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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: http://worldhepatitisday.org/

Center for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/

Office of Women’s Health: http://womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/viral-hepatitis.html

National Institutes of Health: https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2008/April/docs/01features_02.htm

 

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

Monday, July 11th, 2016

You might think arthritis is something only grandparents can get, but it is a condition that affects people of all ages. Did you know there are seven types of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis?

  • Systemic
  • Oligoarticular
  • Polyarticular, rheumatoid factor negative
  • Polyarticular, rheumatoid factor positive
  • psoriatic
  • enthesitis-related
  • Undifferentiated

For activities and resources to help teach kids and teens all about JIA:

  • KidsHealth from Nemours offers more in-depth information about the different types of JIA.
  • Visit the kids/teens page of the Arthritis Foundation website for coloring pages, tips from kids and teens, and stories about kids with juvenile arthritis.
  • From the office of Women’s Health: “The Best Bones Forever! Campaign offers girls fun activities, quizzes, and recipes to encourage girls to get active and eat more foods with calcium and vitamin D.”

For more extensive information:

http://www.rheumatology.org/I-Am-A/Patient-Caregiver/Diseases-Conditions/Juvenile-Arthritis

http://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/types/juvenile-arthritis/

http://www.medicaldaily.com/juvenile-arthritis-awareness-month-not-aches-and-pains-old-age-247399

Visit the New Tox Town Page on Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA)

Monday, July 11th, 2016

PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) is a man-made chemical that is toxic and persistent in the environment. It is used to make products resistant to heat and to repel oil, grease, stains, and water. Wondering how you might be exposed to PFOA or how it might affect your health? For answers to these questions and more, visit the Tox Town page on Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA). The page is also available in Spanish.

Mosquito Control Awareness Week

Monday, June 27th, 2016

It’s Mosquito Control Awareness week! Below are some great resources for learning how to protect yourself from mosquito bites and the diseases they may carry, as well as controlling mosquitoes inside and outside of your home.

Environmental Protection Agency: https://www.epa.gov/mosquitocontrol

Center for Disease Control: http://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2016/06/mosquito-control-awareness-week/

MedlinePlus: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_159168.html

National Institutes of Health: https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/issue/apr2016/feature2

National HIV Testing Day

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Monday, June 27th is National HIV Testing Day. The National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health provide some fantastic resources to learn more about screening and diagnosis for HIV/AIDS. Know your status!

MedlinePlus: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003538.htm

AIDSinfo: https://aidsinfo.nih.gov/

AIDSource: https://aids.nlm.nih.gov/topic/1173/prevention/1183/testing

June is Men’s Health Month: 3 Resources from NLM

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

June is Men’s Health Month, and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) offers a variety of trustworthy resources on important men’s health topics, such as prostate and testicular cancers, depression, heart disease, and HIV.  Here are just a few of the men’s health resources to be found through NLM databases:

  • AIDSource – Locate reliable resources on HIV/AIDS for gay and bisexual men, including resources in Spanish.

Join us March 29 to learn about NIH syndicated content!

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

NIH syndicated content – NIH offers a free and easy way for you to get trusted, up-to-date health information from the National Institutes of Health directly onto your website.  You do not need to write your own health content or worry about updating web pages. NIH content will populate on your web page with your website’s existing look and feel. Join us to learn how!

Presenters: Brooke Dine, Head, Web & Information Management Unit Public Services Division National Library of Medicine and Elizabeth Norton, Disaster Information Management Research Center Specialized Information Services Division National Library of Medicine

Date / Time: March 29 /Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Wherehttps://webmeeting.nih.gov/lunch2

Online / No Registration Required