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.
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.
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
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
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a new newsletter about substance abuse and mental illness prevention in the primary care setting. The currently featured article is “Moving Beyond Screening to Prevent Mental Illness and Substance Use: What can be Achieved in Primary Care?” Articles feature a provider profile, evidence-based tips, webinars and other topics. See the SAMHSA newsletter here: http://1.usa.gov/10l1iKs
According to the Centers for Disease Control, Sickle Cell Disease affects millions around the world, including 1 in 12 African Americans.
The CDC has resources on living well with Sickle Cell Disease, as well as tips for school staff and caregivers, treatment information, data and statistics, and research.
Sickle Cell Disease (CDC): http://1.usa.gov/1rnqJpY
The Get Ready Campaign from the American Public Health Association has published a 2015 calendar featuring emergency preparedness “Tips from Tots.”
“Each month features a different tot practicing emergency preparedness and dispensing helpful safety advice, including dressing for extreme weather, where to find shelter during a storm and what to include in an emergency supply kit.”
Download the calendar and see the adorable photo gallery: http://bit.ly/1uVZK2y
September 29, 2014 is World Heart Day. To learn about heart-healthy lifestyle choices, visit MedlinePlus.
Heart Diseases–Prevention (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1DRtAM5
Saturday, September 27, 2014 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. This day “aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications”.
Find a collection site near you by visiting the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Diversion Control webpage: http://1.usa.gov/HVVcRV
For those who suffer from migraine headaches and cannot tolerate drug treatments, the onset of a migraine can mean being unable to function normally for up to 72 hours. In this consumer update from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), two new prescription devices may offer much needed relief. In clinical studies, both devices have shown to be effective with minimal risks and side effects when used correctly.
For information on these devices, visit the FDA’s consumer update page: http://1.usa.gov/1t2jD5U