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Archive for the ‘Consumer Health’ Category

Google Flu Trends: The Limits of Big Data

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Two recent research papers, examining Google Flu Trends, offer a critique of big-data analysis.:  http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/28/google-flu-trends-the-limits-of-big-data/

NTIS Reports of Interest to Health Sciences Librarians

Friday, March 21st, 2014

The March 2014 issue of the NTRL news may be viewed online at http://www.ntis.gov/pdf/NTRNews6-9.pdf.    For your convenience, previous issues of the newsletter are posted at http://www.ntis.gov/rss/Ntrnews.aspx.

This issue features a sampling of new and historic information available from NTIS via the NTRL V3.0 and the NTIS website related to the topic of Nutrition.  Just a few of the titles highlighted in this issue are:

Front-of-Package Nutrition Rating Systems and Symbols: Promoting Healthier Choices. Report produced in 2012 by  the Institute of Medicine, Washington, DC. Food and Nutrition Board.

For NTIS Customers click here

For NTRL Customers click here


Food Safety: More Disclosure and Data Needed to Clarify Impact of Changes to Poultry and Hog Inspections.
Report produced in 2013 by the Government Accountability Office, Washington, DC.

For NTIS Customers click here

For NTRL Customers click here


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Examining the Evidence to Define Benefit Adequacy.
Report produced in 2013 by the Institute of Medicine, Washington, DC. Food and Nutrition Board.

For NTIS Customers click here

For NTRL Customers click here

Network Members to Be Congratulated!

Friday, March 14th, 2014

If any of our network members have special announcements they’d like to share, let us know!  We’d love to brag about any awards received, publications, MLA-related news, or whatever.  Simply send your announcement to Missy Harvey at mjharvey@pitt.edu and we’ll be happy to share your news with ALL of our network members.

New Drug Information Guide from NLM

Friday, March 14th, 2014

NLM has released a new Drug Information subject guide as the latest update in our subject guide series. These guides are based on our most frequently asked questions, and are starting points for health professionals, researchers, librarians, students, and others. Other published guides in our series are about finding:

A Genetics/Genomics subject guide will be available later this year. We will develop more subject guides as needed.

NLM Education Connection

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Toxicology Resources for the Classroom

AP Environmental Science and AP Chemistry teachers often can’t locate Web sites that support the mandated coursework. Our TOXNET site provides a wealth of information regarding chemicals including chemical structures, health effects, industrial usage, and more.

TOXNET is a databank for all of the National Library of Medicine’s toxicology Web sites. When you enter a chemical name into the databank search results will populate with details on which NLM databases hold information about that chemical. For example, let’s say you are teaching an environmental science class, and you want to do research on the recent chemical spill in West Virginia. Simply enter the chemical “4-methylcyclohexane methanol” and a list of resources that contain that chemical will appear in the search results window.

Health Observances: National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month. Health and nutrition are taught in our schools at an early age. In some areas, middle schools and high schools require all students to take a health class as part of the curriculum. MedlinePlus offers a great specialty page devoted to Nutrition and its importance for the body. As you dive into the subject of nutrition, pull documentation from our online library, or assign our Web site as a source for students to conduct their own research.

Desalination Video that Wows!

We would like to introduce our first animated video written and produced by one of our talented college interns. This video helps middle school students understand the concept of desalination. It uses simple animation to show how water treatment plants use desalination to clean the water that we use.

Let us know what you think. View our new video, “Desalination:A Solution for Our Water Needs,” video and send feedback to matzkink@mail.nih.gov.

NIH MedlinePlus Magazine Winter Issue

Friday, March 14th, 2014

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/magazine/issues/winter14/toc.html

Public Library Association

Friday, March 14th, 2014

For those of you planning to attend this week’s Public Library Association Conference, please join Health Happens in Libraries project staff on Saturday, March 15, at 9:15 AM in room 236 of the Indianapolis Convention Center, for a “ConverStation” on how your library has responded to customer needs regarding the Affordable Care Act, and to discuss the ACA aspects that are most relevant to your library and your patrons.
We know that libraries have been key partners in supporting the 4 million people who have already signed up for private health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace. Library staff have provided referrals to reliable federal or state-based Marketplace resources in their communities. Patrons have relied on library technology resources to obtain health care coverage. And, libraries have partnered with trained ACA consumer assisters, community health experts, and other professionals to host information sessions and enrollment events. With six months of activity behind us and March being the last month for open enrollment, this is an excellent time for library staff to discuss our experiences with colleagues and apply the shared learning toward management of these services going forward. Please join us at this PLA event to share your perspective, or contact us with your thoughts at any time.

For additional ACA information, be sure to visit the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services booth # 1911 in the exhibition hall for official Marketplace resources. The National Library of Medicine booth # 843 will also have information on a variety of health resources for your community.

Thanks!

Liz Morris
Project Coordinator
OCLC | WebJunction.org

Network Members to Be Congratulated!

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Winners of MLA’s Ida and George Eliot Prize—many are from our network:

  • Joanne Gard Marshall, AHIP, FMLA, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill
  • Julia Sollenberger, AHIP, FMLA, Medical Center Libraries and Technologies, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
  • Sharon Easterby-Gannett, AHIP, Medical Libraries, Lewis B. Flinn Medical Library, Christiana Care Health System, Newark, DE
  • Lynn Kasner Morgan, Upper Montclair, NJ; Mary Lou Klem, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Susan K. Cavanaugh, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) Camden Campus Library, Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ
  • Kathleen Burr Oliver, Chevy Chase, MD
  • Cheryl A. Thompson, Howard W. Odum Institute for Social Science, University of North Carolina−Chapel Hill
  • Neil Romanosky, NYU Health Sciences Libraries, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York University−New York, NY
  • Sue Hunter, Birnbaum Library, Pace University, New York, NY

NLM Resources for Patient Safety Awareness Week

Friday, March 7th, 2014

March 2-8, 2014 is Patient Safety Awareness Week, established by the National Patient Safety Foundation, which supports “Creating a world where patients and those who care for them are free from harm.”  The National Library of Medicine (NLM) supports the work to keep patients and healthcare providers free from harm by making available quality health information.

Below is information from the NLM MedlinePlus “Patient Safety” health topic Web page that describes actions patients can take:

You can help prevent medical errors by being an active member of your health care team. Research shows that patients who are more involved with their care tend to get better results. To reduce the risk of medical errors, you can:

  • Ask questions if you have doubts or concerns. Take a relative or friend to your doctor appointment to help you ask questions and understand answers.
  • Make sure you understand what will happen if you need surgery
  • Tell your health care providers about all the medicines you take, including over-the-counter drugs and dietary supplements. Tell them if you have any allergies or bad reactions to anesthesia. Make sure you know how to take your medications correctly.
  • Get a second opinion about treatment options
  • Keep a copy of your own health history

Also, the NLM has two prominent health information Web sites that assists patients and healthcare providers to learn more about particular health issues.  These Internet resources can help patients and providers get more involved with their medical care and research alternative treatments.

MedlinePlus  You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.

PubMed  PubMed comprises more than 23 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.  Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.

Great CE Opportunity

Friday, March 7th, 2014

 

In observance of Patient Safety Week (March 2-8), the North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries CE Committee presents a continuing education opportunity, The Librarian’s Role in Failure Mode & Effects Analysis: A Knowledge Management Opportunity. This is an Adobe Connect recording of a program originally presented on January 27, 2014. It is taught by Jeannine Gluck, who has been trained in the FMEA process and has participated in FMEAs in her own institution.

Failure Mode and Effects Analysis is a method used by quality improvement staff to identify and prevent failure before it occurs. The aim is to increase the safety of a clinical process. They ask where a process can go wrong, and the effects and causes of those failures. For the most serious among them, steps are redesigned to avoid the identified pitfalls. Librarians’ skills in managing information and knowledge can help the FMEA process. In short, others supply the clinical knowledge, and the librarian corrals that content into a form that helps ensure success of the endeavor. This practical webinar covers the basic steps in an FMEA, and for each, shows where and how the librarian’s skills can be applied.

Cost is $15. Registration is through NAHSL’s Wild Apricot site, at http://tinyurl.com/nahsl-fmea. Once your registration has been received, you will receive an e-mail with further details. You can view the recording at any time, and earn one MLA CE credit by answering a couple of brief questions.

If you are a NAHSL member who has already registered for the webinar, e-mail me for access to the recording.

Jeannine Cyr Gluck, MLS, AHIP

Director of the Library (and NAHSL CE Chair)

Eastern Connecticut Health Network

71 Haynes St. Manchester, CT 06040

jgluck@echn.org