News Release

Monday, March 10, 2008

NLM and ORWH Announce New NIH Web Site Source for Women's Health Research Information

A new Web resource providing consumers with the latest information on significant topics in women's health research from scientific journals and other peer-reviewed sources is now available through the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The NLM, of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), through its Division of Specialized Information Services, Office of Outreach and Special Populations has partnered with the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) to create this one-stop resource.

The 2008 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Priorities for Women's Health were used to identify overarching themes, specific health topics, and research initiatives in women's health. Within each section of the Web site are topics with links to relevant and authoritative resources and research initiatives for women's health. NLM has created specific user friendly strategies for these topics to ease searching and PubMed. Other Web resources used include AIDSinfo, American Indian Health, Arctic Health, Household Products Database, MedlinePlus and NIHSeniorHealth. Search strategies for major studies related to women's health research have also been created and will be linked between the new Web site and the Office of Research on Women's Health Web site. As with the topical search strategies, and PubMed searches for each major report are also included.

Dr. Vivian W. Pinn, M.D., Director of the Office of Research on Women's Health noted "There has long been a need for a reliable and user-friendly source of current scientific information about women's health, sex/gender issues, and clinical research on women's health topics. We are delighted that the NLM has developed just such a resource that will be of great value to researchers, clinicians and anyone with an interest in the many aspects of women's health and diseases."

The NLM and ORWH hope that by creating such a one-stop on-line resource for women's health research at the NLM, consumers, health care providers, and researchers will be able to more quickly access the latest information available on scientific developments for important issues related to women.

Women's Health Resources from the NLM Web site can be found at:

Women's Health Resources from the ORWH Web site can be found at:

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