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MedlinePlus adds 3 lab tests

MedlinePlus has three new health topic pages on common lab tests.


Liver Function Tests:

Blood Count Tests:



Pediatric palliative care materials

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) has created materials for families of children with serious illnesses. The materials were developed with input from families and include fact sheets, personal stories and resources.

Palliative Care: Conversations Matter®:

Materials in Spanish:

New NLM Learning Resources Database

The National Library of Medicine has made it easier to find existing web-based training materials on its resources. The Learning Resources Database has webinars, short videos, tutorials, brochures and other materials that can be downloaded and used freely. Users can find materials by subject or product, such as:

  • Disasters and Emergencies
  • K-12 Education
  • Public Health
  • Consumer Health

The Database was launched two weeks ago, so not all categories have current materials attached. Additional resources are being added on an ongoing basis.

Learning Resources Database:

Additional information about the Database:

Asthma Awareness

May is Asthma Awareness Month, but these tools and resources can be used all year ’round.  For toolkits, events, social media messages, and other resources, please see the Asthma Community Network,; the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America,; the Centers for Disease Control,; and the National Asthma Control Initiative,

This Free Life Campaign

A new public education campaign, launched in May 2016 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is designed to prevent and reduce tobacco use among LGBT young adults who use tobacco occasionally. Through authentic and credible messages from tobacco-free members of the LGBT community, the campaign encourages these young adults to draw inspiration from their peers to also live tobacco-free:

Reentry Education Toolkit

RTI International, with support from the Department of Education Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education offers a new resource. The Reentry Education Toolkit promotes the development of an education continuum spanning facility- and community-based reentry education programs. Read more and access the toolkit here:

Blog break

Hello readers! The BHIC Contributors are taking a break to soak up information at the Medical Library Association annual conference. We’ll return to posting on Thursday, May 19.

FDA proposes limit for inorganic arsenic in infant rice cereal

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to reduce inorganic arsenic in infant rice cereal, a leading source of arsenic exposure in infants. Relative to body weight, rice intake for infants, primarily through infant rice cereal, is about three times greater than for adults.  Moreover, national intake data show that people consume the most rice (relative to their weight) at approximately 8 months of age. The agency is not advising the general population of consumers to change their current rice consumption patterns based on the presence of arsenic, but is providing targeted information for pregnant women and infants to help reduce exposure. The FDA has offer “Seven Things Pregnant Women and Parents Need to Know About Arsenic in Rice and Rice Cereal” as a guide to reduce and limit the consumption of arsenic.  To read these seven steps 

Hepatitis C and Dietary Supplements

The latest National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) Clinical Digest focuses on hepatitis C and several of the dietary and herbal supplements studied since many people who have hepatitis C have tried these various options. For example, a survey of 1,145 participants in the HALT-C (Hepatitis C Antiviral Long-Term Treatment Against Cirrhosis) trial found that 23 percent of the participants were using herbal products. Although participants reported using many different herbal products, silymarin (milk thistle) was by far the most common. However, no dietary supplement has been shown to be efficacious for hepatitis C. This issue of the Clinical Digest provides information on the evidence base of several dietary supplements studied for hepatitis C. Click here for more information

Every Family Needs a Farmer

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently rolled out its newly revamped Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food website. The site was redesigned to offer a more user-friendly experience that makes it easier to navigate the wealth of USDA and partner resources. Using updated web standards and visuals to optimize the user-experience, the USDA reorganized the information and gathered new content.  In short, the KYF2 website has become an even better a one-stop-shop for information on USDA’s local and regional food systems work. Check out KYF2 at