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NLM’s Household Products Database now has over 14,000 products!

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Household Products Database (HPD) now contains over 14,000 products. http://1.usa.gov/1whBcSR

 

The latest update includes a new product category “commercial/institutional”. Product manufacturers of the more than 300 products in this category use various descriptions,  including professional grade, professional use, hospital grade and more. Users can locate products using the new “commercial/institutional” link under “Browse by Category” on the HPD homepage or by entering the category/description terms (e.g. commercial, institutional, professional, hospital) as a Quick Search.

The Household Products Database links over 14,000 consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by manufacturers and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients. The database is designed to help answer the following typical questions:

  • What are the chemical ingredients and their percentage in specific brands?
  • Which products contain specific chemical ingredients?
  • Who manufactures a specific brand? How do I contact this manufacturer?
  • What are the acute and chronic effects of chemical ingredients in a specific brand?
  • What other information is available about chemicals in the toxicology-related databases of the National Library of Medicine?

Information in the Household Products Database is from a variety of publicly available sources including brand-specific labels and Material Safety Data Sheets when available from manufacturers and manufacturers’ web sites.

August is National Breastfeeding Month: Resources

Monday, August 25th, 2014

This month is National Breastfeeding Month. The National Library of Medicine has a number of resources to support mothers who choose to breastfeed their babies. MedlinePlus has information on health benefits of breastfeeding, how to breastfeed, dealing with challenges and complications, and resources for fathers and other caregivers. The LactMed database contains peer-reviewed information on medications and their effects on lactating mothers and babies.

Breastfeeding (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/PKuTQi

LactMed: http://1.usa.gov/1qifCN8

NLM Launches Emergency Access Initiative, Granting Free Access to Books and Journals for Healthcare Professionals Fighting Ebola Outbreak

Monday, August 18th, 2014

From the National Library of Medicine:

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) has been activated to support healthcare professionals working on the Ebola public health emergency in West Africa.

The EAI is a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text from over 650 biomedical journals and over 4,000 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. It serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster. EAI is not an open access collection. It is only intended for those affected by the disaster or assisting the affected population. If you know of a library or organization involved in healthcare efforts in response to the Ebola outbreak, please let them know of this service. EAI was activated four times in the past, including following the earthquake and subsequent cholera epidemic in Haiti, flooding in Pakistan and the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

NLM thanks the numerous participating publishers for their generous support of this initiative: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, ASM Press, B.C. Decker, BMJ, EBSCOHost, Elsevier, FA Davis, Mary Ann Liebert, Massachusetts Medical Society, McGraw-Hill, Merck Publishing, Oxford University Press, People’s Medical Publishing House, Springer, University of Chicago Press, Wiley and Wolters Kluwer.

More information: http://1.usa.gov/1p65NSy

MedlinePlus Health Topic Page: Ebola

Monday, August 18th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine has created a new health topic page for Ebola. Access the page for information on diagnosis, symptoms, treatment and latest news about the 2014 Outbreak in West Africa.

Ebola (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1w12wZt

Funding Opportunity: National Library of Medicine Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits resource grant applications for projects that will bring useful health information to health disparity populations and their health care providers.  Access to useful, usable, understandable health information is an important factor during health decisions.  Proposed projects should exploit the capabilities of computer and information technology and health sciences libraries to bring health-related information to consumers and their health care providers.

Application Deadline: July 29, 2014

For more information read the FOA online: http://1.usa.gov/1wrZpo4

Don’t Miss the Signs: Skin Cancer

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Skin Cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Check out the Skin Cancer health topic page on MedlinePlus for important information in prevention, screening, treatment and research. Information is available in English, Spanish and seven other languages.

Skin Cancer (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1noBpNc

MedlinePlus Health Topic: Amblyopia

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Amblyopia, or “lazy eye,” is the most common cause of visual impairment among children and is the subject of a new MedlinePlus Health Topic Page.

The Health Topic page includes resources from the National Eye Institute, the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and other reputable sources.

MedlinePlus: Amblyopia http://1.usa.gov/1fKdXwQ

NLM Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

The NLM Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities (G08) FOA http://1.usa.gov/1knYiQ7  has been reissued April 29, 2014. The G08 program provides funding for projects that will bring useful, usable health information to health disparity populations and the health care providers who care for those populations. For more information about the G08 FOA see http://1.usa.gov/1lE9mwt

The application deadline is July 30, 2014.

If there are questions, please contact:  Dr. Alan VanBiervliet, NLM – alan.vanbiervliet@nih.gov

New Online Catalog for the Office of Minority Health

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

The HHS Office of Minority Health Knowledge Center team is pleased to let you know that the online library catalog search engine has just been re-launched in a new format.  The new version offers immediate access to the latest documents added to the database.  It also provides more detailed search options and formats for delivery of results.  During National Minority Health Month, please take a moment to look at the new content.  Please do not hesitate to contact the Knowledge Center team if you have any questions or suggestions regarding this unique resource for minority health information.

Visit http://1.usa.gov/1qlzVaM  then click on “Search the library catalog”.

New resource from NIHSeniorHealth: End of Life

Monday, March 31st, 2014

From the National Institute on Aging, the National Library of Medicine, and the National Institute of Nursing Research:

“The latest addition to NIHSeniorHealth, the health and wellness website for older adults, the End of Life module provides visitors with information about the most common issues faced by the dying and their caregivers.

The End of Life module describes the physical, mental, and emotional needs of people nearing the end of life and suggests ways to maintain their quality of life, such as hospice and home care. It also addresses the often complex practical concerns that can attend death, including financial issues, advance directives, caregiver support, and more. Other topics include:

  • Addressing pain
  • Types and places of end-of-life care
  • Planning and paying for end-of-life care
  • Handling health care issues
  • When the end comes
  • Coping with grief
  • Research efforts”

NIHSeniorHealth-End of Life: http://1.usa.gov/1lfEX6t