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MedlinePlus Releases New Responsive Web Design

Monday, May 4th, 2015

From the National Library of Medicine:

Last week, MedlinePlus ( and MedlinePlus en español ( released a completely redesigned site with a fresh look and feel.

The new version of MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español uses responsive design for ease of use on any device, whether that is a desktop monitor or mobile touchscreen.  Responsive pages automatically change their layout to fit your screen.  See the announcement page ( for more details.

Because this latest release enables all users to access a layout of optimized for their device, there is no longer a need for the separate mobile ( sites.  These sites are now retired; visitors to them will be redirected to the new version of

We invite you to try out MedlinePlus’s full responsive design on your smartphone, tablet or desktop at and .  Take a tour of the redesigned site at (also available in Spanish).  Please send us your feedback and comments about the new design via the Contact Us link that appears on every MedlinePlus page.

Health Equity Thunderclap

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

The U.S. Office of Minority Health invited you to join the Thunderclap! A Thunderclap is a social media tool that makes a message louder because we all say it together. On April 30, at 2 PM EDT, take action for health equity and raise awareness of health disparities. Sign up here:

Former Smokers Harmed by Tobacco Tell Their Stories

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

U.S. health officials released a new round of graphic anti-smoking ads featuring former smokers living with the ravages of tobacco.

The new ads highlight the benefits of quitting for the families of smokers and the importance of giving up cigarettes completely, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Bottom line, these ads will save lives and they will also save money,” CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden said during a news conference Thursday. Tobacco is “public health enemy number one,” Frieden said. “More than 1,000 Americans per day are killed by tobacco — nearly 500,000 every year.”  Yet 42 million Americans still smoke, according to the CDC.

Among those former smokers featured in the ads is Julia, 58, who smoked for more than 20 years and developed colon cancer at 49. “I tried to quit many times,” she said during the news conference. “With the help of my family and my faith, I was able to quit smoking successfully. Unfortunately, I did not walk away from smoking without consequences. The battle I fought with cancer isn’t something I would wish on anybody.”

To read more about the ads go to:

March is Deep Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month. Are you at risk?

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)  is often an underdiagnosed and serious, but preventable medical condition. The CDC is partnering with two national organizations to raise awareness and make a difference.

This is Serious is a national campaign originally developed by the Vascular Disease Foundation and then taken over by Duke University. The purpose of this campaign is to increase awareness and action around the prevention of DVT and PE among women. The campaign encourages women to be aware of symptoms and to talk with their doctors about their risks. The campaign is conducted through a variety of channels including live community education activities, a website, and print materials.

Stop the Clot, Spread the Word is a new national campaign from the National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA). This new program will help to reduce blood clots through awareness, education, and community engagement. NBCA plans to incorporate a far-reaching, awareness-building effort driven by a dynamic digital and social media initiative. This campaign will be extended further through the traditional media such as television, radio, and print.

Community Engagement Ideas

Friday, February 20th, 2015

WebJunction has some great ideas for innovative community engagement as well as some community-generated ideas on the future of libraries. They point to major takeaways from the recent 10-day experiment, in which people were invited to join the discussion and generate ideas:

Braille Tales Print Braille Book Program

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

American Printing House (APH) for the Blind and the Dollywood Foundation have an exciting partnership that expands Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) program  by providing  young children who are blind and visually impaired with accessible books in print/braille and audio formats.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a part of the Dollywood Foundation, partners with local sponsors in 1,300 communities in 3 countries to provide a quality, age appropriate book each month to preschool children enrolled in the program.

Print, Braille Books, Audio
APH/Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Partnership with the support of Penguin Group USA, offers a growing collection of audio files of Imagination Library books available as free downloads.  See the selected Imagination Library audio books for the month of February.

Books are available free-of-charge in print/braille format. APH selects the titles from the current year’s DPIL booklist—those most appropriate for a child with a visual impairment.

Print/braille versions are mailed directly to the child’s family. When you enroll in the Braille Tales Print/Braille Book Program, your family can receive six free print/braille books each year until the child reaches his/her 6th birthday. There are eligibility requirements for the program. You or your child must meet the definition of blindness.
To learn more about the program visit

Reducing Non-Urgent Emergency Services

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Reducing the use of emergency departments for non-urgent and often chronic conditions lowers healthcare spending and improves the care of patients, who often receive fragmented care, no case management and lack of followup. The Emergency Services Learning Community in Detroit, Michigan, with the support of the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, is taking steps toe address the challenge with innovations such as training paramedics to provide support to frequent 911 callers, implementing a referral system for community services, and using data to identify those needing services and connect them.’s Tips and Tools for Getting and Staying Healthy

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

In addition the website is a tool to get personalized health recommendations to get you on the road to a healthier you.

By: Ellen Langhans, MA, Program Manager, ODPHP and Silje Lier, MPH, Communication Advisor, ODPHP


Cervical Health Awareness: Resources

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

January is Cervical Health Awareness month. has sample messaging for organizations who want to spread reliable information about cervical health.

Cervical Health Awareness Month:

It is not too late to get your Healthy Living Calendars and American Public Health Association (APHA) Tips for Tots Calendar for 2015

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Healthy Living Calendars

The CDC has published a variety of one-page calendars that promote taking simple steps every day for a safe and healthy life. You can choose from Healthy Women, Healthy Communities, and Healthy Men. These colorful calendars are available as a PDF in English and Spanish.

APHA Tips for Tots Calendar

It’s not too late to get the 2015 American Public Health Association (APHA) annual “Get Ready” calendar. This year, the calendar features cute tots providing preparedness tips. You can download online or order the calendar from APHA. and