New Preventive Services PDA Tool

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released the Electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS). This tool is based on the recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, and allows clinicians to identify and offer screening, counseling, and preventive medication services. It is searchable by patient age, sex, and behavioral risk factors. For more information, visit

Alternative Approach to Menopause

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has online information on the role of complementary and alternative medicine in menopause. It includes a description of the symptoms of menopause, addresses concerns about hormone therapy, and gives an outline of scientific evidence on CAM therapies' effectiveness and safety for menopausal symptoms. To download the information for free, visit

Deciphering Health Care Language

Brochures explaining the common terms used in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, heart disease, and diabetes are available to help patients better understand their conditions. For more information, and to obtain sample copies of the brochures, contact the Medical Library Association by sending an e-mail to

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NIAID to Air New HIV Ads

To boost recruitment for its HIV vaccine trials and to dispel vaccine myths, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will air TV commercials in the 14 U.S. cities with the largest concentrations of the most-affected demographic groups. The youth- and community-targeted ads are part of the agency's new “Be the Generation” campaign. For more information, go to

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