NEW! Health Information Basics Series Now Includes Helpful Tools and Information About Back Pain
The NIAMS recently added a new title, Living With Back Pain, to its popular “Health Information Basics” series. The NIAMS also recently updated two other resources in the series, Living With Arthritis and Living With Lupus. The free booklets, designed for patients and their families, present basic information in a simple, easy-to-read format and provide helpful tips on how to cope with these conditions. The booklets also include tools that you can tear out and use to record information to share with your doctor, including a symptom tracker, pain tracker, and medication tracker. The booklets will soon be available in Spanish, as well!
Order your copies today! You can also download and print full-color PDFs for each of the resources.
New! “What Is NIAMS?” Video Overview
Watch this video overview to learn more about the NIAMS’ programs, community partnerships, and research priorities, and meet some of its world-class investigators. You can also read more about the Institute on the updated "What Is NIAMS?" webpage.
How Research Works: Understanding the Process of Science
This one-page guide, created by the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Science, Health, and Public Trust group, helps communicators put the process of science into perspective, which can help earn and build public trust in science. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the crucial public health importance of explaining why science changes and why it’s important to expect that change.
Join Campaign to Improve Diversity in Lupus Clinical Trials
The Let’s Take Charge campaign, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, intends to increase diversity in clinical trial participation. The goal is to ensure that future medical products are safe and effective for everyone living with lupus.
Spanish-language Information on Complementary Health
Many of the fact sheets and other resources on the NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health website are available in Spanish, including:
- Guidance on using dietary supplements wisely (Uso adecuado de los suplementos dietéticos).
- Know the Science toolkit to help you learn about the science of health (Conozca la ciencia).
News and Events
2021 NIAMS Trainees Participate in Unique Virtual Program
This past summer, the NIAMS Career Development and Outreach Branch welcomed 15 students from across the country and Puerto Rico to participate in the inaugural NIAMS Intramural Virtual Training Research Opportunities (InVTRO) program. The NIAMS has a long history of hosting a summer research experience. It was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, and it returned in 2021 as a virtual program, in which students participated from their homes.
Read testimonials from the first cohort of InVTRO program trainees.
Photo caption: 2021 InVTRO program interns
NIH MedlinePlus Magazine Highlights NIAMS-Supported Research
- New research strives to understand juvenile arthritis [PDF–3.59MB] – featuring NIAMS researcher Michael Ombrello, M.D., who studies genetically complex diseases such as juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
- Sports injury? Finding a specialist can improve recovery [PDF–3.59MB] – featuring NIAMS-supported researcher Miho Tanaka, M.D., who specializes in youth injury prevention.
Photo caption: Miho Tanaka, M.D., and Michael Ombrello, M.D.
NIH News in Health
Check out this article titled, “Step It Up! Get Active for Your Health” featuring helpful tips and information on staying active and how physical activity benefits your health. This article is also available in Spanish.
Get the latest public health information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the latest research information from the NIH. Additional resources include:
- Resources About COVID-19 Vaccinations for Children Ages 5+ ‒ Find outreach resources for COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5 and over. The CDC recommends everyone ages 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19.
- New, Expanded NIH CEAL Website in Spanish ‒ Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Against COVID-19 Disparities, NIH.
- CEAL Resources ‒ You can play a vital role in making sure your communities and networks have accurate information about COVID-19. Check out the latest resources, including new CEAL fact sheets and social media content that answer frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 variants.
- Boosting Vaccine Response in People With Autoimmune Disease ‒ NIH COVID-19 Research