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Color Me Healthy

Coloring books for both children and adults have become very popular lately. A blog post from NLM’s Circulating Now: From the Historical Collections of the World’s Largest Biomedical Library highlights this trend with references to The Latest Greatest Coloring Book about Lice from the National Pediculosis Association, CDC’s Express Your Health and The Non-Color AIDS Color Me Deadly Coloring Book, and Skeeter Beaters about preventing Zika mosquitoes. Coloring books are popular health education tools for children used by organizations to teach everything from proper eating habits to what to expect during hospital stays.

NLM also has an adult coloring book featuring images from the History of Medicine. To read more, see

October Health Awareness Month

In addition to Health Literacy Month, October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Eye Injury Prevention Month, Home Eye Safety Month, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, National Bullying Prevention Month, National Dental Hygiene Month, National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month, National Physical Therapy Month, and of course, National Medical Librarians Month.

To help you with planning, puts together the National Health Observances 2016 at a Glance

AHRQ News Now

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) was established to enhance the quality, appropriateness, and effectiveness of health care services and access to care by conducting and supporting research, demonstration projects, and evaluations; developing guidelines; and disseminating information on health care services and delivery systems. The AHRQ Electronic Newsletter is issued periodically and summarizes Agency research and programmatic activities.

Recent headlines from the September 20, 2016, Issue #534 include Previous Studies May Have Overestimated Health Benefits of Public Smoking Bans; Oct. 31 Deadline Set for Nominating New Topics for Evidence Reviews; Register Now: Sept. 28 AHRQ Research Summit on Diagnostic Safety, Featured Case Study: Denver Hospital Uses AHRQ’s TeamSTEPPS Training To Enhance Teamwork.

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What is Naloxone?

To find the latest information about naloxone what it is and how it is administered visit the Naloxone topic page from National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Also Easy –to –Read Drug Facts  and videos can be found at

National Institute on Drug Abuse

To find out the most commonly abused drugs, prescription drugs and their possible health effects you can now find this information merged on one page on the NIDA’s web site.

For information about treatment options for drug addiction, see NIDA’s Treatment pages.

Start Planning for Health Literacy Month

It is not too early to plan for Health Literacy Month in October. Health Literacy Month is a time for organizations and individuals to promote the importance of understandable health information. Examples include communication workshops for professionals, health education programs for patients and the public, educational offerings for students at all levels or having an expert in the field speak to an organization like your public library.


Evidence-based Evaluation of Complementary Health Approaches for Pain Management

Researchers from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health have published a review of complementary health approaches used to treat several chronic pain conditions. The review is designed to assist primary care providers.

To read the review, as well as access a blog entry, video Q and As and images about the study, go to NCCIH’s website:

4 New MedlinePlus Health Topic Pages

MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine’s site for patients and families, has recently added four new groups of disorders as Health Topic Pages.

Lipid Metabolism Disorders:

Mitochondrial Diseases:

Amino Acid Metabolism Disorders:

Carbohydrate Metabolism Disorders:


Epilepsy Resources for Schools

Over 400,000 children in the U.S. have epilepsy. School personnel can use the Centers for Disease Control to get Seizure training, download first aid instructions and find other information to support students with epilepsy. For additional information about epilepsy, including resources for children and teens, check out MedlinePlus.

Epilepsy in Schools (CDC):

Epilepsy (MedlinePlus):

Updated Disaster Information Specialization Courses

The National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) is updating disaster health information courses and formatting them for self-paced study online. Two updated courses are now available (see below). By the end of the year, there will be four more courses: US Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies; Information Roles in Disaster Management; A Seat at the Table: Working with Local Responders; and Health and Disasters: Understanding the International Context.

Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics

This class provides a comprehensive overview of the essential resources needed to provide health-related information services for supporting disaster mitigation, planning, response, and recovery.

CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive): Health Information Resources

This class provides an overview of the concepts of CBRNE, including a review of NLM resources that support planning, response, and recovery from the effects of these potential hazards.

Text adapted from NLM DIMRC email announcement.