Health and Medical News and Resources

General interest items edited by Janice Flahiff

You Are What You Eat (and other ChemWeb features)

You are What You Eat is an illustrated Web page about sugars and lipids geared toward junior high and high school students.

Illustrations for two fat cells showing the nucleus and the fat reservoir

The body stores excess fat in fat cells, or lipocytes, which expand in size until the fat is used for fuel.

Other health related Web sites from Chem Web include

This educational Web site by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences also includes teacher resources.


March 16, 2011 Posted by | Educational Resources (High School/Early College(, Librarian Resources | Leave a comment

The World’s Women and Girls 2011 Data Sheet

The World’s Women and Girls 2011 Data Sheet : Overcoming Gender Equality is published by the Population Bureau, It contains global statistics relating to women’s health.

For example, in the section providing statistics from a range of several countries

  • Percent of Women and Men Who Agree That Wife Beating Is Acceptable
  • Household Decisions Made by Husbands Alone
  • Prevalence of Early Marriage Around the World
  • Births Assisted by a Skilled Provider, by Wealth Quintile

The demography/reproductive health table contains statistics by country in these areas

  • Female population by age (<15, 15-49, >49)
  • Percent of women ages 20-24 married by age 18
  • Lifetime births per women
  • Percent of women ages 15-19 giving birth in one year
  • Percent of married women using contraception
  • Percent of women giving birth by skilled personnel
  • Maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, 2008
  • Lifetime chance of dying from maternal causes ( 1 in ___)
  • Abortion policy
  • Percent of Adults (Male and Female) ages 14-49 with HIV/AIDS, 2009

The education/work & family life table includes

  • literacy, primary school completion, and secondary school enrollment rates
  • economically active, nonfarm wage earner, and parliament member percentages


March 8 was International Women’s Day. The Bureau’s  International Women’s Day: 100 Years has some great links that are centainly not limited to any particular observance.

Download a Fact Sheet aboutThe World’s Women and Girls 2011 Data Sheet (PDF: 508KB)

Download The World’s Women and Girls 2011 Data Sheet (PowerPoint: 512KBDrawing on PRB’s The World’s Women and Girls 2011 Data Sheet, this PowerPoint presentation is designed to bring attention to and present accurate data on fertility, contraceptive use, early marriage, gender-based violence, and more. The presentation includes data comparisons within and among countries, as well as trends. Notes are included.

Listen to an interview with Nafis Sadik, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for HIV/AIDS in Asia/Pacific and former Executive Director of UNFPA.

PRB Women’s Edition Journalists’ Stories, Features, and Photos on International Women’s Day from Malawi, Nigeria, and Pakistan

March 16, 2011 Posted by | Educational Resources (High School/Early College(, Health Statistics | , , , , | Leave a comment

PubMed Health Provides Disease and Treatment Information for Consumers

PubMed Health Provides Disease and Treatment Information for Consumers

From the PubMed Health About Page

PubMed Health is a consumer health Web site produced by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a division of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). PubMed Health provides up-to-date information on diseases, conditions, injuries, drugs, supplements, treatment options, and healthy living, with a special focus on comparative effectiveness research from institutions around the world.

PubMed Health includes:

  • consumer guides summarizing comparative effectiveness research
  • fact sheets on diseases and conditions
  • information on drugs and supplements
  • encyclopedic overviews of health topics
  • links to external Web sites

PubMed Health has a special focus on comparative effectiveness research, in particular that research which evaluates the available evidence of the benefits and harms of different treatment options for different groups of people. In Comparative Effectiveness Research, experts often synthesize the evidence from dozens, or even hundreds, of individual studies.

One can search PubMed Health

When one enters a keyword, a list of topics suggested topics will appear underneath the word being typed.
For example, when typing CAT, phrases as Age Related Cataract, CAT scan, CAT scan arm, and cat scratch fever will              appear
Any of the suggested phrases can be clicked on for further searching

After a keyword is selected, there may be a few results or over 100 to choose.
Narrow the results by refining the search through the topics at the top of the page.

PubMed Health does not replace MedlinePlus.(Click here for a related news item for the medical librarian community)

However, at this time there is some overlap with MedlinePlus. The disease, first aid, healthy living, tests/treatments,and  drug topics are identical, drawing from the same resources.  However the comparative effectivenes is unique to PubMed Health. MedlinePlus has additional resources including: health news, directories (finding doctors, hospitals,etc), and  organizations publishing health information. MedlinePlus has more ways to search incuding videos, easy-to-read, and multiple languages.

March 16, 2011 Posted by | Health Education (General Public), Librarian Resources | , , | Leave a comment

PubMed Toxicology Subset Streamlines Biomedical Searches in the Professional Literature

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The National Library of Medicine (NLM) PubMed database offers a toxicology subset. This subset is created by NLM’s Specialized Information Services (SIS) to facilitate searching for subjects in the area of toxicology.

Here is how to limit searches to toxicology:

  • Go to Pubmed
  • Click on Limits (above search box), and select Toxicology under Subsets


Click on Advanced Search (above search box) , then Limits while building the search

The toxicology subset can also be placed in a search as “tox [sb]”.   Example:   lead AND tox [sb]

The PubMed database comprises more than 19 million citations for biomedical articles from MEDLINE and life science journals. Citations may include links to full-text articles from PubMed Central or publisher web sites.

Here are some PubMed tutorials and guides

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March 16, 2011 Posted by | Biomedical Research Resources, Librarian Resources | , , , , | Leave a comment


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