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NLM Resources for National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: March 20, 2017

Today is National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Health outreach professionals can access HIV/AIDS resources for Native American communities through multiple National Library of Medicine websites, including the following:

  • American Indian Health – Check the “Health Topics – HIV/AIDS” section of American Indian Health for links to HIV/AIDS resources for Native American individuals and communities, for researchers/health professionals/educators, programs and organizations working to treat and prevent HIV/AIDS among Native Americans, and health information about HIV/AIDS for everyone.
  • AIDSource – Look under the Specific Populations:Native Americans section of AIDSource for HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, education, and research resources related to HIV/AIDS in Native American communities.
  • PubMed – For the latest biomedical research related to HIV/AIDS among Native American populations, visit PubMed.

Check Out These NLM Resources for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month!

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The risk of developing colorectal cancer rises after age 50, so screening is important. Following are several resources from the National Library of Medicine to educate and raise awareness about colorectal cancer (including possible genetic causes) among the US general public, multilingual populations, and older adults:

  • General Public – Check the Colorectal Cancer Health Topics page on MedlinePlus for a basic summary and links to a wide variety of reliable websites with information, the latest research, and multimedia related to colorectal cancer.
  • Multilingual Resources – Find information on colorectal cancer in 14 languages under the Colorectal Cancer – Multiple Languages page on MedlinePlus.
  • Older Adults – Learn about risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and latest research related to colorectal cancer on NIH Senior Health.
  • Genetic Causes – Get an overview on possible genetic causes for colorectal cancer, such as Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) and Lynch syndrome, on Genetics Home Reference.

Use NLM’s AIDSource Portal to Locate HIV/AIDS Information for Many Specific Population Groups!

AIDSource is a portal to HIV/AIDS-related resources, reviewed and selected by expert information specialists from the National Library of Medicine. Users can easily locate HIV/AIDS resources for special populations under the Specific Populations section of AIDSource, including:

Users can also choose the “Select Audience” menu on AIDSource to view lists of HIV/AIDS resources for specific audiences, such as the general public, health professionals, multilingual speakers, researchers/scientists, Spanish speakers, or students/educators.

March 2017 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

Illustration of mom reading ingredients on a jar of food while baby waits in high chair

Check out the March 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:

  • Find Help for Low Vision
    Millions of Americans have low vision caused by an eye injury or a disease such as glaucoma. The sooner an eye problem is detected and treated by a physician, the greater your chance of keeping your remaining vision.
  • Featured Website: Bone Health Resources
    How do you keep your bones healthy and strong? It’s never too late to improve your bone health. Find out how to eat the right foods, exercise safely, and make other healthy lifestyle choices to protect your bones.

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!

Register Now for NN/LM Consumer Health Online Course March 20 – April 21!

Registration is open for the free four-week online class Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services. This course defines the core competencies of providing consumer health information services and then dives directly into the essential skills and knowledge that library staff need to build those competencies. Attendees will participate in a robust class that includes four weeks of interactive instruction, discussion, and activities followed by an additional week to complete a final project. This course was developed to help all library staff provide excellent service and health information to consumers, patients, students, and other members of the community.

The self-paced class will run from March 20 – April 21, using the Moodle platform. It will be team-taught by Kelli Ham, NN/LM PSR Consumer Health Librarian, and Bobbi Newman, NN/LM GMR Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist. More information will be sent to registrants by March 17, and the course will open Monday morning, March 20. Due to the comprehensive nature of this class, participants can expect to spend between 3 and 4 hours per week to fulfill the requirements. Upon completion, participants will be awarded 12 Medical Library Association (MLA) CE units. In addition, this is an approved CHIS class; participants who complete the class are eligible to apply for Level I or Level II of MLA’s Consumer Health Information Specialization.

Three Resources to Locate Recorded Presentations on Health Information Outreach Topics!

Have you wondered how to locate recordings of webinars or other online presentations hosted by government agencies, private organizations, or academic institutions on health information outreach topics? If so, use the following resources as a helpful guide:

New NLM Funding Opportunity for “Data Science Research: Personal Health Libraries for Consumers and Patients”

The National Library of Medicine seeks applications for novel informatics and data science approaches that can help individuals gather, manage and use data and information about their personal health. A goal of this program is to advance research and application by patients and the research community through broadly sharing the results via publication, and through open source mechanisms for data or resource sharing. To bring the benefits of big data research to consumers and patients, new biomedical informatics and data science approaches are needed, shaped to meet the needs of consumers and patients, whose health literacy, language skills, technical sophistication, education and cultural traditions affect how they find, understand and use personal health information. Data science approaches are needed to help individuals at every step, from harvesting to storing to using data and information in a personal health library.

Application deadlines are May 1, 2017, and March 19, 2018. Eligible applicants include higher education institutions, government entities, faith-based or community-based organizations, and other institutions. Applicants must base their proposed work on an informed profile of the intended users, and, the work should be developed through interaction with the user. The strongest projects will provide approaches that incorporate health data and information from more than one source, such as diagnostic images and links to full-text articles or genome sequence data linked to a family health history. An application should be centered on the problem area being addressed and the intended audience, propose a possible solution that employs novel data science or informatics, and undertake a pilot that will result in evidence of the degree of success and/or needed next steps. Applicants should expect to involve the intended users in their work. The number of awards will be contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. Up to $250,000 direct costs may be requested in any single year. The total project period may not exceed four years.

MedlinePlus Reaches Major Milestone: Launch of Its 1000th Health Topic Page!

A major milestone was recently reached as MedlinePlus.gov launched its 1,000th health topic page about “Eye Care.” Created and maintained by the National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health’s website providing trusted health information to the public. The winner of multiple awards and a consistent top scorer among federal websites, MedlinePlus debuted in 1998 with 22 health topic pages, which bring together information on a particular disease, condition, or wellness issue. Each health topic page provides a description of the condition or issue and directs users to vetted information from the NIH and other trusted sources. All content on MedlinePlus is reviewed and must meet strict quality guidelines.

MedlinePlus has steadily added new topics to respond to the growing needs of the public for reliable, up-to-date health information. The demand for additional health topics grew with the 2010 launch of MedlinePlus Connect, a service that links Electronic Health Records and other Health IT systems to targeted information from MedlinePlus. Today, over a million people visit MedlinePlus daily and benefit from the health topic pages, a medical encyclopedia, health news, surgery videos, a medical dictionary and much more. A Spanish language version of the site, MedlinePlus en español, premiered in 2002.

February 2017 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

Check out the February 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:

  • 4 Steps to Manage Your Diabetes for Life
    Diabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and other health problems if left untreated. That’s why it’s important to manage your diabetes ABCs: A1C (blood glucose), blood pressure, and cholesterol.
  • Featured Website: Easy-to-Read Drug Facts
    Get a wide range of helpful information about drug abuse, addiction, treatment, and prevention. Animated videos explain the basics of addiction and why drugs are so hard to quit.

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 Resources for February 2017 National Children’s Dental Health Month

The American Dental Association named February 2017 as National Children’s Dental Health Month. The National Library of Medicine has multilingual information about children’s dental health available for free online:

  • Check MedlinePlus for a collection of reliable links related to Child Dental Health, and use the Medical Encyclopedia on MedlinePlus to find instructions on brushing your child’s teeth and preventing tooth decay in early childhood. Various informational handouts in seven languages about child dental health can be downloaded on MedlinePlus.
  • Browse HealthReach for topics like dental care and oral hygiene to view and download patient information in over a dozen languages, including audio and video options for some records. For instance, the brochure Healthy Teeth, Health Kids is available in 13 languages, with audio downloads in eight languages. Use the split-screen view on HealthReach to view the document in English and a second language simultaneously.