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Healthy and Safe Swimming Week 2016

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

This year, during Healthy and Safe Swimming Week, the CDC is encouraging swimmers to protect themselves and their loved ones from getting sick or hurt while enjoying the pool, hot tub/spa, or water playground . Learn more about how to stay healthy while swimming or playing in the water, visit CDC’s Healthy Swimming Websites  or and/or the Drowning Prevention Website

Preventing Bullying Through Science, Policy, and Practice

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

A new consensus report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine evaluates the state of the science on biological and psychosocial consequences of bullying as well as the context, scope, and impact of the problem. The report also outlines next steps in prevention for policymakers, parents, educators, healthcare providers, and others concerned with the care of children.

Report Brief:

Full report:

New Podcast on Informed Consent from Joint Commission

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

The Joint Commission an independent, not-for-profit organization, who accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States has released a new podcast on informed consent for the consumer. Informed consent is an important component of establishing quality, patient-centered health care. Ronald M. Wyatt, MD, MHA, patient safety officer and medical director in the Office of Quality and Patient Safety, discusses this topic and more

MedlinePlus adds 3 lab tests

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

MedlinePlus has three new health topic pages on common lab tests.


Liver Function Tests:

Blood Count Tests:



New NLM Learning Resources Database

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

The National Library of Medicine has made it easier to find existing web-based training materials on its resources. The Learning Resources Database has webinars, short videos, tutorials, brochures and other materials that can be downloaded and used freely. Users can find materials by subject or product, such as:

  • Disasters and Emergencies
  • K-12 Education
  • Public Health
  • Consumer Health

The Database was launched two weeks ago, so not all categories have current materials attached. Additional resources are being added on an ongoing basis.

Learning Resources Database:

Additional information about the Database:

Reentry Education Toolkit

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

RTI International, with support from the Department of Education Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education offers a new resource. The Reentry Education Toolkit promotes the development of an education continuum spanning facility- and community-based reentry education programs. Read more and access the toolkit here:

Blog break

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Hello readers! The BHIC Contributors are taking a break to soak up information at the Medical Library Association annual conference. We’ll return to posting on Thursday, May 19.

Hepatitis C and Dietary Supplements

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

The latest National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) Clinical Digest focuses on hepatitis C and several of the dietary and herbal supplements studied since many people who have hepatitis C have tried these various options. For example, a survey of 1,145 participants in the HALT-C (Hepatitis C Antiviral Long-Term Treatment Against Cirrhosis) trial found that 23 percent of the participants were using herbal products. Although participants reported using many different herbal products, silymarin (milk thistle) was by far the most common. However, no dietary supplement has been shown to be efficacious for hepatitis C. This issue of the Clinical Digest provides information on the evidence base of several dietary supplements studied for hepatitis C. Click here for more information

Every Family Needs a Farmer

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently rolled out its newly revamped Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food website. The site was redesigned to offer a more user-friendly experience that makes it easier to navigate the wealth of USDA and partner resources. Using updated web standards and visuals to optimize the user-experience, the USDA reorganized the information and gathered new content.  In short, the KYF2 website has become an even better a one-stop-shop for information on USDA’s local and regional food systems work. Check out KYF2 at

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month according to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. Regular physical activity is good for everyone’s health, and people of all ages and body types can be physically active. National Physical Fitness and Sports Month is a great time to spread the word about the benefits of getting active.