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.
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.
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 https://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/pa-collaborationandcare/index.html
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 https://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/fireandfreedom/index.html
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.
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.
Are you looking to explore the basic principles of toxicology? Then the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has a resource for you! NLM just updated its online tutorial, ToxTutor. This tutorial is self-paced, and uses plain language and illustrations to provide a basic understanding of toxicology. The topics covered include dose and dose response, toxic effects, interactions, toxicity testing methods, risk assessment, and exposure guidelines.
Once you finish this tutorial, you will be better equipped to delve more deeply into TOXNET, a group of NLM databases that provide information on chemicals and toxicology. TOXNET includes resources on chemicals and drugs, diseases and the environment, occupational safety and health, risk assessment and regulations, and more.
ToxTutor and TOXNET are produced by the NLM Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program. To learn more about this program, visit their website.