yellow throughout the text and tables of the PDF version of the guidelines.

Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-1-Infected Adults and Adolescents: http://1.usa.gov/Rbv6Eo

New App Supports Recovering Alcoholics

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Earlier this week, JAMA Psychiatry published an article detailing a study that tested the effectiveness of an app designed to help recovering alcoholics. From Reuters:

“More recovering alcohol abusers also reported total abstinence from drinking when using the app, which has guided relaxation techniques and alerts users when they’re near bars and other places that may be risky to their recoveries.”

For the complete Reuters release: http://reut.rs/1iI1Fn1

For the JAMA Psychiatry article: http://bit.ly/1laudGD

 

NHLBI Report: Hispanic Community Health Study Data Book

Friday, March 7th, 2014

A comprehensive health and lifestyle analysis of people from a range of Hispanic/Latino origins shows that this segment of the U.S. population is diverse, not only in ancestry, culture, and economic status, but also in the prevalence of several diseases, risk factors, and lifestyle habits. These health data are derived from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL), led by the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), a landmark study that enrolled about 16,415 Hispanic/Latino adults living in San Diego, Chicago, Miami, and the Bronx, N.Y., who self-identified with Central American, Cuban, Dominican, Mexican, Puerto Rican, or South American origins. These new findings have been compiled and published as the Hispanic Community Health Study Data Book: A Report to the Communities. The full report is available in English and Spanish.

Hispanic Community Health Study Data Book: A Report to the Communities (English and Spanish): http://1.usa.gov/1hTbu0J

CDC Report: Intimate Partner Violence in the United States – 2010

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Intimate Partner Violence in the United States – 2010 is a new report describing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS). This report presents detailed information describing the public health burden of intimate partner violence (IPV) in the United States, including an in-depth look at the scope of IPV and its far-ranging consequences. The report shows younger adults, racial/ethnic minorities, those with lower incomes, and those who have had recent food or housing insecurity experience higher rates of IPV. While many men experience IPV, women are disproportionately affected.

Intimate Partner Violence in the United States – 2010: http://1.usa.gov/1cBqtxG

February News in Health

Monday, February 10th, 2014

The February NIH News in Health is now available.  Articles include:

  • Stop the Spread of Superbugs
  • Gripped by Gout
  • Distracted Driving Raises Crash Risk
  • Caring for a Seriously Ill Child
  • Featured Website: NIDA for Teens

Read these articles and access past issues: http://1.usa.gov/1fab6a9