Widgets are small applications that allow access to content from other websites directly on your own website. Many government organizations offer free health-related widgets, including the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other divisions under the US Health And Human Services Department (HHS). Add these widgets to your organization’s website to provide users with quick access to reliable health information and local health resources:
- MedlinePlus Widgets: Place the MedlinePlus search box on your website and open results in the same window or a new window.
- TOXMAP Widget: This widget created by NLM allows users to launch a TOXMAP search from a blog, wiki, or Web page.
- CDC Widgets: Find a variety of widgets related to diseases and conditions, healthy living, injury/violence prevention and safety, interactive infographics, tobacco and smoking, and more.
- Health Widgets from HealthFinder.gov: Find widgets that provide consumers with personalized recommendations for clinical preventive services based on the age, sex, and pregnancy status they enter, for themselves or a loved one, in both Spanish and English. Also find widgets with infection prevention tips and exercise recommendations.
- Locator Widgets from SAMHSA: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) helps users find substance abuse or mental health facilities in a specific location.
If you need educational videos to teach students about environmental health topics, or maybe an overview of how family caregivers can use MedlinePlus, you can find these videos and more through the Outreach and Services playlist on the NLM YouTube channel. Check out the following examples:
- K-12 Students and Educators: Watch short educational animations about environmental health topics, like What in the World is Arsenic? Arsenic in our Food or Something in the Air: Particulate Matter and Your Health. Also available is a video teaching students how to navigate genetics education resources from NLM.
- Family Caregivers:: Share this tutorial video series to teach family caregivers how to find reliable health information on MedlinePlus.
- Native American Communities: Listen to true stories about health experiences from individuals in Native American communities, such as The Wolf, a video story about a Native American man’s battle with and coming to terms with his prostate cancer, or Ogeebiccoon Roots, a reflection about the roots of plants and how they relate to the roots of community.
- HIV/AIDS Organizations: Watch a demo reel of NLM efforts to support HIV/AIDS information outreach. Modern technological advances proposed by 8 awardees from the 2016 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Program (ACIOP) are showcased in this video.
The holiday season can be a time of joy, but it can also be a time of major stress. Financial worries, family expectations, and other causes of stress may lead to both mental and physical symptoms; such as depression, irritability, and digestive problems. Find ways to help relieve stress during the holidays with National Library of Medicine resources, including resources for the public on MedlinePlus and resources in multiple languages on HealthReach:
- For the Public: The MedlinePlus Health Topic on Stress includes resources on stress symptoms, treatment options, tips for living with stress, and information targeting children, teens, and women experiencing stress. Also check the Medical Encyclopedia on MedlinePlus to find an article about learning to manage stress.
- Multiple Languages: Find multilingual patient information about stress on HealthReach, such as Coping with Stress (14 languages), Health and Well-Being 1 – Stress (15 languages), Anxiety (An Introduction) (4 languages), and What Is Mental Distress (16 languages).
The NLM Outreach and Special Populations Branch (OSPB) will be retiring the following pages and social media accounts in January 2018:
- Twitter Account @NLM_OSP: This account will be retired on January 1, 2018. For health information resources for specific populations, follow @NLM_SIS.
- NLM 4 Caregivers: The NLM 4 Caregivers project page and all related social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest) will be retired on January 31, 2018. Visit the Caregivers Health Topics page on MedlinePlus for reliable health information resources for family caregivers.
Join the NLM and NNLM Training Office for two upcoming training events in January, introducing you to 2018 MeSH and how to adjust to MeSH changes in PubMed searches and alerts.
NLM Webinar: 2018 MeSH Highlights
Date and time: Friday, January 5, 2018, 10:00 am PST
Join NLM staff for a highlights tour of the 2018 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). A 20-minute presentation will feature will be followed by questions and answers.
NNLM Class: MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching
Date and time: Friday, January 19, 2019, 10:00 am PST
Every year, the Medical Subject Headings are updated. Find out how this affects your PubMed searches.
Recordings of both sessions will be posted after the events.
December 3-9 is National Influenza Vaccination Week, and the National Library of Medicine offers resources to learn about the flu vaccine on MedlinePlus and through resources available in multiple languages on HealthReach. Materials about flu vaccines on HealthReach include illustrated handouts to educate people about the seasonal flu, a poster in multiple languages on how to fight the flu, and vaccine information statements about the flu vaccine:
- Influenza (10 languages) – This six-page illustrated handout educates people about influenza, also called the flu or seasonal flu, which is an infection that starts in the nose, throat, and lungs, and is caused by a number of viruses. It explains how the flu virus is spread, and describes its signs and symptoms.
- Fight the Flu Poster (19 languages) – This poster uses illustrations to educate people about four steps they can take to stop the spread of flu. It shows covering a cough, hand washing, staying at home when sick, and getting vaccinated.
- Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) — Influenza (Flu) Vaccine (Inactivated or Recombinant): What You Need to Know (38 languages) – This two-page Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) educates people about the inactivated or recombinant influenza (flu) vaccine, which is injected.
- Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) — Influenza (Flu) Vaccine (Live, Intranasal): What You Need to Know (23 languages) – This two-page Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) educates people about the live attenuated influenza (flu) vaccine (LAIV), which is sprayed into the nose and may be given to healthy, non-pregnant people ages 2 through 49.
The National Library of Medicine Value Set Authority Center (VSAC) has announced a new user interface that displays program releases of value sets on the VSAC homepage. Additionally, the page has a sleek new look and intuitive filters for program-related value sets. All functionality and underlying data remain the same. The new user interface displays current program releases, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) Value Sets and Health Level Seven International Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (HL7 C-CDA) Value Sets, and introduces the newest program release of value sets, CMS Hybrid Value Sets. Core Clinical Data Elements and Hybrid Measures use a set of core clinical data elements, clinical variables from electronic health records (EHRs), that are routinely collected and can be extracted for use in risk-adjusted hospital-level hybrid outcome measures.
Learn more about creating a program release of your value sets in VSAC, display your published value sets in a program release on the front page of VSAC, and enable easy search and download for your value set consumers! Send any questions and feedback to NLM Customer Support.
NIH Request for Information (RFI) on the Tribal Health Research Office (THRO) Strategic Plan (FY 2018-2022)
A Request for Information (RFI) has been issued to invite comments and suggestions on the first National Institutes of Health (NIH) Tribal Health Research Office (THRO) Strategic Plan, to solicit input from stakeholders, including members of the scientific, tribal, advocacy, and patient communities; basic, clinical, and translational scientists; as well as other interested members of the public. Feedback is requested on five strategic priorities under consideration for the first THRO Strategic Plan. These themes are intended to stimulate new research areas, priorities, and approaches to help put science to work to improve the health of tribal communities.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) seeks to improve, promote and strengthen communication between NIH and American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities, as well as communication among its Institutes, Centers and Offices (ICOs), on Indigenous health research and discoveries. The development of culturally-driven practice and research is vital to improve AI/AN health, build trust in the relationships between NIH and AI/AN communities, and facilitate further integration and collaboration among the AI/AN communities and the NIH ICOs as they develop research that will be accepted by and useful to AI/AN communities.
Responses should be submitted by January 8, 2018. Responses will be acknowledged with receipt of an electronic confirmation. All submissions will be considered but will not be confidential. Responses to this RFI are voluntary. Do not include any proprietary, classified, confidential, trade secret, or sensitive information in your response. The responses will be reviewed by NIH staff, and individual feedback will not be provided to any responder. Inquiries should be directed to the Tribal Health Research Office.
NLM’s MedlinePlus team has announced the release of an enhancement that allows users to choose what they want to print from a health topic web page: just the summary text, or the full page including the summary and all links. Users need to click the grey printer button on the page to choose an option:
A dialog will open allowing the choice of “Topic Summary only” or “Full topic including all links.” This feature is available on both English and Spanish health topics.
NOTE: The browser File menu > Print option will print the full page without giving the user these options. This feature is only available via the grey Print button on the MedlinePlus web page.