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Changes to Google Symptom Search

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Google is rolling out a new symptom search, which is purportedly will produce search results that include an overview description along with information on self-treatment options and what might warrant a doctor’s visit. By doing this, their goal is to help you to navigate and explore health conditions related to your symptoms, and quickly get to the point where you can do more in-depth research on the web or talk to a health professional. Google worked with a team of medical doctors to carefully review the individual symptom information, and experts at Harvard Medical School and Mayo Clinic evaluated related conditions for a representative sample of searches to help improve the lists we show. Read more about it on the official Google blog:

Preparing for heat and extreme heat

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

As the temperatures rise, many health organizations are reminding people to take precautions from the heat and sun.

In “Using Data to Prepare for the Next Heat Wave,” the CDC shares how public health officials in Minnesota are using data on heat-related illnesses to identify areas that need increased attention.

The AgriSafe Network reminds readers of the warning signs of heat-related illnesses as well as ways to prevent them.

In a Successful Farming article, AgriSafe’s clinical director, Carolyn Sheridan, also provides tips for farmers (and other outdoor workers) on protecting oneself from the sun.

Libraries Connecting the Community to Health

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Health Happens in Libraries, a OCLC WebJunction program, highlights community health initiatives in public libraries. Two of the most recent post include:

“Public and Health Sciences Library Collaboration for Community Impact: Lessons from the MS Buddy Project”

Webinar: June 9, 2016, 3 to 4 PM Eastern

For a description and registration, visit

“Gamifying and Growing a Community Health Program at Springvale Public Library”

To read the article about Springvale’s program, visit


Free Consumer Health Information from the Office of Minority Health

Friday, May 27th, 2016

The Office of Minority Health Resource Center’s Knowledge Center Library aims to reduce health disparities in the United States, serving as a resource center for individuals and as an excellent resource for library staff. Public libraries can use these resources for inspiration or support in answering consumer health questions or in developing community health programming for minority populations. A large resource collection and confidential access to information are great assets your library can tap into for free. Visit the Knowledge Center Library’s page here: and read more in this article from WebJunction:

NIH MedlinePlus, the Magazine Spring 2016

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

One of the feature stories in the Spring 2016 issue of MedlinePlus Magazine concerns women and heart disease. See what Ta’Rhonda Jones, star of Fox TV’s Empire, has to say about her personal experience with a heart condition and her message to women.

Originally posted by Michelle Burda on April 28.

Study shows link between e-cigarette ads and use by youth

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found a link to exposure to e-cigarette advertising and the use of e-cigarettes in middle and high school age students. This study was published in the April 2016 edition of the journal Pediatrics. Analyzing data from the 2014 NYTS, CDC researchers found that the greater the exposure to e-cigarette advertisements among middle and high school students, the greater the odds of their e-cigarette use To read the full report go to

Originally posted by Michelle Burda on April 28.

Allergy Awareness and Improved Access to Treatment for Kids

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Some lower income families may not be aware of options available to them for allergy prevention and treatment for kids. Epinephrine auto-injectors, such as EpiPen — which treat allergic attacks — are usually covered by insurance. The manufacturer also has programs to help those who cannot afford the medication. All families may not be familiar with these programs. Read more at

Originally posted by Pat Devine on April 27

Measuring Program Outcomes: A Toolkit for Public Libraries

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

A free webinar on May 4th, 2016 will present how to measure outcomes of your programs using a free toolkit for public libraries. It’s focused on implementation in small libraries, but is open to libraries of all sizes. The webinar will provide an overview of outcome measurement from Project Outcome, a new program from the Public Library Association, that provides simple tools so libraries can measure programs across seven common service areas. For more information, please see:

Medication and Supplement Use Among Older Adults

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

The Washington Post Wonkblog article stated the potential negative implications of more seniors taking dietary supplements, as found in a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine (Qato, Wilder, Schumm, Gillet, & Alexander, 2016). Mainly, it has to do with the increased risk of an adverse interactions between prescription or over-the-counter medicine and supplements. “The use of prescription medications and dietary supplements, and concurrent use of interacting medications, has increased since 2005, with 15% of older adults potentially at risk for a major drug-drug interaction. Improving safety with the use of multiple medications has the potential to reduce preventable adverse drug events associated with medications commonly used among older adults” (Qato et al., 2016).

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has a number of resources on dietary supplements, their use, and safety.

Qato, D., Wilder, J., Schumm, L., Gillet, V., & Alexander, G. (2016, March 21). Changes in prescription and over-the-counter medication and dietary supplement use among older adults in the United States, 2005 vs 2011. JAMA Internal Medicine. Retrieved from PubMed Abstract

Support for Consumer Health Interactions at the Public Library

Friday, March 25th, 2016

The Health Happens in Libraries team from has posted the new article “Just Another Day at the Desk: squirrels, professional ethics and consumer health information” with resources to support public libraries as you provide ethical responses to consumer health information requests. It also provides resources such as the guide Understanding Ethics and Privacy in Health Information and Services. It includes guidance on how to provide ethical services when you aren’t a health expert; ethical communication practices for when you and your patron speak different languages; and how to maintain an ethical and reliable collection for health information consumers. The guide also includes individual and team reflection questions to help you consider these topics proactively. To read the article, please visit: To see the pathway and guide: