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New Mobile App Connects HIV Providers, Advocates, and People Living with HIV/AIDS to HIV-Related National Library of Medicine Websites

August 5th, 2015 by cgarrett

Washington, D.C. ~ HealthHIV, in partnership with the National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine (NLM), announces the launch of the Go2NLM mobile application. Building on its Navigate to Learn More publication, HealthHIV created the Go2NLM app to provide information about and direct access to NLM’s authoritative HIV-related websites to HIV providers, advocates, and people living with HIV/AIDS.

Go2NLM App

The websites featured on the Go2NLM app are:

The app features dynamic content, including updates about new and highlighted HIV technical assistance and capacity building tools and resources promoted by NLM.

“HealthHIV is pleased to present the Go2NLM app to the HIV community,” says Circe J. Gray Le Compte, HealthHIV’s Communications and Technology Manager. “It offers providers, people living with HIV/AIDS, and advocates immediate mobile access to reliable and comprehensive HIV educational information from the National Library of Medicine’s HIV-related websites.”

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The application may be viewed at, and within the next two weeks will be available for download from, as well as the Apple and Google app stores.

For more information about the Go2NLM project, please contact HealthHIV at or 202.232.6749.

About HealthHIV

HealthHIV is a national non-profit working with organizations, communities, and health care providers to advance effective prevention, care, and support for people living with, or at risk for, HIV and HCV through education and training, technical assistance and capacity building, advocacy, and health services research and evaluation. HealthHIV leads the Pozitively Healthy national HIV consumer coalition, the HealthHCV initiative, and the National Center for Health Care Capacity Building, as well as the National Coalition for LGBT Health.

Hungry Arctic Mosquitoes Are Coming for You, Rudolph

August 4th, 2015 by cgarrett

Hollywood has done a bang-up job turning harmless animals into terrifying killing machines. We’ve seen birds peck out eyes, ants rampage through towns, slugs eat people from the inside out, and bees kill by the thousands. And now, coming to a climate-changed Earth near you, giant mosquitos hungry enough to kill small animals and send 300-pound caribou running for the hills! “They’re aggressive because they’re desperate …” Unfortunately, that’s not a soundbite from the latest animal-themed horror movie trailer. It’s an actual quote from Lauren Culler, an ecologist at Dartmouth’s Institute of Arctic Studies. Motherboard accompanied Culler on a research trip to a small town in West Greenland, where climate change is giving these little devil bugs a leg up on their caribou prey. Grist

Arctic health conference offers new directions for future research

June 18th, 2015 by cgarrett

“We’re not alone with our health problems”

OULU, FINLAND — The circumpolar world is linked as much by its common health challenges as by its Arctic geography.

That’s what struck Nunavut Health Minister Paul Okalik as he prepared to head back from Finland to Canada June 12 at the end of the International Congress on Circumpolar Health.

“I learned that we’re not alone with our health problems,” said Okalik, who attended a variety of sessions on subjects like housing, food security and suicide during his week at the conference, which he called “important to attend.”

Many subjects discussed during the five-day-long gathering touched on health issues of interest to people in Nunavut and Nunavik, such as diabetes prevention in relation to Arctic berry consumption and marijuana use, contaminants and Arctic human health, potentially harmful genetic conditions and suicide. (Nunatsiaq News)

Study Finds Lower Cancer Rates Among Indigenous Sami

May 22nd, 2015 by cgarrett

According to a doctoral dissertation to be published by the University of Helsinki, the indigenous Sámi people of Northern Finland generally have lower cancer rates than the rest of the country’s population. The study by researcher Leena Soininen, to be presented next week, finds that the disease mortality among the Northern and Inari Sámi was statistically significantly lower than among other Finns. However, that of the Skolt Sámi subpopulation was higher than that of the general population, apparently linked to high rates of stomach cancer. Alaska Dispatch News

More Young Greenlanders Committing Suicide

May 14th, 2015 by cgarrett

Suicide has long plagued Greenland’s young people, but new research shows that the number of people under the age of 24 dying by their own hands has steadily increased since the 1970s, when suicide first became a major public-health problem. Since then, young people aged 20-24 have made up the largest group of those committing suicide. In the 1970s, they made up 7% of suicide victims. Today, they account for more than half, according to a paper published in the International Journal of Circumpolar Health. The paper also found that as the average age of suicide victims has declined, the number of pre-teens committing suicide has shot up. Among children born between 1980 and 1989, 17 killed themselves between the ages of 10 and 14. For the generation born between 1950 and 1959, just a single suicide committed by a person in that age group was recorded. Arctic Journal

Fulbright Puts Focus on Arctic Research

May 1st, 2015 by cgarrett

What do a sociologist from Russia, a biologist from Sweden and artist from the US all have in common? They are all a part of a group of 17 leaders in their fields who, over the next year and a half, will be expected to help demystify the Arctic. The group, all citizens of Arctic countries, was selected last week as the inaugural participants in the Fulbright Arctic Initiative. Their participation will see them conducting research related to energy, water, health and infrastructure, in order to benefit the development of the region. Arctic Journal 

Research: A New Danish Website Will Seek to Make Research Easier By Allowing Scholars to Tap Into Existing Information About the Region

April 10th, 2015 by cgarrett

Danish officials have launched a new website aimed at improving co-operation between Arctic researchers in Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands in order to facilitate improved research into the changes facing the region. The website, Isaaffik, meaning ‘gateway’ in Greenlandic, will be maintained by the Arctic Research Centre at Aarhus University and is intended to to make it easier for those involved in the field to share information about research, education, consultancy and logistics. Arctic Journal

Scientists Predict Gradual, Prolonged Permafrost Greenhouse Gas Emissions

April 10th, 2015 by cgarrett

A new scientific synthesis suggests a gradual, prolonged release of greenhouse gases from permafrost soils in Arctic and sub-Arctic regions, which may afford society more time to adapt to environmental changes, say scientists in a paper published in Nature today. “Twenty years ago there was very little research about the possible rate of permafrost carbon release,” said co-author A. David McGuire, a senior scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and a climate modeling expert with the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. “In 2011, we assembled an international team of scientists into the Permafrost Carbon Network to synthesize existing research and answer the questions of how much permafrost carbon is out there, how vulnerable to decomposition it is once it’s thawed, and what are the forms in which it’s released into the atmosphere.” US Geological Survey

Arctic Council Delegates Ponder What Works Best in Mental Health

April 1st, 2015 by cgarrett

Though suicide prevention and mental health are areas of life that only national and sub-national governments can do anything about, Arctic Council delegates from around the circumpolar world put a lot of energy last week into talking about it, especially what works and what doesn’t. The two-and-a-half-day gathering at the Iqaluit Cadet Hall, which covered one of Canada’s priorities for its chairmanship of the Arctic Council, was organized under the Arctic Council’s sustainable development working group. Nunatsiaq Online

Could Maine Become the Nation’s Second “Arctic” State?

April 1st, 2015 by cgarrett

Alaska, which contains within its boundaries the only U.S. territory north of — or even anywhere near — the Arctic Circle, has long been the nation’s Arctic state. But is there room at the table for a second “Arctic” state? If there is, Maine is increasingly vying for that spot, writes the Portland Press-Herald (in a piece written by former Anchorage Daily News reporter Tom Bell). Alaska Dispatch News