The National Library of Medicine’s Household Products Database (HPD) provides access to manufacturer developed Safety Data Sheets (SDS; formerly called Material Safety Data Sheets, MSDS) which describe the chemical properties of each product, including physical data, health effects, first aid, reactivity, storage, handling, disposal, personal protection, and spill/leak procedures. As required by OSHA, information within each SDS is targeted to help those exposed to chemicals at work. Consumers may also find information that can help them safely use a product. To find an SDS for a specific household product, look for the link labeled “Complete MSDS for this product” above the “Health Effects” section of the brand page. To learn more, visit the HPD FAQ page.
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The Outreach and Special Populations Branch of the National Library of Medicine provides a variety of brochures, fact sheets, and wallet cards related to consumer health, minority health, HIV/AIDS resources, and many other important health topics. Following are a few of the useful resources that can be downloaded as PDFs, printed, and shared with patrons, students, patients, and colleagues:
- Consumer Health Resources Wallet Card (PDF, 600 KB) – A list of online health resources from NLM that will be useful to the general public, on a foldable card that can be stored in any wallet or billfold.
- Resources for Public Health Professionals Fact Sheet (PDF, 250 KB, October 2015) – Brief descriptions and links to important NLM online resources, including emergency/incident planning and response resources and NLM mobile resources and applications.
- HIV/AIDS Information Resources Flyer (PDF, 860 KB, May 2015) and Wallet Card (PDF, 412 KB) – NLM resources that will be helpful in locating general information, treatment information, clinical trials, multilingual resources, and training resources related to HIV/AIDS.
Registration is available for the inaugural session of a new bi-monthly NN/LM collaborative webinar series, NN/LM Resource Picks, which will be held on September 28, 12:00-1:00 PM PDT. Every two months, NN/LM and/or NLM staff will highlight NLM resources. Coming up first is Don’t Wait, Communicate About Disaster Preparedness, hosted by the NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region.
The new Director of the National Library of Medicine, 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…” The National Institutes of Health defines precision medicine as “an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person.” To learn more about precision medicine and how NIH is already playing an important role in the Precision Medicine Initiative, visit the following NLM resources:
- Genetics Home Reference: Read the guide What is precision medicine? for a simple overview on the subject, and get additional insights on precision medicine topics like: “What is the difference between precision medicine and personalized medicine? What about pharmacogenomics?” and “What is the Precision Medicine Initiative?” Genetics Home Reference also provides this information in a printable PDF that was published on August 9, 2016.
- MedlinePlus Magazine: The Fall 2015 issue of the MedlinePlus Magazine has an article describing the NIH Precision Medicine Initiative, along with stories of how precision medicine has already saved lives.
- PubMed: Search through a wide range of articles indexed in PubMed on the topic of precision medicine, including many systematic reviews available in free full text.
August is Psoriasis Awareness Month. According to NLM’s MedlinePlus, psoriasis is a skin disease that causes itchy or sore patches of thick red skin with silvery scales. The condition may be hard to diagnose, since it has similar symptoms to other skin diseases. Following is a short list of resources related to psoriasis available from National Library of Medicine databases:
- Consumer Health Information on Psoriasis – MedlinePlus has a Health Topics page on psoriasis, which includes many helpful links to reliable organizations and online research about the condition. The page is also available in Spanish. In addition, a detailed encyclopedia entry on psoriasis is available, which lists causes, symptoms, tests, treatments, support groups, outlook, prevention, and when to contact a medical professional.
- Clinical Trials on Psoriasis – ClinicalTrials.gov includes a list of nearly 200 open clinical trials related to psoriasis.
- Full-Text Biomedical Research Articles on Psoriasis – A search on psoriasis in PubMed Central (PMC) provides access to nearly 28,000 full-text research articles.
In response to recent severe flooding events in Louisiana, NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center has updated the Floods Information Resource Guide. In addition to updating content, the webpage’s code has been added to the Health and Human Services Content Syndication Storefront. Setting up an account is easy! Now anyone can embed the content of the Floods Information Resource Guide on their own web site. When the Guide is updated, syndicated pages will be automatically updated as well.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Environmental Health Information Partnership (EnHIP) is a collaboration between NLM and Historically Black Colleges and Universities, a Predominately Black Institution, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and an Alaska Native-Serving Institution. A list of EnHIP Member Schools is available, as well as the March 2016 EnHIP Meeting Proceedings. The mission of the EnHIP is to enhance the capacity of minority serving academic institutions to reduce health disparities through the access, use and delivery of environmental health information on their campuses and in their communities. Two member schools are based in the Pacific Southwest Region; Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, and Diné College, with various locations in Arizona and New Mexico.
EnHIP began as a pilot project in 1991 as the Toxicology Information Outreach Project (TIOP). During the late 1980s and early 1990s, there were a number of published articles and books that highlighted the adverse effects of environmental hazards on minority and socioeconomically deprived communities. There was a clear need for toxicology and environmental health information to be more readily accessible to health professionals serving these communities. Recognizing this need, NLM launched TIOP to strengthen the capacity of Historically Black Colleges and Universities to train medical and other health professionals in the use of toxicology, environmental, occupational, and hazardous waste information resources. The value and success of the project later led to the longest-standing outreach program of NLM. The name was changed to the Environmental Health Information Outreach Program (EnHIOP) as more schools were added to the program in order to reflect more diversity in the participating institutions. In 2008, the name changed to Environmental Health Information Partnership (EnHIP) to reflect a true partnership with NLM.
The National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health, has a variety of free materials to help seniors become and stay physically active, including sample exercises, an exercise guide book, easy-to-print tip sheets with information about the health benefits of physical activity, and even tools for setting goals and tracking progress. The information in these resources is based on research in people ages 50+. The NIH Go4Life exercise and physical activity campaign provides strategies to encourage seniors about ways to incorporate exercise into their daily lives. Seniors can also get activity ideas and sign up to receive free e-mail exercise tips and weekly motivation from Go4Life virtual coaches. Also, join the celebration of Go4Life Month during September. This year’s theme is #Fit4Function, focusing on the practical benefits of exercise and physical activity, like being able to drive, carry groceries into the house, do yardwork, and walk the dog; all of which are important activities to older adults!
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 (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 is National Breastfeeding Month, and both healthcare professionals and expectant/new mothers can use resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to locate reliable health information about breastfeeding. NLM resources related to lactation and breastfeeding include:
- LactMed – The LactMed® database contains information on drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. It includes information on the levels of such substances in breast milk and infant blood, and the possible adverse effects in the nursing infant.
- Breastfeeding vs. Formula Feeding – Through the Medical Encyclopedia on MedlinePlus, learn about the benefits of breastfeeding for both infant and mother’s health, how to prepare for breastfeeding, how breastfeeding works, health and safety issues that may be experienced during breastfeeding, and how to bottle feed a baby. An article is also available on overcoming breastfeeding problems.
- Breastfeeding on MedlinePlus – Find a summary about breastfeeding, along with a variety of useful links to research and resources related to breastfeeding. Health information on breastfeeding is available in 15 languages on MedlinePlus.
Locate additional multilingual resources related to women’s health and pregnancy through HealthReach. HealthReach offers easy access to quality health information to individuals for whom English is not the primary language. It is also an important resource for health professionals as well as public health administrators.