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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guide to Lead in Water

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Due to the ongoing lead contamination in Flint, Michigan, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided an outline about lead in water. The outline covers the effects of high lead exposure to  the removal of lead contamination in water. For more information, please visit:

Zika Virus: What You Need to Know

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

MedlinePlus posted a warning from the World Health Organization last week entitled “Zika Virus Expected to Spread North Through U.S.: WHO“.

As this is an emerging threat with new updates daily, here are a couple of websites to consult for the latest news:

And the NIH Director’s blog is always good for health news, plus MedlinePlus’ Latest Health News page.

As of January 27 there are also two new Medical Subject Headings available for searching MEDLINE/PubMed: Zika Virus Infection and Zika Virus.

map of zika affected countries

FLU Prevention: Health Travel During the Winter Months

Monday, January 4th, 2016

FLU Prevention: Health Travel During the Winter Months

Adapted from the CDC:

If you are traveling during the winter months, the CDC has a couple of recommendations to help prevent chances of contracting the flu before and during your trip.

Before Your Trip

Flu vaccination – Obtaining a flu vaccine is your most important step from becoming ill. There are various places that offer vaccinations including your doctor, pharmacies and health departments. If you are not sure in your area, the HealthMap Vaccine Finder is a great resource.

Travel health kit – Having a personal kit will relieve the stress of finding items on your journey. Items you may want to consider are tissues, pain and fever medicine, soap, hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes. For suggestions, please use the Pack Smart guide.

Illness – If you have the flu before traveling, it is highly recommended to seek a medical professional to evaluate your ability to travel. The correct treatment can shorten your illness and prevent others from becoming sick.

During Your Trip

A couple of recommendations when traveling include:

  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Cover your cough with tissue. If there is no tissue, remember to cough in your sleeve, not your hands.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water. If these are not available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer. Then wash your hands when the opportunity occurs.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

The CDC also offers information if you are traveling outside of the United States during the winter months. For more information, please visit:

Environmental Health Concerns of Native Tribal Communities Webinar

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Adapted from

The American Public Health Association and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are hosting a webinar on environmental health concerns of Native Tribal communities and how ATSDR effectively supports tribal governments in addressing these concerns Thursday, December 17, 11:30-12:30pm MT, 12:30-1:30pm CT.

This is the fifth and final webinar of a five part series exploring the Agency’s role as an integral partner in: determining chemical threats; supporting communities with their environmental health concerns; protecting children and vulnerable populations; and supporting the specific needs of Native Tribes.

For more information and to register visit:

Dec. 1: World AIDS Day

Monday, November 30th, 2015

December 1 is recognized globally as World AIDS Day. The annual observance highlights the advances in HIV prevention, treatment, and care since the AIDS epidemic was first reported three decades ago. World AIDS Day is also an occasion to reflect on the ongoing challenges to achieve an AIDS-free generation. Here are some AIDS resources:

  • AIDSource: The National Library of Medicine’s Web portal for HIV/AIDS information
  • AIDSinfo: a website from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, offers access to the latest, federally approved HIV/AIDS medical practice guidelines, HIV treatment and prevention clinical trials, and other research information for health care providers, researchers, people affected by HIV/AIDS, and the general public
  • The Centers for Disease Control’s webpage on World AIDS Day
  • collaborates with departments and agencies across the Federal government to provide HIV/AIDS related information

#WAD2015 #WorldAIDSDay2015
world aids day logo

Arkansas Resource Library-UAMS: Mid-year Highlights

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Library has been working hard during the 2015-2016 contract year!

Some of their exhibition activities include:

In addition, Jessie Casella presented Reliable Resources for Complementary & Alternative Medicine Reference Questions at the Association for Rural & Small Libraries and taught at the Arkansas Library Association on Free Health Information Resources: Free Print & Electronic Materials for Your Collection.

Great job everyone!!!

Arkansas River Valley

PHPartners: A Collaboration of U.S. Agencies, Public Health Organizations and Health Sciences Libraries

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

PHPartners (Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce) is a collaboration of U.S government agencies, public health organizations and health sciences libraries. The organization’s directive is to provide information and assistance to the Public Health workforce. The group’s mission is Helping the public health workforce find and use information effectively to improve and protect the public’s health. PHPartners goals are:

  • Organize and deliver public health resources so they are easier to find and use.
  • Identify and develop collaborative projects to meet the information needs of the public health workforce.
  • Increase the visibility of the partnership with libraries and the public health workforce.
  • Increase the information literacy of the public health workforce.
  • Strengthen the collaboration among the Partners.

The organization’s website is a portal to authoritative public health resources and tools. Sections include, Public Health Topic Pages, Main Topic Pages, Current Public Health News, Email signup for Public Health Topics of Interest and In the Spotlight section. There is also a search box function in which users can type what they are looking for. Furthermore, there are multiple tabs that assist in browsing the site. This includes Home, News, About Partners, Contact Us, Sitemap, FAQ and Suggest Link. Maintenance of the site is provided by the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Lamar Soutter Library through the National Library of Medicine.  Information on Copyright, Privacy, Accessibility, Freedom of Information Act and Viewers and Players is located at the bottom of each page.

As stated earlier, a component of the site includes Public Health Topic Pages. This section covers various topics such as Bioterrorism, Dental Public Health, Environmental Health, HIV/AIDS, How to Access Journal Articles, Nutrition, Obesity, Public Health Genomics, Veterinary Public Health and Workforce Development. Another section is the Main Topic Pages. This area features Health promotion and Health Education, Literature Guidelines, Health Data Tools and Statistics, Grants and Funding, Education and Training, Legislation and Policy, Conference and Meetings, Finding People, Discussion and E-mail Lists and Jobs and Careers. For example, on the Literature and Guidelines page, individuals can access databases related to public health, find journal titles alphabetically, newsletters, and public health reports. For full-text articles, users can locate a health sciences library in their area and register with Loansome Doc. This will allow personalized document delivery for a fee.

Under the Current Public Health News heading, information is listed by most recent article at the top. News items older than three weeks are removed and can be located in the news archive section. Users can filter news items sent to them by email in the Get the Latest Information of Public Health Topics of Interest section. Also, there is an In the Spotlight section that promotes a resource found on the portal. Finally, has a Public Health Information and Data Tutorial module on Staying Informed, Health Information Resources, Health Statistics and Evidence-Based Practice. is a powerful resource for collaboration, funding, research and information regarding public health. For more information, please contact the site, NLM or your NN/LM SCR office for more information.

Partner members include:

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)
  • Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • Medical Library Association (MLA)
  • National Agricultural Library (NAL)
  • National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
  • National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH)
  • National Library of Medicine (NLM)
  • National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM)
  • Public Health Foundation (PHF)
  • Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)

PHPartners home page

AIDSource: a Redesigned, Mobile-Optimized HIV/AIDS Information Website from the National Library of Medicine

Monday, September 28th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine’s web portal for HIV/AIDS information has been redesigned and given a new name. The new website, AIDSource, offers access to a comprehensive collection of HIV/AIDS-related information resources that are reviewed and selected by expert information specialists and librarians.

Visitors to AIDSource will now be able to view the website content on their mobile device. The website is now automatically optimized for display across all device types, including desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones. In addition to responsive design, the new AIDSource design also includes the following new features:

  • Addition of a slider feature that highlights resources of interest
  • Addition of images for topics
  • Improvements in website navigation, including a menu on all pages of the website that provides access to all topic areas

The mission of AIDSource is to serve as a reliable source for access to HIV/AIDS-related information from federal and non-federal sources. Resources included on the AIDSource website are organized by both topic of interest and audience, and information is available in English and Spanish.

NLM welcomes your feedback on the AIDSource website. Please send your comments to:




August 2015: National Immunization Awareness Month

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recognized August as the National Immunization Awareness month. As such, various activities structured by the National Public Health Information Coalition will focus on encouraging individuals to safeguard their health against infectious diseases. Emphasis of the month-long program is designed to highlight the importance of immunization. The CDC in collaboration with the NPHIC has developed a toolkit as a guide. Each week will highlight a different group:

A Ready for School toolkit is available for communicating the importance of vaccinations for students as well.



Tox Town Updates the City Neighborhood

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

The City neighborhood is the newest neighborhood in Tox Town to update its graphics. The City neighborhood, joined previously by the Town and Southwest scenes, is now in HTML 5 and has a new photorealistic look. All of the location and chemical information is the same, but the new graphics allow users to better identify with real-life city locations. Tox Town can be accessed on a variety of personal electronic devices, including iPad, iPad minis, and other tablets.

Regardless of where you live, you will definitely want to visit the updated City neighborhood and learn about possible environmental health risks in a typical city.

(Oooh–that Dentist sound effect though!)

ToxTown city