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MedlinePlus Releases New Responsive Web Design

Monday, May 4th, 2015

From the National Library of Medicine:

Last week, MedlinePlus (http://medlineplus.gov/) and MedlinePlus en español (http://medlineplus.gov/spanish) released a completely redesigned site with a fresh look and feel.

The new version of MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español uses responsive design for ease of use on any device, whether that is a desktop monitor or mobile touchscreen.  Responsive pages automatically change their layout to fit your screen.  See the announcement page (http://1.usa.gov/1dHTGbx) for more details.

Because this latest release enables all users to access a layout of MedlinePlus.gov optimized for their device, there is no longer a need for the separate mobile (m.medlineplus.gov) sites.  These sites are now retired; visitors to them will be redirected to the new version of MedlinePlus.gov.

We invite you to try out MedlinePlus’s full responsive design on your smartphone, tablet or desktop at http://medlineplus.gov/ and http://medlineplus.gov/spanish .  Take a tour of the redesigned site at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/tour/tour.html (also available in Spanish).  Please send us your feedback and comments about the new design via the Contact Us link that appears on every MedlinePlus page.

Free Access to Online Books, Journals for Healthcare Responders to Nepal Earthquake, Provided by Publishers, National Library of Medicine

Monday, April 27th, 2015

NLM Launches Emergency Access Initiative, Granting Free Access to Books and Journals for Healthcare Professionals Responding to Earthquake in Nepal The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Emergency Access Initiative (EAI)<http://eai.nlm.nih.gov/> has been activated to support healthcare professionals working on the response to the earthquake in Nepal. If you know of a library or organization involved in healthcare efforts in response to the earthquake in Nepal, please let them know of this service.

The EAI is a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text from over 650 biomedical journals and over 4,000 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. It serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster. EAI is not an open access collection. It is only intended for those affected by the disaster or assisting the affected population. EAI was activated four times in the past, including following the earthquake and subsequent cholera epidemic in Haiti, flooding in Pakistan, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

NLM thanks the numerous participating publishers for their generous support of this initiative: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, ASM Press, B.C. Decker, BMJ, Cambridge University Press, EBSCOHost, Elsevier, FA Davis, Mary Ann Liebert, Massachusetts Medical Society, McGraw-Hill, Merck Publishing, Oxford University Press, People’s Medical Publishing House, Springer, University of Chicago Press, Wiley and Wolters Kluwer.

Resources on Earthquakes

NLM has several other resources that will be helpful for people working on disaster response:

 

For questions regarding these resources, please e-mail custserv@nlm.nih.gov or call 1.888.346.3656 in the United States, or 301.594.5983 internationally.

The world’s largest biomedical library, the National Library of Medicine<http://www.nlm.nih.gov/> maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and conducts research, development and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology.

NLM Releases TOXinvaders, a Mobile Game about Chemistry, the Environment and Health

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

The Division of Specialized Information Services of the National Library of Medicine launches TOXinvaders, an environmental health and toxicology game for iPhone and iPad, available from the Apple Store.

TOXinvaders supports middle school science concepts pertaining to chemistry, environment and health. It can serve as an engaging classroom or homework activity for middle and high school students, as well as an entertaining learning activity for gaming aficionados of all ages. In the classroom environment, TOXinvaders works best as a supplement to NLM Tox Town, Environmental Health Student Portal, TOXMAP, and ChemIDplus Web sites.

The game consists of four fast-paced levels, in which a launcher is used to annihilate toxic chemicals falling from the sky and earn protective shield points by capturing “good chemicals.” To move on to the next level, players must take a brief quiz about the chemicals. These dynamically generated tests provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about environmental health and toxicology from the game’s chemical information sheet and from NLM Web sites.

Click here for the link to the Apple Store to download the app: http://apple.co/1NvGl6o

 

 

NIH Still Active in Gulf Region Five Years After Oil Spill

Monday, April 13th, 2015

From the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS):

“Five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, researchers at the National Institutes of Health are actively working with Gulf region community partners, to learn if any human health problems resulted from the disaster and establish a new research response plan to be better prepared for future disasters….

An important lesson learned from the Gulf oil spill and other recent disasters is that researchers need to be involved early in the response efforts to collect vital health information, including samples of air, water, and other materials and contaminants. They also need off-the-shelf customizable research tools if they are going to be able to move quickly to launch a research study that meets all guidelines for protecting the rights of study volunteers. As a result, NIEHS worked with the National Library of Medicine, also part of NIH, and other agencies to develop the NIH Disaster Research Response Project. Key elements of this project include publicly accessible field-tested data collection tools, research protocols, training materials and exercises, and development of a network of trained research responders (see http://dr2.nlm.nih.gov).”

For more information about NIH activities in the Gulf region: http://1.usa.gov/1FOghMC

New Edition of the Women of Color Health Data Book

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

The NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) is pleased to announce the publication of the Women of Color Health Data Book, 4th Edition.

The Women of Color Health Information Collection presents data on race/ethnicity and disease. Through data, clues about how culture, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic background, and geographic location contribute to the health status of women of color can be identified. In order to explore sex differences, scientists need data about the similarities and differences between women and men in diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other conditions.

Data book: http://1.usa.gov/1IsQUA8

Women of Color Health Collection: http://1.usa.gov/1yGKpEC

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