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Ebola Virus Disease Information

The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa may have you looking for accurate and updated information. The Ebola topic page on rounds up helpful information from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other reliable sources:

Helping Older Smokers Kick the Habit

Quitting smoking at any time in your life will improve your health. That's a key message in a new online resource, Quitting Smoking for Older Adults. There's a wealth of information, including tips to handle cravings and withdrawal, facts on smoking and your medicines, and ways to customize your own smoking quit plan. Quitting Smoking for Older Adults is the latest topic on NIH's National Cancer Institute developed the topic.

"This new topic, which offers a mix of tips and tools geared to the needs and experiences of older smokers, is an important, easy-to-use resource that can benefit those trying to quit for the first time, as well as those who have tried before," says Erik Augustson, PhD. He is the program director of the Tobacco Control Research Branch at the National Cancer Institute.

A Child's Eye View

What is colorblindness? What is an optical illusion? "Ask a Scientist" videos answer those questions and more. The videos are a fun way to help kids learn about their eyes and about careers in science and vision. The videos are the latest addition to the Educational Resources for Children webpage produced by NIH's National Eye Institute:

The webpage includes tips on protecting your eyes while playing sports and activities for elementary and middle school students.

Pictures of Nursing

These are two of 2,588 postcards collected by Michael Zwerdling, RN, and acquired by the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) History of Medicine Division. (Top) In 1908, nurses at Brewster Hospital and Nurse Training School in Jacksonville, Florida. (Bottom) Rural visiting nurse Elizabeth McPhee of Scotland in 1926.
Photos courtesy of: NLM

A new exhibition gives a unique look at nursing. Pictures of Nursing is a selection of historic postcards with images of nurses from around the world. The postcards date back to the late 1800s and reflect the changes in the way nursing is practiced and perceived. The postcards will be on display at NIH's National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, until August 21, 2015.

An online version offers extras. There's a digital gallery with nearly 600 postcards available for download. There are K-12 and higher education resources for use in nursing, history, social studies, and other classes. Pictures of Nursing is available at

Fall 2014 Issue: Volume 9 Number 3 Page 28