McGoogan News

Consumer Health Tips: Toy Safety for Children

December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month. Each year, thousands of children suffer toy-related accidents, including eye injuries, hearing loss, cuts and bruises, and choking. If you are wondering how to keep your holidays safe and jolly, we have some resources for you! Check out the links below for tips and advice on how to buy safe toys, and what to look for when inspecting new toys that you receive as gifts.

For Kids’ Sake: Think Toy Safety (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)
This 2-page handout provides tips for thinking about safety when buying, maintaining, and storing toys.

Safety Toy Checklist (Prevent Blindness)
This checklist provides tips for selecting and inspecting toys to help protect children’s eyesight.

Able Play Toy Guide (Able Play)
Able Play provides a rating system and information for toys for children of all abilities. The site also provides a new toy guide to make play accessible for everyone.

Choosing Safe Toys (KidsHealth)
This article provides information on choosing age-appropriate toys, toy safety in the home, and how to report unsafe toys.

Safety Education Resources: Toys (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)
Includes links to different education resources including toy safety alerts, guides for buying and selling toys, and posters.

Health Information Outreach to the Community

Exhibiting at Community Events

Fall is often a busy time with conferences and health fairs, and this year has been no different! McGoogan Library often participates in local community events to promote the Consumer Health Information Resource Service (CHIRS), and highlight specific information materials relevant to each audience. Some of our activities have included:

  • Sharing evidence-based breastfeeding information resources at the Breastfeeding: Baby’s Natural Choice conference.
  • Helping librarians learn about multilingual and multicultural health information resources at the Nebraska Library Association conference.
  • Sharing quality websites for women’s health at the Omaha Women’s Health and Wellness Conference Health Fair.

Our next stop is the UNO Health and Wellness Fair in November. We hope to see you there!

Find Us at the Resource Center

In June, we launched a pilot partnership with the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center’s Resource and Wellness Center. We help the community find quality information to understand a cancer diagnosis, learn about treatment options, cope with a new role as caregiver, and more. The Resource and Wellness Center is on the 2nd floor of the Buffett Cancer Center, and library faculty and staff are available Monday -Thursday, 1:00-4:30 pm, and Friday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

For more information on how McGoogan Library can be involved in your community events, contact Christian Minter, Community Engagement & Health Literacy Librarian, at christian.minter@unmc.edu.

NLM Spotlight: PubMed Health

screenshot of pubmed health homepage

PubMed Health will help you answer the question of “What works?” when it comes to the prevention and treatment of diseases and health conditions. This website specializes in reviews of clinical effectiveness research, and provides easy-to-read summaries for the general public as well as full technical reports for clinicians. Categories of information include:

  • Health A-Z/Drugs A-Z: a list of different health and prescription drug topics. Each page includes a brief description of the topic, a glossary of relevant terms, and summaries and evidence reviews for current clinical effectiveness research.
  • Understanding Clinical Effectiveness: provides resources for  understanding clinical effectiveness and systematic reviews, where to find systematic reviews, and free ebooks for understanding how to interpret research results.
  • PubMed Health Blog: receive updates on new content on PubMed Health, health news, and information about new resources relate to clinical effectiveness research.
  • Behind the Headlines: provides evidence-based analysis of health stories in the news.

PubMed Health is maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Library of Medicine.

Want to learn more about PubMed health? Attend the webinar: “Understanding Systematic Reviews and More at PubMed Health.” Wednesday, July 26, 2:00 pm CT. Register for the webinar here.

NLM Spotlight: AIDSinfo Redesign

AIDSinfo home page

AIDSinfo is your one-stop shop for information from the U.S. federal government on HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, and research.  The site features federally approved practice guidelines, health education materials, FDA-approved and investigational drugs, and a clinical trial search tool.

A new web design was launched on April 15th. The major enhancements to the site include:

  • Patient education materials are reorganized: They are now all located in a new “Understanding HIV/AIDS” section of the website.  The resources include fact sheets, infographics, an HIV/AIDS glossary, and webpages highlighting the National HIV/AIDS Awareness Days.
  • More prominent display of mobile apps: the AIDSinfo HIV/AIDS Guidelines, Drug Database, and Glossary apps are now prominently featured in each section of the website.
  • Enhanced search functionality: an updated search feature allows users to quickly find relevant resources.
  • Increased linking between AIDSinfo resources: Resources are now linked to each other across the website. For example, patient fact sheets are now linked directly from the guidelines pages, so health care providers can easily access materials for their patients.

You can visit AIDSinfo at https://aidsinfo.nih.gov/

AIDSinfo is a project of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a collaboration between the following agencies:

  • National Library of Medicine
  • NIH Office of AIDS Research
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention