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Navigating Health Information for Academic Libraries

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

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

Date / Time:  Friday, December 5, 2014 / 11 am – 12:30 pm (ET)

Registerhttp://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=707

SummaryEvent sponsored by the PaLA College and Research Division.  This class is for academic librarians (not attached medical schools) to improve their awareness and learn more about how their faculty/students can research the health, chemical, and environmental literature; find consumer health information; and learn about mobile apps to find what they need.

Includes introductions to PubMed, MedlinePlus, PubChem, TOXNET, Genetics Home Reference, Drug Information Portal, ClinicalTrials.gov, as well as other free databases/services from the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

We will share information about PA Forward’s focus on health literacy and four other essential literacies, its partnerships with eight statewide healthcare organizations, and the high-tech and high-touch ways libraries link citizens of all ages to the most reliable information available to help them prevent disease and manage their health.

Helpful Ebola Information

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Webinar: HealthMap: Using Online, Real-time Surveillance to Identify Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

TOPIC:    HealthMap: Using Online, Real-time Surveillance to Identify Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks

WHEN:  Thursday, November 13, 2014 /  1:30 PM (ET)

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  The Disaster Information Specialist monthly meeting is open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.

DESCRIPTION:  Long before the 2014 Ebola outbreak was a topic on every front page and in every news outlet, HealthMap (http://healthmap.org/ebola) detected a trend showing a “mystery hemorrhagic fever” spreading in a small area in West Africa. Shortly afterwards, the World Health Organization announced the Ebola epidemic.  Developed in 2006, HealthMap delivers real-time intelligence on a broad range of emerging infectious diseases for a diverse audience including libraries, local health departments, governments, and international travelers. This tool brings together disparate data sources, including online news aggregators, eyewitness reports, expert-curated discussions and validated official reports, to achieve a unified and comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on human and animal health. HealthMap is a freely available as a Web site ‘healthmap.org’ and through the mobile app ‘Outbreaks Near Me’.

PRESENTER:   John Brownstein, Ph.D., co-founder of HealthMap, is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and directs the Computational Epidemiology Group at the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program in Boston. He has been at the forefront of the development and application of public health surveillance. HealthMap is in use by over a million people a year including the CDC, WHO, DHS, DOD, HHS, and EU. Dr. Brownstein has advised the World Health Organization, Institute of Medicine, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the White House on real-time public health surveillance.

LOGIN:   To join the meeting at 1:30 pm ET, Thursday, November 13, click on https://webmeeting.nih.gov/disinfo

  • Enter your name in the guest box and click “Enter Room”.
  • A box should pop up asking for your phone number.
  • Enter your phone number and the system will call you.
  • For those who cannot use this call-back feature, the dial-in information is:
  • Dial-In:  1-888-757-2790
  • Pass-Code: 745907

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Test your connection: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

MORE INFORMATION:  For more information on this and past meetings, see http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html

Partnering with the Local Library for Preparedness Education

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

From National Association of County & City Healthcare Officials (NACCHO)…

This post in NACCHO’s “Stories from the Field” highlights a partnership in Natick, MA between the public library, the local Medical Reserve Corps, and the public health department.  Through the partnership, the library developed a series of outreach activities and an emergency preparedness webpage on their website:  http://www.nacchostories.org/partnering-with-the-local-library-for-preparedness-education/

For Science Educators: Environmental Health Student Resources

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) provides online environmental health student resources for students in grades 1-12.  The following resources are free and have been vetted by science professionals.  The resources can be used by science educators in their classrooms, in after-school programs, in home-school programs, and by students for their academic research assignments.

  • Environmental Health Student Portal (Grades 6-8):  Provides middle school students and educators with information on common environmental health topics such as water pollution, climate change, air pollution, and chemicals.
  • Toxicology Tutorials (Grades 9-12+):  Teach basic toxicology principles; written at the introductory college student level.
  • Household Products Database (Grades 6-12+):  Learn about the potential health effects of chemicals in common household products ranging from personal hygiene products to landscape care products.
  • ToxTown (Grades 6-12+):  Interactive guide to commonly encountered toxic substances. Includes classroom materials. Also available in Spanish.
  • TOXMAP (Grades 9-12+):  Uses maps of the United States to visually explore Superfund and Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) sites and data from the EPA. Includes classroom materials.
  • Native Voices Exhibition Lesson Plans & Activities (Grades 6-12):  Familiarize students with Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian healthcare by using the NLM Native Voices exhibition Web site content materials.
  • ToxMystery (Grades 1-5):  Teaches elementary school students about toxic substances in the home. Game format; includes lesson plans and activities. Also available in Spanish.

Authorship Opportunity for Book on Librarians and Translational Research

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

http://nnlm.gov/ner/blog/2014/11/07/authorship-opportunity/

NIH News in Health

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Steps Toward a Healthier Life

Diabetes raises your risk for heart disease, blindness, amputations, and other serious issues. But the most common type of diabetes, called type 2 diabetes, can be prevented or delayed if you know what steps to take.

Parkinson’s Disease
Understanding a Complicated Condition

Parkinson’s disease can rob a person of the ability to do everyday tasks that many of us take for granted. There’s no cure, but treatment can help.

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Literature Search Strategy Week at AEA

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center New OERC Blog posting! This is to let you know that a new OERC Blog article has become available. You can find this article online here. For simplicity’s sake, we’ve posted the article below:

Literature Search Strategy Week at AEA

We at the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) have previously covered the American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) tip-a-day blog at http://aea365.org/blog as a helpful resource. This week posts about literature search strategies were shared on the AEA blog by Network member librarians from the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Have you been involved in a similar collaboration? Please let us know, we’d love to feature your work in a future OERC blog post!

Literature Search Strategy Week

  • Best Databases – learn the most effective starting points for biomedical, interdisciplinary, specialized, and a handy Top Ten list of literature databases.
  • Constructing a Literature Search – learn the value of a vocabulary roadmap, and the difference between keyword and controlled vocabulary searching.
  • Grey Literature – strategies for understanding these non-traditional but highly valuable information resources and starting points on where to find them.
  • Using MyNCBI – learn how to sign up for your free account, save your PubMed search strategies, receive email updates, customize your display and more.
  • Citation Management – featuring both freely available and other options you may have access to through your academic organizations.

Free Ebola PPE Training

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Next week is the New Jersey State Conference on EMS in Atlantic City, NJ.

During the pre-conference, they are offering a free Ebola Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Training Course:

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 

This two-hour course is intended to train emergency medical services personnel in the proper utilization of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when responding to suspect cases of Ebola.  This session will be offered twice at the times below (choose one to attend):

  • Session 1 / 1:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Session 2 / 3:30 – 5:30 pm

NOTE that there is a 50 person limit for each session.  The training is free; however, you must be pre-registered for the training to be admitted. 

Register:  CLICK HERE

For more information, download the complete Conference brochure: www.NJEMSConference.com

PubMed Mobile Update

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

PubMed Mobile will soon be updated with a variety of new features and modifications: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/so14/so14_pm_mobile.html