Health and Medical News and Resources

General interest items edited by Janice Flahiff

MedlinePlus RSS and Content Sharing Enhancements

From the US National Library of Medicine Announcement

In June 2011, the National Library of Medicine® (NLM ®) released several enhancements that improve users’ ability to share and consume MedlinePlus® content. MedlinePlus now offers RSS feeds for every health topic page on the site — nearly 1,800 feeds for MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español combined. Whenever MedlinePlus adds a new link to a health topic page, the item appears as an entry on the corresponding health topic RSS feed. Users can subscribe to a customized selection of RSS feeds based on their specific interests using the RSS reader/aggregator of their choice. Links to the health topic feeds are available on all health topic pages, the MedlinePlus RSS Feeds page, and via any Web browser’s RSS auto-detect feature.

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

NLM also unveiled enhancements to the print, email, and AddThis® icons on MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español health topic pages. These icons now appear above the topic summary, and the Facebook® and Twitter®sharing options are more prominent, making it easier for users to share content in these very popular social networks (see Figure 1).

Screen capture of MedlinePlus health topic page showing RSS feed icon and AddThis enhancements

August 1, 2011 Posted by | Educational Resources (High School/Early College(, Health Education (General Public), Health News Items | , , | Leave a comment

Competitive Intelligence – A Selective Resource Guide – Updated and Revised July 2011

The Competitive Intelligence Resource Guide was created for legal professionals.

However, this guide does have quite a few resources related to health and medicine in these and other areas…

July 22, 2011 Posted by | Finding Aids/Directories, Librarian Resources | , , , , , | Leave a comment

PBS NewsHour’s Global Health Watch : Diseases, Conditions, Medical Advances and Related Policies

PBS NewsHour

PBS NewsHour’s Global Health Watch features news and on-the-ground reports exploring the diseases, conditions, medical advances and policies affecting the health of people around the world.

Earthquake victims gather at the evacuation center in Kamaishi on March 24, 2011 in Iwate Prefecture, Japan.  (Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)

Earthquake victims gather at the evacuation center in Kamaish
(Kamaishi.Perawongmetha/Getty Images)

TB patientBLOG  MARCH 24, 2011 Slideshow: TB a Silent KillerJust 22 countries contribute 80 percent of the global burden of tuberculosis.

A sampling from the March 25 2011 contents.
Each section includes Browse, Subscription, and Related Information options.

  • Global Health
  • The World’s Most Destructive Diseases
    • Information on the top 5 non-communicable diseases and also top 5 infectious diseases
    • Each disease or condition has information in these areas: global impact, causes, symptoms, prevention, and treatment
  • From the Field (Archive) has links to current and past postings. There is a drop down menu organized by country.
  • The For Teachers link  has the heading For Teachers and Students. It includes lesson plans.

March 25, 2011 Posted by | Consumer Health, Educational Resources (High School/Early College(, Finding Aids/Directories, Health Education (General Public), Health News Items, Health Statistics, Librarian Resources, Medical and Health Research News, Public Health | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

American Medical News (including older issues) is now freely available online



From the American Medical News “Welcome to Our Archives” Web page

One of the revelations from this publication’s online presence is the enormous reader interest in articles from weeks, months and years past. Every year for which content is available draws visitors.

The practice management article that should have been clipped or the news story with the argument-settling fact were all but impossible for most readers to retrieve in a pre-Internet era. Now, our extensive online archive, paired with search and article collections by topic, puts thousands of stories at your fingertips. Add to that a growing collection of Web-only content, such as our interactive tool for tracking health-plan earnings and a “Vault” page that will take you directly to articles and multimedia on topics of enduring interest (

Most of that older content has been behind an access-control wall. By knocking down that barrier, we are making available 10 years of full content and several years more of selected earlier articles. All told, about 15,000 articles now can be searched and read.

We invite our readers to visit the archives and link to our articles from their own sites, blogs and posts.

While on the subject of what’s new, check out our latest mobile version ( We have just added full text, pinch and zoom, search and collections of content by topic. We offer mobile headlines by e-mail or RSS.

Presenting the latest news and useful information for physicians is what our readers expect from us. The opening of our archives adds an extra dimension to that, letting site visitors retrieve and read reporting that remains meaningful and helpful in navigating an ever-changing world of medicine.

November 24, 2010 Posted by | Consumer Health, Finding Aids/Directories, Librarian Resources | , , | Leave a comment

Audio Newscasts Available When You Have Time to Listen

From an announcement by the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Are you looking for health-related news you can listen to at your convenience at home or on the go? AHRQ’s Healthcare 411 is your reliable audio news program, based on the latest research and available when and where you need it! You can listen to 60-second radiocasts with tips for heath care consumers and 10-minute audio podcasts featuring longer, more in-depth interviews with experts who provide evidence-based information on today’s critical health care topics. Log on and listen to Healthcare 411; or subscribe and we’ll send stories directly to your computer or personal media player.

Some recent titles

** Treating High Cholesterol
**Family Health Care (Tips for Selecting a New Health Plan)
**Specialty Care (Tips for Getting Access to it)
**How to Find Good Information Online

August 27, 2010 Posted by | Health News Items | , , | Leave a comment

Get Free Email Health News Updates

[From MedlinePlus Email Updates]

Would you like to receive updates on health topics of your own choosing?

MedlinePlus (a goldmine of health information sponsored by the US government) offers a great free service that just might fit your needs. This post’s author relies on it heavily for blog items.

Here is how to subscribe

** Go to Email Updates and enter your email address
** Select topic(s) and/or source
Sources include MedlinePlus publications as Health News and New Links
Topics include various body locations (as lungs), diagnosis/therapy (as surgery), disorders (as cancer), and health/wellness          (as sexual health)

August 6, 2010 Posted by | Consumer Health | , | Leave a comment