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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.

New Class: Locating Information on Developmental Disabilities using NLM Resources

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine is pleased to announce a new class available from the Pacific Northwest Region: Locating Information on Developmental Disabilities using NLM Resources.

This class will provide an introduction to developmental disabilities, tools to evaluate quality websites and learn about NLM resources to answer health related needs, caregiver information, ideas for programming, as well as ways to provide awareness to the community regarding developmental disabilities.

Attendees are eligible for 1 MLA CE credit for attending the webinar only, and 3 MLA CE credits for pre-class reading, webinar, and class exercises. This course is also eligible towards the Consumer Health Information Specialization offered by MLA.

The first session of this new class will be held on November 10 at noon PT (3:00 PM ET). Registration is required.

Please visit the description page for more details and registration.

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.

Health Education Week

Monday, October 17th, 2016

October 17-21 is National Health Education Week. Sponsored by the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), National Health Education Week brings, “attention to public health issues and promotes consumers’ understanding of the role of health education and health promotion in society. ”

Visit the SOPHE page on this initiative to download a promotional toolkit, which includes daily themes and suggested activities for anyone who desires to take an active role in creating partnerships to build community health.

Use the hashtag #NHEW2016 on social media to help promote Health Education!

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.

Resources from NLM on Alzheimer’s Disease

Friday, September 30th, 2016

From the NLM Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

More than 5 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s disease, a brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills.  September is World Alzheimer’s Month, and the National Library of Medicine provides online resources for all types of populations to learn about diagnosis, prevention, and treatments for the disorder:

  • Resources for the general public: MedlinePlus provides a Health Topics page on Alzheimer’s Disease that links to resources on symptoms, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and research about the disease.  Information on Alzheimer’s is also available in 17 languages through MedlinePlus.
  • Resources for older adults: The NIHSeniorHealth site from NLM and the National Institute on Aging provides a detailed but understandable description of Alzheimer’s disease, available on a page with simple navigation, re-sizable text, and options to change color contrast on the page for users with vision trouble.
  • Resources for Alzheimer’s Caregivers: Caregivers of someone with Alzheimer’s disease can access lists of useful resources on the Alzheimer’s Caregivers page on MedlinePlus or through the NLM 4 Caregivers list of links.

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 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: