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Active for Life: Healthy Programming Resources for Seniors (Boost Box session)

Friday, February 13th, 2015

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

Date / Time:  March 10th / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

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

Online / No Registration Required

Summary: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the growth in the number and percentage of older adults is unparalleled in the history of the U.S. As a result, libraries, as well as community and faith-based organizations, are seeing an increase in the number of elderly they assist. This session will provide an overview of freely available and reliable health information resources for use with seniors focusing on health topics. Examples of how the National Library of Medicine, and other reputable materials can be incorporated into healthy programming for seniors will also be discussed. Find out where to locate free publications, agencies, and even a ready-made presentation toolkit for an older adult health program. 1 MLA CE.

NLM Launches New Twitter Stream for K-12 Science Educators

Monday, February 9th, 2015

A new NLM Twitter stream with resources for K-12 science educators can be found at: @NLM_K12

Also available for K-12 science educators is this directory of web resources from NLM’s Specialized Information Services division

Toolkit: Health Literacy and Health Insurance Literacy

Monday, February 9th, 2015

[Press Release from Alliance for Health Reform]

Despite new private insurance coverage over the past year, many people do not understand the very terms and concepts necessary to make informed choices, according to recent studies. A new Alliance for Health Reform Toolkit, “Health Literacy and Health Insurance Literacy: Do Consumers Know What they are Buying?” addresses the extent and significance of both health literacy and health insurance literacy for Americans buying and using health insurance.

Highlights:

  • Nearly nine out of ten adults have difficulty using health information to make informed decisions about their health
  • Half of Americans don’t understand such basic health insurance terms as premium, deductible and copay
  • Thirty-seven percent of marketplace enrollees did not know their deductible, and 47 percent of those receiving subsidies did not know the amount of federal assistance they were getting.
  • The cost of low health literacy in the United States currently represents between 7 percent and 17 percent of all personal health care expenditures.

The Toolkit includes:

  • An overview of problems associated with health literacy as well as studies analyzing their impact.
  • Links to reports and news articles explaining and analyzing the issue
  • Contact information for leading experts on the issue

Contact: Marilyn Serafini mserafini@allhealth.org 202/789-2300

Produced with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

NIH News in Health Now Available

Monday, February 9th, 2015

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

  • Fixing Flawed Body Parts: Engineering New Tissues and Organs
    How can you mend a broken heart? Or repair a damaged liver, kidney, or knee? NIH-funded scientists are exploring innovative ways to fix faulty organs and tissues or even grow new ones. This type of research is called tissue engineering. Exciting advances continue to emerge in this fast-moving field.
  • Galled by the Gallbladder? Your Tiny, Hard-Working Digestive Organ
    Most of us give little thought to the gallbladder, a pear-sized organ that sits just under the liver and next to the pancreas. The gallbladder may not seem to do all that much. But if this small organ malfunctions, it can cause serious problems. Gallbladder disorders rank among the most common and costly of all digestive system diseases. By some estimates, up to 20 million Americans may have gallstones, the most common type of gallbladder disorder.
  • Many Older People Take Anti-Anxiety Meds Despite Risks
    Despite known risks, older people often take benzodiazepines, a class of drugs that helps treat anxiety and sleep problems. New research raises questions about why benzodiazepines are prescribed so often when safer alternatives may be available.
  • Treatment for Alcohol Problems
    An estimated 17 million Americans have an alcohol use disorder. But research suggests that only a fraction of them seek professional help. No matter how severe the problems may seem, most people can benefit from some form of therapy.
  • Featured Website: Find a Cancer Center
    NIH’s National Cancer Institute (NCI) supports specialized cancer research centers that deliver cutting-edge cancer treatments to people in communities across the country. This interactive map can help you find an NCI-designated center near you and learn about its patient services and research.

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!

NLM Announces Pill Image Recognition Request for Information

Monday, February 9th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has issued a call for participation in a Pill Image Recognition (PIR) Request for Information (RFI). Unidentified and misidentified prescription pills present challenges for individuals and professionals. Unidentified pills can be found by family members, health professionals, educators, and law enforcement. The nine out of 10 US citizens over age 65 who take more than one prescription pill can be prone to misidentifying those pills.

This PIR RFI is a pilot for a forthcoming PIR Challenge whose goal is to develop smart phone apps that individuals can use to take pictures of prescription pills and then search for and retrieve pill images and associated data of likely matches in an NLM database. NLM anticipates that respondents will include professionals and students, individually or in teams, in computer vision and computer graphics working on content-based image retrieval. Instructions for responding to the RFI are available on the PIR website.

The deadline for submissions to this RFI is Monday, April 27, 2015.

Environmental Health Information for Consumers (Focus on NLM Resources session)

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Presenter:  Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Date / Time:  February 3rd / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where https://webmeeting.nih.gov/nlmfocus/

Online / No Registration Required

Summary:  Want to know what’s in your toothpaste?  Curious about fracking?  Is your child looking for their next science project?  NLM has a number of environmental health information resources for kids, teens, and adults.  In this session, we will demo these interactive resources and discuss ways to use them for reference, outreach and personal use.  These resources will include the Household Products Database, ToxTown, ToxMystery, and the Environmental Health Student Portal.

Transforming the Historical Medical Library (Boost Box session)

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Presenter:  Beth Lander, College Librarian and Joseph Anderson, Digital Projects Librarian / Historical Medical Library, College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Date / Time:  February 10th / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:   https://webmeeting.nih.gov/boost2/

Online / No Registration Required

Summary:  In December 2013, the Historical Medical Library (HML) of the College of Physicians launched its Digital Library in order to provide access to its collections to a broader audience.  Join Beth Lander, College Librarian, in a discussion of where to make the best initial investment to start a digital library, how to use metadata effectively, and what the future holds as the HML seeks to transform itself into the “Mütter Library.”

Are You Ready? Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Health Information Resources for Families and the Community

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

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

Date / Time:  February 20th / 2 – 3 pm (ET)

Registerhttp://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=827

Summary:  This class covers NLM disaster health information and other emergency preparedness resources for family, friends and caregivers.  Resources for special populations and those with special needs are highlighted.  Audience: consumers, public and consumer health librarians, pre-hospital responders, health care professionals, first-responders or disaster preparedness administrators.  1 MLA CE.

Hospital & Academic Librarians: This ACA Symposium is for You!

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

The Affordable Care Act / Access to Care – Libraries Making a Difference

  • Do you know how ACA impacts reimbursements and your hospital’s budget?
  • Do you need help demystifying meaningful use, reimbursements, HCAHPS scores, and more?
  • Can you recognize/anticipate and support your hospital’s ACA-driven operational and service line changes?
  • Do you know how health literacy impacts the ACA?
  • Do you have an interest in developing partnerships for outreach and education?

When:             Friday, April 24, 2015 (Registration deadline:  April 10, 2015)

Where:            Sonesta Philadelphia, 1800 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA

Cost:                This symposium is funded by NN/LM MAR.  There is no registration fee.

NN/LM MAR network members are eligible to apply for reimbursement of travel expenses—apply early!  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/maracastipend

Details:           http://guides.nnlm.gov/mar_access2015/

Registrationhttp://guides.nnlm.gov/mar_access_register/

Hotel:              Sonesta Philadelphia / Special rate available using the name “MAR”

MLA CEs:         Attendance qualifies for MLA continuing education credits

Public Librarians: This ACA Symposium is for You!

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

The Affordable Care Act / Access to Care – Libraries Making a Difference

Do you want to increase your comfort level when helping library users access health insurance information and the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?

  • Do you understand how the Marketplace works?
  • Do you need help demystifying ACA terms such as “meaningful use”?
  • What everyday challenges do library users face when they enroll?
  • Are you concerned about the privacy and security of library users’ personal information?
  • Have you thought about partnerships for outreach, education, and health literacy?

When:             Friday, April 24, 2015 (Registration deadline:  April 10, 2015)

Where:            Sonesta Philadelphia, 1800 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA

Cost:                This symposium is funded by NN/LM MAR.  There is no registration fee.

NN/LM MAR network members are eligible to apply for reimbursement of travel expenses—apply early!  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/maracastipend

Details:           http://guides.nnlm.gov/mar_access2015/

Registrationhttp://guides.nnlm.gov/mar_access_register/

Hotel:              Sonesta Philadelphia / Special rate available using the name “MAR”

MLA CEs:         Attendance qualifies for continuing education credits from the Medical Library Association (MLA)