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January NNLM Reading Club Selections Focuses on Resilience

Fri, 2021-01-08 14:51

A Resilient New Year!

The New Year is a celebration of new beginnings.  This may be especially true as we welcome 2021, which we hope will be a resilient New Year. Resilience sustains us through adversity by cultivating practices that help us cope … and 2020 was nothing if not full of adversity.

How can we practice resilience in the New Year? Psychologists define resilience as “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress—such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors.”1 This doesn’t mean we deny reality but instead we develop the strong coping skills needed to deal with harsh realities. Fortunately, resilience is something we can cultivate and grow. These featured books offer helpful tips for your resiliency garden.

In Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness, New York Times bestselling author Dr. Rick Hanson provides a roadmap to develop resilience. In a society that is so often toxic and unwelcoming, Dr. Anneliese A. Singh, Tulane University’s first Associate Provost for Diversity and Faculty Development and a prolific author, offers skills to gain resilience in The Queer and Transgender Resilience Workbook. Noted Black mental health expert, Dr. Rheeda Walker, illuminates how to attain what she describes as “psychological fortitude” in The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health: Navigate an Unequal System, Learn Tools for Emotional Wellness, and Get the Help you Deserve.

Each of us can benefit from cultivating resilience, so let’s make 2021 a resilient New Year! To learn more about these books and their authors – and to find related helpful information from the National Library of Medicine and other authoritative sources – visit NNLM Reading Club’s Mental Health Resilience page.

1American Psychological Association. (2020, February 1). Building your resilience. http://www.apa.org/topics/resilience

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Evaluation Pathways: A Webinar Series

Tue, 2021-01-05 16:16

The pathways were developed to help NNLM members who are implementing projects with underserved communities, design and carry out effective evaluations that will help showcase all that you have achieved, while identifying ways that programming can improve. This series was developed to provide actionable resources to help you effectively design and implement an evaluation. This series does not provide MLA CE credits. Register for each individual session: 

  • K-12 Health: January 8 at 12:00 MT/ 1:00 CT Register
  • LGBTQIA+ Health: January 15 at 12:00 MT/ 1:00 CT Register
  • Race & Ethnicity: January 22 at 12:00 MT/ 1:00 CT Register
  • Rural Health: January 29 at 12:00 MT/ 1:00 CT Register

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NNLM Reading Club Presents…an afternoon with Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, M.D.

Tue, 2021-01-05 16:14

He’ll join our host, Edgar Gil Rico, National Alliance for Hispanic Health, to discuss his book, Becoming Dr. Q: My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon. Dr. Q, as he is known, shares his journey from a child in a Mexican village to migrant farmworker in California to world-renown brain surgeon and researcher. Dr. Q will also answer audience questions. January 14 at 1:00 MT/2:00 CT

Learn more about how to attend

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January NIH News in Health newsletter now online

Tue, 2021-01-05 16:04
NIH News in Health banner Check out the January 2021 issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. Download a PDF version for printing.

Two people on a bed Feeling Stressed?

Ways to Improve Your Well-Being

These are stressful times. Learn ways to help you feel calmer and more relaxed.

Online extra: Dr. Richard Davidson on Reducing Stress



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Preventing Infections and Improving Survival

Many infections can cause this dangerous condition. It’s important to know the symptoms and act fast.


Health Capsules

You can always find the latest issue on our home page: https://newsinhealth.nih.gov.


Visit our Facebook page. We’d like to hear from you! To search for more trusted health information from NIH, bookmark https://www.nih.gov/health-information. For wellness toolkits, visit www.nih.gov/wellnesstoolkits.

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 301-451-8224 for more information. If you’re an editor who wishes to reprint our stories, please see https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/about-us.


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National Library of Medicine – webinar on the Associate Fellowship Program

Mon, 2021-01-04 16:56

The National Library of Medicine is recruiting early career librarians to join its Associate Fellowship Program. Attend the webinar on Thursday, January 7, 2021, 1pm – 2pm EST to learn about the program from current Associate Fellows Brianna Chatmon, Allison Cruise, Levi Dolan, and Amanda Sawyer.

Applications for next year’s cohort are due January 28, 2021, 11:59pm EST.

National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship Program Overview
Thursday, January 7, 2021 11:00 MT/ 12:00 CT

Event number (access code): 126 519 8347
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For further questions/inquiries, please contact:Join the audio conference only:
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Kathel Dunn, PhD
Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator
National Library of Medicine

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Advancing Science Through Citizen Science Games

Mon, 2021-01-04 03:42

Citizen Science is people from all walks of life getting together with scientists to advance scientific research.  There are many ways to get involved but one of the most popular ways is by playing citizen science games!

Through technology and gaming, citizen scientists can help collect and analyze data, be part of solving complex problems, and help make scientific breakthroughs. And best of all participants have fun, make an impact in scientific research, learn about science and the research process, and develop new skills!

No matter what your passion, the environment, health and wellness, or space and the cosmos, there is a citizen science project game for you.  Citizen Science Games is a website dedicated to sharing the latest news, game lists, articles, publications and interviews about the latest citizen science projects.  The Games List provide interested citizen scientists with all types of gaming opportunities.  The list includes the title, goal of the game, type of player, field of science, platform needed to play, launch date, and current status.  There is also a dropdown menu for games to be played on a computer, mobile device, outdoors and games in the development stage.

Here are a few of the fun and engaging games a citizen scientist can play found on the Citizen Science Games List:

Cancer CrusadeDesign treatments and help cancer research

MalariaSpotMalariaSpot is a game developed by researchers who have gamified the process of diagnosing malaria.

Colony B – contribute to research on the human microbiome

EyeWire – map 3D structure of neurons to help map the brain

Sea Hero Quest – Mobile game dedicated to helping global research into dementia

Need more ideas for projects?  NNLM and SciStarter are partners for change.  Go to https://scistarter.org/nlm for more ideas.  Mark your calendar for April 2021.  Plans are being made for Global Citizen Science Month!  Check the Scistarter website for more information.  Follow #CitSciMonth, @SciStarter and @NLM_NIH on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for upcoming events.

Margie Sheppard – Technology Coordinator/Kansas

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Crowdsourcing and Collaboration from Coast to Coast: NNLM’s #CiteNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-Thons

Wed, 2020-12-23 16:41

Kelsey Cowles, MAR, Margie Sheppard, MCR, Liz Waltman, SEA and Tess Wilson, MAR had the article “Crowdsourcing and Collaboration from Coast to Coast: NNLM’s #CiteNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-Thons” published in the December 2020 edition of the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship.


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Holiday Closure

Wed, 2020-12-23 16:40

The NNLM MCR offices will be closed from December 24 – January 3. We will return on January 4.

We wish you all Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

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Living on the Data Fringe: Big Data, Small Data, Thick Data, Oh My …

Mon, 2020-12-14 10:32

As I have been watching the COVID-19 daily numbers of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths unfold, I have also been noticing the increase in the number of COVID ‘stories’ being shared across many news and media outlets. Even the hospitals are using a more qualitative approach to COVID-19 by having nurses and doctors tell their COVID-19 experience stories about the challenges of caring for patients, and their concerns about infecting their families, as they plead for people to wear masks. Although quantitative data (numbers and statistics) and qualitative data (words, stories and images) are very different, used together they each contribute to drawing a more holistic picture of our current and dire situation. One data approach is not better than another; in reality they support and enhance each other.

Big data are numerical or quantitative data (Example John Hopkins University COVID website). Big data analysis involves very large datasets, either structured or unstructured, that are analyzed by specialized software and requires advanced data skill to clean, manipulate, and synthesize the data. The NNLM Data Thesaurus is a great resource to learn more about big data. Big data can also be large textual datasets analyzed using computational processes like text mining, natural language processing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence methods (Ex. Medical record data). On the other hand, smaller and more manageable datasets of numerical data are called small data. It is data that you can manually analyzed in Excel, for example. An example of a small data website would be the CDC Places: Local Data for Better Health. Built on a larger national dataset, data are organized so you can easily visualize data on health outcomes, prevention, and unhealthy behaviors and then download small subsets of data for further analysis. Another example of small data is using library data such as gate counts, collection usage data, or instructional statistics to take action or make decisions about library work.

Textual or qualitative data that is analyzed in a more manual process is called thick data. Examples of qualitative data are  interviews or focus group transcripts, observation or field notes, and open-ended survey questions. Social media text can also be analyzed using qualitative methods such as thematic or sentiment analysis. For example related to Covid-19, a database of oral histories from the Voces of a Pandemic Collection at the University of Texas Austin, presents Latinx Covid-19 experiences and transcripts of these COVID stories could be analyzed for patterns and themes using qualitative thematic analysis.

Qualitative data analysis can provide a rich description of the quantitative data findings if the two types of data are used together. Quantitative data can be used to explore what is happening, and qualitative data  can be used to get at the why and how of what is happening. This mixed method research design (using both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods together) is becoming a more common method of data analysis for improving business organizations, exploring health science or medical topics, doing assessment and evaluation, designing products, and studying innovation practices. Tricia Wang, a technology ethnographer, makes a case for why big data needs thick data. Want to read more about how ethnography? The Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) has created an informative guide on ethnography and how it is being used in medical education.

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NIH News in Health – December

Tue, 2020-12-08 17:40

Check out the December 2020 issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. Download a PDF version for printing.

Image of an eyeHarmful Partnerships

When Someone You Love is Abusive

Do you know the signs of an unhealthy relationship? Abuse isn’t always easy to recognize when it’s your own relationship.

Eyelid Trouble?

Managing Blepharitis

Are your eyelids red, swollen, or itchy? This condition may be the cause.

Health Capsules

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Denver Artists Wanted

Fri, 2020-12-04 17:28

The All of Us Research Program is looking for Denver-area artists to transform utility boxes into themed works of art.

The public art project aims to drive awareness for the program. Designs should reflect the project theme –  “A Healthy Future for All of Us” – and the diversity of the Denver community.

Final designs will also include a QR code and connected augmented reality experience. Each of the selected artists/artist teams will be awarded a $1,000 honorarium for their design and the unlimited, licensed use of that design for program purposes.

Deadline for submissions is Dec. 18. Click this link to read the art call and submission guidelines. 

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Celebrate Citizen Science All Year-round

Tue, 2020-12-01 20:18

Margie Sheppard – Technology Coordinator

Citizen Science joins the general public with the scientific community in creating a collaborative relationship to increase scientific knowledge.  All kinds of people can take part in citizen science projects by collecting and sharing data.  The possibilities are endless, and the contributions are immense!

NLM and NIH have made Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science (CCS) a priority area for NNLM.  Using citizen science and crowdsourcing as a vehicle, NNLM can involve communities in societal needs and accelerating biomedical science, technology, and innovation.  In 2019, NNLM and SciStarter joined forces to promote Citizen Science in libraries with a goal of increasing awareness of citizen science in communities across the U.S. and to help people understand how the environment affects their health.

In 2020, the daylong event was expanded to a monthlong celebration!  Citizen Science Month is celebrated annually in April to bring attention to the exciting and fascinating work members of the public are doing to advance scientific research.  Projects range from simple to complex, big or small, done inside or out, engage technology or not! COVID-19 has altered some of the ways people take part in some projects, but many activities can be done from the comfort of home.  The good news is you don’t need to wait for April to get started.  Take time to explore the possibilities as we settle into the winter months.

Need some inspiration and ideas?  Check out these places:

Start with the SciStarter/NLM partner gateway.  You can find a variety of projects that help scientist answer questions about human and environmental health. SciStarter/NLM.

Contribute to science by connecting to iNaturalist.  Record your observations, share with fellow naturalists and discuss what you found.  Every observation can contribute to biodiversity science! iNaturalist

Browse and join hundreds of projects on any topic at Zooniverse.org/projects.

Join the Christmas Bird Count! For information on how to take part go to Audubon’s 121st Christmas Bird Count.

Take advantage of the winter months participate in citizen science.  This is an opportunity to participate in science and advance actual research.  Go to the NNLM Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science website to learn more!

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Webinar: NNLM Resource Picks: Public Programming and NLM Traveling Exhibitions

Mon, 2020-11-30 19:59

NLM Traveling Exhibitions are a unique way to connect your patrons to valuable NLM health information resources through related public programming. To support you and your communities when your libraries borrow NLM exhibitions, the Exhibition Program is developing sample programming ideas related to individual exhibition topics. These ideas will help jump start your creative planning. Julie Botnick will discuss how those ideas can be adapted to your situations and ways to develop your own unique programming.

These programming ideas are at the heart of the new application process for NLM Traveling Exhibitions. Jill Newmark will guide participants through the logistics of preparing strong applications.

Wednesday, Dec. 2nd 1 MT/2 CT


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Provide Health Information Like an Expert

Fri, 2020-11-20 19:10

The MLA Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) offers training to librarians in providing health information services to consumers and recognizes them for the accomplishment of acquiring new health information skills.

By earning a CHIS, you develop the skills and knowledge needed to become a confident, expert provider of health information to your community. Your CHIS shows employers, colleagues, and the public you serve that you are committed to offering quality health information services. It also shows that you are staying current with developments in consumer health information resources, technologies and services.

In addition to earning your CHIS, NNLM will cover the CHIS application fee (a $75 value) for level 1 or level 2 and renewals.

To learn more about how you can obtain your CHIS certification, visit mla.org or go to nnlm.gov to see the free courses taught by NNLM to work toward your CHIS.

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Teaming up to Strengthen Library-Community Connections

Thu, 2020-11-19 13:22

Two libraries in the Salt Lake City area hired library staff with special connections to diverse communities as part of a project funded this year by the NNLM MidContinental Region.

These “community wellness liaisons,” aided members of their communities in accessing library services and programs, with a special emphasis on health-related information. They were hired to work for nearly a year at the main branch of the Salt Lake City Public Library and at the West Valley branch of the Salt Lake County Library.

Five individuals were selected with the input of the Community Faces of Utah (CFU) collaborative. CFU members include Calvary Baptist Church representing African Americans in Salt Lake City, the National Tongan American Society representing Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians, the Hispanic Health Care Task Force representing Spanish-speaking populations, the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake representing indigenous Americans, and Best of Africa representing African refugees and immigrants. CFU also includes the Community Collaboration and Engagement Team at the University of Utah’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCET) which coordinated the project, and the Utah Department of Health.

Each liaison was a member one of the CFU communities. They worked for 20 hours a week for one of the two libraries, splitting their time between the library and community outreach. One liaison also spent part of their time at the Glendale branch of the City Library. In addition to working with library staff, the liaisons coordinated closely with leaders from their respective CFU organizations.

All liaisons received training in health-information skills from NNLM and completed level 1 of the Consumer Health Information Specialist training.

The liaisons worked with their libraries to conduct public programs and participated in virtual community outreach activities after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of the libraries. Examples of programs and activities included a Kwanzaa celebration, discussions on trauma and mental wellness, in-library displays on health, and library resource lists on health topics of highest interest to each community.

 They and the CFU community leaders also conducted trainings for staff on such topics as diversity, inclusion and allyship. This helped to create a two-way conversation between communities and library.

The project initially arose from a discussion at a CFU meeting in which the community leaders discussed their perceptions that individuals from diverse communities did not feel welcome in local libraries, in part because of the lack of diversity among library staff. As a result, many individuals from diverse communities around the Salt Lake Valley did not use their local libraries and were unaware of library services and programs that could meet their needs.

Based on this discussion, CFU designed a research study that included community engagement sessions, similar to focus groups, which were conducted with each of the CFU communities. Each CFU community leader co-facilitated the session in their community along with a CCET staff member.

The participants in the engagement sessions suggested ideas for addressing the problem, such as having library staff from similar backgrounds as community members and making health information more accessible by bringing library resources and programs directly into the communities. The discussions involving community group members, library leaders and the researchers led to the pilot project that hired the CWLs.

Project organizers shared the results from the engagement sessions with a sixth group consisting of city and county librarians and library administrators. In a culminating workshop, CFU community leaders and representatives from the two library systems reviewed the research findings and developed a plan for the pilot project.

Funding for the project came from the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network, which helps public libraries in supporting the health information needs of their users by providing training to library staff, funding and other resources to support health programming and activities, and connections to medical libraries and other NNLM members in their area.

The CEN is part of the All of Us Research Program, which has a mission to accelerate health research and medical breakthroughs, enabling individualized prevention, treatment and care for all of us. The program aims to build one of the largest, most diverse datasets of its kind for health research, with one million or more volunteers nationwide who sill sign up to share their information over time.

The project wraps up in November. You can read more details about the three-part project in the reports for the project’s first stage and second stage.

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Living on the Data Fringe: Vaccines on the Mind

Wed, 2020-11-18 10:32


light at the end of the tunnel photoThe GOOD news on the vaccine front over the past few weeks related to the progress of the pharmaceutical companies may be an indicator that we are seeing the light at the end of this dark COVID-19 tunnel. Although no vaccine is 100% effective (WHO, 2020), numbers like 90 – 95% efficacy should bring us hope that the rising hospitalization numbers and death tolls will eventually decrease. However, we still need to be diligent in wearing masks and social distancing now more than ever because it will take time to implement a plan to vaccinate over 300 million people.

This good vaccine news made me think about some visualizations I saw in the past that were created to show just how effective vaccines can be. Before COVID, the Wall Street Journal in 2015 published a series of visualizations that depict the impact of several vaccines. This type of visualization is called a heat map and shows, through a range of color squares, how cases of disease have decreased across time and especially after the point where vaccines have been introduced. I hope to see the COVID-19 visualization get added to this list soon so that we can watch our states slowly move from red to blue. Not only is a heat map a compelling image that tells a story, it is also interactive and you can mouse over the color squares to see the data behind the square and explore the numbers in your own state.

Does this peak your interest to see more interesting visualizations? Here is a galley of visualizations created in Tableau Public, a free visualization software. In addition, The New York Times has a great website called “What’s Going On in This Graph?” that is being used to teach students about statistics.

Want to learn more about creating visualizations? NNLM has some great additional resources you can explore. This recorded webinar, Data Visualization: Theory to Practice provides an overview of data visualization and an introduction to some tools to create visualizations. This webinar recording, What’s in a Data Story? Understanding the Basics of Data Storytelling focuses on how storytelling and data visualizations are connected.

Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words!!

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December MCR Webinar – The evolution of public health: Tackling tough questions and messy stuff

Tue, 2020-11-10 19:07

As public health has taken the world stage during a global pandemic, the future of public health is both clear and unclear. How does COVID-19 relate to factors that impact health and future health? How do we apply lessons learned? What are the key roles of nature and mental health, in this pandemic and beyond? How can we cross sectors for change? This session will explore these questions and more. We will tackle the hard questions and messy stuff of public health.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020
2:00 MT/3:00 CT

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NIH calls on clinical researchers to swiftly share COVID-19 results

Tue, 2020-11-10 19:05

NIH is taking an all-hands-on-deck approach to speeding life-saving research for vaccines, treatments, and diagnostic tests to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the establishment of major public-private initiatives such as the Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines (ACTIV) and the Rapid Acceleration of Diagostics (RADx) initiatives, NIH and its partners have launched dozens of COVID-19 vaccine and treatment clinical trials and funded dozens of new and innovative testing technologies at an unprecedented rate.

To maintain this record pace, it will be crucial for clinical researchers involved in COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 clinical trials to share their results as swiftly as possible. Toward this end, I strongly encourage the clinical research community to register their clinical trials and submit summary results information for COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 trials as quickly as possible and ahead of regulatory and policy deadline requirements to ClinicalTrials.gov, the publicly accessible database operated by NIH’s National Library of Medicine.

To ensure such information is accessible as quickly as possible, NIH is prioritizing the processing of COVID-19 submissions to ClinicalTrials.gov to make the information rapidly available in a matter of days, not weeks. We are also providing one-on-one support to researchers during the process of submitting results information to ClinicalTrials.gov to address questions and optimize reporting.

NIH has taken several additional actions to speed access and discoverability for researchers, clinicians, and the public of critical information from COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 research, including:

  1. Supporting the infrastructure for timely dissemination of COVID-19 clinical trial data.
  2. Making it easier to find information about COVID-19-related studies on ClinicalTrials.gov, including information about studies listed on the World Health Organization’s International Clinical Trial Registry Platform. These efforts have made information about more than 6,400 COVID-19 related clinical studies readily available to those who need it.
  3. Launching a preprint pilot, which has made more than 1,000 preprints with early reporting on NIH-funded research related to COVID-19 discoverable through PubMed. More than 80 percent of these preprints have yet to be published, highlighting the importance of this pilot effort in accelerating early access to research results ahead of peer-reviewed publication.

The scientific community bears collective responsibility for expediting the dissemination of knowledge from NIH-funded research. Doing so will bring COVID-19 treatments and vaccines to the American public and the world as quickly as possible.

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, National Institutes of Health

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NIH News in Health – November

Thu, 2020-11-05 10:40

Check out the November 2020 issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. Download a PDF version for printing.

Image of woman with trouble breathingBreathe Better With COPD

Living With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Many things can improve your quality of life with COPD. Find tips for managing your symptoms.

When Unwanted Thoughts Intrude

Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Do you spend too much time thinking about things you don’t want to?

Health Capsules

  1. Is Your Blood Pressure Too High?
  2. Long-Distance Caregiving
  3. COVID-19 and Addiction

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