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Is More Health Information Always Better?

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

A recently published perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine provides an interesting commentary on the provision of additional health information and that it might not always be the best approach. Listen to the To Your Health: NLM Update on “Is More Health Information Always Better?” A transcript is also available:


Genetics Home Reference: new topics

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Genetics Home Reference (, from the National Library of Medicine, provides consumer-friendly information about the effects of genetic variations on human health.

Two new conditions have been added to the site.

Lung Cancer:

Ovarian Cancer:

AIDSource: a Redesigned, Mobile-Optimized HIV/AIDS Information Website from the National Library of Medicine

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine’s web portal for HIV/AIDS information has been redesigned and given a new name. The new website, AIDSource, offers access to a comprehensive collection of HIV/AIDS-related information resources that are reviewed and selected by expert information specialists and librarians.

Visitors to AIDSource will now be able to view the website content on their mobile device. The website is now automatically optimized for display across all device types, including desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones. The new design of the website was constructed by user feedback received through a website survey in 2014. In addition to responsive design, the new AIDSource design also includes the following new features:

  • Addition of a slider feature that highlights resources of interest
  • Addition of images for topics
  • Improvements in website navigation, including a menu on all pages of the website that provides access to all topic areas

The mission of AIDSource is to serve as a reliable source for access to HIV/AIDS-related information from federal and non-federal sources. Resources included on the AIDSource website are organized by both topic of interest and audience, and information is available in English and Spanish.

NLM welcomes your feedback on the AIDSource website. Please send your comments to:

Go to AIDSource:

Want to see a demo of the site? Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, on October 14 from noon -1pm ET for a webinar with the Project Manager.



Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives

Friday, September 4th, 2015

The Exhibition Program at the National Library of Medicine has announced its newest traveling exhibition, Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives, which is now available for six-week booking periods. The exhibition explores the story of nurses and activists who during the late 20th century worked with passion and persistence to reform a medical profession that overwhelmingly failed to acknowledge violence against women as a serious health issue. Beginning in the late 1970s, nurses were in the vanguard as they pushed the larger medical community to identify victims, adequately respond to their needs, and work towards the prevention of domestic violence. The accompanying exhibit website contains lesson plans, online activities, other resources, and a digital gallery.

Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives:

New App Provides Access to National Library of Medicine HIV-information

Monday, August 31st, 2015

From HealthHIV:

“HealthHIV, in partnership with the National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine (NLM), announces the launch of the Go2HIVInfo mobile application. HealthHIV created the Go2HIVInfo app to provide information about and direct access to NLM’s authoritative HIV-related websites to HIV providers, advocates, and people living with HIV/AIDS.The websites featured on the Go2HIVInfo app are:

More information:

NIHSeniorHealth: Psoriasis

Monday, August 31st, 2015

NIHSeniorHealth (, a joint project from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institute on Aging, has a new Health Topic: Psoriasis.

Psoriasis (NIHSeniorHealth):

MedlinePlus: Three new Health Topic pages

Monday, August 31st, 2015

MedlinePlus has four new health topic pages.

Assisted Reproductive Technology:

Hemorrhagic Stroke:

Ischemic Stroke:



New Tox Town City Neighborhood Released

Monday, August 24th, 2015

From the National Library of Medicine:

The  City  neighborhood is the newest neighborhood in Tox Town to update its graphics. The City neighborhood, joined previously by  the Town and Southwest scenes,  is now in HTML 5 and has a new photorealistic look.  All of the location and chemical information is the same, but the new graphics allow users to better identify with real-life city locations.  Tox Town can be accessed on a variety of personal electronic devices, including Ipads, Ipad minis, and tablets.

Regardless of where you live,  you will definitely want to visit the updated City neighborhood and learn about possible environmental health risks in a typical city.

Tox Town City:

MedlinePlus: Five new health topic pages

Monday, July 13th, 2015

MedlinePlus, the premier patient education resource from the National Library of Medicine, has published five new health topic pages.



Flu Shot:

Gluten Sensitivity:

Preterm Labor:

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MedlinePlus Health Topic: Antibiotic Resistance

Monday, June 8th, 2015

According to the Centers for Disease Control, at least 2 million people in the United States become ill with antibiotic resistant bacterial infections. MedlinePlus has a new health topic page on Antibiotic Resistance. The page is available in English and Spanish.

Antibiotic Resistance (MedlinePlus):