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October is SIDS Awareness Month

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

About 4,000 infants die suddenly and unexpectedly each year in the United States. These deaths are called sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUID).

Health care providers and researchers don’t know the exact causes of SIDS, but they do know methods to help reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related SUID that include the following:

  • Always place babies on their backs to sleep for every sleep.
  • Use a firm sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib, covered by a fitted sheet.
  • Have the baby share your room, not your bed. Your baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch, or on a chair alone, with you, or with anyone else.

For more information on SIDS, visit the CDC’s page on the topic: http://1.usa.gov/1nfXuo0

ACA Resources: From Coverage to Care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS have launched From Coverage to Care, an “initiative to help people with new health care coverage understand their benefits and connect to primary care and the preventive services that are right for them”. This initiative includes written resources, images, videos, and various ways to connect with CMS.

Visit From Coverage to Care on the CMS website: http://1.usa.gov/1yh9Dgu

Get Smart About Drugs: Redesigned Website

The U. S. Drug Enforcement Agency has relaunched their website Get Smart About Drugs. The site is designed for parents, educators and caregivers and provides information on identifying drugs and drug paraphernalia;  physical, developmental and legal consequences of drug use; and talking to kids and teens about drugs.

Get Smart About Drugs: http://bit.ly/1rSbIuh

NLM Information Resources for the 2014 Ebola Outbreak

Several resources at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) are available to those who need access to health information related to the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Resources include:

  • a continually updated resource guide from the Disaster Information Management Research Center
  • links to the Emergency Access Initiative
  • a specialized database that provides an easy way to search and retrieve protein and nucleotide sequences related to Ebolavirus
  • MedlinePlus Health Topic Page: Ebola in English and Spanish
  • a PubMed search

NLM Ebola resources: http://1.usa.gov/Zqjd1s

Webinar: Ebola Outbreak-Managing Health Information Resources

From the Disaster Information Management Research Center, National Library of Medicine:

WHAT: Disaster Information Specialists Program monthly conference call/webinar

WHEN: Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 1:30 PM ET

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: The Disaster Information Specialist monthly meeting is open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.

TOPIC: Ebola Outbreak: Managing Health Information Resources
The 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak has resulted in an explosion of information on many aspects of managing the disease from a clinical and public health perspective. There is also considerable interest in related topics such as legalities of quarantine; ethics of vaccine development; shaming and isolation of Ebola survivors, family members of the deceased and Ebola orphans; food security; and the effects on healthcare for other medical conditions in areas with extremely limited resources. How does one make sense of the outpouring of information from news media, social media, publications and guidelines from international agencies, national governments, NGOs, and professional associations; situation reports; maps and other tools for visualizing the outbreak? What about health messaging materials like infographics, radio jingles, banners, TV interviews, and webinars? Join us to discuss the nature of information flow during an infectious disease outbreak, with a special focus on Ebola-related resources from the National Library of Medicine.

Presenter: Cindy Love is a medical librarian with over 20 years’ experience in public health information management at the National Library of Medicine. As part of the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center, Cindy has developed information resources for every major U.S. and international disaster in the last 5 years. She first co-authored a bibliography on “Viral Hemorrhagic Fever” in 1996. It ranks #8,569,688 on Amazon’s list of bestselling books.

LOGIN: To join the meeting at 1:30 pm ET, Thursday, October 9, click on http://1.usa.gov/1gK9mqU

MORE INFORMATION: For more information on this and past meetings, see http://1.usa.gov/17xlCVm

“For Them and For You, Too” Fotonovela about Diabetes

Raquel, Lourdes and Elisa are friends who work at a dry cleaning store. Their story includes happiness, hard work—and encounters with diabetes. Read about their friendship and how they stay healthy in a fotonovela from the National Diabetes Education Program. A fotonovela tells a story through photos and words. Do It for Them! But for You, Too (¡Hazlo por ellos! Pero por ti también.) presents the three women’s stories in English and Spanish in the same book. Like the families of Raquel, Lourdes and Elisa, many Hispanic/Latino families have been affected by diabetes. During Hispanic Heritage Month, talk to your family about whether there is a history of diabetes. Then check out the fotonovela to learn more about how to prevent type 2 diabetes and how to manage diabetes if you have the condition.

Do It for Them! But for You, Too (PDF): http://1.usa.gov/10oXEiT
Additional resources about Type 2 Diabetes from MedlinePlus: http://1.usa.gov/10oXKab

ONC Innovation Engagement: Pillbox (Google Hangout)

Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)’s next Innovation Engagement Google Hangout is on October 7 at 2pm ET, featuring a discussion between David Hale of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and Mark Silverberg from Social Health Insights on Pillbox, an NLM project to aid in the identification of unknown pills (oral solid dosage form medications). This resource combines images of pills with appearance and other information to enable users to visually search for and identify oral solid dosage form medications. NLM created and released open source code for “Pillbox” to make this data easily accessible and usable by the developer community. Available on Github, Pillbox is a collection of Python scripts that download the SPL data files, process the data files along with other data sources to create a “pill-focused” view of the information, and provide the data into formats that can be easily used by APIs. Pillbox is available as an API or developers can download and incorporate the scripts into their own applications. Join ONC on Oct 7 to learn more about Pillbox and how you can get involved.

Google Hangout (October 7, 2014, 2:00pm ET): http://bit.ly/1rIs48L
Pillbox: http://1.usa.gov/1oGUe0q

Population Health Added to PubMed Special Queries

The NLM PubMed Special Queries page includes a link to a new MEDLINE/PubMed Population Health search. The Population Health Special Query is a PubMed search of relevant MeSH headings and other text words combined by NLM staff to retrieve citations about health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group. MeSH headings were selected with the assistance of members of the Institute of Medicine Board on Population Health and Public Health staff and a member of the IOM Roundtable on Population Health Improvement.

PubMed: http://1.usa.gov/1x6IM3a
PubMed Population Health Special Query: http://1.usa.gov/1pwMXQS

Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates

The National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable has published a manual that provides recommendations and step by step instructions that community health centers can implement to increase colorectal cancer screening rates. Tips are included to  set  up processes in efficient ways and save healthcare providers’ time. To access this new resource, “Cancer Screening Rates: A Manual for Community Health Centers”, see: http://bit.ly/10l1wBs

AAMC Research Update

Twice monthly, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) posts citations to newly published research articles describing efforts to detect, understand, or reduce health disparities and disparities in care. This resource is an efficient way to stay current and inform your health disparities work: http://bit.ly/1rrz3Fd