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Archive for 2014

New York Academy of Medicine’s Grey Literature Report

Friday, November 21st, 2014

The New York Academy of Medicine’s November Grey Literature Report in Public Health has been published today. There are 210 new records.

You can find it at: http://www.greylit.org/reports/current. The items are listed alphabetically by organization. If you would like to see the newest reports for 2014, click on the Date of Publication link.

This report’s main focus is on Smoking and the Affordable Care Act, with a secondary focus on the Ebola Virus with supplemental reports on health in Nigeria, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

We look forward to any comments and questions you may have about the Grey Literature Report in Public Health. Please contact us: greylithelp@nyam.org.

We hope you will find the database useful!

The Grey Literature Team
The New York Academy of Medicine

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Librarians in the Wonderful Land of Oz: Gaming in Adult Learning (TechTime session)

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Presenters:

John Bramble, Technology Coordinator / MidContinental Region (MCR)

Matt Steadman, Web Software Developer / MidContinental Region (MCR)

Date / Time:  Monday, December 8, 2014 / 11 am – Noon (ET)

Wherehttps://webmeeting.nih.gov/techtime/

Online / No Registration Required / 1 MLA CE will be awarded

Summary: Come learn about a professional development engagement technique called “Online Interactive Professional Development Experience” (OLPDE), informally known as Gaming in Adult Learning.  The technique is a way to combine a human’s propensity for combining play with learning new or strengthening existing skills.

There will be a demonstration of Librarians in the Wonderful Land of Oz (LITWLOO), a game being used by the NN/LM MidContinental Region (MCR) as another way to encourage Network members to develop skills beneficial to the practice of health sciences librarianship.

Participants will leave with:

  • an increased understanding of how play and learning go hand-in-hand
  • an increased understanding of the teaching methods use in the NN/LM MCR’s OLPDE; and
  • a better understanding of LITWLOO and how to play the game to earn points and free continuing education credits from the Medical Library Association (MLA)

InfoBoosters: Connecting Texts with Databases (Boost Box session)

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Presenter:  Ansuman Chattopadhyay, Head, Molecular Biology Information Service / Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh

Date / Time:  Tuesday, December 9, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Wherehttps://webmeeting.nih.gov/boost2/

Online / No Registration Required / 1 MLA CE will be awarded

Summary: As life sciences research has become more interdisciplinary, the scientific papers we read increasingly include genes, proteins, methodologies, and biological concepts outside of our domain of expertise.  In order to thoroughly comprehend such articles, it is necessary to learn more about these lesser-known terms.

Information is readily available in various molecular databases, but the current journal article reading formats (PDF and Web-based) do not provide links to access the databases directly from the article pages.  We have developed Infoboosters–an easy-to-install browser widget that connects digital texts to databases and retrieves relevant information on-demand.  E.g., after selecting a protein name in an article and clicking the “Infobooster for Structure” widget, a pop-up window appears displaying the protein structure from the Protein Data Bank.

The application of these tools will assist readers with revealing information not directly described in the text and potentially fostering the creation of new hypotheses.  We will introduce you to Infoboosters, show you how to create your own unique Infoboosters, and cover various applications of this new tool.

Privacy & Security on the Web: How to Protect Yourself

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Presenter:  Missy Harvey, Technology & Communication Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Date / Time:  Thursday, December 11, 2014 / Noon – 1:30 pm (ET)

Registerhttps://scrlc.org/events/view/5547

Summary: Sponsored by the South Central Regional Library Council (SCRLC). You’ve read the recent headline: 4.5 million hospital records were compromised in a cyberattack! Learn tips to protect yourself, your family, and your library users in our highly connected world.

We’ll discuss:

  • What you need to know about your personal information on the Web
  • How others get information about your online activities
  • How to protect yourself from phishing emails and scams
  • How to manage your online reputation
  • What to do if your online privacy is compromised
  • Risks of cloud computing

Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Presenter:  Michelle Burda, Network & Advocacy Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Date / Time:  Friday, December 12 and 19, 2014 / 1:30 – 3 pm (ET)

Registerhttp://nnlm.gov/training/schedule/class_details.html?class_id=823

Summary: This course provides a comprehensive overview of the essential resources needed to provide health-related information services for supporting disaster mitigation, planning, response and recovery. This interactive, case-based class will cover key sources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), federal and non-federal agencies, and international organizations. Tools for locating, organizing and disseminating disaster health information will also be discussed. 3 MLA CEs.

Network Member Receives an Award!

Friday, November 14th, 2014

MAR would like to congratulate David Nolfi, the Marguerite Abel Service Recognition Award winner for 2014. David is the Health Sciences Librarian and Library Assessment Coordinator at Duquesne University’s Gumberg Library.  He also serves as a member of MAR’s Resource & Academic Libraries Special Advisory Group.

Read more about David’s well deserved honor: https://macmla.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/2014-marguerite-abel-service-recognition-award/

Network Member Gets Published!

Friday, November 14th, 2014

We would like to congratulate The Commonwealth Medical College who previously received funding from MAR in an Outreach to Consumers Award. Their Library Director, Joanne Mullenbach, has published an article related to their efforts in the Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/59AEmindHRitqrqAzt5A/full#.VGZr_MknkfU

Resource Update: Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM)

Friday, November 14th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released a new version of Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM): http://chemm.nlm.nih.gov/

New or updated content in CHEMM includes:

  1. updated and enhanced content on Decontamination Procedures, Discovering the Event, and Training and Education
  2. an NIH CounterACT program funded database with information on twenty-two medical countermeasures (including efficacy, relevant publications, research in progress, FDA and other global regulatory status information)
  3. content for how emergency responders can recognize and handle events dealing with toxic gases generated by the combinations of consumer products or common household chemicals
  4. a workshop report describing toxic chemical syndromes, or toxidromes, that lays the foundation for a consistent lexicon for use in CHEMM and for other uses that, if adopted widely, will improve response to chemical mass exposure incidents
  5. a toxidromes outreach plan whose goal is to raise widespread awareness and encourage use of the toxidromes throughout the stakeholder community, and
  6. an evaluation and validation plan for CHEMM’s Intelligent Syndromes Tool (CHEMM-IST) that, once completed, will move CHEMM-IST from its current state as a prototype to a product ready for use in an operational response environment.

CHEMM is a Web-based resource that can be downloaded in advance to Windows and Mac computers to ensure availability during an event if the Internet is not accessible.

CHEMM’s content is also integrated into the NLM Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER), which is Web-based and downloadable to Windows computers.  CHEMM’s content is also available in WISER’s iOS and Android apps. The new CHEMM content will be incorporated into the next release of WISER. http://wiser.nlm.nih.gov/index.html

For more information see the What’s New on CHEMM?” section of CHEMM: http://chemm.nlm.nih.gov/whatsnew.htm

November is National Native American Heritage Month

Friday, November 14th, 2014

During November, the nation collectively recognizes the achievements, contributions and rich culture of the Native Americans.

History Native American Heritage Month was first recognized in 1915 with the annual meeting of the Congress of the American Indian Association, building upon previous work of Dr. Arthur C. Parker. Despite this proclamation, various states began organizing days of commemoration at different times of the year. It wasn’t until 1990 that a joint resolution from the White House was issued, designating November as National American Indian Heritage Month. Learn more about the history of Native American Heritage Month from the Library of Congress.

Health Concerns American Indians and Alaska Natives have a unique relationship with the federal government. Tribes exist as sovereign entities, but federally recognized tribes are entitled to health and educational services provided by the federal government. Though the Indian Health Service (IHS) is charged with serving the health needs of these populations, more than half of American Indians and Alaska Natives do not permanently reside on a reservation, and therefore have limited or no access to IHS services. Though often referred to as a singular group, American Indians and Alaska Natives represent diverse cultures, languages and customs unique to each community. Health challenges, however, have not been as unique with many Native American communities similarly experiencing the harsh impact of diabetes, HIV/AIDS, heart disease, stroke and infant mortality.

Profile: American Indian and Alaska Native Health Statistics by Disease Leading Causes of Death Other Critical Health Issues Find Journals and Publications Affordable Care Act and Native Americans The Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care law, was created to expand access to coverage, control health care costs, and improve health care quality and coordination. The ACA also includes permanent reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act , which extends the current law and authorizes new programs and services within the Indian Health Service.

More about the Affordable Care Act and Native Americans Fact sheet: The ACA and American Indian and Alaska Native People

Our Work Delivery of health services and funding of programs to maintain and improve the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives are consonant with the federal government’s historical and unique legal relationship with Indian Tribes. In recognition of this, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) supports research on improving the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives. American Indian and Alaska Native Health Research Advisory Council (HRAC) American Indian/Alaska Native Health Disparities Program Grantees All grants and cooperative agreements American Indian/Alaska Native Tribal Initiative Awards (TIHA) Native Generations , an infant mortality awareness campaign Circle of Life , a multimedia HIV/AIDS/STI curriculum for Native youth National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services

Ways to Commemorate Native American Heritage Month

Educate yourself! Read up on the history of the Native people of the Americas and the creation of Native American History Month.

Raise awareness! Organize a community event to raise awareness about the health disparities that exist among Native American communities.

Get covered! Learn more about affordable health care options now available to you and your family and spread the word.

Share your story! How are you celebrating Native American Heritage Month? What’s happening in your organization or community? Share your story or tweet with us throughout the month.

From the Office of Minority Health

Jonas Salk, the Polio Vaccine, and the Shot Felt ‘Round the World

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Tuesday, November 18, at the New York Academy of Medicine

The event is free and open to the public; advance registration is requested. To register for this event: Jonas Salk, the Polio Vaccine, and The Shot Felt ‘Round the World

Jonas Salk, the Polio Vaccine, and the Shot Felt ‘Round the World

Jonas Salk’s vaccine against polio brought a fearful epidemic to a close. In the centennial year of Salk’s birth, we celebrate his achievement with the screening of The Shot Felt ’Round the World. This 2010 production chronicles Salk’s crucial work at the University of Pittsburgh that led to the polio vaccine’s success in the 1950s.

Produced by Stephanie Dangel Reiter, Carl Kurlander, and Laura Davis, and directed by Tjardus Greidanus, the hour-long documentary starts with the March of Dimes, a charity founded by President Franklin Roosevelt, himself paralyzed by the disease. March of Dimes’ sponsorship helped Salk develop his vaccine in the early 1950s. Public concern over the disease was so great that widespread testing started almost immediately. The vaccine was pronounced safe in 1955, with mass vaccination following. By the 1960s, polio in the United States was largely under control; the last known endemic case was in 1979.

The film not only looks at the well-known battle against polio, but also delves into the hidden stories, both of the researchers and of the sufferers. After the screening, we are pleased to welcome three commentators for a discussion of the film: Peter L. Salk, MD, president of the Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation and son of Jonas Salk; Jeffrey Kluger, senior correspondent for Time magazine and author of Splendid Solution: Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio; and Bert Hansen, PhD, professor of the history of science and medicine at Baruch College and author of Picturing Medical Progress from Pasteur to Polio.

About the Speakers

Bert Hansen, PhD, is professor of history at Baruch College of City University of New York, following appointments at Binghamton University (SUNY), New York University, and the University of Toronto. His recent book, Picturing Medical Progress from Pasteur to Polio: A History of Mass Media Images and Popular Attitudes in America, was honored with awards from the Popular Culture Association and the American Library Association. The book argues that the triumphs of Louis Pasteur in 1885 and Jonas Salk in 1955 bookend a glorious period of unalloyed popular enthusiasm for medical advances that didn’t sustain itself much beyond the 1950s. The Salk vaccine marked the end of one era in popular sentiments and the beginning of another.

Jeffrey Kluger is the science editor for Time magazine and Time.com, principally covering science and social issues. His newest nonfiction book is The Narcissist Next Door: Understanding the Monster in Your Family, in Your Office, in Your Bed—In Your World, published in September 2014. His most recent novel was Freedom Stone, a young adult tale set on a South Carolina plantation in 1863, published in 2011. He is the author of seven other books, including Apollo 13 (1994), coauthored with Jim Lovell, which served as the basis of the 1995 movie; and Splendid Solution: Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio (2004). His 2001 cover story on global warming for Time won the Overseas Press Club Award for best environmental reporting of the year.

Kluger has worked at Discover magazine, Family Circle, The New York Times Business World, and Science Digest. His work has appeared in dozens of publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, The Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, Omni, McCall’s, New York Magazine, The New York Post, Newsday, and, of course, Time. He has been an adjunct instructor in the graduate journalism program at New York University; is a licensed attorney; and is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the University of Baltimore, School of Law.

Peter L. Salk, MD, is president of the Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation and son of Jonas Salk. Dr. Salk graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University in 1965 and Alpha Omega Alpha from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1969. Following two years of house staff training in internal medicine at the University Hospitals of Cleveland, he worked in his father’s laboratory at the Salk Institute from 1972 to 1984, conducting research on immunotherapy of cancer, autoimmune disease, and strategies for vaccine production. He worked again with his father from 1991 to 1995 on a project to develop an inactivated vaccine for HIV infection, and subsequently worked on the introduction of AIDS treatment programs in Africa and Asia. He is currently President of the Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation, where he is devoting attention to the effort to complete the eradication of polio, organizing and making available the extensive collections of his father’s papers and historical materials, educating the public regarding his father’s life and work, and extending and applying his father’s vision to help address humanity’s present challenges and opportunities.

We look forward to seeing you at this and other events in the 2014–2015 series. For more information about many other upcoming history of medicine events in the New York area, see the calendar page of our blog, Books, Health, and History: http://nyamcenterforhistory.org/calendar/.