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NLM Spotlight: PubMed Health

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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

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



NLM Spotlight: Community Health Maps Blog

The Community Health Maps Blog provides information about affordable Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping tools for use in collecting and visualizing public health trends through maps and spatial data. The blog is geared towards community-based organizations engaged in collecting information about the health of their communities. Since many community organizations may not have the resources for expensive GIS software or a fulltime GIS specialist, the blog focuses on tools that are low cost or open source.

The blog posts feature reviews of mapping apps and software; best practices for using the tools during data collection, analysis, and visualization; and experiences of groups who have implemented a mapping workflow into their projects. The blog also includes lab exercises to take a user through the Community Health Mapping workflow with step-by-step instructions for each of the tools involved. The labs are currently being updated to reflect recent changes in some of the software, and the new labs will be available this spring.

You can visit the Community Health Maps Blog at The blog is a collaboration between the National Library of Medicine, Center for Public Service Communications and Bird’s Eye View.

Want to learn more about the Community Health Maps blog and resources? Attend an upcoming webinar!

NNLM Resource Picks: Community Health Mapping
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 | 2:00 pm CT
To register and for more information:

NLM Spotlight: New History of Medicine Online Exhibitions

The National Library of Medicine creates online exhibitions and education resources to enhance awareness of its history of medicine collection. Two new exhibitions were recently released.


Physician Assistants: Collaboration and Care describes how the physician assistant profession developed and continues to evolve today. It features stories of PAs in communities around the world, as well as those who have been involved in government service. You can learn more about the exhibit by visiting

NLM exhibition "Fire and Freedom"

Fire and Freedom: Food and Enslavement in Early America examines the labor of slaves and food practices during the colonial era, and explores the exchange of power among different people, races, genders, and classes at that time. The online exhibition features 18th-century materials on food, botany, health, and housekeeping. You can learn more by visiting

Both exhibitions also feature K-12 lesson plans, a higher education module, online activities, suggested readings, and links to other resources. The Exhibition Program is managed by the National Library of Medicine History of Medicine Division.

NLM Spotlight: Profiles in Science

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Here is a snapshot of some of the people you can learn about through this online archive.

Profiles in Science is an online archive of collections celebrating leaders in biomedical research and public health from the 20th century. The collections include books, journals, pamphlets, diaries, letters, photographs, audio recordings, videos, and more. The collections are organized into three categories:

  • Biomedical Research: materials related to the study of biological processes at the molecular level.
  • Health and Medicine: materials related to scientific discoveries to improve medical treatments and public health.
  • Fostering Science and Health: materials related to the role of politicians, philanthropists, the media and others.

Each digital collection includes introductory narratives on the scientist’s life and work and an exhibit that highlights a selection of the most noteworthy documents (this can be text, audio, videos, or photos).  Additional documents from the scientist’s papers are available through the website’s search engine or browse features.

The newest addition to Profiles in Science is the Louis Sokoloff Papers. Louis Sokoloff was an American physician and neuroscientist whose innovative research methods and tools transformed the study of brain structure and function. This collection features articles, interviews, photos, correspondence with colleagues and students, and experimental brain images.

For more information, visit:


Profiles in Science is maintained by the National Library of Medicine’s Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications and History of Medicine Division.