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By: Debbie | May 24 2012 | Category: Science History, Science Lite, Tidbits for Teachers

National Museum of Health and Medicine LogoThe National Museum of Health and Medicine opened its doors yesterday, May 21st, for the first time in its new location on Fort Detrick’s Forest Glen Annex in Silver Spring, MD just 5 miles from the National Institutes of Health main campus in Bethesda, MD.

Founded as the Army Medical Museum in 1862, the Museum celebrated its 150th anniversary as it opened its doors at its new location.  The Museum spotlights three themed exhibit rooms that are organized around topics as diverse as innovations in military medicine, traumatic brain injury, anatomy and pathology, military medicine during the Civil War, and the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.  The institution's 25-million object collection includes diverse artifacts as well as graphic specimens.  The Human Developmental Anatomy Center (HDAC), part of the Research Collections division of the National Museum of Health & Medicine, acquires and maintains collections pertaining to general developmental anatomy and neuroanatomy.  This collection provides any researcher or student access to a central location from which to obtain data about normal development for both human and common research species.  The HDAC maintains and archives the largest collection of human and comparative developmental material in the United States.      

A unique feature of the museum is its primary collections storage room that allows visitors to peer into the room where staff re-house artifacts and archival materials and prepare artifacts for future exhibits and study.  The room allows visitors to watch the Museum at work.

To view information on NMHM exhibits and programs visit:

To find more information about the historical understanding of biomedical research and the world check out NIH resources available at the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, the world's largest history of medicine collections at:

Written by Jennifer Gorman Wright

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By: Debbie | May 8 2012 | Category: NIH Resources, Science and the Arts, Science Lite, Tidbits for Teachers

Weight of the Nation HBO series logo When eating out at a restaurant, pay attention to portion sizes. Some entrees are big enough to feed two people. Share a plate, or plan to take home half your meal. Learn more about America’s obesity problems by watching the HBO documentary series Weight of the Nation. To find more healthy eating tips, check out NIH resources:

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By: Cynthia | January 31 2011 | Category: NIH Resources, Science News, Tidbits for Teachers

image of school tray with fruits and vegtablesResources to help students, families, and communities get fit and make healthier food choices

If you made a New Year’s resolution to exercise more and eat better, then check out some of these great resources to help you reach your goals.

1.    Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announce the release of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. The evidence-based nutrition guidance is offered to promote health, and reduce the risk of disease and the prevalence of obesity.

2.    Michelle Obama started the Let’s Move! campaign to tackle the challenge of childhood obesity by engaging every sector of society into helping kids become more active and eat better. At the Web site, you can:
•    learn the facts about childhood obesity
•    find out how to determine your healthy weight and calculate your body mass index
•    get chef-created recipes, healthy eating tips, and nutrition information
•    learn ways that kids, families, schools, and communities can get active
•    see videos on the Let’s Move! YouTube channel
3.    For the 7th - and 8th -grade classrooms, the NIH has two free curriculum supplements about health and nutrition. Through engaging activities, students can discover how the energy in versus energy out and their own behaviors can affect their health.
•    The Science of Energy Balance: Calorie Intake and Physical Activity
•    The Science of Healthy Behaviors
Best of luck to you as you strive for a healthier life!
By: Cynthia | September 7 2010 | Category: NIH Resources, Tidbits for Teachers

boy getting flu shotThe flu season is nearly upon us, and schools across the nation are just getting back in session. It seems like a perfect time to use the seasonal flu as a focus for understanding basic health and science concepts. Consider the questions classrooms can explore:  Where do flu viruses hang out? If you get the flu, how long are you contagious? Why do some people get the flu and others do not? What is the difference between bacteria and viruses? Can you get the flu from the vaccine? Why do some people get the flu even though they got the vaccine?

Students can find answers to these questions and much more at, a Web site managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. At the site you can
  • learn basic facts about seasonal flu
  • find out what to expect for the upcoming 2010-11 season
  • get clear on common misconceptions about the flu
  • track the flu across the United States (the new season tracking starts October 15)
  • watch videos on flu-related topics like vaccine safety
  • explore school resources and checklists for pandemic flu planning
Also check out the activity-rich Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases curriculum supplement for grades 9 – 12. The “Protecting the Herd” activity is a fun way to discover the value of vaccination programs. The unit includes a teachers guide and was developed by the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
By: Cynthia | December 29 2009 | Category: NIH Resources, Science News

NIH Radio logoUnique audio programs covering current health topics and medical research

Do you prefer to get your news by watching videos, listening to podcasts, or reading? For me, the answer would be listening or reading. Listening to news, an audio book or music is my favorite way to make good use of a long commute. For all the listeners out there, you can tune into some great NIH resources and hear about research discoveries, hot health topics and inside information from the scientific experts themselves.

The NIH Radio News Service, provided by the NIH Office of Communications & Public Liaison, offers three unique audio programs:

  1. NIH Audio Reports – short (one to four minute) reports, posted twice a week, based on an NIH press release and/or a health related topic, often including comments from NIH experts.
  2. NIH Research Radio – biweekly podcasts of 15 to 25 minute episodes, each covering several topics and often including an interview with a prominent NIH researcher.
  3. NIH Health Matters – 60-second health reports for each day of the month, targeting all Americans and made broadcast ready for radio stations nationwide.

These audio files are available for listening online at the Web site, or to download. Spanish versions, archived files, transcripts and podcast episode notes are also available online.
By: Bonnie | August 14 2009 | Category: NIH Resources, Tidbits for Teachers


New and innovative kindergarten through 12th grade curriculum units – Diabetes-based Education for Tribal Schools (DETS):  Health is Life in Balance – are now available for schools across the country! The curricula results from a unique collaboration of eight tribal colleges and universities with funding by the National Institutes of Health, the Indian Health Service, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The curricula integrates science and Native American traditions to educate students about science, diabetes and its risk factors, and the importance of nutrition and physical activity for maintaining a healthy balanced life. Their inquiry-based approach builds research skills in observation, measurement, prediction, experimentation, and communication. They incorporate healthy lifestyle messages and engaging science activities for all students. Each unit is aligned with national science, health, and social studies education standards making it easier to incorporate into an established curriculum. 

The units were designed and extensively tested by staff from the eight tribal colleges and universities, who worked with 63 teachers and 1,500 students in schools across 14 states from Alaska to Florida. Both American Indian and Alaska Native and non-American Indian and Alaska Native teachers and students participated.

Curriculum evaluations revealed:

  • Pre-to-post student achievement gains at all three grade-level bands (elementary, middle, and high school)
  • Teachers found that the curriculum was easy to use, more engaging than similar curricula, and had strong Native American content
  • Students thought the curriculum was "just right": not too hard but not too easy

Read more about recent professional development activities related to these units in this Salt Lake Tribune articleExternal Web Site Policy.
By: Dave | June 10 2009 | Category: NIH Resources, Research & Technology, Tidbits for Teachers

Screen shot of interactive health tutorial on asthma at MedlinePlus.govWe often get requests from educators for videos and multimedia on specific health topics. Our buddies at the NIH National Library of Medicine have assembled a whole ton of online, interactive health tutorials on their MedlinePlus Website.

Topics range from acne, anthrax, and asthma to tuberculosis, varicose veins, and warts. They're organized as Diseases and Conditions, Tests and Diagnostic Procedures, Surgery and Treatment Procedures, and Prevention and Wellness.

There are over 100 tutorials posted!
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