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Archive for June, 2010

PubMed Updates Include Clinical Queries

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

PubMed® (PubMed.gov) has updated several features

  • Clinical Queries: One search on this updated page gives results across Clinical Study Categories, Systematic Reviews AND Medical Genetics
  • Send to E-mail: Abstract Format now defaults to NOT including MeSH information
  • Advanced Search page is cleaner
  • Discover Ads, those boxes in the right hand column, are also cleaner and allow one to minimize the box
  • My NCBI allows sign ins to Partner Organizations’ Accounts

Other Notables Issues

  • StopWords: Even if a Stopword is in the Title, it cannot be used as a search term

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The 2010 Sewell Stipend is now accepting applications!

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Social Justice lies at the heart of public health. It is central to its mission and is frequently described as public health’s core value. The social circumstances in which we are born, live, and work, play a greater role in longevity and overall health in the United States than genes, health insurance and access to health services…Ultimately education, transportation and housing policies affect the health of people. The challenge for any government–municipal, regional, state and federal–is to introduce health consequences into all discussions of social policies.

These opening lines in this year’s Preliminary Program for the 138th Annual American Public Health Association (APHA) Meeting and Exposition really help set the tone to explain why social justice is a public health imperative. Join us in Denver at APHA this year November 6-10, 2010, to explore this link and discover more about the social determinants of health! (more…)

Minnesota GoLocal to End July 1

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

By Karla Block
Go Local librarian
Health Sciences Libraries,
University of Minnesota

Early this spring, the National Library of Medicine announced that it will discontinue the MedlinePlus Go Local initiative beginning in spring and continuing throughout 2010. More details about this decision are available in an NLM Technical Bulletin article (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/ma10/ma10_go_local_discontinue.html) from April 2010.

MyHealth Minnesota Go Local (http://medlineplus.gov/minnesota) will come to an end on July 1, 2010 when the site is decommissioned. The University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries and other Go Local partners will continue to provide quality consumer health resources and outreach even after Go Local ends.

Minnesota’s Go Local page will be redirected to the University of Minnesota’s Health Sciences Libraries’ Resources for Personal Health page (http://www.biomed.lib.umn.edu/guides/personal-health) for reliable health resources and tools to locate health services in Minnesota. Users may also find MedlinePlus (http://medlineplus.gov) and its directories page (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/directories.html) useful alternatives to Go Local.

Health Insurance and Access to Care for Children and Adolescents

Monday, June 14th, 2010

The Maternal and Child Health Library released a new edition of the knowledge path, Health Insurance and Access to Care for Children and Adolescents. The knowledge path points to resources that analyze data, describe effective programs, and report on policy and research aimed at advancing health coverage and improving health care access for children and adolescents. (more…)

Providing Native American Consumer Health Information

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

By Fran Kovach
Reference & Education Librarian
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Springfield, IL

On June 4-6, 2010, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Library participated in the 5th Annual Taylorville Black Horse Pow Wow in Taylorville, Illinois, at the Christian County Fairgrounds. This is the second year that we participated at this event.

SIU School of Medicine  exhibit at pow wowPeople came from the Christian and Sangamon county areas, as well as other cities in Illinois. Others attending were from the states of Alabama, Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin. The 14 Tribes/Nations represented Apache, Blackfeet, Cherokee, Catawba, Comanche, Cree, Kiowa, Mohawk, Meskwaki, Navajo, Ogalala, Oneida, Ponka, and Sioux. Native American Health Information and MedlinePlus, pamphlets, bookmarks, and pens were distributed from our exhibit booth. Dancing, drumming, singing, and returning to a traditional diet of Native American foods such as corn, squash, beans, berries, and melons can improve physical, mental, and spiritual health.

Summer Sun, Sand and Fun(ding)

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Happy summer to the members of the GMR! According to the National Weather Service, although astronomical summer is still days away, June 1 launched meteorological summer. Time to celebrate the season of sand, sun and fun(ding)! With the annual MLA conference over and Memorial Day a memory, if you’re like me, thoughts now turn to what else but great outreach and other projects.

On May 1, NN/LM GMR entered into its fifth year (May 1, 2010 through April 30, 2011) of the 2006-2011 contract with the National Library of Medicine. As a result, there is no time for those larger, longer projects that the GMR funds as subcontracts to get underway and completed before the end of our contract year. However, if you have ideas for technology improvement, a small outreach opportunity or an exhibit showcasing NLM and other resources, the GMR might have just the sort of funding option to help. (more…)