The Knee Bone’s Connected to the ….. Toxicology Resources from the National Library of Medicine You Just Might Need!
November 14, 2014
Have you ever had a customer or student inquire about environmental resources, what may be toxic in our geographic environment or even a home environment? Or what about lead in the soil? Or which careers may have hazardous exposures? These are just a few of the Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.questions you may receive since our lives are filled with chemical exposures.
How can you learn more? Well, the National Library of Medicine provides a host of free resources for just these purposes, through its Environmental Health and Toxicology Portal (http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro.html). Take a look at just a few of the resources mentioned here.
LactMed: http://lactmed.nlm.nih.gov A database of more than 900 drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. For example, a young mother may wish to know if she can take aspirin while breastfeeding. By simply doing a search on aspirin, she can find that it is “best avoided during breastfeeding.”
TOXMAP: http://toxmap.nlm.nih.gov/toxmap/ A Geographic Information System that uses maps of the United States to help users visually explore Toxic Release Inventory, (TRI) on more than 650 toxic chemicals. Is your community noted on this map? Also available is information on the Superfund program, part of a Federal government effort to clean up land in the U.S. that has been contaminated by hazardous waste.
Haz-Map: http://hazmap.nlm.nih.gov An occupational toxicology database that links job tasks to occupational diseases and their symptoms. Want to know more, for example, about risks to hairdressers or child care workers? More than you want to know!
Household Products Database : http://householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/ Human health effects information on more than 12,000 brand-name consumer products from landscape and yard to personal care to pesticides to pet care. Find the chemical make-up (maybe you have an allergy!), check for manufacturers, learn about first aid and how to dispose of the product safely. For a real challenge, find what ingredient is in acne scrub and toilet bowl cleaner!
Tox Town: http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov An interactive guide to commonly encountered toxic substances and environmental health risks. Tox Town is highly interactive, with graphics, animation, and sound to add interest to learning about connections between chemicals, the environment, and the public’s health. For example, in the Farm location, click on the cat and hear the cat meow. Then explore information on pets. Recommended for high school and college students, educators, and the concerned public.
Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER®): http://wiser.nlm.nih.gov Provides a wide range of information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression advice. How about recommending this to the emergency responders in your city? It’s easily downloadable to a mobile device.
Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC): http://disaster.nlm.nih.gov/ Health information resources and informatics research related to disasters of natural, accidental, or deliberate design. Learn what you should have on hand in your home for emergency preparedness. And if this isn’t enough, try this for lots more databases! Enviro-Health Links: http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro.html
For more information contact: Dana Abbey, MLS Health Information Literacy Coordinator National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region Dana.firstname.lastname@example.org.