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October 12, 2012

From the GMR: Lake Effects Webinar 10/18: Teen Health Resources

GMR Lake Effects this month will be "From A(norexia) to Z(its): Providing Health Information to Teens", presented by Samanthi Hewakapuge - GMR Consumer Health Coordinator

This is a one hour version of the class designed for public librarians and secondary school librarians, teachers, nurses, and counselors. This session will present an overview of health information needs of teenagers and their information seeking behaviors; review communication skills needed during reference interviews with teenagers; and explore credible health information resources that are designed for teens.

Join us for this informative session! Please register by going to: http://tinyurl.com/gmrregistration

This session will be online using Adobe Connect. The URL for the event will be given to those who register.

Registration is limited to 150, so register now!

Cost: Free!

CE Credits: 1

To see if your system will support Adobe Connect, please visit this site:
https://webmeeting.nih.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm. If you fail the test, please contact your IT department for support.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Regards,

Samanthi


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Samanthi Hewakapuge, MA, MLS
Consumer Health Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Greater Midwest Region
Library of Health Sciences - UIC
1750 W. Polk St. M/C 763
Chicago, IL 60612-4330
(312) 996-7791
(312) 996-2226 Fax
samanthi@uic.edu

January 11, 2012

From the GMR: NLM's Tox Town Introduces New US Southwest Neighborhood

FYI. Interesting section on fracking available - with links to a variety of other resources!

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Tox Town Introduces New US Southwest Neighborhood in both English and Spanish

What is fracking? What are uranium tailings and how can they affect my health? Answers to these questions can be found in Tox Town's new US Southwest Scene.
http://www.toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/flash/southwest/flash.php (English)
http://www.toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/flash/southwest/flash_sp.php (Spanish)

This scene, developed in conjunction with Diné College in New Mexico, highlights locations associated with environmental health concerns impacting the Navajo and others living in the Southwest region of the United States. New Tox Town locations found in this scene include:

Abandoned Mines
Coal-Fired Power Plants
Dust Storms
Hydraulic Fracturing
Irrigation Canals and Ditches
Oil and Gas Fields
Sheep Ranching
Uranium Tailings
Water Wells
Windmills

Regardless of where you live, you will definitely want to visit this new neighborhood and learn about possible environmental health risks in this part of the country.

September 27, 2011

From the GMR: Enhanced Access to Herb and Supplement Information on MedlinePlus

Very cool update!

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Hello,

The National Library of Medicine enhanced access to herb and supplement information on MedlinePlus. On the English and Spanish supplements index pages, links to external sources of herb and supplement information now appear along with the information that we license from National Medicines Comprehensive Database. These links also appear on MedlinePlus search results pages in the Drugs & Supplements collection.

The screen capture below shows the top of the index page. The producing organization (Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Toxicology Program, etc.) appears next to each link to distinguish different pages on the same herb. For example, MedlinePlus provides links to Acai information from both the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.

Natural Medicines Medline Plus screenshot

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/herb_All.html

If you have any questions, contact the MedlinePlus team by clicking the "Contact Us" link that appears at the top of every MedlinePlus page.

Thank you!

August 9, 2011

From the GMR: New MedlinePlus.gov Twitter Name

Today, the National Library of Medicine changed the name of the MedlinePlus Twitter feed from @medlineplus4you to @medlineplus. Tweets will no longer be published to the @medlineplus4you feed, and, instead, will be published to the @medlineplus feed.

Existing subscribers to @medlineplus4you or the RSS feed of the tweets do not need to modify their subscriptions in any way. They will continue to receive the latest tweets from MedlinePlus.
If you have any questions about this change, please use the Contact Us link that appears at the top of every MedlinePlus page to send the MedlinePlus team a message.

August 2, 2011

From the GMR: M+ 2010 Survey data & New M+ Tour

Want to learn more about who is using MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español? Looking for the latest user statistics for your next presentation or outreach activity?

The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce the results of the 2010 MedlinePlus user survey, powered by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). The survey results give you a snapshot of a representative sample of MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español users, their demographics, their reasons for visiting the site, and how they use the health information provided by MedlinePlus. Thousands of users voluntarily responded to our online survey in 2010. Thank you if you were one of them.

Visit http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/survey2010/index.html to view the 2010 survey results for MedlinePlus.gov and http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spanish/survey2010/index.html to view the 2010 survey results for MedlinePlus en español. You can also find links to the 2010 survey results on the English and Spanish "About MedlinePlus" pages in the right column.
We hope you'll find this data interesting and helpful in your efforts to reach out to new and existing health information customers. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments about the results.

There is also a now MedlinePlus Tour: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/tour/tour.html also available en español: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spanish/tour/tour.html

If you have any questions, use MedlinePlus "Contact Us" link.

June 23, 2011

From the GMR: MedlinePlus RSS & Content Sharing Enhancements

NLM released several exciting enhancements that improve users' ability to share and consume MedlinePlus content:

RSS feeds are now available for every health topic page on MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español. This means that MedlinePlus now offers nearly 1,800 feeds for English and Spanish combined that are customizable to your specific interests. Whenever we add a new link to a MedlinePlus topic page, the item appears as a new entry on the corresponding health topic RSS feed. You can subscribe to the health topic RSS feeds using the RSS reader/aggregator of your choice. Links to the feeds are available on all health topic pages, the MedlinePlus RSS Feeds page, and via your browser's RSS auto-detect feature.

In addition to the new health topic feeds, MedlinePlus now offers two new English RSS feeds allowing you to subscribe to all new links added to MedlinePlus and all new NIH links added to MedlinePlus. These new feeds are available on the RSS Feeds page under the heading "General Interest RSS Feeds." For Spanish-language users, there is a new RSS feed that contains all new links added to MedlinePlus en español. This new feed is available from the Spanish RSS Feeds page.

NLM also unveiled enhancements to the print, email, and AddThis share icons on MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español health topic pages. These icons are now located above the topic summary, and the Facebook and Twitter sharing options are more prominent, making it easier for you to share content in these very popular social networks.

Examples of the new RSS feeds and the improved sharing features can be seen on the health topic pages listed below:

-Food Allergy (English): http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/foodallergy.html
-Alergia a las comidas (Spanish): http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spanish/foodallergy.html

If you have any questions about these enhancements, please use the "Contact Us" link that appears at the top of every MedlinePlus page.

June 2, 2011

From the GMR: PubMed Basico

Hi folks,

The updated Spanish version of PubMed is now available online, with grateful thanks to translator Dr. Héctor A. Bonaccorsi.

The NEW URL is:
http://nnlm.gov/training/resources/pubmedguia.pdf

It is linked from the page:
Non-English Guides to PubMed
http://nnlm.gov/training/resources/intlpubmedlinks.html

Expect the updated version of PubMed My NCBI in Spanish shortly.

As always, if you know of PubMed guides in other languages, please let me
know and I will add links to them.

Holly.

Holly Ann Burt, MLIS
Outreach and Exhibits Coordinator
NN/LM-Greater Midwest Region
1750 W. Polk St. M/C 763
Chicago, IL 60612-4330
phone: 800-338-7657 (in the Region) or 312-996-2464
fax: 312-996-2226
haburt@uic.edu
nnlm.gov/gmr

May 24, 2011

From the GMR: New MedlinePlus Tours

Today NLM posted a new version of the MedlinePlus tour in English and Spanish. The tours highlight important features of MedlinePlus and describe where you can find certain types of information on the site. The tours last approximately 8 minutes and they include audio.

We invite you to view the tours to see all the wonderful features MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español have to offer! There's also a downloadable version of each tour so you can play them without an Internet connection. If you have comments or questions about the MedlinePlus tours, send a message to the MedlinePlus team via the contact form on MedlinePlus.gov.

Naomi Miller
Manager, Consumer Health Information
National Library of Medicine
millern@mail.nlm.nih.gov

From the GMR: MedlinePlus Survey Results

A message from the National Library of Medicine:

Want to learn more about who is using MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español? Looking for the latest user statistics for your next presentation or outreach activity?

The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce the results of the 2010 MedlinePlus user survey, powered by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). The survey results give you a snapshot of a representative sample of MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español users, their demographics, their reasons for visiting the site, and how they use the health information provided by MedlinePlus. Thousands of users voluntarily responsed to our online survey in 2010. Thank you if you were one of them.

Visit http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/survey2010/index.html to view the 2010 survey results for MedlinePlus.gov and http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spanish/survey2010/index.html to view the 2010 survey results for MedlinePlus en español. You can also find links to the 2010 survey results on the English and Spanish "About MedlinePlus" pages in the right column.

We hope you'll find this data interesting and helpful in your efforts to reach out to new and existing health information customers. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments about the results.

Jennifer Jentsch
Reference & Web Services Section, NLM
Jentsch@mail.nih.gov

February 10, 2011

From the GMR: 4th Biennial Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit

Dear Librarians,

Please see the announcement below. This is a great meeting and a valuable opportunity for those who involved with health information outreach.

Several of us from the region are presenting and the GMR will have an exhibit booth. Some of you have already agreed to volunteer at the booth! Hope to see more of you there!! Please spread the word in your regions.

Thank you!
Regards,
Samanthi

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Plan to attend the 4th Biennial Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit which will bring together distinguished plenary speakers and other experts in the fields of health care, adult literacy and health care policy.

Registration is now open for the 4th Biennial Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit on April 12-13, 2011 in Madison, WI. This event will feature Keynote Speaker Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, a number of distinguished plenary presenters and 36 breakout session options within five conference tracks: Health Care Providers, Adult Literacy Providers, Patient Education, Vulnerable Populations and Organizational Change.

Watch this video preview to learn more!

The Summit is presented by Health Literacy Wisconsin, a division of Wisconsin Literacy, Inc., and Wisconsin Research and Education Network (WREN) with the generous support of our Presenting Sponsor, Gundersen Lutheran, and additional sponsors.

We will also be offering a Pre-Summit Workshop, "Creating Reader-Friendly Materials for Patients" with Audrey Riffenburgh, MA, President of Plain Language Works (PLW) on April 10-11, 2011.

Health Literacy Missouri, Wisconsin Literacy, Inc. and other members of the Health Literacy Regional Network will also be hosting a Pre-Summit Meeting, "World Cafe: Models for Launching Health Literacy Efforts" the afternoon of April 11, 2011.

CME and CEU credits will be available for physicians and nurses attending the Summit.

Please visit our Events page for complete details or register now.

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Samanthi Hewakapuge, MA, MLS
Consumer Health Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Greater Midwest Region
Library of the Health Sciences - UIC
1750 W. Polk St. (M/C 763)
Chicago, IL 60612-4330
(312) 996-7791
(312) 996-2226 Fax
samanthi@uic.edu

November 11, 2010

From the GMR: NLM announces MedlinePlus Connect, for EHRs

Earlier this week, NLM announced MedlinePlus Connect (http://medlineplus.gov/connect), a free service that allows electronic health records (EHR) systems to link users to MedlinePlus (http://medlineplus.gov), an authoritative up-to-date health information resource for patients, families and health care providers. MedlinePlus provides information about conditions and disorders, medications, and health and wellness.

MedlinePlus Connect accepts requests for information on diagnoses (problem codes) and medications. NLM mapped MedlinePlus health topics to two standard diagnostic coding systems used in EHRs: ICD-9-CM and SNOMED CT CORE Problem List Subset.

When an EHR submits a request to MedlinePlus Connect, the service returns the closest matching health topic as a response. MedlinePlus Connect also links EHR systems to drug information written especially for patients. For medication codes, MedlinePlus Connect accepts RXCUIs and NDCs. The API for using this service conforms to the HL7 Context-Aware Knowledge Retrieval (Infobutton) Knowledge Request URL-Based Implementation specification.

MedlinePlus responds to problem code requests in either English or Spanish. Currently, it supports requests for drug information in English only. NLM is working on adding laboratory test responses to MedlinePlus Connect. We will also support an XML-based Web service at a future date.

You can find more background and technical information at http://medlineplus.gov/connect. If you are an EHR owner or developer interested in staying up-to-date on technical developments with MedlinePlus Connect, or talking to other organizations that are using it, join the free email list at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/connect/emaillist.html. To send questions or feedback, use the MedlinePlus Contact Us link at http://apps.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/contact/index.cfm.

October 18, 2010

Call for Authors: Journal of Hospital Librarianship, Charting Consumer Health Column

The Journal of Hospital Librarianship is looking for authors for the Charting Consumer Health Column. This column is a great way to share with others in the field your knowledge and experiences working with consumer health related projects.

If you are at all interested in submitting an article for the Charting Consumer Health Column, please let me know and I can tell you more about the process. You can contact me at besch015@umn.edu.

Sincerely,
Anne Beschnett
Co-Editor, Charting Consumer Health Column, Journal of Hospital Librarianship
Liaison and Outreach Librarian, Bio-Medical Library, University of Minnesota

September 30, 2010

From the GMR: New Herb and Supplement Information on MedlinePlus

Dear GMR Members,

Today, MedlinePlus released 100 new English and Spanish monographs on a broad range of dietary supplements and herbal remedies. The new content is provided by Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Consumer Version (NMCD). Some of the highlights of the new monographs include:

  • Descriptions of herbal remedies, dietary supplements, and how they work
  • Effectiveness ratings for different indications
  • Safety concerns, including special precautions and warnings
  • Information on interactions with medications, foods, and other herbs and supplements
  • Dosages that have been studied in scientific research
  • Extensive lists of references, with links to PubMed
  • A "Share" button on each monograph that allows users to easily share the content with friends and family
The content from NMCD replaces the Natural Standard monographs that were previously on MedlinePlus. If you bookmarked any monographs from Natural Standard, MedlinePlus will automatically redirect you to the new information when equivalent content is available. Please review and update your bookmarks.

If you have questions or comments about the new content, please contact the MedlinePlus team by using the "Contact Us" link that appears at the top of every MedlinePlus page.


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Samanthi Hewakapuge, MA, MLS
Consumer Health Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Greater Midwest Region
Library of Health Sciences - UIC
1750 W. Polk St. M/C 763
Chicago, IL 60612-4330
(312) 996-7791
(312) 996-2226 Fax

September 8, 2010

From the GMR: MedlinePlus Mobile adds dictionary

The National Library of Medicine just added the Merriam-Webster medical dictionary to MedlinePlus Mobile. Merriam-Webster's mobile-optimized medical dictionary contains the same entries and definitions that you'll find on the full MedlinePlus site. Using it is simple. Point the web browser on your mobile device to the MedlinePlus Mobile home page at http://m.medlineplus.gov/ and click on the Dictionary link to look up a word. The mobile-optimized medical dictionary also includes audio pronunciations for many of the entries. Feel free to share the news of this exciting enhancement with your colleagues, family and friends. Send questions to Loren Frant (Loren.Frant@nih.gov).

August 17, 2010

From the GMR: Development of PubMed health for consumer-level, evidence-based information

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) is currently developing a new site called PubMed Health, which is intended to focus on consumer-level, evidence-based health information. Though PubMed Health is still under development, NCBI has released some of its initial content, provided by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), to be searchable through search engines such as Google. NCBI is currently reviewing some development decisions for the PubMed Health site to determine how these particular pages are being used. Once the site is ready for production release, PubMed Health will have its own search function as well as links to other NLM online products. An NLM Technical Bulletin article about PubMed Health will be published once the site is ready to be launched.

PubMed Health does not replace MedlinePlus, NLM's premier health Web site for patients and their families and friends. MedlinePlus continues to be expanded, including a full site redesign launched this July as well as a new mobile interface, MedlinePlus Mobile that was released in January 2010. MedlinePlus provides reliable up-to-date health information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language the public can understand.

July 19, 2010

From the GMR: MedlinePlus has a new look!

As of last Wed. morning, MedlinePlus (http://medlineplus.gov/) has a new look! The entire site has been redesigned with a new layout and color scheme. Some highlights of the new design are:

NLM invites you to visit MedlinePlus to see the changes and new features for yourself. Let them know what you think of the new design by clicking the Contact Us link that appears on every page.


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Samanthi Hewakapuge, MA, MLS
Consumer Health Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Greater Midwest Region
Library of Health Sciences - UIC
1750 W. Polk St. M/C 763
Chicago, IL 60612-4330
(312) 996-7791
(312) 996-2226 Fax
samanthi@uic.edu

July 8, 2010

From the GMR: MedlinePlus New Interface Going Live On July 14!

On Wednesday, July 14, MedlinePlus will unveil a completely redesigned site with a freshened look and feel, a new logo, and distinctive color schemes for English and Spanish pages. The content on the current site will still be available in the new design, with some exciting new features and enhancements. The new design emphasizes search, makes navigation more intuitive, and highlights frequently used content. We invite you to preview the new design and read more about the changes.

Once the new look is live next week, please visit MedlinePlus, and send us your feedback and comments about the new design via the Contact Us link that appears on every page.

June 21, 2010

From the GMR: Consumer health info classes in St. Louis, July 19-20

Some of you may be interested in these classes which are being offered next month in St. Louis. Please use the link below to register with our sister region, MCR.

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WHAT: Free consumer health classes offered at Becker Medical Library this July. The registration URL below provides links to class descriptions.

WHEN:
Measuring Your Impact: Using Evaluation for Library Advocacy
Monday July 19th, 10:00 am--5:00 pm
6 MLA CE credits, Room: King Center and Farrell Learning & Teaching Center

The ABCs of DNA
Tuesday July 20th, 8:00am--12:00 noon
4 MLA CE credits, Room 601B, Becker Medical Library

Beyond an Apple a Day
Tuesday July 20th, 1:00pm--5:00 pm
4 MLA CE credits, Room 601B, Becker Medical Library

WHO: Staff from all types of libraries, students in education or library science programs, patients, family members, and community health agents are all welcome to attend.

If you have been procrastinating on taking these kinds of classes, now is a great time! We are not always fortunate enough to have staff in St. Louis to teach them face-to-face. The Tuesday classes need more enrollment or they will be canceled.

WHY: Among other reasons, these classes meet requirements for the Medical Library Association Consumer Health Information Specialization (http://www.mlanet.org/education/chc) and continuing education requirements for the Medical Library Association Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP).

WHERE: Becker Library is at the corner of Euclid and McKinley Avenues next to Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Parking map is attached. Please note some garages do not accept debit or credit cards. Becker Library is a short walk south of the MetroLink Central West End station.

HOW: Register for classes online at http://tinyurl.com/mcrclasses.

Will Olmstadt, MS, MPH
Public Health Information Specialist
Becker Medical Library, Washington University School of Medicine
Campus Box 8132, 660 S. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110
Office: 314-362-4734
olmstadtw@wusm.wustl.edu

May 28, 2010

From the GMR: HHS National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy Released

Hello, Network Members,
Please see the following forwarded message.
Jacqueline

HHS National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy Released

The National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy contains seven goals, each with specific strategies for different sectors of the health system, such as payers, the media, government agencies, and health care professionals, to improve health literacy. These goals emphasize the importance of creating health and safety information that is accurate, accessible, and actionable.

"Health literacy is needed to make health reform a reality," said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "Without health information that makes sense to them, people can't access cost effective, safe, and high quality health services. But, HHS can't do it alone," she added. "We need payers and providers of health care services to communicate clearly and make the necessary changes to improve their communication with consumers, patients, and beneficiaries. Today's plan is only the beginning of a long-term process with our many partners in all sectors that we hope will result in a society that encourages people to live longer, healthier lives."

The Action Plan, a summary of the Action Plan, and an HHS press release on the Action Plan can be accessed at: http://www.health.gov/communication/HLActionPlan

Find AHRQ tools and information that can be used in implementing the Action Plan at: http://www.ahrq.gov/browse/hlitix.htm

From the GMR: New MedlinePlus preview!

MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español will debut a new design in summer 2010. Many of the changes are based on feedback we received from you.

To get a sneak peek at what's coming, please go to http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/preview/overview.html to start your tour. Click the blue buttons on the upper right hand corner to preview
different MedlinePlus pages. There is a feedback form on the bottom of every page, and we welcome your comments.

May 13, 2010

From the GMR: New on MedlinePlus: Anatomy Videos

MedlinePlus now includes a collection of animated anatomy videos as part of the A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia. These 78 new videos show the anatomy of body parts and organ systems and how diseases and conditions affect them. To see a complete list of the videos, please visit the new English and Spanish anatomy videos pages.

You can also find links to the videos in "Videos and Tutorials" section, which used to be "Interactive Tutorials" section. The new section allow access to Interactive Tutorials, Anatomy Videos and Surgery Videos. Again, there is no longer a separate section for "Surgery Videos". As of tomorrow morning, the videos will be linked from MedlinePlus health topic pages.

If you have questions, please contact:
Naomi Miller
Manager, Consumer Health Information
National Library of Medicine
millern@mail.nlm.nih.gov

March 31, 2010

From the GMR: Healthcare 411 en Español

Healthcare 411 en Español is a new audio news series that provides Spanish speakers with evidence-based consumer information. AHRQ is producing two 60-second audio reports each month that helps Spanish speakers stay healthy, prevent diseases, compare the effectiveness of various medical treatments, and obtain high-quality and safe health care. AHRQ distributes theses reports to Spanish-language radio stations nationwide and posts the audio to its Healthcare 411 Web site, where consumers can subscribe and download the segments to a computer or portable media device such as an MP3 player.

The new initiative is part of a broader effort by AHRQ to reduce health disparities by providing information to Spanish-speaking Americans about their health and health care. Other elements in the effort include:
* Consejos de salud para tí (Health Advice for You) a monthly online health advice column.
* Staying Active and Healthy With Blood Thinners, a 10-minute bilingual video about the safe and effective use of blood thinner drugs:
* Superhéroes, a multimedia Spanish-language public service advertising campaign developed in partnership with Ad Council that urges Hispanics to get the preventive health care tests they need.

These and other resources for Spanish-speakers, can be found at: http://www.ahrq.gov/CONSUMER/espanoix.htm. You can access Healthcare 411 in English at: www.healthcare411.ahrq.gov.

March 2, 2010

From the GMR: New & Improved MedlinePlus E-mail Update Service

Latest news about MedlinePlus. FYI.

The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce that MedlinePlus now offers a new e-mail subscription service to make it easier for you to stay up to date on the health topics that matter most to you. With this new service, you can subscribe to any or all of the over 800 health topics on MedlinePlus, over 770 topics on MedlinePlus en español, and a variety of other health-related e-mail lists in English and Spanish.

To subscribe to health topics that are of interest to you, visit the MedlinePlus subscription options pages for MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español. Whenever MedlinePlus adds new information on a topic page to which you are subscribed, you will receive an e-mail alert to notify you of the new materials. You can also sign up by visiting a MedlinePlus topic page and entering your e-mail address in the box beneath the summary.

With this new service, you now have the ability to customize your e-mails based upon your particular interests. If you are already subscribed to one or more of the MedlinePlus announcement lists, you will receive an e-mail with more information on how you will be transferred over into the new service.

If you have any questions or comments about this new service, please contact MedlinePlus. Please visit MedlinePlus for more information on e-mail updates.

January 28, 2010

From the GMR: Haitian Creole materials on RHIN (Refugee Health Information Network)

The Refugee Health Information Network (RHIN) initiated an improved link to its Haitian Creole materials. To check it out go inline to the RHIN homepage (http://www.rhin.org) and click on Health Information in Haitian Creole in the Featured Resources section at the upper left side of the page.

Your comments are welcome, at info@rhin.org

August 27, 2008

Searching for Online Health Information

In 2007, 56 percent of American adults—more than 122 million people—sought information about a personal health concern, up from 38 percent in 2001, according to a new national study by the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC).