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NLM Resource Update: Household Products Database (HPD) now contains over 14,000 products

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Household Products Database (HPD) now contains over 14,000 products: http://hpd.nlm.nih.gov/

The latest update includes a new product category “commercial/institutional”. Product manufacturers of the more than 300 products in this category use various descriptions,  including professional grade, professional use, hospital grade and more. Users can locate products using the new “commercial/institutional” link under “Browse by Category” on the HPD homepage or by entering the category/description terms (e.g. commercial, institutional, professional, hospital) as a Quick Search.

The Household Products Database links over 14,000 consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by manufacturers and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients. The database is designed to help answer the following typical questions:

  • What are the chemical ingredients and their percentage in specific brands?
  • Which products contain specific chemical ingredients?
  • Who manufactures a specific brand? How do I contact this manufacturer?
  • What are the acute and chronic effects of chemical ingredients in a specific brand?
  • What other information is available about chemicals in the toxicology-related databases of the National Library of Medicine?

Information in the Household Products Database is from a variety of publicly available sources including brand-specific labels and Material Safety Data Sheets when available from manufacturers and manufacturers’ web sites.

CMS Champion for Coverage Weekly Update

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

We hope you enjoyed your summers and that you are preparing for the next Marketplace open enrollment period. Please read along for new updates and materials, including a Champion webinar happening in two weeks, and much more.

Champion newsletter: http://cmsgov.force.com/newsletter/servlet/servlet.FileDownload?file=01514000003K5PA

Health and Wellness for Adolescent Girls and Women with Mental and Behavioral Health Conditions Knowledge Path

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

The Women’s Integrated Systems for Health (WISH) Project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Maternal and Child Health Library (MCH Library) at Georgetown University, both of whom are funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), released a new knowledge path, Health and Wellness for Adolescent Girls and Women with Mental and Behavioral Health Conditions. The knowledge path aims to bridge the public health and mental health information needs of professionals on approaches to promoting optimal health and wellness for women of childbearing age who experience a mental, emotional, or behavioral health condition. The knowledge path covers topics relevant to health promotion and disease prevention for all women, and specifically for women with mental and behavioral health disorders.

Topics include: reproductive and maternal health, intentional injury, chronic conditions, healthy behaviors, and health disparities. Contents include websites, distance learning tools, reports, data and statistics, journal articles and other literature and research, and guides on related topics. The knowledge path is available at: http://www.mchlibrary.org/KnowledgePaths/kp_WISH.html

A separate brief presents resources for women and their families. The brief is available at http://www.mchlibrary.org/families/frb_WISH.html

We welcome your comments and would appreciate your help in sharing this information with your colleagues via your website, social media, or e-news services.

Health & Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Presenter:       Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Dates:               September 22, 2014 (1 month)

Where:             Online

Details:             http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=661

Summary:  This course defines the core competencies of providing consumer health information services and then dives directly into the essential skills and knowledge that library staff need to build those competencies. The course starts by preparing you with tools to learn the demographics and health status of people in your community.

 

Objectives: Learners will be able to: Explain the concept of consumer health and how the library helps to build healthy communities. Explain the difference between literacy and health literacy. Feel comfortable and confident providing health reference to diverse users. Understand the ethical and legal issues about providing health information. Evaluate the quality of health information in a variety of formats, and teach users how to recognize the elements of trustworthy materials and the warning signs of dubious health information. Identify and choose authoritative health information resources that are appropriate for particular users. Apply criteria for collection development of consumer health materials. Plan health-related programming and events.

 

Important Note: This course has been certified for 12 contact hours of Medical Library Association (MLA) CE credit. If you are taking this course for MLA CE, there are specific requirements to satisfy the 12-hour instruction requirement. The coursework also provides everything you need to qualify for Level 1 CHIS – the Consumer Health Information Specialization from MLA. Please read the document MLA CE and CHIS – Course Requirements for all the details.

Check Out the Latest Issue of the MAReport

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Health Literacy: Its Importance to You

Friday, August 15th, 2014

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

When:   Thursday, August 21, 2014 (ET) / 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Where: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Davis Auditorium (2nd floor), Hess Center for Science and Medicine

1470 Madison Avenue

New York, NY 10029

Registerhttps://sites.google.com/site/nynjliteracy/

Abstract:  Do you want to know why health literacy is important to anyone in the healthcare field?  This introductory hands-on class will help you understand why this is a “hot” topic in healthcare.  We will define health literacy in today’s healthcare environment, explore the impact health literacy plays in patient care, and discuss how health literacy will affect healthcare in the future.  We will also discuss your role in raising health literacy awareness in your organization and offer ideas on how this can be achieved.  Resources from the National Library of Medicine, government agencies, and other recognized resources in health literacy will be provided.

CEs:       2 MLA CEs; 2 NBPHE CEUs (in process); and NCHEC-CHES (in process)

NLM’s Online Playground: K-12 Health and Science Resources from the National Library of Medicine

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Presenter:      Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Dates:              August 27, 2014

Where:             Moscow, PA

Details:             http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=661

Summary: This class will introduce free K-12 resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Resources span a variety of subjects including biology, careers, chemistry, environmental health, forensics and medical technology, general health, genetics, health information tutorials, and HIV/AIDS. The online course is approved for 3 MLA CEs, as well as MLA CHIS Level 1 and Level 2.

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Presenter:      Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Dates:              September 5, 2014

Where:             Farmingdale, NY

Details:             http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=661

Summary: This interactive class will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public. Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will be equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites, e-patient resources and collection development core lists. We will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach. The class will wrap-up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech. The online course is approved for 2 MLA CEs, as well as MLA CHIS Level 1 and Level 2.

August NIH News in Health

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Check out the August issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research:

Can You Recognize a Heart Attack or Stroke?
What To Do When Every Moment Counts
How would you react to a medical emergency? When it comes to life-threatening conditions like heart attack or stroke, every minute counts.

Surviving Sepsis
Taming a Deadly Immune Response
Many people have never heard of sepsis, or they don’t know what it is. But sepsis is one of the top 10 causes of disease-related death in the U.S. The condition can arise suddenly, and it’s often hard to recognize.

Health Capsules:

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If you’re an editor who wishes to reprint our stories, please see http://newsinhealth.nih.gov/about.htm for information.

NLM e-Clips

Friday, August 15th, 2014

ANNOUNCEMENTS

General Research Use collection streamlines access to patient-level data in dbGaP

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/news/07-29-2014-dbgap-general-research-use-collection/

 

Good Morning America’s Amy Robach Headlines NIH MedlinePlus Magazine

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/medlineplus_mag_robach.html

 

National Library of Medicine Announces Community Health Maps Blog

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/community_health_maps_blog.html

 

NLM’s National Center for Biotechnology Information Receives HHSinnovates Award

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/hhsinnovates_award_ncbi.html

 

Save the Dates: 2015 “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” Course

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/ja14/ja14_libguide_ncbi.html

 

Updated Policy for MEDLINE Indexing Requirements for Electronic Journals (2014)

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/ja14/ja14_ejournals.html

 

NLM DIRECTOR’S PODCASTS

 

Improving Care for Alcohol Abuse

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript070714.html

 

IPF Treatment Progress

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript063014.html

 

Native American Health Education: Dr. Lindberg Recognized

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript071414.html

 

Rethinking Industrialized Marijuana

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript072814.html

 

Seniors’ Hip Fracture Risks

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript080414.html

 

Transforming Teen Sex Education

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript072114.html

 

NLM IN THE NEWS

 

Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries

http://www.umassmed.edu/news/news-archives/2014/07/Binding-Wounds-Pushing-Boundaries/

 

Exhibit, lecture exploring lives of 19th century physicians coming to TROY’s Dothan [Alabama] Campus

http://www.dothanfirst.com/story/d/story/exhibit-lecture-exploring-lives-of-19th-century-ph/34607/N2CPrMke60WqR3zTbNMl1A

 

Exhibit on Native health comes to Honolulu

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/26033909/exhibit-on-native-health-comes-to-honolulu

 

Expert offers tips to protect kids from the heat

http://www.jconline.com/story/life/wellness/2014/07/01/protect-kids-hot-weather/11789687/

 

Markham’s Masterpiece

http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/markhams-masterpiece/

National Library of Medicine exhibition on display at USD [Vermillion, South Dakota] explores several Shakespeare plays

http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/0860baa483c24792aab2766edd04d9e1/SD–USD-Shakespeare-Exhibition/

 

NLM History of Medicine Blog Celebrates First Anniversary

http://www.arl.org/news/community-updates/3317-nlm-history-of-medicine-blog-celebrates-first-anniversary#.U8A6SaiH9Aw

 

Radio PSAs to promote health website [The University of New Mexico]

http://hscnews.unm.edu/news/radio-psas-to-promote-health-website070214

 

Test Might Help Predict Survival With Lou Gehrig’s

http://www.webmd.com/news/20140722/blood-test-might-help-predict-survival-with-lou-gehrigs-disease

 

The Battle to End Antibiotic Use in Farm Agriculture

http://nihrecord.nih.gov/newsletters/2014/08_01_2014/story1.htm

 

Traveling exhibition opens in Hawaii

http://www.eturbonews.com/47967/traveling-exhibition-opens-hawaii

 

NEW IN NLM IN FOCUS

 

“Golden Age” of Neurobiology on the Horizon, Says Leiter Lecturer

http://infocus.nlm.nih.gov/2014/07/golden-age-of-neurobiology-on.html

 

Native Voices Exhibition Now Showing in Alaska

http://infocus.nlm.nih.gov/2014/07/native-voices-exhibition-leave.html

 

NEW OR UPDATED MEDLINEPLUS FEATURES

 

NIH MedlinePlus Magazine, Summer 2014

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/magazine/