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Now Available: Recordings of NLM Theater Presentations at the 2016 MLA Conference!

The NLM exhibit booth at the Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association (MLA) featured theater presentations to bring users up-to-date on several NLM products and services. Presentation recordings are now accessible from the NLM web site. The average video length is 20 minutes.

Enhancement to MedlinePlus Connect Lab Test Responses

MedlinePlus Connect is a National Library of Medicine (NLM) service linking patient portals and electronic health record systems to context-relevant information from MedlinePlus. The Connect service returns relevant information for a patient’s specific diagnosis, medication, or lab test. In particular, since 2011 Connect has supported requests for lab test information using LOINC (Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes).

In April 2016, NLM released an enhancement to the responses to lab test queries. The response now names the source of the information and provides a short snippet of the content in addition to the hyperlinked title of the content page. This contextual information was added to help end-users understand the differences between multiple links which will be useful as NLM expands its collection of lab test content. For example, responses will now include links to MedlinePlus health topics that are focused on lab tests. For a look at the new format, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.

National Library of Medicine’s Tox Town Farm Scene Gets an Update!

If you are looking for possible environmental health risks on a typical farm or need information on agricultural runoff, feeding operations or barns and silos, check out the newly updated National Library of Medicine (NLM) Tox Town Farm Scene.

The Farm joins previously updated Tox Town CityTown and Southwest scenes with an updated, photorealistic look to allow users to better identify with real-life locations. Each scene migrated from Flash to HTML 5 platform so it can be viewed on a variety of personal electronic devices, including iPads, iPad minis, and tablets. All location and chemical information remains the same.

NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region “Focus on NLM Resources” Webinars in June & August!

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), is offering two upcoming Focus on NLM Resources webinar sessions, from 9-10 AM Pacific Time. Registration is required and each session offers 1 MLA CEU.

  1. HealthReach | Register
    Date: June 9, 2016 9-10 AM PDT
    Presenter: Laura Bartlett / Outreach and Special Populations Branch, National Library of Medicine
    Description: HealthReach is a resource of quality multilingual, multicultural public health information for those working with, or providing care to, individuals with limited English proficiency. In Spring 2016, the site was redesigned. Resources include:

    • Health education materials in various languages and formats (brochures, fact sheets, videos)
    • Provider tools (including best practices, cultural information, and effective use of interpreters)
    • Special collections on Emergency and Disaster, Women’s Health, and Mental Health
  2. Genetics Home Reference | Register
    Date: August 4, 2016 9-10 AM PDT
    Presenter: Stephanie Morrison, MPH / National Library of Medicine
    Description: Genetics Home Reference is the National Library of Medicine (NLM) website for consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes or chromosomes associated with those conditions. A recent redesign of the website introduced a completely new look and feel, improved navigation, and hundreds of educational images. This presentation will cover the development and use of this NLM resource, with a focus on the recent changes.

NLM Releases Two New Nursing Resources YouTube Videos!

NLM recently released two short YouTube videos for nurses. They are linked as part of the PubMed for Nurses Tutorial. They are nicely done with music, and both are less than four minutes long.

NLM Resources For Nurses: Research

NLM Resources for Nurses: Patient Education

Tox Town Updates the Farm Scene!

If you are looking for possible environmental health risks in a typical farm or need information on agricultural runoff, feeding operations, or barns and silos, check out the newly updated Tox Town Farm scene. The Farm joins previously updated City, Town and Southwest scenes with an updated, photorealistic look to allow users to better identify with real-life locations. Each scene was also moved from Flash to HTML 5 platform, to allow viewing on a variety of personal electronic devices, including iPads, iPad minis, and tablets. All location and chemical information remains the same.

AHRQ Report Shows Gains in Access to and Affordability of Health Insurance

More people have health care coverage, have a usual place to go for medical care and can more easily afford medical bills after the Affordable Care Act’s provisions have taken effect, according to a new report released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), 2015 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report and 5th Anniversary Update on the National Quality Strategy. The report finds that the rate of uninsured Americans under age 65 decreased from 18% to 10%. For 18- to 29-year-olds, the uninsured rate declined even further, falling by more than half, from 31% to 15%. Among poor people ages 18-64, the uninsured rate fell from 44% to 25%. Substantial gains in health care coverage also were found for Hispanic and black adults ages 18-64. The cost of health care coverage also became more affordable as fewer people overall reported having trouble paying medical bills within the past year. Poor people (below the federal poverty level) ages 18-64 saw the greatest benefit, and all racial and ethnic groups showed a decline in payment problems during this period.

The report features annual trends on more than 250 measures of care quality, access and disparities that cover a broad array of health care services and settings. Overall, the report shows that quality of care is improving, particularly in hospitals, and for measures that are being publicly reported by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. However, quality of care is still less than optimal overall for many Americans. Disparities related to race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status continue to impact the care that many people receive. For example, the quality of care for blacks, Hispanics and American Indians and Alaska Natives was worse than that for whites for about 40% of the report’s measures.

May 2-6 Is Air Quality Awareness Week

Air Quality Awareness Week (May 2 – 6) explores the connections between exposure to pollutants and human health. The National Library of Medicine offers several resources on air quality. The NLM Enviro-Health Links pages on Indoor Air and Outdoor Air are information guides linking to sites that have been reviewed for appropriate and trustworthy material. They provide background information, connections to laws and regulations, and pre-formulated searches of relevant National Library of Medicine databases. Indoor Air covers mold, radon and flame retardants, as well as second-hand and third-hand smoke. Outdoor Air covers common particulate matter and common air pollutant chemicals.

Asthma and other airway diseases can sometimes be caused by workplace exposure to hazardous chemicals. NLM’s Haz-Map offers information related to Occupational Asthma which examines symptoms, findings, and the job tasks or chemical agents most associated with occupational asthma. NLM’s Environmental Health Student Portal contains Air Pollution information for middle school students and teachers. The portal has videos, classroom activities and links to age appropriate sites for further exploration. NLM’s Tox Town, the interactive web site on community environmental health concerns, has non-technical information on indoor air and on outdoor air.

Hepatitis Awareness Month and NLM Resources

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) provides a number of resources to learn about hepatitis, a dangerous inflammation of the liver caused by a virus. The Outreach and Special Populations Branch (OSPB) at NLM also offers information on hepatitis for specific populations, such as Asian Americans and individuals suffering from HIV/AIDS.

Available resources include the following:

May 2016 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

Silhouettes of a man and a woman showing the XY symbol next to the male and XX next to the maleCheck out the May 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:

  • Sex and Gender
    Men and women are similar in many ways, but sex and social factors can affect your risk for disease, your response to medications, and how often you seek medical care.
  • Going Gluten Free?
    With the growing popularity of gluten-free products at your local grocery store, you may have wondered if you should avoid eating gluten. Sidestepping gluten can be a lifestyle choice for many. But for those with a condition known as celiac disease, it’s a medical necessity.
  • Researchers Examine the Structure of Zika Virus
    Scientists found a structural detail on the surface of the Zika virus that distinguishes it from similar viruses. Continuing to study this tiny difference might help researchers develop targeted therapies and better ways to diagnose Zika infections.
  • Featured Website: Education: Biomedical Imaging & Bioengineering
    Learn how fingers might be regrown, people with paralysis can stand, and what an MRI image of your brain looks like. You can play games, take quizzes, and explore interactive graphics on this science education website as you learn all about bioengineering and the cool medical technology now being developed at NIH.

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!