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NLM Resources to Prevent Domestic Violence

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

From the Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

Domestic violence is a form of abuse that often involves a spouse or partner, but it can also be directed towards a child, older adult, or other family member. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the National Library of Medicine has domestic violence prevention resources available for the general public and special populations, such as older adults, children/teens, non-English speakers, and individuals who are HIV positive:

  • General Public: MedlinePlus has a Health Topics page on Domestic Violence, including links to prevention and safety planning information, how to find an expert, and information for children and teens.
  • Older Adults: Find a summary about elder abuse and links to prevention and reporting resources on MedlinePlus.
  • Multilingual Resources: Resources in document, video, and audio format, in multiple languages, are available on HealthReach under the topic of domestic violence.

5 Types of Information on Breast Cancer from NLM

Friday, October 7th, 2016

From the Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

Breast cancer is a dangerous disease which impacts one in eight women sometime during their lives.  October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the National Library of Medicine has a wide variety of reliable breast cancer information available, ranging from genetic information to multilingual resources.  NLM has hundreds of online resources, so here is just a sampling of a few NLM resources that provide different kinds of information on breast cancer:

  • Information for Older Adults: Learn about risk factors, tests/diagnosis, treatment, latest research, and more on breast cancer at NIH Senior Health.
  • Consumer Health Information: MedlinePlus provides a summary on breast cancer for the general public, plus numerous links to reliable sites with research, health check tools, videos and tutorials, journal articles, and more.
  • Multilingual Resources: Find information on breast cancer in over 15 languages on MedlinePlus, and check HealthReach for multilingual handouts, video, and audio.
  • Clinical Trials: Search for open studies related to breast cancer at

NLM Resources for Childhood Obesity

Monday, September 26th, 2016

From the NLM Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

September is National Childhood Obesity Month, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 17% of children in the United States are obese. The National Library of Medicine provides health information resources for parents and teachers to help improve nutrition and exercise habits for children from diverse populations, including:

Give Your Baby a Healthy Start with Newborn Screenings!

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

From the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion:

It’s Newborn Screening Awareness Month. Newborn screenings are tests that check for diseases and conditions in newborn babies — like heart problems and hearing loss. If you are pregnant, talk with your doctor or midwife about newborn screenings. These tests help doctors find many diseases and conditions early, so your baby can be treated sooner.

Before your baby is born, take these steps so you’ll be prepared:

  • Find out which tests are available at the hospital where your baby will be born
  • Ask when you can expect to get your baby’s test results
  • Make a plan to keep track of your baby’s test results
  • Check with your health insurance company to find out which tests are covered
  • If you aren’t planning to give birth in a hospital, see if your midwife can screen your baby.

Want to learn more? Read about newborn screening tests from and check out these other resources to help you get ready for your baby.

Complementary Therapies and Traditional Healing Resources from NLM

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

From the NLM Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

If a medical treatment is not part of mainstream medicine, it may be called complementary, integrative, or alternative medicine.  Examples of complementary medicine may include herbal supplements, acupuncture, meditation, and many other forms of treatment.  The Arctic Health portal defines traditional healing as treatment that focuses on the health and wellness of the individual in the context of culture and community, and it incorporates Native beliefs, practices, and traditional ecological knowledge. Traditional healing may be practiced by Native American communities across the USA, including Alaska and the Arctic region.  Resources for both complementary medicine and traditional healing are available through the National Library of Medicine for many different populations, including:

  • For the General Public – MedlinePlus provides an overview of various complementary and alternative therapy health topics, as well as reliable information on the known health benefits and possible side effects for a long list of herbs and supplements.  Complementary health information is also available in Chinese and Spanish.
  • For Older Adults – NIH Senior Health discusses a variety of topics on complementary health approaches, including information on natural products, mind and body practices, the safety of these complementary health approaches, and how to be an informed consumer with complementary health treatments.
  • For Native American Communities – The American Indian Health portal includes a list of traditional healing resources, with resources for community members, researchers, health professionals, educators, and the general public. The Traditional Healing section of the Arctic Health portal lists organizations and programs, stories, research and learning tools, and teaching tools for traditional healing practices of Native American communities in the Arctic region.

Smart Choice Basics Health Insurance Webinar

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

From the Pennsylvania Health Literacy Coalition:

Smart Choice Basics Health Insurance Webinar
Thursday, September 22nd from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM ET

Learn evidence-eased ways to improve consumers’ understanding of health insurance.

What is Smart Choice Basics Health Insurance?
A consumer education program that explains health insurance cost to consumers and communities. It’s based on an evidenced-based program, Smart Choice Health Insurance™ that was developed by the facilitators of this webinar at the University of Maryland and the University of Delaware.

Why is the Pennsylvania Health Literacy Coalition offering the webinar?
It provides a consistent and actionable way for Coalition members to talk about health insurance with the consumers in the communities they serve. Smart Choice Basic provides access to practical tools to aid consumers in selecting a plan or better understanding one they have already chosen. In addition, we feel that the rollout of the program creates a targeted project and a clear objective to assist in growing regional meetups. Our hope is that your participation in this program may help pave the way to future collaboration across the State.

Who should take part in the webinar?
This training is ideal for anyone offering community education on health or financial wellness, as well as those who assist consumers in buying or using health insurance. We recommend it to librarians, social workers, enrollment assisters, financial counselors, and anyone passionate about improving knowledge of the benefits of health insurance in their community.

What benefits does this training offer me?
As a Certified Smart Choice Basics Educator, you’ll have exclusive access to an outstanding library of resources. This includes an in-depth consumer workbook, presentation materials, and a facilitation guide with activities designed to keep your in-person workshops lively and fun. You’ll also gain the confidence of knowing that you’re using evidence-based resources to help consumers.

Details and Registration

Resources on Precision Medicine through the National Library of Medicine

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

The new Director of National Library of Medicine (NLM) Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD puts a strong focus on precision medicine in the vision she describes for NLM:

I believe the National Library of Medicine has an important role to play in the Precision Medicine Initiative…and I believe that role’s going to be showing up in a number of the existing services already seen in the Library…

National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines precision medicine is “an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person.”

You can learn more about precision medicine and how NIH is already playing an important role in the Precision Medicine Initiative through a number of NLM resources:

NLM 4 Caregivers

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 (like ClinicalTrials,gov), 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:

August Health Observances

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

There are several health observances in the month of August. Below are some great resources to share for educational purposes and health awareness.

Learn about Children’s Eye Health and Safety from the National Eye Institute, including first aid and safety tips, information about protective eye-wear, and playing smart during sports activities.

Discover all the benefits of breastfeeding in this comprehensive guide from MedlinePlus, which also includes links to frequently asked questions and LactMed, a Toxnet database with information on drugs and lactation.

The Recognizing National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) Communications Toolkit sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) provides information for pregnant women, babies, school-age children, teens, and adults. You can also learn more about the importance of immunizations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin. You can learn more about the different types of psoriasis from the National Psoriasis Foundation. Check out the August issue of NIH News in Health, featuring a “Spotlight on Psoriasis”.

World Hepatitis Day

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

In observance of World Hepatitis day, below are some great resources on Hepatitis. What is Hepatitis? How is it diagnosed and treated? What can you do to help spread awareness about preventative measures?

World Hepatitis Day:

Center for Disease Control:

Office of Women’s Health:

National Institutes of Health: