Update from the National Library of Medicine, Division of Specialized Information Services

Dietary Supplements Labels Database

The National Library of Medicine Dietary Supplements Labels Database now contains more than 6,000 products

The Dietary Supplements Labels Database http://dietarysupplements.nlm.nih.gov  includes information from the labels of over 6,000 dietary supplement products in the marketplace, including vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acids, and other specialty supplements.

The database is designed to help both the general public and health care providers find information about ingredients in brand-name products, including name, form, active and inactive ingredients, amount of active ingredient/unit, manufacturer/distributor information, suggested dose, label claims, warnings, percentage of daily value, and further label information. 

Links to other NLM resources, such as MedlinePlus and PubMed, are provided for additional health information. In addition, links to related Fact Sheets from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM ), and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) are also available.

Tox Town

Tox Town, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) interactive guide to commonly encountered toxic substances, has added location pages on mining and on funeral homes.

Mining is the extraction of mineral resources from the earth and involves many health and safety concerns.

Visit the new Tox Town mining location page to learn about environmental health concerns, including possible risks and exposure to various chemical agents.

Mining  http://www.toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/text_version/locations.php?id=139

Minería , http://www.toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/espanol/locations.php?id=144

Funeral home employees are exposed to a number of health and safety concerns. Visit the new funeral location page to learn about possible employee exposure to various chemicals, including formaldehye and solvents, and bloodborne pathogens.

Funeral Home  http://www.toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/text_version/locations.php?id=145

Funeraria http://www.toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/espanol/locations.php?id=146

http://www.toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/espanol/locations.php?id=144

Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed)

The National Library of Medicine Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed) has added complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) products. CAM products generally consist of dietary supplements derived from botanicals (herbals), “nutraceuticals” (natural and synthetic non-herbals, such as coenzyme Q10), and related products.  http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?LACT

The LactMed CAM product records bring together research on these products relevant to breastfeeding. Special emphasis is placed on potential side effects in mothers and infants and on other problems associated with the products. The CAM product records feature a new field for the products’ scientific genus and species names.

LactMed currently contains 19 of an expected 100 CAM products (cabbage, comfrey, lecithin, milk thistle, blessed thistle, stinging nettle, St. John’s wort, garlic, fenugreek, blue cohosh, black cohosh, raspberry leaf, ginger, coenzyme Q10, borage, caraway, coriander, fennel, anise). These records focus on supplements that are frequently used by nursing mothers, including those claiming to stimulate lactation. Future products will include the most common supplements sold in the United States. A complete list of CAM records in the database can be found by using the search term “complementary therapies” in the main LactMed search box.

LactMed, part of the National Library of Medicine‘s (NLM) Toxicology Data Network (TOXNET®), is a database of drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. It includes information on the levels of such substances in breast milk and infant blood, and the possible adverse effects in the nursing infant.

Now you can access also LactMed with your mobile device. The LactMed App for iPhone/iPod Touch and Android can be downloaded at  http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/help/lactmedapp.htm

Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM)

The National Library of Medicine has released Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM)   http://chemm.nlm.nih.gov/ .

Chemical emergencies are high risk events that require first responders to quickly make a series of complex decisions to minimize the risk of injury to their patients and themselves. The tools in CHEMM provide a comprehensive resource to help responders make safer decisions and provide them with the right information when it is needed most.

CHEMM enables first responders and other healthcare providers and planners to plan for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of mass-casualty incidents involving accidental or terrorist chemical releases.

CHEMM enhances and builds on the successes of the suite of Emergency Medical Management tools that began with the Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM; http://www.remm.nlm.gov/) web-based resource, which provides information for health care providers about clinical diagnosis and treatment of radiation and other injuries anticipated following radiological and nuclear emergencies.

CHEMM is a web-based resource that is downloadable in advance so that it is available during an event if the Internet is not accessible. It provides evidence-based information and guidance on a wide variety of topics, including quick chemical identification, acute patient care guidelines, and initial event activities.

CHEMM and REMM are the result of collaborative efforts between the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) – Office of Preparedness and Emergency Operations (OPEO), the National Library of Medicine – Division of Specialized Information Services (NLM/SIS), as well as many medical, emergency response, toxicology, industrial hygiene, and other experts.

Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER)

The first release of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER) for Android is now available.

This release allows users to:

  • Leverage WISER’s full database of chemical, biological, and radiological substances from an Android device and search WISER’s full list of known substances
  • Take advantage of WISER’s new simplified search: search by name or ID using a single, integrated search field
  • Browse WISER substances by category.
  • ·         Track recent substance history.

WISER for Android can be downloaded and installed directly from Android’s Marketplace – https://market.android.com/details?id=gov.nih.nlm.wiser

Developing and Using Medicines for Children

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) has released an Enviro-Health Links page on Developing and Using Medicines for Children.   http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro/childrensdrugs.html

In regards to medications, it is important to remember that children are not small adults. Developing and Using Medicines for Children provides links to resources that can help researchers, medical professionals and parents provide effective medicines and administer them safely.  The links include information about pediatric drug development, clinical trials, and existing laws and regulations.

NLM also offers other Enviro-Health Links on topics, including:

Children’s Environmental Health: http://phpartners.org/cehir/sampler.html

Education, Careers, and Outreach in Toxicology and Environmental Health:http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro/edcotox.html

Indoor Air Pollution: http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro/indoorairpollution.html

Keeping the Artist Safe: Hazards of Arts and Crafts Materials   http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro/arthazards.html

Lead and Human Health: http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro/lead.html

Mercury and Human Health: http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro/mercury.html

Water Pollution: http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro/waterpollution.html

Women’s Health Resources: http://www.womenshealthresources.nlm.nih.gov/index.html

NLM Enviro-Health Links: http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro/envirohealthlinks.html

About Colette

I am a Technical Information Specialist and Librarian in the Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). SIS creates information resources and services in toxicology, environmental health, chemistry, and HIV/AIDS. Another component of SIS, the Outreach and Special Populations Branch (OSPB), seeks to improve access to quality and accurate health information by under-served and special populations.
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