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Archive for the ‘Environmental Health’ Category

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Tox Town

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Tox Town, an interactive environmental health website from the National Library of Medicine, has a plain language page on carbon monoxide: what it is, human health consequences, and how to prevent poisoning. Using the scenes in Tox Town, users can view locations and occupations where carbon monoxide can be found.

Tox Town is available in English and Spanish.

Carbin Monoxide (Tox Town): https://nnlm.gov/bhic/1qwq

Glossaries at SIS: Terminology for HIV/AIDS, Disasters, Toxicology and More

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Whenever you learn about a new health topic, you’ll need to become familiar with a new set of terms related to the topic, which is when a glossary may come in handy. Specialized Information Services at the National Library of Medicine provides access to glossaries covering a range of health topics, from HIV/AIDS to disaster-related terminology:

  • HIV/AIDS: Use the AIDSinfo Glossary (also available in Spanish) to look up definitions and illustrations to HIV/AIDS-related terms in consumer-friendly language.
  • Multilingual Glossaries: Find links to glossaries in multiple languages under the “Dictionaries, Glossaries, and Online Translation Tools” section of the Multi-Cultural Resources for Health Information page.
  • Disasters: The Disaster Information Management Research Center provides a guide to Disaster Glossaries, with links to glossaries under topics like “Climate and Weather” and “Infectious Diseases and Bioterrorism.”
  • Toxicology: The full IUPAC Glossary of Terms Used in Toxicology, 2nd Edition (2007) is available on the Environmental Health and Toxicology Information page.

Read more on SIS at: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/prj6

Climate Change, Health, and Populations of Concern

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

From the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

“EPA has developed communication materials that summarize key points from the U.S. Climate and Health Assessment for eight different populations that are disproportionately affected by climate change impacts. The agency is providing these materials for use and modification for anyone seeking to communicate the health impacts of climate change to a range of audiences.”

The populations include:

  • Children
  • Older Adults
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • People with Disabilities
  • Pregnant Women
  • People with existing health conditions
  • Occupational Groups
  • Communities with Environmental Justice Concerns

For each population, there are downloadable files, including talking points, fact sheets and slides.

Climate Change, Health, and Populations of Concern: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/qq7d

 

Tox Town Gets a Facelift for 2017

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Tox Town has upped its game in 2017 with an updated and easier to navigate homepage with a new color scheme. Engaging photorealistic neighborhoods are now programmed with HTML 5 so you can easily view the site on your computer and hand held devices. Come explore imaginary neighborhoods (city, farm, port, town, US Southwest) where you will find the same trusted information you have come to expect from Tox Town.

Tox Town

Tox Town

Redesign of National Library of Medicine Toxicology Tutorial

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has updated its online toxicology tutorial. ToxTutor is a self-paced tutorial covering key principles of toxicology. For almost 20 years, students and others have used ToxTutor to explore the fundamental principles of toxicology. Written in plain language and including helpful illustrations, the tutorial provides users of toxicology resources, including the NLM chemical and toxicological databases, with a basic understanding of the subject. ToxTutor introduces toxicology by covering dose and dose response, toxic effects, interactions, toxicity testing methods, risk assessment, and exposure standards and guidelines. Additional topics will be included in future updates. A certificate of completion option is expected to be released next year.For more information, please see: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/ugdo

Agricultural Worker Health: Resources

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Workers in agriculture can experience numerous health issues, including pesticide and dust exposure, injury and stress. Many may face additional challenges due to language barriers, access to healthcare and poverty. The Rural Health Information Hub has information about the health status of farm workers and organizations that support agricultural health initiatives. ToxTown has occupational and environmental health resources for providers, employers and employees. ToxTown is available in English and Spanish.

Rural Migrant Health (Rural Health Information Hub): https://nnlm.gov/bhic/qh6r

Rural Agricultural Health and Safety (Rural Health Information Hub): https://nnlm.gov/bhic/y5sx

ToxTown Farm (National Library of Medicine): https://nnlm.gov/bhic/lidh

Funding: Environmental Justice Small Grants

Monday, November 14th, 2016

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting applications for “grants that support activities designed to empower and educate affected communities to understand environmental and public health issues and to identify ways to address these issues at the local level. Approximately 40 one-year projects will be awarded at $30,000 each.” Priority will be given to organizations that have direct contact with the targeted community, are from states that have received few such grants in the past and new grantees.

Applications are due January 31, 2017.

The EPA has the full Request of Proposals, FAQs and lists of previously funded projects: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/fzde

Cancer Prevention for babies and young children

Monday, November 7th, 2016

The CDC has a new Supplement in the journal Pediatrics that highlights research in cancer prevention from birth to early childhood. In addition to the open access supplement, there is also a video and tips for healthcare providers, policy makers and caregivers.

Cancer Prevention During Early Life (Centers for Disease Control): https://nnlm.gov/bhic/9jqt

Healthy People Webinar on Strategies to Improve Air Quality

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Webinar: Environmental Quality

November 17, 2016 | 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. ET

Learn how the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Air Quality Program is working to improve air quality in New York City by monitoring the impact of pollutants.

For more information, visit https://nnlm.gov/bhic/h6at

Free continuing education credits (CME, CNE, CHES) are available!

Secondhand Smoke: Nonsmokers May Not Know They Have Been Exposed

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

A new study in Carcinogenesis finds that many people underestimate their exposure to secondhand smoke and thus not know they are at risk of lung cancer and other conditions.

Secondhand Smoke More Insidious Than Thought (HealthDay): https://nnlm.gov/bhic/eez3

For more information about Secondhand Smoke, including how to protect yourself and your children, go to MedlinePlus: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/1bkd