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NIMH Twitter Chat on Seasonal Affective Disorder

When there are fewer hours of sunlight, some people experience a serious mood change during the winter months. This condition is called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. To learn more about SAD and possible treatments, please join the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for a Twitter chat on Thursday, November 13, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST. NIMH expert Dr. Matthew Rudorfer will be answering your questions related to SAD. Please use the hashtag #NIMHchats to follow and participate in the conversation.

To learn more about SAD:

EPA Report: Climate Change Indicators in the United States

The Environmental Protection Agency has published the 3rd edition of Climate Change Indicators in the United States.

From the EPA:

“This report presents 30 indicators, each describing trends related to the causes and effects of climate change. It focuses primarily on the United States, but in some cases global trends are presented to provide context or a basis for comparison.”

The report’s website includes the full report, as well as instructions on ordering the print version, summary brochures, and fact sheets.

Climate Change report:

November is National Hospice Palliative Care Month

November is National Hospice Palliative Care Month. The National Library of Medicine has a number of resources for patients and caregivers.

Palliative Care (MedlinePlus):

Hospice Care (MedlinePlus):

End of Life (NIHSeniorHealth):

Webcast: Brain development and youth programs

From Child Trends:

“Join us for a webcast of the 2014 Kristin Anderson Moore Lecture! You’ll learn: how the brain grows and learns; how the brain responds to trauma, and how this response differs in children and adults; how the environment, experience, and genetics impact the brain’s response to challenges and learning; and how programs can apply this new research to help children and youth. Participants include: Moderator Kristin Anderson Moore, Ph.D., senior scholar at Child Trends; Presenter Jane Roskams, Ph.D., professor in the Brain Research Centre and director of the lab of neural regeneration and brain repair at the University of British Columbia; Respondent Daniel Cardinali, president of Communities In Schools; and Respondent Dianna Walters, associate at the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative. Join the conversation on Twitter using #braininsights.”

Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Time: 1-2PM ET

Watch the webcast:

Newly Redesigned DailyMed from NLM

Recently, NLM launched the redesign of DailyMed, the official provider of FDA label information. In addition to responsive design, the new design also includes the following new features:

  • Enhanced Search Results to include displaying of NDC Codes, Pill Images, and Package Label Images on the search result page. The information will help users easily identify the drug label. The thumbnail images of drugs, magnification feature, accordions, etc. provides a more user friendly experience.
  • Improved user interface by displaying an accordion-style data presentation, so users don’t have to scroll through the entire label.

To visit the new DailyMed and read about these changes and more, visit the DailyMed website:

Winners of the Safety Apps Challenge

From the CPSC:

“The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced four developers are the winners of CPSC’s first-ever Safety Apps Challenge, in a press conference today.  Earlier this year, CPSC challenged developers to create apps to help consumers track recall announcements and safety incidents involving consumer products.”

Several of these apps are available for immediate download.

Healthy You: Free Tipsheets from the American Public Health Association

Published 10 times a year by The Nation’s Health (the American Public Health Association’s newsletter), Healthy You is a free tipsheet on pertinent health issues and concerns. Each issue focuses on a single topic, such as shingles, college health, stress, and more.

Healthy you is available for download in English and Spanish as a printable PDF.

To see the current issue of Healthy You and browse the archive: 

Project SHARE Curriculum

University of Maryland/Health Sciences and Human Services Library: New resource.Project SHARE Curriculum. This program aims to empower high school students as community health advocates and promote improved health in communities. The curriculum includes downloadable lesson plans, assignments, handouts and experiential learning activities.

New website: Faces and Facts of Disability

Social Security Administration: New website. Faces and Facts of Disability. This public awareness campaign seeks to dispel misconceptions about the Social Security disability program and demonstrate its critical importance through the personal stories of individuals who receive benefits.

RHIN becomes HealthReach

The Refugee Health Information Network (RHIN) was a national collaborative partnership whose principal focus was to create and make available a database of quality multilingual/multicultural, public health resources to professionals providing care to resettled refugees and asylees. In October, 2014, NLM (SIS) broadened the scope of RHIN by rebranding it HealthReach. This was done to better meet the needs of the diverse non-English and English as a second language speaking audiences. HealthReach continues to recognize the importance of providing refugee and asylee specific information while expanding the information provided to meet the needs of most immigrant populations. Over the next several months we will be adding new resources and reaching out to stakeholders. Please use the new Twitter hand @NLM_HealthReach and use the new URL . We will be transferring from the .org to .gov site in the next several months. You will notice there isn’t much change between the old RHIN and the new HealthReach – this was intentional to help with the continuity of service through the transition. We appreciate any feedback you have!

Visit the new site here: