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December 2016 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

Illustration of a dad holding a mop and reading the label on a bottle of cleaning fluid in a kitchenCheck out the December issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:

  • Making a Healthier Home: Cast Toxins From Your Living Space
    Take a look around your home. Do you know what’s in your household goods and products? Some chemicals can harm your health if too much gets into your body. Becoming aware of potentially harmful substances and clearing them out can help keep you and your family healthy.
  • Tai Chi and Your Health: A Modern Take on an Ancient Practice
    Tai chi is sometimes referred to as “moving meditation.” There are many types of tai chi. They typically combine slow movements with breathing patterns and mental focus and relaxation. Movements may be done while walking, standing, or sitting.
  • Oxygen Therapy for Patients with COPD
    Certain people with the lung disease known as COPD will not benefit from long-term oxygen therapy, a new study reports. The finding will help doctors and patients choose among different treatment options for this common condition, which makes it hard to breathe.
  • When Clinical Research Is in the News
    There are many types of clinical studies. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses. Knowing more about the different types can help you think critically about the health and research news you see and hear.

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Additionally, you can get trusted, up-to-date health information from NIH News in Health added directly to your site via NIH content syndication. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!

Digital Storytelling Competition Announcement for Native American Heritage Month!

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Tribal Health Research Office (THRO) has announced a digital storytelling Challenge, or competition, in honor of Native American Heritage Month. The Challenge, Storytelling about Health and Wellness in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities, involves development of a brief (five minutes or less) digital story that communicates how traditions and heritage promote health within American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. Submissions must be made by January 31, 2017.

The submission is a video that describes: 1) how heritage and tradition leads to health and wellness in AI/AN communities; and 2) how future research can improve the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Submissions are limited to a video that may not exceed five minutes. Winning entries may be posted on the NIH web site. Submissions must be substantially free of scientific jargon and understandable by viewers without scientific/technical backgrounds. The first place winner will receive $4,000; second place will receive $3,000; third place will receive $2,000; and two honorable mentions will each receive $500. Awards will be announced the week of March 6, 2017. The first place winner will also be invited to an upcoming meeting of the NIH Tribal Consultation Advisory Committee. Travel will be reimbursed for those invitees.

Take the NLM 4 Caregivers 2016 User Survey!

If you are a family caregiver or know or work with family caregivers, take the NLM 4 Caregivers 2016 User Survey. Responses should take about five minutes to complete. The purpose of this survey is to identify the kinds of health information most needed by family caregivers and the best ways to share this information. The National Library of Medicine will use the survey results to enhance its understanding of the information needs of family caregivers.

MedlinePlus Text Messaging Campaign on Holiday Mental Health

M+TextMessaging The National Library of Medicine has launched a MedlinePlus text messaging campaign on Holiday Mental Health. Users that sign up for the campaign will receive three text messages per week through the holidays on mental health support; such as managing anxiety, coping with depression, and preventing stress during the holiday season.

To subscribe, text MP Health to 468311 or sign up online for subscription type SMS/Text Message. An email subscription is also available via the online sign up.

Twitter Chat on November 16 for National Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregivers Month, and you can attend the #FindCareInfo Twitter chat on November 16, 10:00-11:00 am PST 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, the National Alliance for Caregiving, and the Caregiver Action Network. 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.

November 2016 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

Illustration of adults at a holiday buffet table filled with healthy foodsCheck out the November issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:

  • Healthy Holiday Foods and Fun: Make Smart Choices as You Celebrate the Season
    Consider your health goals for the holiday season, whether it’s avoiding overeating, staying active, connecting with others, reducing stress, or preventing weight gain. You can plan to make time for buying healthy groceries, cooking at home, scheduling regular physical activity, and setting aside a little quiet time for yourself.
  • Alzheimer’s Genes and Family History
    NIH’s new easy-to-read booklet, Understanding Alzheimer’s Genes: Know Your Family History, describes what genes are, how they relate to Alzheimer’s disease, and what it means if you have a family history of the disease.

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Additionally, you can get trusted, up-to-date health information from NIH News in Health added directly to your site via NIH content syndication. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!

NLM’s Asian American Health Portal To Be Retired November 21, 2016

The National Library of Medicine will be retiring the Asian American Health portal on November 21, 2016, to concentrate efforts on multiple language health patient education materials. NLM encourages using Healthreach for patient education materials in multiple languages, and for provider materials for those working with diverse lingual communities.

In 2013, NLM worked with New York University’s Center for the Studies on Asian American Health to identify the needs of Asian American health information for professionals and consumers. Many things were revealed in the study but two things were highlighted: the need for disaggregated population data at subpopulation level and, the need for accurate, quality, culturally relevant and tested patient education materials. Granular population data is a request from several ethnic populations and the Department of Health and Human Services, Census, and Office of Management and Budget of the U.S. federal government are taking the lead to address this need. A Federal Register Notice was recently issued.

In 2017, the HealthReach team will begin working with community based organizations and stakeholders to examine the current HealthReach collection and expand it to include more Asian language patient education materials. Also, MedlinePlus and HealthReach are working to harmonize the multilingual patient education materials collections into one set. MedlinePlus will continue to offer materials through their consumer interface and, HealthReach will continue to provide the database search interface that offers metadata about the patient materials.

New NN/LM Online Class on November 10: Locating Information on Developmental Disabilities Using NLM Resources

Registration is available for the new NN/LM online class, Locating Information on Developmental Disabilities Using NLM Resources. The class is designed to 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. The class consists of a one-hour webinar on November 10, 12:00-1:00 PM PST, with optional pre-class reading and class exercises. One (1) MLA CE credit is available for attending the webinar only, and three (3) MLA CE credits are offered for anyone completing the pre-class reading, webinar, and class exercises, which are due by November 23. The class is also eligible for the Consumer Health Information Specialization accreditation offered by MLA. All registrants will receive a link to the pre-class reading material. The webinar will be archived and made available to anyone not able to attend the live session.

Three Ways to Find Health Twitter Chats!

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, e.g., #HIVAgingChat. Following are three ways to locate Twitter chats related to health and wellness topics, which healthcare professionals on Twitter may wish 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 NLM, 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 Twitter chats, with a list of upcoming one-time and irregularly scheduled chat sessions.

NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine Fall 2016 Issue Available Online!

Actress Kathy Bates on the cover of the fall issue of NIH MedlinePlus the MagazineThe Fall 2016 issue of NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine features topics including the latest in cancer research, lymphedema, vasculitis, the opioid overdose epidemic, clinical trials, and healthy pregnancy. The cover features actress and director, Kathy Bates, who developed lymphedema following a double mastectomy due to breast cancer. Bates has been a strong advocate for those with the disease. A national spokesperson for the Lymphatic Education & Research Network, she shares her story with NIH MedlinePlus magazine.

The issue also features an article about cancer research. In January 2016, President Obama announced the “Cancer Moonshot” initiative to double the pace of research. The initiative aims to make more therapies available to more patients sooner. It also seeks to improve the ability to prevent cancer and detect it at an early stage. NIH MedlinePlus magazine sat down with Dinah Singer, PhD, one of the three co-chairs of the Cancer Moonshot Initiative’s Blue Ribbon Panel and Director of the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Biology, to learn about its progress.

NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is the free, trusted consumer guide to the vast array of authoritative online health and medical information in MedlinePlus. Published four times a year, the magazine showcases the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) latest medical research and healthcare information. NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is freely available as a print subscription, e-mail alerts, and online.