Watching the Nation’s Health for 50 Years

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a long-time partner of the NLM, celebrated its 50th anniversary on September 29, 2009. Established in 1959 as the National Health Examination Survey, NHANES has been a primary source of data on the nation’s health including pioneering surveys that helped to identify the dangers of leaded gasoline,…

New NLM Web Site for Newborn Screening

The NLM launched a new Web site, Newborn Screening Coding and Terminology Guide, to better equip public health agencies to observe and compare nationwide trends from newborn screening test results.  The NLM site covers more than 100 conditions, listing their terminologies and codes, and identifying the screening tests that may be used for each. Users…

HHS and NLM Provide Disaster Information Online

With wildfires decimating tens-of-thousands of acres, particularly in California, and a busy 2009 hurricane season only half over, the NLM and the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are providing comprehensive online health and safety information. The NLM Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) provides guides and online resources that are especially useful for…

Helpful Facts for Caregivers

If you are caring for an older family member or friend, there’s an easy way to learn about Medicare benefits that may help them. The Web site NIHSeniorHealth has a new topic entitled Medicare Basics for Caregivers. Medicare is the federal health insurance program for adults 65 and older and younger people with disabilities. The new guide…