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September 10, 2009 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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EBSCO Publishing Makes Evidence-Based Flu Resources Freely Available

Concerns about Pandemic H1N1 and the upcoming flu season have people on alert, and the medical and nursing editors from EBSCO Publishing are responding by making the latest evidence-based, flu-related information available for free. The site ( will provide evidence-based clinical information from DynaMed and Nursing Reference Center, EBSCO's clinical and nursing point-of-care databases, along with patient education information in 17 languages from Patient Education Reference Center.

The information provided in the "For Clinicians" and "For Nurses" sections consolidates the best available evidence from multiple sources along with the latest evidence-based content for healthcare providers to stay current with recommendations for monitoring, diagnosing, and treating patients with flulike illnesses.

The "For Patients" section includes current, easy-to-understand articles written for nonmedical professionals. The site adds patient education information in 17 languages including Arabic, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), English, Farsi, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

The goal of the site is to be open to all and easy to share among medical colleagues, parents, students, faculty, employees, and co-workers so that preventative measures are well-known and symptoms and treatment options are understood. Medical institutions, organizations, universities, schools and public libraries will be able to easily add links to the EBSCO influenza portal to their own flu resources pages and websites.

In April, EBSCO Publishing was the first clinical information provider to make the clinical summaries on the Pandemic H1N1 virus available for free. The medical and nursing editors responsible for EBSCO's point-of-care resources continually monitor current information and update the resources in order to ensure that the worldwide medical community has the best available medical evidence. The new site pulls together the information collected about the Pandemic H1N1 outbreak and other strains of the flu, ensuring that the best available medical evidence will be easy to find going into the 2009-2010 flu season.

Source: EBSCO Publishing

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