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MedlinePlus Health Topic: Chikungunya

Monday, April 4th, 2016

MedlinePlus has published a new health topic page on chikungunya virus.

From MedlinePlus:

“Chikungunya is a virus that spread by the same kinds of mosquitoes that spread dengue and Zika virus. Rarely, it can spread from mother to newborn around the time of birth. It may also possibly spread through infected blood. There have been outbreaks of chikungunya virus in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Indian and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.”

Chikungunya (English): http://1.usa.gov/1PQFtUD

Chikungunya (Spanish): http://1.usa.gov/1TwHj45

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps

Friday, March 25th, 2016

The annual County Health Rankings measure vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income, and teen births in nearly every county in America. The annual Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play. They provide a starting point for change in communities. The Rankings are based on a model of population health that emphasizes the many factors that, if improved, can help make communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play. To see how your county ranks and more information, please visit: bit.ly/1XSx88Q

National Library of Medicine Resource Guides on Recent Public Health Incidents

Friday, February 5th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) recently developed resource lists for three public health emergencies affecting both local and global communities. An incident Web page was created to gather resources on the emerging health issues arising from the Zika Virus. Two PDF documents on recent chemical incidents have been updated. Please share these resources freely. These resource lists link to a variety of sources such as: Local, state, federal and international agencies and organizations; Database searches for the health information issues around the incidents; and Social media resources for situational awareness.

Zika Virus Health Information Resources: http://1.usa.gov/1K2ORc4
Aliso Canyon/Porter Ranch Gas Leak: http://1.usa.gov/1L3f19B (PDF)
Lead in Flint, Michigan Water System: http://1.usa.gov/1PZcYLd (PDF)

Information and News: Lead in Flint, Michigan Water System

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Several Michigan, local, and federal agencies are responding to the presence of lead in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan.  The National Library of Medicine Specialized Information Services Division (NLM SIS) provides information on the medical and public health aspects of chemical incidents for health professionals, policy makers, and volunteers who may be responding to an incident and for people living in or concerned about the affected region. They have compiled a list of information resources. Please visit: bit.ly/1Qj8xaK to learn more.

Zika virus: Advice for travelers

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

The Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness that can also be transmitted from pregnant mother to baby.  Because there is no known treatment or vaccine for Zika, the Centers for Disease Control has issued a health advisory for travelers to 14 countries and territories in the Americas where Zika has been found.

Health Advisory (CDC): http://1.usa.gov/1ZBGE0a

Question and Answers: Zika virus infection (Zika) and pregnancy (CDC): http://1.usa.gov/1NksV6K

Fact Sheets and Posters (English and Spanish): http://1.usa.gov/1KrhwCc

Tick Bites: Resources for Disease Prevention

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Although small, ticks can cause serious conditions such as Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

MedlinePlus and the Centers for Disease Control have resources for consumers and health care providers on avoiding and recognizing tick-borne illnesses.

It’s Open Season on Ticks (CDC): http://1.usa.gov/1iOoXeZ

Tick Bites (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1NZJSqu

Ticks (CDC): http://1.usa.gov/1cowudw

AHRQ’s State Snapshots Measure Health Care Quality, Access State by State

Friday, August 21st, 2015

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) State Snapshots allows users to analyze data from their state in various ways, including types and settings of care, select clinical conditions, insurance status, access to care and priority populations. Data are drawn from the 2014 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, which is compiled from more than 200 measures and represents the most complete source of data on the use and cost of health care and health insurance coverage in the Nation.

http://1.usa.gov/1MIvox9

Wildfires: Protect Yourself

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Wildfires are affecting residents in the Western United States. The Centers for Disease Control has resources for protecting your home and family before, during and after a wildfire, including a reproducible infographic.

Wildfires (CDC): http://1.usa.gov/1hI4VCS

Free Access to Online Books, Journals for Healthcare Responders to Nepal Earthquake, Provided by Publishers, National Library of Medicine

Monday, April 27th, 2015

NLM Launches Emergency Access Initiative, Granting Free Access to Books and Journals for Healthcare Professionals Responding to Earthquake in Nepal The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Emergency Access Initiative (EAI)<http://eai.nlm.nih.gov/> has been activated to support healthcare professionals working on the response to the earthquake in Nepal. If you know of a library or organization involved in healthcare efforts in response to the earthquake in Nepal, please let them know of this service.

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. EAI was activated four times in the past, including following the earthquake and subsequent cholera epidemic in Haiti, flooding in Pakistan, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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, Cambridge University Press, 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.

Resources on Earthquakes

NLM has several other resources that will be helpful for people working on disaster response:

 

For questions regarding these resources, please e-mail custserv@nlm.nih.gov or call 1.888.346.3656 in the United States, or 301.594.5983 internationally.

The world’s largest biomedical library, the National Library of Medicine<http://www.nlm.nih.gov/> maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and conducts research, development and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology.

Border Health Resource Guide

Monday, September 8th, 2014

The Rural Assistance Center has an updated resource guide on Border Health. The guide includes demographic information and details health issues of particular concern for those living near the United States/Mexico border. Links to health websites, relevant organizations and state-specific contacts are provided.

Border Health (Rural Assistance Center): http://bit.ly/1Bn0X7h