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About the Women's Health Resources Web Portal


This resource was created in a partnership between the National Library of Medicine Outreach and Special Populations Branch and the National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women’s Health. The purpose of this page is to present topics pertaining to women’s health collected to support the mission of the Office of Research on Women’s Health to promote research in the field.

Using the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Priorities for Women’s Health and Sex Differences Research, health topics, research initiatives and overarching themes were identified. Within each section you will find a topic with links to resources which were selected based upon their relevance and authority for the specific topic.

The Office of Research on Womens health recently celebrated its 20 year anniversary at NIH. A scientific symposium was held to highlight some of the scientific advances that have increased our understanding of women’s health, differences between females and males, and implications for sex/gender-appropriate clinical care and personalized medicine. At this exciting event, the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) launched the third scientific agenda for women’s health research entitled:
“A Vision for 2020 for Women’s Health Research: Moving Into the Future with New Dimensions and Strategies.”

Volume 1: Strategic Plan (PDF, 1.3 MB)

Volume 2: Regional Scientific Reports (PDF, 4 MB)

Volume 3: Public Testimony (PDF, 4.2 MB)

Volume 4: Highlights of NIH Women's Health and Sex Differences Research 1990-2010 (PDF, 1.6 MB)

20th Anniversary of the Office of Research on Women's Health

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National Library of Medicine Resources

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) , part of the National Institutes of Health, specializes in the collection, organization, and dissemination of authoritative and accurate biomedical and health information. For more information on the National Library of Medicine, please visit: http://www.nlm.nih.gov.

Below are descriptions of NLM Resources used to create this site:

ClinicalTrials.gov offers up-to-date information for locating federally and privately supported clinical trials for a wide range of diseases and conditions. A clinical trial (also clinical research) is a research study in human volunteers to answer specific health questions. ClinicalTrials.gov gives you information about a trial's prupose, who may participate, locations, and contact information. The health information on ClinicalTrials.gov should be used in conjunction with advice from health care professionals.

The database of Genotypes and Phenotypes (dbGaP) was developed to archive and distribute the results of studies that have investigated the interaction of genotype and phenotype. Such studies include genome-wide association studies, medical sequencing, molecular diagnostic assays, as well as association between genotype and non-clinical traits. The advent of high-throughput, cost-effective methods for genotyping and sequencing has provided powerful tools that allow for the generation of the massive amount of genotypic data required to make these analyses possible.

Dietary Supplements Labels Database
This database contains information on the ingredients of over 4,000 products of dietary supplements sold in the U.S. and is designed to help not only researchers, but the large audience of supplement consumers as well. While consumer-oriented information about dietary supplements is available from many sources, this database consolidates and centralizes the information that consumers require to make informed decisions about supplements and provides direct links to pertinent health information, fact sheets, research findings and on-going clinical studies at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Enviro-health Links
Selected links to Internet resources on toxicology and environmental health issues of recent special interest.

HIV/AIDS Information
A comprehensive AIDS information service is vital to enable people to combat the AIDS epidemic. Scientists, physicians, educators, and other health professionals need rapid access to the latest information on AIDS research, diagnosis, treatment, control, and prevention. Consumers require similar access to appropriate information for decision-making about their behavioral choices and treatment. Community-based organizations, clinics and other types of service providers also need access to high quality, accurate and timely information for their staff and clients.

Household Products Lables Database
This database links over 9,000 consumer product brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by manufacturers to allow scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients.

LactMed 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. Statements of the American Academy of Pediatrics concerning a drug’s compatibility with breastfeeding are provided, as are suggested therapeutic alternatives to those drugs where appropriate. All data are derived from the scientific literature and fully referenced. Data are organized into substance-specific records, which provide a summary of the pertinent reported information and include links to other NLM databases.

MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Preformulated PubMed/MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to medical journal articles. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, non-English language materials and the latest health news.

Newborn Screening Coding and Terminology Guides
The goal of the Newborn Screening Coding and Terminology Guide is to promote and facilitate the use of electronic health data standards in recording and transmitting newborn screening test results. The Web site includes standard codes and terminology for newborn tests and the conditions for which they screen, and links to other related sites. The codes and vocabulary standards are provided in a series of tables that you can view on the Web and/or download for your own use. These tables cover conditions recommended for screening by the Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children (ACHDNC) or by a state within the U.S.

NIHSeniorHealth makes age-related health information easily accessible for family members and friends seeking reliable, easy to understand online health information. This site incldues videos, large screen text and printable materials.

PubMed comprises approximately 20 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. PubMed citations and abstracts include the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and preclinical sciences. PubMed also provides access to additional relevant Web sites and links to the other NCBI molecular biology resources.

National Institutes of Health Resources

Below are descriptions of National Institutes of Health Resources used to create this site:

AIDSinfo is a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) project that offers the latest federally approved information on HIV/AIDS clinical research, treatment and prevention, and medical practice guidelines for people living with HIV/AIDS, their families and friends, health care providers, scientists, and researchers.

NIH Health Information
NIH Health Information is based on research results published in peer-reviewed, scientific literature. Materials are updated regularly to reflect new findings and ensure accuracy. All of our research institutes create materials based on the scientific literature and their expertise in specific areas of science and health.

NIH VideoCasting
National Institutes of Health makes special NIH events, seminars, and lectures available to viewers on the NIH network and the Internet from the VideoCast Web site. VideoCasting is the method of electronically streaming digitally encoded video and audio data from a server to a client. These videos are free, closed captioned, and most are available to the general public.

NIH YouTube Channel
Explore videos featuring NIH research staff to learn about their exciting careers and programs at NIH.

Last updated: 24 April 2014    First published: 08 May 2009
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