Skip all navigation and go to page content
NN/LM Home About MAR | Contact MAR | Feedback | Help | Bookmark and Share

Archive for the ‘Consumer Health’ Category

Flu Shot Resources from NLM

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

From the NLM Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

The flu, also called influenza, is a potentially serious respiratory infection caused by a number of viruses, and getting the flu vaccination every year is the best way to lower your chance of getting the flu and spreading it to others.  National Influenza Vaccination Week 2016 is December 4-10, and the National Library of Medicine offers helpful information and reliable links about the flu shot for many different populations:

  • The General Public: Find a short summary of how the flu shot works, who should get the flu shot, and the latest news and resources about the shot on MedlinePlus.
  • Multilingual Resources: Find information on influenza and the flu vaccination in a dozen or more languages on HealthReach.  Information about the flu shot is also available in over 20 languages on MedlinePlus.
  • Native American Communities: The American Indian Health portal offers links to statistics, information for researchers/health professionals/educators, and general information on the flu, targeted towards Native American communities.
  • Older Adults: On NIH Senior Health, older adults can learn about recommended immunizations for anyone older than 50, including the influenza vaccination.
  • Individuals with HIV/AIDS: Access links about recommended vaccinations for individuals living with HIV/AIDS on AIDSource, including information about the flu shot.

Resources for Hospice Palliative Care

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

From the Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

Hospice care is end-of-life care provided by healthcare professionals and volunteers who give medical, psychological, and spiritual support to the terminally ill, while palliative care is treatment of the discomfort, symptoms, and stress of serious illness. Hospice care always included palliative care.

November is National Hospice Palliative Care Month, and both patients who are seriously ill and their caregivers will often need guidance and information on hospice and palliative care options when facing end-of-life treatment.  The National Library of Medicine provides a number of resources on palliative and hospice care, to help with these difficult decisions:

  • Information for the general public: MedlinePlus provides Health Topics pages on both palliative care and hospice care, including links to basic information, clinical trials, journal articles, and more.  Both pages are also available in Spanish, by selecting the “Español” link in the top left corner of the page (below the search box).
  • Information for older adults: The NIHSeniorHealth page on end-of-life care includes information on pain/symptom management, addressing mental and emotional issues, care options, planning and paying for care, information for caregivers, and resources for coping with grief.
  • Information for caregivers: The NLM 4 Caregivers social media campaign provides a Pinterest board linking to reliable resources on end-of-life care, including printable information sheets and booklets on end-of-life care from government and non-profit organizations.

Request for Participation: NLM 4 Caregivers 2016 User Survey

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Are you a family caregiver, or do you know or work with family caregivers?  Take the NLM 4 Caregivers 2016 User Survey, and help National Library of Medicine to identify the kinds of health information most needed by family caregivers and the best ways to share this information.

The survey can be accessed at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HXXNLGV

#FindCareInfo Twitter Chat

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

From the Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

November is National Family Caregivers Month, and you can attend the #FindCareInfo Twitter chat on November 16, 2016, 1-2 pm ET to raise awareness about the often overlooked health information needs of family caregivers.  The Outreach and Special Populations Branch of the National Library of Medicine is hosting this chat through @NLM_4Caregivers, and special co-hosts include NIH ADEAR Center (@Alzheimers_NIH), the National Alliance for Caregiving (@NA4Caregiving), and the Caregiver Action Network (@CaregiverAction).

This Twitter chat will:

  • Identify what type of health information is most needed by family caregivers.
  • Raise awareness of health topics important to family caregivers.
  • Share health information resources useful to family caregivers.

If you are a family caregiver, know a family caregiver, or work with family caregivers, then you can help to raise awareness and share reliable health information resources for caregivers at the #FindCareInfo Twitter chat.

Upcoming NN/LM Resource Picks Webinar: AIDSource and AIDSinfo

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

When: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 3:00 pm ET
Registration is required.

More than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV. Having access to quality, current information is vital in helping to improve the research, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Join us to learn more about two great information resources – AIDSource and AIDSinfo. These websites feature information from both federal and nonfederal sources, and include medical practice guidelines, clinical trials, statistics, mobile apps, and so much more! Resources are useful for health professionals, researchers, educators, and the general public.

Guest speakers:
Andrew Plumer, National Library of Medicine, Specialized Information Services Division
Alison McDougal, PMP, AIDSinfo Project Manager

Asian American Health Portal to be Retired

Thursday, November 3rd, 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.

Go4Life Partner Webinar

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Physical Activity and Quality of Life in Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

When: November 9, 2016, 1:00 PM ET

Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) are now living longer than ever before. Advances in national and family social supports and improvements in healthcare have enabled individuals with IDD to lead healthier and more productive lives. However, disparities still remain, which can lead to challenges in ensuring quality of care and support. Healthy behaviors, including exercise and physical activity, have demonstrated some health benefits. During this webinar, speakers will provide perspectives on the importance of exercise and physical activity, and will review how their respective organizations are engaged in this area.

The webinar speakers will include Seth M. Keller, MD, Co-Chair National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices; Tamar Heller, PhD professor and head of the Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago; and Darcie Mersereau, Vice President, Health Programs, Special Olympics International.

Register

Finding Health Twitter Chats

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

From the NLM Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

Twitter chats are a great way for healthcare professionals to learn about resources related to specific health topics, raise public awareness of heath issues, and share their organization’s resources with other professionals and the general public.  During a Twitter chat, one or more accounts hosting the chat will pose questions through their tweets, and attendees of the chat will answer the questions through tweets that include a hashtag specific to the chat (like #HIVAgingChat).

Where can you find information on upcoming Twitter chats specifically on health topics? Here are three ways to locate Twitter chats related to health and wellness topics, which healthcare professionals on Twitter may want to attend:

  • Follow NLM Twitter Handles – If you follow NLM_OSP (the Twitter account for the National Library of Medicine Outreach and Special Populations Branch), then you’ll often see announcements on upcoming Twitter chats related to health awareness and outreach topics.  There are currently 18 Twitter accounts maintained by National Library of Medicine, and many of the accounts promote and participate in health-related Twitter chats on a regular basis.
  • Check FYI Weekly Health Resources Newsletter – The Office of Minority Health publishes a weekly email bulletin called FYI: Weekly Health Resources, which lists information on grants, fellowships/scholarships, program resources, and more (including upcoming Twitter chats) related to minority health.
  • Check the Twitter Chat Schedule on Symplur – The website Symplur tracks popular healthcare-related hashtags and also includes a weekly schedule of healthcare tweet chats, including a list of upcoming one-time and irregularly scheduled tweet chats.

For similar announcements and opportunities from the Middle Atlantic Region, follow us on Twitter or like our Facebook page.

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 ClinicalTrials.gov.