Category: Internet Resources

Hospital Safety Rating

The Los Angeles Times recently published an interactive map with patient safety ratings for 250 California hospitals, based on data analysis by Leapfrog Group, an employer-backed nonprofit that tracks health care quality, 
Fall 2014 hospital safety scores for hospitals in other states are available from the Leapfrog web site,


New Home Page for Specialized Information Services (SIS)

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) has just released a refreshed home page, ! The new design includes a carousel highlighting SIS resources, which will be updated regularly. All web site functions remain the same. The Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) produces information resources on a range of topics covering toxicology, environmental health,  HIV/AIDS,  drug and consumer product information, and disaster/emergency preparedness and response.


The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce the release of a new educational resource, GeneEd, Developed in collaboration with the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), as well as teachers and experts in genetics and genetic counseling, GeneEd is a safe and useful resource for students and teachers in grades 9 – 12 to learn genetics. GeneEd allows students and teachers to explore topics such as Cell Biology, DNA, Genes, Chromosomes, Heredity/Inheritance Patterns, Epigenetics/Inheritance and the Environment, Genetic Conditions, Evolution, Biostatistics, Biotechnology, DNA Forensics, and Top Issues in Genetics.

Teachers can use the site to introduce topics, supplement existing materials, and provide a reliable source to students conducting research. The site links to categories such as research articles, animation, games, videos, interactive tutorials, and labs and experiments. 3D images, illustrations and text from NHGRI help to enrich the user experience by providing vivid imagery to reinforce genetic concepts. Text varies from easy-to-read to advanced reading levels, which makes this a versatile tool both in and out of the classroom. Specialty pages including “Teacher Resources” and “Labs and Experiments” highlight tools that teachers may find particularly helpful.  Other specialty pages such as Careers in Genetics and Highlights allow students to see what is new and noteworthy in the field of genetics, along with links to different careers related to the science of genetics.