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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 healthfinder.gov 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.

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:

World Humanitarian Day

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Today, August 19, 2016, we honor humanitarian aid workers who stand on the front lines and deliver assistance to those in need.

Are you a humanitarian aid worker? Check out the Center for Disease Control (CDC) section on traveler’s health, with a special page dedicated to humanitarian aid workers. Here you will find a vast collection of resources for travelers of all types, including health notices, updates on the latest vaccines, and mobile apps to aid in your international journeys.

For resources on disaster relief, visit the Department of Health and Human Services’ Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC). Here you will find information on all types of disasters, emergency response tools, and training courses available through the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

For more information on World Humanitarian Day, visit:

https://worldhumanitarianday.org/

http://www.unocha.org/whd2016

http://www.un.org/en/events/humanitarianday/index.shtml

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

 

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