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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

Four Steps to Managing Your Diabetes for Life

Monday, January 30th, 2017

The National Diabetes Education Program, part of the Centers for Disease Control, has updated its 4 Steps to Manage Your Diabetes for Life booklet. It has been reviewed for plain language and is available in 13 languages.

Download here: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/0slr

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

What to Ask Your Doctor Before Taking Opioids

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Every patient should ask questions when getting a new prescription. This is especially important when your doctor, dentist or other health care professional prescribes you an opioid, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine and morphine. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) provides information to assist health care consumers to dialog with their physicians before taking opioids. Information is also available in Spanish. Learn what to ask at https://nnlm.gov/bhic/09p3

Health Guides in Multiple Languages

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Hesperian is a non-profit that creates and distributes plain language health guides in multiple languages. Although they sell print books, pdf versions of their books, including Where there is no doctor, and many fact sheets are available for no-cost download.

Hesperian Health Guides: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/zgrr

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

NLM Asian American Health Portal to be Retired

Monday, November 7th, 2016

From the National Library of Medicine:

To concentrate efforts on multiple language health patient education materials, NLM will be retiring the Asian American Health portal on November 21, 2016. Please use HealthReach for patient education materials in multiple languages, and for provider materials for those working with diverse lingual communities. In 2017, the HealthReach team will begin working with community based organizations and stakeholder to examine the current HealthReach collection and expand it to include more Asian language patient education materials. If you have any questions or comments please contact Laura Bartlett.

Dental Hygiene Resources

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

October is Dental Hygiene Month. The National Library of Medicine has resources to promote good oral health.

Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce has a Dental Public Health topic page that includes Health Promotion resources: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/i13l

Multilingual Resources include:

Child Dental Health (MedlinePlus): https://nnlm.gov/bhic/ia89

Dental Health (MedlinePlus): https://nnlm.gov/bhic/9xcy

HealthReach: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/8gre

Free Bilingual Resources

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases presents two free bilingual resources. Ana’s Story: Sports Injuries/La historia de Ana: Lesiones deportivas and Isabel’s Story: Osteoporosis/La historia de Isabel: Osteoporosis. These fotonovelas provide reliable information on preventing and managing sports injuries and osteoporosis in an engaging, easy-to-read format to help patients, family members, and others learn tips for healthy bones and muscles. Learn more: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/exgy

Updated Resource, Birth Control Guide

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Office of Women’s Health and the FDA have an updated resource, Birth Control Guide/Guía de Métodos Anticonceptivos. This easy-to-read chart provides information on the safety and effectiveness of FDA-approved medicines and devices for birth control. Learn more https://nnlm.gov/bhic/0skc

And to learn more about other methods of birth control, visit the Women’s Health website https://nnlm.gov/bhic/1gpv