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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:

Black History Month and Health

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

The Office of Minority Health has numerous resources for Black History Month!

The resources include a profile of African Americans health, statistics by disease, leading causes of death and other health concerns.  They also has a history of Black History Month, a timeline of African American Pioneers in health care and other African American “firsts.”

Read more:


The National Library of Medicine has the online exhibit “Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries. African Americans in Civil War Medicine.”  This exhibit, “looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses and how their work as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender.”  Visit the exhibition:

Winter weather emergencies: resources

Monday, January 13th, 2014

In much of the Northern Hemisphere, deep freeze, snow storms, and icy conditions are facts of life this time of year. For tips on keeping safe this winter, check out the Winter Weather Emergencies health topic page on MedlinePlus:

Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism: New MedlinePlus Health Topics

Monday, January 6th, 2014

MedlinePlus has new health topics on hypothyroidism (low thyroid activity) and hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid disease).

Hypothyroidism (MedlinePlus):

Hyperthyroidism (MedlinePlus):

Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda: Resources

Monday, November 18th, 2013

The Disaster Information Management Research Center has developed a list of health-information resources related to Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda recovery efforts:

The Emergency Access Initiative, which “provides temporary free access to full text articles from major biomedicine titles to healthcare professionals, librarians, and the public affected by disasters,” has been activated until December 9, 2013:

The American Public Health Association has published a blog posting on “What to do when disaster strikes somewhere else”:



MedlinePlus Health Topic: G6PD Deficiency

Monday, August 12th, 2013

MedlinePlus has a new Health Topic page for G6PD Deficiency, a genetic condition which can cause anemia, jaundice and other health problems.  The condition affects mainly males of African, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern descent, including 1 in 10 African American males.

Access resources at the Health Topic page:

New MedlinePlus Health Topics: Retinal Detachment and Collapsed Lung

Monday, July 1st, 2013

MedlinePlus, the National Institutes of Health’s Web site for patients and their families and friends, has two new Health Topic pages. At each Health Topic page, you can find information on symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, as well as multimedia resources such as pictures and tutorials and links to literature, physician directories and clinical trials.

Retinal Detachment Health Topic page:

Collapsed Lung Health Topic page:

The Latest Health News

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Would you like to stay up-to-date with the latest health news? On the MedlinePlus homepage, you can sign up to receive emails with the latest health news on topics that matter to you the most. When you sign up, you can select from over 900 health topics. And, you have the opportunity to select e-newsletters from other government agencies including, NIH Director’s Blog, updates, AHRQ Effective Health Care Announcements, and many others.

Sign up for MedlinePlus Health News,

National Library of Medicine Launches “Outreach to Specific Populations” Listserv

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

The US National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces the creation of a new Outreach to Specific Populations listserv <>. This free information system will provide health information professionals, librarians, advocates, healthcare professionals, students and others with an opportunity to share information and discuss outreach to specific populations through quality information, capacity building and community engagement. This discussion forum will enable participants to stay informed about health information resources, services and programs tailored to specific populations, as well as connect with colleagues in the field and benefit from discussions that address best practices, challenges and gaps associated with health information outreach to specific populations. It was created by the Outreach & Special Populations Branch in the NLM Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS).

Information distributed through the OSP Listserv (NLM_OSP-L) will include but not be limited to:

Health information outreach programs and services tailored to specific populations (i.e. Students/Educators, Health Professionals, Minorities, Women, Seniors, etc.)

Information resources addressing health topics ranging from HIV/AIDS and Environmental Health to Emergency and Disaster Preparedness

Announcements of funding opportunities

Notices of national, state and/or local meetings and conference

Information and technological resources for and about specific populations

Training opportunities

Best practices, trends, new ideas

Publications, articles, and research findings related to health information outreach

To learn more about the list and how to subscribe visit:

NIH Challenge! Data Rx: Prescription Drug Abuse Infographic Challenge

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

NIH: Challenge. Data Rx: Prescription Drug Abuse Infographic Challenge. Create an infographic to inform and educate the general public in interesting, novel, and creative ways about prescription drug abuse dangers.

Learn more: