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What's New on MedlinePlus

May 6, 2021

Genetic Page Available in Spanish

A MedlinePlus Genetic page is now available in Spanish: Cells and DNA (Células y ADN)

Discover the basics of cells, DNA, genes, chromosomes and how they work.

April 16, 2021

New Genetic Page

A new page has been added to MedlinePlus Genetics: What are mRNA vaccines and how do they work?

Scientists have developed a new type of vaccine that uses a molecule called messenger RNA (or mRNA for short) rather than part of an actual bacteria or virus. mRNA vaccines work by introducing a piece of mRNA that corresponds to a viral protein. Using this mRNA blueprint, cells produce the viral protein, which triggers an immune response.

December 10, 2020

New Genetic Page

A new page has been added to MedlinePlus Genetics: Terminal osseous dysplasia

Terminal osseous dysplasia is a disorder primarily involving skeletal abnormalities and certain skin changes. Explore symptoms, inheritance, genetics of this condition.

November 18, 2020

MedlinePlus Social Media Toolkit

MedlinePlus Social Media Toolkit is now available.

Share these MedlinePlus resources on your social media or other communication channels to connect your community to high-quality, relevant health and wellness information that is trusted and easy to understand, in both English and Spanish.

November 10, 2020

New Health Topics

Two new topics have been added to MedlinePlus: 

COVID-19 Testing

Learn about the different types of tests for COVID-19, who needs a test, and how and where you can get a test.

COVID-19 Vaccines 

Currently there is no approved vaccine for COVID-19 in the United States. Learn about the vaccines that are being developed and tested, and how you can enroll in a clinical trial.

October 27, 2020

New Genetic Pages

Two new pages have been added to MedlinePlus Genetics:

Learn about the signs and symptoms, causes, and inheritance of MN1 C-terminal truncation syndrome and learn how changes in the MN1 gene are related to this condition.

October 22, 2020

New Health Topic

A new topic has been added to MedlinePlus: Vaccine Safety

Vaccines protect you and your family from disease. Learn about vaccine safety in the United States. It includes a thorough process of testing and evaluating vaccines before they can be approved.

September 24, 2020

New Health Topic

A new topic has been added to MedlinePlus: Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Sanitizing

To avoid becoming infected by germs from surfaces and objects, it is important to wash your hands often. It’s also important to regularly clean and disinfect surfaces and objects. Learn the difference between cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing.

September 2, 2020

Genetics Home Reference has become part of MedlinePlus.

Information from Genetics Home Reference is now available in the “Genetics” section of MedlinePlus.

The Genetics Home Reference pages included in MedlinePlus cover more than 1,300 genetic conditions and 1,475 genes, all of the human chromosomes, and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). Also included is a richly illustrated genetics primer, Help Me Understand Genetics, which offers basic explanations of how genes work and how mutations cause disorders, as well as current information about genetic testing, gene therapy, genetics research, and precision medicine.

May 27, 2020

New Health Topic Added

A new health topic has been added to MedlinePlus: 

May 5, 2020

New Health Topics Added

Two new health topics have been added to MedlinePlus: 

April 16, 2020

New Health Topic

A new topic has been added to MedlinePlus:  How to Improve Mental Health

February 20, 2020

New Coronavirus Testing Page

Concerned about a coronavirus? Find out when you may need testing, what happens during a test, and what the results may mean with our new Coronavirus Testing page.

January 30, 2020

Coronavirus Information Updated

The health topic Coronavirus Infections has been updated and includes new CDC information about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

December 10, 2019

New Health Topic

A new topic has been added to MedlinePlus:  HIV: PrEP and PEP

PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) and PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) are HIV prevention methods where medicines are prescribed before (pre) or post (after) there is exposure to HIV. Discover more about treatment as prevention.

December 4, 2019

PDF Fact Sheet Added

The new Learn about MedlinePlus page is now available in a printable PDF Fact Sheet.

November 19, 2019

Spanish Health Topic Added

The health topic, Hidradenitis Suppurativa, is now available in Spanish: Hidradenitis supurativa

November 13, 2019

MedlinePlus Has Retired the How to Write Easy-to-Read Health Materials page in English and Spanish.

Guides for creating health materials for a general audience are available from the National Institutes of Health, the HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, and others. We encourage you to explore these resources via the MedlinePlus topic on Health Literacy.

November 8, 2019

About MedlinePlus: New and Updated Information

We have expanded and updated our information about MedlinePlus! Highlights include:

To streamline this area of MedlinePlus, we have discontinued the FAQs, awards and recognition page, milestones page, bibliography, and MedlinePlus tour. When applicable, these links have been redirected to related content on MedlinePlus.

As always, we welcome your feedback. Please use the “Customer Support” button at the top of any page to submit a comment or question.

October 3, 2019

New Medical Tests Added to MedlinePlus

Three new medical tests are now available on MedlinePlus

September 13, 2019

New Medical Tests Added to MedlinePlus

Five new medical tests are now available on MedlinePlus:

August 30, 2019

New Medical Tests Added to MedlinePlus

Five new medical tests are now available on MedlinePlus:

August 28, 2019

Health Topics Name Changes

The following health topics have new topic names:

August 15, 2019

New Page on MedlinePlus for All of Us Research Program Participants

Current and future participants of the NIH All of Us Research Program can now access trusted, understandable health information from MedlinePlus all in one place.

August 14, 2019

Welcome to the What's New page

This page will provide regular information about news, changes, and updates to MedlinePlus.