Archive for the ‘Consumer Health’ Category
Thursday, January 28th, 2016
It is predicted that the Zika virus will spread deep into the United States. National Institutes of Heath (NIH) director included a powerful map by Kramer, et al (2015) on the NIH Director’s Blog at: http://directorsblog.nih.gov/2016/01/26/zika-virus-an-emerging-health-threat/.
This virus has been known for a long time, but its apparent dangerous effects have only very recently come to light. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has taken two immediate steps to help address this threat. First, in a rare move, PubMed has immediately added two new terms to MeSH:
Because these terms are so new, search PubMed using zika[tw] to catch citations with the new MeSH headings, older articles on this topic, and to exclude citations by authors named Zika.
Second, an incident Web page was by the created by the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center to gather resources on the emerging health issues arising from the Zika Virus:
This resource list links to a variety of sources such as:
- Local, state, federal and international agencies and organizations
- Database searches for the health information issues around the incidents
- Focused resources for pregnant women and for health care providers
- Social media resources for situational awareness
Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
In 2015, the GMR sent out a Call for Applications (CFA) for a variety of awards, including the Community Engagement Award. One of the more interesting responsibilities I have as the Outreach, Planning, and Evaluation Coordinator for the GMR is to review proposals as they come in to the office for potential funding. Elkhart General Hospital’s proposal for a Seed to Feed Learning Garden (http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/funding-recipients/cea) is one of the more interesting–and successful!–awards that the GMR has funded.
Take a look at the most informative article that was posted in Beacon Health’s newsletter, The Beam: http://beam.beaconhealthsystem.org/eghs-learning-garden-a-huge-success/ Not only has the garden provided an opportunity for librarian Lori Harding of the Medical Library to help train clinical staff in “databases, books, journals and websites containing evidence-based resources and recipes to help educate patients on nutrition,” but 260 pounds of fresh vegetables from the garden were shared with local food pantries! Not many medical libraries can lay claim to that accomplishment.
Thursday, July 10th, 2014
By Robin Sabo
Assistant Professor/Health Professions Librarian
Central Michigan University
An exhibit award allowed me to promote MedlinePlus resources to nutrition educators attending the 2014 Annual Meeting for the Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior, June 28 – July 1 in Milwaukee. Six hundred nutrition educators including registered dietitian nutritionists, extension service personnel, public health personnel and university faculty and staff attended the meeting.
Nutrition calculators and quizzes from the Health Check Tools section of MedlinePlus were highlighted including Calculate your body mass index, Exercise counts – How many calories will your activity burn, Folic acid quiz and Test your sodium smarts. Other featured resources included MedlinePlus for Health Professionals and National Library of Medicine Mobile Resources.
Particularly exciting were comments about how the nutrition educators planned to use MedlinePlus resources. Plans included incorporating MedlinePlus into extension websites and Facebook pages, inclusion of links in an upcoming edition of a consumer health nutrition book and university dietetics faculty who plan to incorporate MedlinePlus into their class assignments. One attendee even asked about having someone exhibit on MedlinePlus for their upcoming regional meeting!
Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
The Alzheimer’s Association Green-Field Library has added to and updated our Resource Lists. You can direct your patrons to materials for completing their coursework, article publication, presentations, grant writing, or to learn more about the disease. Check out the Jumpstarters for immediate, free, full-text articles in 13 areas of Alzheimer’s study for students, faculty, and library patrons. Note the updated Resource Lists, Popular Searches and Incredibly Useful Websites, plus our Favorite Links (http://www.alz.org/library/links.asp). View the new Pinterest tool at Social Media Tools: 11 boards you can follow, pin, and share – compiled by the Green-Field Library. Through the online catalog, your patrons can search the collection, view videos for free, and access a list of our journals. Through their local chapters and you, they can borrow from us. We thank all the librarians who chat so deftly and access our policies in QuestionPoint. You can link to us on your website or social media pages: http://www.alz.org/library/.
The Alzheimer’s Association houses a collection of 5,000 books and videos at the national headquarters in Chicago as well as maintains a web page called the Virtual Library, a project funded in part through a technology award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Greater Midwest Region (GMR) in 2009.
For more information or to ask a question about Alzheimer’s, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, March 27th, 2014
by Carmen Howard
Visiting Assistant Regional Librarian & Visiting Assistant Professor
UIC Library of the Health Sciences – Peoria
Exhibiting at the Hult Center for Healthy Living’s Annual Seniors on the Go Health Fair was an excellent opportunity for the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Library of the Health Sciences in Peoria to connect with the community and share information. The Health Fair is open to all seniors (55 years+). The Health Fair included health screenings, massages, lectures, live accordion music, and breakfast – all at no cost to the attendees! This year the Health Fair drew more than three hundred and fifty people. Well over one hundred and fifty of these people stopped by the Library’s booth to learn about MedlinePlus, NIHSeniorHealth, and the services of the Library. It was very rewarding to introduce people to MedlinePlus and NIHSeniorHealth. Several attendees acknowledged knowing that they needed to be careful when searching online for medical information but admitted that they were not sure where to go or how to know who to trust. Others were happy to know that they could come in or call the library for help.
You can read more about the event in this article from the Peoria Journal Star (http://www.pjstar.com/article/20140319/NEWS/140318718). When you read the article, be sure to check out the booth in the background with the red tablecloth – that’s us!
Friday, July 26th, 2013
Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act Health Information Marketplace, formerly referred to as the “Health Insurance Exchange”, begins October 1, 2013. But did you know that you and your patrons can start collecting information now? According to the HealthCare.gov Marketplace Application Checklist, the following items will be needed for those planning to apply for coverage:
- Social Security Numbers (or document numbers for legal immigrants)
- Employee and income information for every member of your household who needs coverage (for example, from pay stubs or W-2
forms—Wage and Tax Statements)
- Policy numbers for any current health insurance plans covering
members of your household
A completed Employer Coverage Tool for every job-based plan you or someone in your household is eligible for.
You can see the checklist as well as the complete Employer Coverage online at the following URL: https://www.healthcare.gov/downloads/MarketplaceApp_Checklist_Generic.pdf
To find out more about the Marketplace, see https://www.healthcare.gov/marketplace/individual/. Librarians and other professionals can find marketplace outreach information on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) site: http://marketplace.cms.gov/
Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
By Carmen Howard
Visiting Asst. Regional Librarian
UIC Library of the Health Sciences at Peoria
The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Library of the Health Sciences in Peoria has a long history of outreach to local youth. So when we were asked to participate in this year’s Peoria Academy of Science’s Treasure Hunt, we immediately said yes!
The Science Treasure Hunt is a summer program with the goal of encouraging students to explore science and technology while learning more about careers in the sciences. The program is open to 1st through 8th grade students who are eligible to win prizes if they attend at least eight of the Science Sites. The Library and the College of Medicine are pleased to be one of the 21 Science Sites featured this year and the only health sciences site.
Each site designs its own fun treasure hunt experience with 3-5 questions to answer. Activities range from a hosted tour by the Air National Guard to a completely self-directed experience at the Giant Oak Park (home to a 300-year-old tree). Working with the College of Medicine, the Library designed its Science Site to highlight the Peoria campus and to provide a short lesson on the circulatory system. Our site asks kids to follow a set of instructions to find answers to four questions. The experience includes finding a book in the stacks, reading about early experiments with frogs, watching a short online cartoon, and more.
This year’s program has just begun and runs until September. We hope to report back at the end of the summer on the success of our first treasure hunt!
Thursday, April 25th, 2013
The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) launched the Genetics Home Reference (GHR) Web site on April 25, 2003 as a new consumer health information resource focused on human genetics. The creation of GHR coincided with the completion of the Human Genome Project, a 13-year international effort to map the entire human genome.
For more information, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin article at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/ma13/ma13_ghr.html
Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
By Nalini Mahajan
Director, Medical Library
Marionjoy Rehabilitation Hospital
Information Connections is a website for parents of children with developmental disabilities and chronic diseases with a special focus on Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Down Syndrome, and Traumatic Brain Injury. The informative website was developed and launched by the Marianjoy Medical Library with funding from the National Network of Library of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region (NN/LM GMR) and is sponsored by Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital. It is accessible to anyone from anywhere and it is free.
Since its initial launch in April 2011, InformationConnections.org has helped thousands of families seeking help on these topics. Website usage and feedback in our first year has been exceptional.
We would love to promote our Web site to everyone who could benefit from this wonderful resource and would appreciate any help from you. Please spread the word around; like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, feel free to blog about us, and place a link to us on your website. Our goal is to have 500 friends by the end of 2012. Once we reach the magic number of 500 friends, 3 winners be selected randomly and each will receive a $25.00 gift certificate.
Wednesday, November 9th, 2011
By Sandi L. Bates MLIS
Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences
University of North Dakota
The University of North Dakota’s Library of the Health Sciences exhibited at the Grand Forks Women’s Show Oct. 1, providing an opportunity to share NN/LM resources with more than 1,900 people.
For the second year we shared the booth with Dr. Edward Sauter’s research team. Dr. Sauter is professor of surgery at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences and does extensive breast cancer research and education. The exhibit provided both an outlet to discuss health topics with consumers and a place for women to actively participate in the research. We will be able to continue to participate in the translational research platform being built by the University of North Dakota through efforts like this exhibit.
We were able to make contacts with healthcare professionals who were interested in consumer health resources. A local senior center encouraged us to drop brochures and MedlinePlus magazines off for their clientele. Our supply of printed materials for MedlinePlus and Household Products were depleted by the end of the day.