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MedlinePlus Connect: Linking Patient Portals and Electronic Health Records (EHRs) to Consumer Health Information

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

MedlinePlus Connect is a free service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) , and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  (HHS) that links patient portals, patient health record (PHR) systems, and electronic health record (EHR) systems with IT and health providers which provide relevant, authoritative patient health information from  at the point of need.

MedlinePlus Connect Quick Facts

Resources and News

More Information

Find out more details about how MedlinePlus Connect works, what codes it accepts, and what it looks like within an electronic health record or patient health portal.

Thanksgiving Day = Family Health History Day

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

When the family is gathered around the table for Thanksgiving Dinner, before the tryptofan coma kicks in, this is an excellent time also to celebrate Family Health History Day.

Becauturkey dinnerse so many diseases are inherited and have a genetic component (such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease) it is important to know your family’s health history. Armed with this information, you can then be an active participant in your own health care by following preventive practices, getting needed screenings, and assisting your health care team as needed.

A quick tip sheet on getting started is available from the Dept. of Health and Human Services. Once you have begun the background research, the U.S. Surgeon General has a free online tool you can use.

Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

Free Web Content on Your Website From NIHSeniorHealth

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Web content syndication is the process by which websites can receive automatic updated content to their site. This is an arrangement that obviously can be mutually beneficial to both parties. Oftentimes this is a service for cost, but now with NIHSeniorHealth, you can get quality information on health and aging delivered to your website for free!

An older man and an older woman are smiling and looking at a tablet. A younger adult man is smiling and looking at the tablet with them. NIHSeniorHealth is the National Library of Medicine‘s (NLM) web site for older adults, generally age 60+. It was developed by the National Institute on Aging and the NLM, both part of the National Institutes of Health.

It has senior-friendly features and health topics include general background information, open-captioned videos, quizzes and frequently asked questions. New topics are regularly added to the site.

Their Free Web Content from NIHSeniorHealth page provides instructions for three simple steps to setting up an account and syndicating their reliable, easy to understand health information for senior citizens to your website. Contact NIHSeniorHealth staff for any further assistance.

Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA): Nov. 1

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

If you have no health insurance through an employer, your chance to shop for  2016 healthcare coverage began Nov. 1, 2015. We are now in the open enrollment period for your coverage to start as early as Jan. 1, 2016.

Some resources for you to explore that may assist you in this process, or that you can use to assist your clients, are:

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SCR Exhibiting at NCCHC in Dallas October 18-20, 2015

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

NN/LM SCR Community Health Coordinator Marcus Spann and Associate Director Jon Goodell are promoting National Library of Medicine resources at the National Conference on Correctional Health Care this week in Dallas, TX. NCCHC provides educational and professional development opportunities for nurses, physicians, and other correctional health care professionals at the national level. Approximately 1,500 attended the conference this year.

Some of the National Library of Medicine resources that attendees have found most helpful include PubMed, MedlinePlus, and Household Products Database. MedlinePlus’s health information in multiple languages feature is particularly popular. Attendees have also shown interest in MedlinePlus Connect, the National Library of Medicine’s service that integrates MedlinePlus content with patient portals and electronic health records (EHRs).

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Marcus and Jon

October NIH News in Health

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Check out the October issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research.

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Biology of Addiction
Drugs and Alcohol Can Hijack Your Brain
People with addiction crave and seek out drugs or alcohol no matter what the cost. What is it about addiction that makes people lose control? And why is it so hard to quit? Read more about the biology of addiction.

Keep Your Mouth Healthy
Oral Care for Older Adults
Tooth decay and gum disease don’t have to be a part of getting older. Take steps to keep your mouth healthy throughout your lifetime. Read more about oral care for older adults.

Health Capsules:

Predicting Suicide Risk

Helping Older Loved Ones from Afar

Featured Website: Did You Know? Cancer Videos

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AIDSource: a Redesigned, Mobile-Optimized HIV/AIDS Information Website from the National Library of Medicine

Monday, September 28th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine’s web portal for HIV/AIDS information has been redesigned and given a new name. The new website, AIDSource, offers access to a comprehensive collection of HIV/AIDS-related information resources that are reviewed and selected by expert information specialists and librarians.

Visitors to AIDSource will now be able to view the website content on their mobile device. The website is now automatically optimized for display across all device types, including desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones. In addition to responsive design, the new AIDSource design also includes the following new features:

  • Addition of a slider feature that highlights resources of interest
  • Addition of images for topics
  • Improvements in website navigation, including a menu on all pages of the website that provides access to all topic areas

The mission of AIDSource is to serve as a reliable source for access to HIV/AIDS-related information from federal and non-federal sources. Resources included on the AIDSource website are organized by both topic of interest and audience, and information is available in English and Spanish.

NLM welcomes your feedback on the AIDSource website. Please send your comments to:




Online Course: “Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts? Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine.” Registration now open!

Monday, September 21st, 2015

COURSE: Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts? Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine

This 8 credit hour CE course will introduce basic concepts in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), issues about research into CAM therapies, evaluating CAM information, recommended websites, and researching evidence about CAM therapies.


Dana Abbey, MLS, NN/LM MCR and Adela Justice, MSLS, NN/LM SCR


This course is self-paced; there are no set class hours for you to attend. The course is divided into 6 weekly units, beginning October 26, 2015 and ending December 4, 2015. Time commitment: plan on an average of 30 to 90 minutes per week.


This course has been certified for 8 contact hours of Medical Library Association (MLA) CE credit. If you are taking this course for MLA CE, there are specific requirements to satisfy the 8-hour instruction requirement. This course is also approved for Level I or Level II CHIS – the Consumer Health Information Specialization from MLA. Learn more about the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) program.

REGISTRATION: Space is limited, so register soon.

COST: No charge.

QUESTIONS: Contact Dana  or Adela.

September is National Preparedness Month

Friday, August 28th, 2015

The 2015 theme of National Preparedness Month is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” Here are some recommended resources:

2015 national preparedness month

August issue of NIH News in Health

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Check out the August issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. To search for more trusted health information from NIH, bookmark

Positive Emotions and Your Health
Developing a Brighter Outlook
A growing body of research suggests that having a positive mental outlook might benefit your physical health. Read more about positive emotions and your health.

All About ALS
Understanding a Devastating Disorder
ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a deadly condition that attacks the nerve cells responsible for controlling muscles, such those as in the arms, legs, and face. Scientists are working to gain new insights into ALS. Read more about ALS.

Health Capsules:

Increases in Problem Drinking

Join the Fight Against Superbugs

Featured Website: Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center

Click here to download a PDF version for printing.

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Please pass the word on to your colleagues about NIH News in Health. We are happy to send a limited number of print copies free of charge for display in offices, libraries or clinics. Just email us or call 301-402-7337 for more information.

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