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Learn about the CDC’s Health Literacy Tools

Friday, March 20th, 2015

A few months ago, CDC redesigned its health literacy website to increase access to a number of tools and trainings. These solutions were designed to help you to produce accurate, accessible and actionable health information, whether you’re new to health literacy or a seasoned veteran.

John Parmer, Health Communication Specialist in the Office of the Associate Director for Communication (OADC) will lead a live tour of the website. John has helped to coordinate health literacy activities across the agency. In that role, he was involved in the launch of the Clear Communication Index as a research-based tool.

*   Two digital tours will be offered of CDC.gov/healthliteracy and Clear Communication Widget in partnership with Appalachian Community Cancer Network, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region,  Heath Care Improvement Foundation and Regional Health Literacy Coalition.

*   Chose the time that best suits you. There will be two tours. The first is on Tuesday, March 24 at 10 am (EST) and the second is on Thursday, March 26 at 1:00 pm (EST).

Free registration for either time: http://bit.ly/1MV2llA

Anatomy of a Funding Opportunity Announcement

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Feature Article from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

If you find that getting through a FOA is a daunting task, it might help to familiarize yourself with the parts and sections of a FOA so you know what to expect and learn why each is important.  This “head to toe” look at FOAs helps make reading one more approachable.

Read the full article at the NIAID Funding News page.  http://1.usa.gov/1FLRNF0

For more information on FOAs, visit the National Library of Medicine Specialized Information Services Information Outreach Funding Opportunities page.  http://1.usa.gov/1BEZs1x

The Outreach and Special Populations Branch (OSPB) manages and develops programs to eliminate disparities in health information access by providing community outreach support, training health professionals on NLM’s health information databases, and designing websites that discuss the concerns of various racial and ethnic groups. These programs reach health professionals, public health workers and the general public, especially about health issues that disproportionately impact minorities such as environmental exposures and HIV/AIDS.

Request for Information (RFI) Soliciting Input into the Deliberations of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD) Working Group on the National Library of Medicine (NLM)

Monday, February 16th, 2015

How has the work of the National Library of Medicine affected your work? Do you use resources such as MedlinePlus and PubMed? Has the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and BHIC provided information that is valuable to your practice? In anticipation of long-time NLM Director Donald Lindberg’s retirement, the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD) Working Group on the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has put out a Request for Information.

Your comments can include but are not limited to the following topics:

  • Current NLM elements that are of the most, or least, value to the research community (including biomedical, clinical, behavioral, health services, public health, and historical researchers) and future capabilities that will be needed to support evolving scientific and technological activities and needs.
  • Current NLM elements that are of the most, or least, value to health professionals (e.g., those working in health care, emergency response, toxicology, environmental health, and public health) and future capabilities that will be needed to enable health professionals to integrate data and knowledge from biomedical research into effective practice.
  • Current NLM elements that are of most, or least, value to patients and the public (including students, teachers, and the media) and future capabilities that will be needed to ensure a trusted source for rapid dissemination of health knowledge into the public domain.
  • Current NLM elements that are of most, or least, value to other libraries, publishers, organizations, companies, and individuals who use NLM data, software tools, and systems in developing and providing value-added or complementary services and products and future capabilities that would facilitate the development of products and services that make use of NLM resources.
  • How NLM could be better positioned to help address the broader and growing challenges associated with:
  • Biomedical informatics, “big data”, and data science;
  • Electronic health records;
  • Digital publications; or
  • Other emerging challenges/elements warranting special consideration.

Responses are due March 13, 2015

For more information and to respond: http://1.usa.gov/1v5mbax

National Library of Medicine Announces Pill Image Recognition Request for Information

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Unidentified and misidentified prescription pills present challenges for individuals and professionals. Unidentified pills can be found by family members, health professionals, educators, and law enforcement. The nine out of 10 US citizens over age 65 who take more than one prescription pill can be prone to misidentifying those pills. This PIR RFI is a pilot for a forthcoming PIR Challenge whose goal is to develop smart phone apps that individuals can use to take pictures of prescription pills and then search for and retrieve pill images and associated data of likely matches in an NLM database. NLM anticipates that respondents will include professionals and students, individually or in teams, in computer vision and computer graphics working on content-based image retrieval.

The RFI for the PIR Pilot is at: http://1.usa.gov/16M1qFi

Instructions for responding to the RFI are at: http://1.usa.gov/16M1Ifm

The deadline for submissions to this RFI is Monday, April 27, 2015.

Questions and comments are welcome at:
pir@nlm.nih.gov

NLM Launches New Twitter Stream For K-12 Science Educators

Friday, February 6th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Specialized Information Services division works with teachers and scientific experts to provide FREE reliable resources to help introduce, reinforce, and supplement education programs.

The K-12 Science and Health Education Directory contains resources on topics including biology, environmental health science, chemistry, forensics and medical technology, genetics, HIV/AIDS, and more!

Additionally, a new NLM Twitter stream with resources for K-12 science educators can be found at: @NLM_K12.

K-12 Science and Health Education Directory: http://1.usa.gov/1Iifk3x
@NLM_K12 Twitter: http://bit.ly/1DIboTg

TOXMAP Now Includes EPA Coal Plant Emissions Data

Friday, December 19th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) TOXMAP new Flash-based beta now includes 2013 coal emissions data published by the US EPA Clean Air Markets program.
Data was obtained from the Air Markets Program Data (AMPD) tool, a publicly-available data system for searching and downloading data collected as part of EPA emissions trading programs. In 2013, about 2.1 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions were attributable to electricity generated from coal.

For additional information, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin: http://1.usa.gov/1AlClwz

NLM: Genetics/Genomics Information subject guide

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

NLM released a new Genetics/Genomics Information subject guide http://1.usa.gov/1zWNIZp  as the latest update in the NLM subject guide series. These guides, based on our most frequently asked questions, are starting points for health professionals, researchers, librarians, students, and others. Other published guides in our series are about finding:

Health Statistics – http://1.usa.gov/1CK9JjP

Library Statistics – http://1.usa.gov/1vmiab6

Drug Information – http://1.usa.gov/1ySlxLM

Conference proceedings, abstracts, papers, and posters – http://1.usa.gov/1CK9SDU

We will develop more subject guides as needed.

We welcome your comments, questions, and suggestions about all of our guides at: http://1.usa.gov/1vmikiN

NLM Search Hint: Searching for Ebola in PubMed

Friday, November 14th, 2014

From the National Library of Medicine:

The simple PubMed search of:

ebola*

retrieves all citations indexed with any of the Ebola MeSH headings as well as citations that have not yet been indexed but have that root string as a text word. Please be aware that truncation turns off Automatic Term Mapping and explosions in PubMed; however, with this search none of the Ebola MeSH headings have narrower terms at this time in their MeSH hierarchy, so nothing is lost by truncation.

To see the complete NLM Technical Bulletin: http://1.usa.gov/1zUXXki

National Library of Medicine Resource Update: Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM)

Friday, November 14th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released a new version of Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM). http://chemm.nlm.nih.gov/
New or updated content in CHEMM includes:

1) updated and enhanced content on Decontamination Procedures, Discovering the Event, and Training and Education

2) an NIH CounterACT program funded database with information on twenty-two medical countermeasures (including efficacy, relevant publications, research in progress, FDA and other global regulatory status information)

3) content for how emergency responders can recognize and handle events dealing with toxic gases generated by the combinations of consumer products or common household chemicals

CHEMM is a Web-based resource that can be downloaded in advance to Windows and Mac computers to ensure availability during an event if the Internet is not accessible.

CHEMM’s content is also integrated into the NLM Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER), which is Web-based and downloadable to Windows computers. CHEMM’s content is also available in WISER’s iOS and Android apps. The new CHEMM content will be incorporated into the next release of WISER. http://wiser.nlm.nih.gov/index.html

For complete information on these updates, see the “What’s New on CHEMM?” section of CHEMM. http://1.usa.gov/1xosJkB

PSA: Sharing BHIC content

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Hello Readers!

We here at BHIC absolutely LOVE to see our posts shared.  We encourage everyone to take our posts and share them with a broader audience either over social media, email list serves, or even just sending a post to someone you know who would be interested.

To make it easy to share BHIC posts, you can use the AddThis widget to send the post by email, or post it on social media accounts.  AddThis is available on every post, just below the text.  For example, the previous post for DiversityDataKids website at http://nnlm.gov/bhic/2014/11/06/diversitydatakids-website/

Here is an image of the page, but with an arrow pointing to AddThis.

 

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Please make liberal use of AddThis to share all of the great content from BHIC!

Thank you for being a reader!