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Redesigned National Guideline Clearinghouse

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

The redesigned National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is available. While the look has dramatically changed, the contents of this site have been maintained.

Some of these key new features of the site are: 

  • Mobile and tablet: NGC is now optimized for viewing on mobile and tablet devices of any size. Responsive Web Design (RWD) techniques will provide a better viewing experience across a wide range of devices, from desktop and laptop computers, to tablets and mobile phones.
  • Updated search: Searching NGC is now a more streamlined experience. Filters can now be found on the left side of the search results page to narrow results.
  • Browsing by topic and organization: Find guidelines via a new Browse by Clinical Specialty page and an easier to use Browse by Organization page.
  • Redesigned compare feature: It is now easier to compare guidelines. Select which aspects you want to compare and generate a page that fits your needs. Learn more about the Compare Tool
  • Reorganized About & Help section: An easier way to learn how to use the site.

Check out the new and improved NGC at


NLM 4 Caregivers Project

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

The project NLM 4 Caregivers is designed to increase awareness of NLM resources among family caregivers who actively seek health information online using social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and listservs, for discussing and exploring health issues. NLM 4 Caregivers discusses a wide variety of resources for searching and managing medications, such as PillBox and DailyMed, tools for locating clinical trials (, and tools for accessing both consumer health information (MedlinePlus) and the latest biomedical research (PubMed).

NLM 4 Caregivers shares health resources relevant to caregivers through many mediums, such as:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Printable flyer
  • Guide on the NLM Website

For more information on NLM 4 Caregivers, see

Thursday, July 28th, 2016 provides health information in American Sign Language via videos. The site shares information about diseases, medical tests, and medications as well as where to find deaf-friendly doctors. The material on the site has been generated by a team of people, including the CDC, NIH, hospitals, and individuals. The site is free but does require account creation with name and email. Find out more by visiting

( was formerly DeafMD.)

TOXMAP adds Native Lands layer

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

“The TOXMAP beta now includes a Native Lands map layer that shows geographic areas of certain native populations, including American Indian Reservations and Off-Reservation Trust Lands, Alaska Native Village Statistical Areas, and Hawaiian Home Lands…”

Read the full announcement from the National Library of Medicine TOXMAP News, The announcement includes a link to guides on how to use the new features.


Health Literacy Tool Shed

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

The Health Literacy Tool Shed is an online database of health literacy measures. The site contains information about measures, including their psychometric properties, based on a review of the peer-reviewed literature. Users can search by language and context to measure health literacy. To search the database, please visit:

New Resources Available from the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines

Friday, June 24th, 2016

As important stakeholders in health and nutrition, health professionals play an important role in helping to share key messages from the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines with patients and clients. A new toolkit includes several Dietary Guidelines resources that health professionals can download and use in their practices:

  • A downloadable PDF of the full 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines
  • The Executive Summary in English and Spanish
  • Recommendations At-A-Glance in English and Spanish
  • Graphics that can be downloaded, embedded within websites, and shared on social media
  • Conversation starters for talking with patients and clients about nutrition
  • Patient handouts on making healthy shifts and cutting down on added sugars

To access the toolkit, visit:

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:

Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) 2015 Results

Monday, June 20th, 2016

The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including behaviors contributing to unintentional injuries and violence, sexual behaviors related to unintended pregnancy and STDs, alcohol and other drug use, tobacco use, unhealthy dietary behaviors,  and inadequate physical activity. For 2015 results, you can

  • read and share CDC YRBSS Results and Trend Fact Sheets,
  • watch Healthcare Triage: Kids Today… Are Pretty Great by Aaron Caroll comparing results from 1991 to those from 2015,
  • use the YRBSS Youth Online to create your own comparison, such as results from 1995 and 2015,

Traumatic events – Preparing, Responding, and Coping

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

The Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) has a number of resources regarding preparing for, responding to, and coping with traumatic events.

DIMRC Coping with Disasters, Violence and Traumatic Events,

Disaster Lit®  searches

Disaster Lit®  recently added resources

  • TRACIE Topic Collection: Mass Gatherings/Special Events,
    • Provides resources designed to help emergency medical staff create robust plans for mass critical care before an incident strikes their jurisdiction.
  • TRACIE Topic Collection: Emergency Operations Plans/Emergency Management Program,
    • Provides resources that highlight select standards, guidance, regulation, accreditation programs, and tools that can help healthcare emergency preparedness professionals create new, or bolster the foundation of, existing programs and plans. 

CDC Protects Business From Chronic Health Threats to Major Emergencies

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Business Pulse is a feature that offers businesses useful resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Explore benefits associated with CDC’s work to protect Americans—including businesses and their workforces—from chronic threats that impact health and productivity to major health emergencies. Produced by the CDC Foundation, Business Pulse focuses on a different topic each quarter. To learn more