The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has made available a new environmental health science website for middle and high school students. According the site, “Environmental Health is the interrelationship between human health and the environment, either natural or manmade.” Users can search topics on this free site to learn about air polution, chemicals, climate change, and water polution. The site includes resources for teachers and students that are ” within the context of current middle school science curriculum standards.” For further study, a variety of links are provided to trusted sources such as the Smithsonian Education site for Prehistoric Climate Change and Why It Matters Today.
New NLM Website for Environmental Health Information
New Pew Research Report Finds 80% of Internet Users Seek Health Information
A report based on telephone interviews from August 9th to September 13th, 2010, finds that 80% of the 3,001 adults over 18 who were interviewed use the Internet to find health information. As stated by the report, “Symptoms and treatments continue to dominate internet users’ health searches, but food safety, drug safety, and pregnancy information are among eight new topics included in the current survey.”
- 66% of internet users look online for information about a specific disease or medical problem (perennially in the top spot).
- 56% of internet users look online for information about a certain medical treatment or procedure.
- 44% of internet users look online for information about doctors or other health professionals.
- 36% of internet users look online for information about hospitals or other medical facilities.
- 33% of internet users look online for information related to health insurance, including private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid.
- 22% of internet users look online for information about environmental health hazards.
New resource to monitor for funding opportunities: ScanGrants
David Rothman recently mentioned a great new resource you can monitor to learn about new grant opportunities in the health sciences: ScanGrants. ScanGrants is a new, free public service of the Center for Health Research and Quality at Samaritan Health Services, a nonprofit network of Oregon hospitals, physicians and senior care facilities.
The About page describes ScanGrants as follows:
ScanGrants is designed to facilitate the search for funding sources to enhance individual and community health. The funding sources listed here may be of interest to virtually anyone associated with the health field “medical researchers, social workers, nurses, students, community-based health educators, academics and others.
Funding sources most frequently listed here include those of private foundations, corporations, businesses, and not-for profit organizations. Finding and listing less traditional funding opportunities is also a priority. Federal and state funding sources are typically not included on ScanGrants because they are readily available on other sites (e.g. www.grants.gov).
ScanGrants was developed as a tool for Samaritan Health Services and its collaborators, but it is also available for use by the general public. The listing is selective and is intended to supplement other search methods. In many instances, grant announcements have been abbreviated for the sake of brevity. To view the full grant announcement, click on the link to the source URL provided for each funding opportunity.
At ScanGrants, you can subscribe to all grant listings or just those in a particular category or categories (including Informatics, Medical Libraries, and Public Health) — and receive those updates via email or via RSS. Thanks to SHS-CHRQ and developer Hope Leman for such a helpful resource!
NIH MedlinePlus Salud
The National Library of Medicine and the Friends of the National Library of Medicine are partnering with the National Alliance for Hispanic Health to publish NIH MedlinePlus Salud. The plan is for this bilingual publication to appear twice a year.
NINDS site in Spanish
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) now has free, accurate information about different neurological disorders in Spanish. The information can be found online at http://espanol.ninds.nih.gov/. The site includes information on stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, autism, and epilepsy.
NLM’s new Drug Information Portal
Last week, the National Library of Medicine announced a new online resource for researchers, healthcare professionals, and the general public, called the NLM Drug Information Portal. Like other “federated” search tools, the idea is a one-stop, simple search interface that pulls together results from a wide variety of disparate databases. In this case, the user is presented with a single search box to enter the name of the drug (generic or commercial) — but the results are returned from a wide variety of federal government sources, including:
- MedlinePlus (Drug information & consumer health information)
- AIDSinfo (HIV/AIDS treatment)
- LactMed (Effect on breastfeeding)
- HSDB (Reviewed biological and physical data)
- Dietary Supplements Labels Database (Ingredients and label information)
- Medline/PubMed (References from scientific journals)
- TOXLINE (References from toxicological journals)
- DailyMed (Manufacturers drug label)
- ClinicalTrials.gov (Clinical trials)
- PubChem (Biological activities and chemical structures)
- NIAID ChemDB (Biological activities against HIV/AIDS and other viruses)
- ChemIDplus (Toxicological and chemical resources)
- Drugs@FDA (Information from the US Food & Drug Administration)
- DEA (Information from the US Drug Enforcement Administration)
- USA.gov (Other government resources)
Now, that’s a fine collection of resources to be able to search all at once! Thanks, NLM — and thanks to our colleagues over at the EBM & Clinical Support Blog for the tip about the new site.
Oral Longevity Site
The American Dental Association (ADA) and GlaxoSmithKline have partnered to create an initiative called Oral Longevity. The initiative has been designed to create awareness about the oral health needs of older americans. There are consumer health resources and dental resources for the dental health professionals. You can also request a DVD and download the brochure by going here: http://www.ada.org/ada/orallongevity/brochure.asp
Presidential Proclamation – National Health Information Technology Week
President Barack Obama has declared the week of September 11-16, 2011 as National Health Information Technology Week. See the official proclamation at Presidential Proclamation – National Health Information Technology Week. In addition, the 2008 Federal Strategic Health IT Plan has been updated to meet the new realities for health IT and IT policies. See more on the Federal Strategic Health IT Plan: 2011-2015 at the Health IT Buzz Blog Post.
Public and Medical Library Team Up for Consumer Health Information
Working in partnership with the Alamo Area Library System (AALS), the UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library recently provided a health information presentation for the Universal City Public Library. Promoting the use of public libraries for consumer health information is part of an effort to address the information needs of growing numbers of Texas residents who are being diagnosed with diabetes. National Library of Medicine resources such as MedlinePlus and NIHSenior Health were demonstrated for attendees as examples of reliable sources of diabetes information.
Responding to the Epidemic: Strategies for Improving Diabetes Care in Texas
An alarming rate of increase is projected for the incidence of diabetes in Texas over the next 30 years. Based on statistics from the Office of the State Demographer, Texas will see an increase of 156,000 new cases of diabetes each year. A newly released report from the Texas Health Institute (THI) recommends a plan of action to curtail these predictions. According to the report, “The State Demographer projects a quadrupling of the number of adult Texans with diabetes from approximately 2.2 million in 2010 to almost 8 million by 2040.” Counties in the Texas border region are expected to be particularly hard hit. Given that rates of diabetes in Hispanic populations are higher than the national average, “There are a large number of Hispanic residents at high-risk of developing diabetes, particularly in South Texas, where obesity rates are very high and insurance coverage is very low.”