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Medicare and Medicaid turn 50

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

“It’s hard to imagine a world without Medicare and Medicaid.” – Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell

Medicare/Medicaid today cover 1 in 3 Americans. July 30, 2015 marked 50 years of the programs. Learn more:

Medicare Medicaid 50 years

Tox Town Updates the City Neighborhood

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

The City neighborhood is the newest neighborhood in Tox Town to update its graphics. The City neighborhood, joined previously by the Town and Southwest scenes, is now in HTML 5 and has a new photorealistic look. All of the location and chemical information is the same, but the new graphics allow users to better identify with real-life city locations. Tox Town can be accessed on a variety of personal electronic devices, including iPad, iPad minis, and other tablets.

Regardless of where you live, you will definitely want to visit the updated City neighborhood and learn about possible environmental health risks in a typical city.

(Oooh–that Dentist sound effect though!)

ToxTown city

July’s SCR CONNECTions webinar: Responsive Design and MedlinePlus Updates

Monday, July 13th, 2015

MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine’s premiere consumer health website, recently underwent some exciting changes. Join us for our July SCR CONNECTions webinar with NN/LM SCR’s Consumer Health Coordinator, Adela Justice, and learn about these improvements that will benefit health consumers and the librarians who serve them.

Date: Weds., July 15, 2015
Time: 10:30am-11:30am CT

How: Go to (link is external), on the log in screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name. Once logged into the room the system will prompt guest to connect to the audio. If this system does not work for you, a call-in number will be provided in the room.

MedlinePlus logo

Improved Changes to MedlinePlus Health Topics Pages

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

The subcategories on MedlinePlus’s Health Topics pages will show improved changes beginning tomorrow, June 23, 2015. MedlinePlus staff found through usability testing that the large number of current subcategories on these pages can be overwhelming and that some of the distinctions between subcategories might not be clear to users.

Another update will be to add a new subcategory for “Girls” and “Boys” under the Children categories.

An example of the new streamlined version is the Asthma in Children page below (click for larger view):

M+ new subcategories

June issue of NIH News in Health

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Check out the June 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

HIV and AIDS: Know the Facts
Treatments Work, but Prevention Is Key

Today, people infected with HIV—the virus that causes AIDS—can live full, healthy lives, in large part because of medicines and other discoveries made with NIH support. Read more about HIV prevention and treatment.

Questions for your Dr

Talking With Your Doctor
Make the Most of Your Appointment

Clear and honest communication between you and your physician can help you both make smart choices about your health. Read more about talking with your doctor.


Health Capsules:

Mapping Language Problems in the Brain

Healthy and Fun Family Recipes

Featured Website: NIH’s National Cancer Institute

Click here to download a PDF version for printing.Visit our Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like us to cover, or let us know what you find helpful about the newsletter. We’d like to hear from you!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.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

1 in 5 American adults will have a diagnosable mental health condition in any given year (some statistics cite closer to 1 in 4 adults). May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so this is a great opportunity to open dialogue and share toolkits and other resources. There are several excellent websites devoted to the topic of Mental Health and related issues.

Also, May 4-10, 2015 is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week.

Mental health infographic

Tox Town Updates the Town Neighborhood

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
Tox Town is the National Library of Medicine’s interactive Web site about commonly encountered toxic substances, the environment, and health. Enhanced with lively graphics, sound effects, and animation, Tox Town brings to life the everyday locations where you might encounter potentially toxic chemicals.

The Town neighborhood now has a new photorealistic look. All of the location and chemical information is the same, but the new graphics allow users to better identify with real-life locations. The Town scene is now in HTML5 so it can be accessed on a variety of personal electronic devices, including computers, iPads, iPad minis, and tablets.

Take a trip to this fun website if you haven’t been in awhile!

tox town town new

Get Ready for a New MedlinePlus! – April 28

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

MedlinePlus, the premiere consumer health website from the National Library of Medicine, will be debuting a new look and interface starting April 28.

Based on a website design concept called “Responsive Design“, this new look will be fully compatible with using the website on a desktop/laptop, tablet, and/or cellphone.

The new MedlinePlus desktop/laptop view will have a 3-column look; tablet view will have a 2-column look; and cellphone view will consist of 1 column.

The great features and sections of MedlinePlus will remain, making it possible for health consumers to access and utilize its quality, reliable and up-to-date information anytime, anywhere, on any device.

The image below is a preview of the upcoming new MedlinePlus homepage with each of its various displays.

new medlineplus 2015

April 2015 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available

Friday, April 10th, 2015

NIH NewsinHealth picThe April issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research, is now available.


Sharing Reliable Health Information

You hear and read health advice all the time—from friends, online sources, radio, TV, and more. How do you know what health information you can trust?

Readers’ Favorite Online Health Stories
Rashes, Sore Throats, Kidneys, and More

NIH News in Health aims to bring you a wide range of health-related stories. Here are 5 reader favorites.


Health Capsules:

Cleaner Air Tied to Healthier Lungs in Kids

What Do You Know About Sarcoidosis?

Featured Website: National DNA Day

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

In 1982, legislation was signed in the U.S. designating a National Child Abuse Prevention Week. In 1983 we graduated to an entire month of awareness, to be recognized each April. The purpose of National Child Abuse Prevention Month is for families and communities to come together and work to prevent child abuse and neglect.

The state of Texas has the organization Prevent Child Abuse Texas and you can find your local state chapter from the Prevent Child Abuse America homepage.

As always, our own MedlinePlus is an excellent resource for this topic as well.