Health and Medical News and Resources

General interest items edited by Janice Flahiff

Health videos for some frequently asked questions (with additional related resources)

No, this is not from the Mercy hospital system here in Toledo. However, the Health Library at Mercy Health is a good resource for consumer  questions on topics ranging from “what causes wheezing?” to “tracking your blood pressure at home”,  or even something along the lines of  what’s “the difference between a cold and the flu .
Related resources


Health Professional

January 20, 2015 Posted by | Consumer Health, Educational Resources (Health Professionals) | , , , , | Leave a comment

A Statistical New World” and Other Creative (Bio)statistics Diddies

From the 18 August 2011 Tens and Twos with Dr. Felicia Mebane (public health)  blog item A Statistical New World” and Other Creative (Bio)statistics Diddie


FINALLY! Some creative videos on statistics. I wonder if they read my prior emails begging for more creativity in this area :) .

This year, the American Statistical Association hosted a “Promoting the Practice and Profession of Statistics” video competition. And, one of the three winning videos was from graduate students and staff in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. YAY, biostats!

August 23, 2011 Posted by | Educational Resources (High School/Early College( | , , | Leave a comment

Health Communications in Video (in Reducing STIs)

Sexually transmitted disease

From a Posting in Youth Health 2.o “Health Communications in Video” by Kishan on July 17, 2011

The purpose of using videos in reducing the rates of STIs, for example, is to increase “knowledge and perception of STI/HIV risk, promoting positive attitudes toward condom use” and more importantly “building self-efficacy and skills to facilitate partner treatment, safer sex, and the acquisition, negotiation and use of condoms”.

Findings from the study on the effectiveness of “Safe in the City”, show that video based interventions are simple at a “relatively low cost, likely acceptability and likelihood of healthier behaviours being adopted and sustained over time” (Warner 2008)….

Click here for the entire posting

July 18, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Journal of Visualized Experiments

JoVE is

The Journal of Visualized Experiments is a peer reviewed, PubMed indexed journal devoted to the publication of biological, medical, chemical and physical research in a video format.

The editors believe that videos of techniques and procedures will greatly aid scientists in learning and keeping abreast of new advancements in scientific methods. They will be able to focus their time and thought more on other experimental aspects and thus speed up the process from hypothesis generating to publication.

June 23, 2011 Posted by | Biomedical Research Resources, Librarian Resources | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Science Cinema: the source for Department of Energy (DOE) multimedia

Science Cinema: the source for Department of Energy (DOE) multimedia

From the About page

The ScienceCinema site contains multimedia videos highlighting the U.S. Department of Energy’s most exciting scientific research.

[Editor’s note: ScienceCinema includes quite a few health related videos, it is worth searching]

The Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) is responsible for broadly disseminating and preserving the Department’s scientific output. ScienceCinema contains videos produced by the DOE National Laboratories and other research institutions.

Through a partnership with Microsoft Research, state-of-the-art audio indexing and speech recognition technology allows the user to search for specific words and phrases spoken by the presenter in these video files. Simply enter a term and the results list will point to the precise snippets of the video where the term was spoken.

You can search for words spoken in the videos,

and also through the “old fashioned” advanced search method.

The advanced search page (labelled bibliographic search) allows you search by

  • Bibliogaphic data – words and phrases as virus and “air pollution”
    Use quotation marks (“) to force phrase searching
  • Description/abstract– words and phrases found in the description or abstract (summary) of the video
    For an example , see Wind vs. Biofuels: Addressing Climate, Health and Energy

February 14, 2011 Posted by | Educational Resources (High School/Early College(, Finding Aids/Directories | , , , | Leave a comment

Tai Chi and Qi Gong for Health and Well Being: Video Now Available

From the US National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

This 12 minute video is an educational tool that features tai chi and qi gong as activities to enhance wellness. You can also download this video to your computer or portable media player.

Segments include introduction, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and cool down

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is the Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine.

The NCCAM Web site includes research-based information on treatments and conditions for both health care professionals and the rest of us.

December 11, 2010 Posted by | Consumer Health, Educational Resources (High School/Early College(, Health Education (General Public) | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Online Medical Streaming Videos (Some Are Freely Available)

Medical videos are challenging to locate, even for medical librarians.

A recent post by the Krafty (Medical) Librarian

Did you know that there are citations to medical videos in PubMed? It was news to me and several other librarians today. I was at the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) Library Advisory Board today discussing many things, among them the difficulty of finding good medical videos. That is when one of the people with NEJM mention that their Videos in Clinical Medicine, were indexed and in PubMed. Almost all of us were stunned, we said, “No they’re not, we’ve never seen them.” So we grabbed a laptop found the title of one of the videos from the NEJM website and searched for it in PubMed. Low and behold it was in there.

It turns out that videos are being added to PubMed and they are indexed under the Publication Type: Interactive Tutorial which was added to the database in 2008. So why didn’t we librarians in the room know about this? Well if you search for any PubMed citation where the Publication Type is an Interactive Tutorial you will notice that there are only 758 citations. In a database of over 20 million citation, 759 is less than a drop in a bucket. It is more like a drop in the ocean, no wonder we didn’t know the videos were there.

A few sources for medical videosRemember, no one Web site or search engine is comprehensive or will fit your needs

Use the Limits to search by Interactive Tutorial (under Type of Article). Also consider using their Medical Search Headings (MeSH) for more focused results. See Tutorials for help. (Some videos may require a subscription. Contact a librarian at an academic or medical institution for possible viewing options)

**OrLive Free live surgery broadcasts and videos

**Videos and Audios from Access Medicine (subscription required, may be available to the public at academic/medical libraries) Items are from online medical textbooks

**Science Multimedia Center Images, videos, slideshows and more from the journal Science. Most are freely available

** streaming video Most videos are freely available

**Learner’s TVIncludes Medical, Nursing, Psychology and Dentistry video lectures

**Common Currency Videos(Dalhouse University) A small list of gross anatomy and procedural skills

**MedlinePlus Videos and Cool ToolsAnatomy and surgery videos

**BlipTV Creative Commons Video A variety of subjects, including some medical and nursing videos

**Academic Earth – Medicine & HealthcareA small collection of 9 videos at present

**PBS Health and Wellness Videos

**Google Video:
Consider an advanced video search, as Domain/Site .edu and keyword
For example, enter –> .edu AND stroke

**youtubeSpecific searches work the best, as using the phrase (with quotes) “respiratory tract infections”, “respiratory tract infections”, a search phrase as “emergency preparedness” AND home

**Bing Video

The above selections came from:
MedLib-L archives from the Medical Library Association
LibGuides Online Library Guides from academic and public libraries
Workshops/Finding Free Digital Resources

September 23, 2010 Posted by | Health Education (General Public) | | Leave a comment

Free Anatomy Videos via MedlinePlus

MedlinePlus now includes 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.

Here are links to a few of the videos
**Brain Components
**Kidney Stones
**Macular Degeneration

You can also find links to the videos in encyclopedia articles and MedlinePlus health topic pages.
MedlinePlus is a goldmine of good health information from the world’s largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine.
It has links to information on over 800 diseases and conditions, a medical encyclopedia, directories, and more.

May 19, 2010 Posted by | Health Education (General Public) | , , | Leave a comment


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