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TFAH Releases Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Disease 2014

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) are pleased to share with you a new report, Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases 2014.  The report finds the Ebola outbreak exposes serious underlying gaps in the nation’s ability to manage severe infectious disease threats.

Over the last decade, we have seen dramatic improvements in state and local capacity to respond to outbreaks and emergencies.  But we also saw during the recent Ebola outbreak that some of the most basic infectious disease controls failed when tested. Some key findings from the report include progress and gaps in the areas of:

Preparing for Emerging Threats:  Significant advances have been made in preparing for public health emergencies since the September 11, 2001 and subsequent anthrax attacks, but gaps remain and have been exacerbated as resources have been cut over time.

Vaccinations:  More than 2 million preschoolers, 35 percent of seniors and a majority of adults do not receive all recommended vaccinations.

Healthcare-Associated Infections:  While healthcare-associated infections have declined in recent years due to stronger prevention policies, around one out of every 25 people who are hospitalized each year still contracts a healthcare-associated infection.

Sexually Transmitted Infections and Related Disease Treatment and Prevention:  The number of new HIV infections grew by 22 percent among young gay men, and 48 percent among young Black men (between 2008 and 2010); more than one-third of gonorrhea cases are now antibiotic-resistant; and nearly three million Baby Boomers are infected with hepatitis C, the majority of whom do not know they have it.

Food Safety:  Around 48 million Americans suffer from a foodborne illness each year.

The Outbreaks report recommends that it is time to rethink and modernize the health system to better match existing and emerging global disease threats.  Priority improvements should include:

Core Abilities:  Every state should be able to meet a set of core capabilities and there must be sufficient, sustained funding to support these capabilities. Some basic capabilities include: investigative expertise, including surveillance systems that can identify and track threats and communicate across the health system and strong laboratory capacity; containment strategies, including vaccines and medicines; continued training and testing for hospitals and health departments for infection control and emergency preparedness; risk communications capabilities that inform the public without creating unnecessary fear; and maintaining a strong research capacity to develop new vaccines and medical treatments.

Healthcare and Public Health Integration:  Systems must be improved so the healthcare system, hospitals and public health agencies work better together toward the common goals of protecting patients, healthcare workers and the public; and

Leadership and Accountability:  Stronger leadership is needed for a government-wide approach to health threats at the federal, state and local levels, and there must be increased support for integration and flexibility of programs in exchange for demonstration of capabilities and accountability.

The full report and state-by-state materials are available on TFAH’s website at www.healthyamericans.org and on RWJF’s website at www.rwjf.org. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a briefing on the report, please contact TFAH’s Senior Government Relations Manager, Dara Lieberman, at dlieberman@tfah.org or 202-864-5942.

Free Health Communications Webinar

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Making Web Design Work for People with Limited Vision

Thursday, December 18th

10:00am – 11:00pm PST / 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST

Join us for the next session in the Health Communication Matters Webinar Series! This webinar will present the principles of Universal Design and how to apply it to designing websites and print materials that are accessible to people with low or limited vision. Peter Freedman, an expert with 15 years’ experience in web design and e-commerce, will address technical, visual, and regulatory considerations to improve web and print overall effectiveness for readability. Whether you’re tech-savvy or not, have resources or not, you will walk away with the strategies to evaluate and make improvements to the readability of your web and print materials for audiences with limited vision.  Register now for this FREE event!

After this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe key principles of Universal Design and advantages for the user experience
  • List an example of how layout can improve readability for the visually-impaired
  • Explain how different typographic practices can improve readability

The Health Communication Matters Series will help participants in all walks of public health to apply techniques to communicate effectively with consumers, health professionals, disenfranchised communities and your public health peers.

About Peter Freedman

With over fifteen years of web design and web development experience, Peter Freedman has worked with international clients on website design, e-commerce, knowledge management, and web-based marketing programs. Prior to running his own web-design consultancy, Peter worked as Director of Web Services for Dory Ventures LLC where he managed international brand web presence, media communications, and strategic partnerships. In 2006, Peter presented work on low vision design at the 2nd International Conference on Universal Design – Kyoto, Japan. Peter received his MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and holds a BA from Colorado College. He currently resides in the mountains of Colorado.

ToxWorld: Free Environmental Science Resources for Tribal College Libraries, Tribal Libraries, and American Indian Studies Programs

Monday, December 15th, 2014

On January 13, 2015, 1:00 pm CT, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) is pleased to present a free webinar focusing on environmental science resources for American Indian libraries and communities.

ToxWorld: Free Environmental Science Resources for Tribal College Libraries, Tribal Libraries, and American Indian Studies Programs

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), part of the National Institutes of Health, provides a number of free environmental health resources for a variety of educational levels and ages.  The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region will present a one-hour webinar on free science databases from NLM on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health and toxic releases.  Resources covered will include resources for K-12 teachers and students, lay persons, college students, researchers and health professionals.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Central Time

How to Log In

Go to https://webmeeting.nih.gov/toxworldscr. On the log in screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name.

Once logged into the room the system will prompt you to connect to the audio. If this system does not work for you, a call-in number will be provided in the room.

**Do Not Place Call on Hold**

Problems? Contact the Regional Medical Library (RML) office at 713-799-7880, or 800-338-7657 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX only).

Test Your Connection: Run the Acrobat Connect Connection Test to ensure your configuration is compatible with the web meeting system. If you have problems completing the test or installing required software, please visit the Adobe Support website or call Adobe Connect Technical Support at 800-945-9120.

This webinar will be recorded and available to be viewed at a later time.

Questions? Contact Karen Vargas at 800-338-7657 or karen.vargas@library.tmc.edu

Free Access to Ebola Special Issue

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness journal continues to provide free access to all articles in the Ebola special issue. The journal is still receiving papers, which will be published as soon as possible after review. Intending authors can submit their manuscripts online. A print version will be made available in Spring 2015.

Top 100 Altmetrics papers for 2014

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Here’s the Top 100 Altmetrics List for 2014 – the 100 papers with the highest scores as calculated by Altmetrics.

http://www.altmetric.com/top100/2014/?utm_source=announcement&utm_medium=emails&utm_term=2014top100&utm_campaign=top1002014emails

New AIDSinfo Drug App Released

Friday, December 5th, 2014

AIDSinfo is pleased to announce the release of the AIDSinfo Drug App. Using data from the AIDSinfo Drug Database, the drug app provides information on more than 100 HIV-related approved and investigational drugs. The information, offered in English and Spanish, is tailored to meet the needs of both health care providers and consumers. The app is designed to automatically refresh when the user is connected to a wireless or cellular data network. The auto update feature eliminates the need to manually update the app to view the most current drug information. In addition, the app works offline, ensuring that health care providers and consumers can access vital drug information anywhere—even in health care facilities that may not have an Internet connection.

Health care providers surveyed on the AIDSinfo website indicated that access to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) labels for HIV-related drugs would be a useful feature of a drug app. Thus FDA drug labels pulled from DailyMed are integrated into the app in an easy-to-navigate format. This feature, coupled with the auto update feature, makes it easy for health care providers to quickly find the latest drug information when seeing patients. In addition, information from the FDA labels is condensed in easy-to-understand summaries in English and Spanish for consumers. The app also includes information on HIV-related investigational drugs for both health care providers and consumers.

Available for both iOS and Android devices, users can personalize the free AIDSinfo Drug App to suit their needs:

  • Receive notifications when content is updated.
  • Bookmark frequently referenced drugs for easy access at any time.
  • Add personal notes to any drug.
  • Select from a menu of alarms to set pill reminders for any drug.

Stay tuned for additions to the AIDSinfo Drug App.

NIH News in Health

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Check out the December 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:

Feeling Stressed? Stress Relief Might Help Your Health
Winter holidays—do they fill you with joy or with worries about gift-giving and family gatherings? Do summer vacations leave you relaxed or fretful over travel and money? If you’re feeling stressed out over supposedly fun things, it might be time to reassess. Take a few moments to learn how stress affects your health and what you can do about it.

When Your Back Hurts: Don’t Let Back Pain Knock You Flat
Is your back hurting? You’re in good company. In any 3-month period, about 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. has at least one day of back pain, mostly in the lower back.

Detecting Rare Disease-Causing Glitches
For people with suspected rare genetic conditions, getting an accurate diagnosis can be difficult and frustrating. A new study suggests that a fast, powerful technique called whole-exome sequencing can help doctors pinpoint the causes of many hard-to-diagnose genetic conditions.

A Priceless Gift: Your Family Health History
Conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes often run in families. Tracing the illnesses of your parents, grandparents, and other blood relatives can help your health care practitioner predict your risk for specific disorders. It could suggest vital screening tests and treatments before any disease is evident. That’s why it’s so important to discuss your family’s health history.

Featured Website: Go4Life
This interactive site helps adults, ages 50 and older, to fit more physical activity into their days. A science-based exercise guide, videos, success stories, motivational tips, and free materials can help you get ready, start exercising, and keep moving.

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!

New Genetics/Genomics Information Subject Guide

Friday, December 5th, 2014

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

We will develop more subject guides as needed. We welcome your comments, questions, and suggestions about all of our guides.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

All of us in MAR would like to wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Barbara Epstein, Renae Barger, Michelle Burda, Sue Burke, Lydia Collins, Kate Flewelling, Missy Harvey, and Tristan Lucchetti

Lending a Helping Hand: MAR Mentoring Program

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

If you cannot see where you are going, ask someone who has been there before. J Loren Norris

We know that in the ever changing environment of healthcare, hospital librarians have had to adapt their services and skills to these changes.  Those that have risen to the challenge of change have much to offer medical librarians new to the profession, new to health sciences librarianship,  and to those adapting to technology changes, or adapting to being a solo librarian.

  • Are you someone who could benefit from having a mentor?
  • Or are you someone who would like to share your expertise and experience with others?

If you answered Yes to either question, please contact Michelle Burda to learn about our new program: mburda@pitt.edu or (412) 624-1589.