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WISER for iOS Update

Friday, October 10th, 2014

WISER for iOS 3.1.1 is now available.  This new release provides full support for iOS 7 and above, introducing a new look and feel to match the latest iOS release.

To find out “What’s New”: http://wiser.nlm.nih.gov/whats_new_iOS_3_1_1.html

WISER for iOS can be downloaded and installed directly from the Apple App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wiser-for-ios/id375185381?mt=8

Coming Soon

Look for these exciting additions in the coming months:

  • WISER for iOS and WISER for Android 4.5, which adds chemical reactivity, triage procedures, and WISER’s full set of radiological tools to these mobile platforms
  • WISER 4.6, which will fully integrate the DOT’s Emergency Response Guidebook substances and update much of WISER’s backend data, including its HSDB (Hazardous Substances Data Bank) substance data

NIH News in Health is Now Available!

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Check out the October 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:

  • Sweet Stuff: How Sugars and Sweeteners Affect Your Health
    Most of us love sweet foods and drinks. But after that short burst of sweetness, you may worry about how sweets affect your waistline and your overall health. Is sugar really bad for us? How about artificial or low-calorie sweeteners? What have scientists learned about the sweet things that most of us eat and drink every day?
  • Cold, Flu, or Allergy? Know the Difference for Best Treatment
    You’re feeling pretty lousy. You’ve got sniffles, sneezing, and a sore throat. Is it a cold, flu, or allergies? It can be hard to tell them apart because they share so many symptoms. But understanding the differences will help you choose the best treatment.
  • Genetic Clues to the 2014 Ebola Outbreak
    Scientists sequenced the genomes of nearly 100 samples of Ebola virus from patients in West Africa. The findings are helping researchers track the origin and spread of this deadly virus.
  • NIH Health Information at Your Fingertips
    Can you separate facts from myths about weight loss, nutrition, and physical activity? How do you recognize a heart attack or stroke? How many drinks is too many?
  • Featured Website: It’s a Noisy Planet
    Kids and teens are often exposed to noise levels that could permanently harm their hearing. It could take a long time before you even notice damage has been done. Learn about the causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss, so your kids—and you—can have healthy hearing for life.

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!

Online CDC Tour and Guest Discussion: October 15-17

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Online Tour and Listserv Discussion of New CDC Health Literacy Resources

This is a two-part online event. Take a live 30 minute tour of CDC’s recently released health literacy courses, web site content, and a Clear Communication Index scoring widget, and learn how they can help you in your work. Can’t make the tour or want to discuss after the tour how to use some of the resources? Participate in the two-day online follow-up discussion on the Health Literacy Discussion List.

When: 

  • Live tour is October 15, 2-2:30 p.m. EDT.
  • Two-day online discussion is October 16 & 17.

How: 

  • For the tour, call 877-930-2496, code 182031, and use this link: cdc.gov/healthliteracy. There are 60 open conference lines.
  • For the online discussion, watch the Health Literacy Discussion List October 16 & 17.

 

You’ll see that there is a live call-in tour on the 15th, limited to 60 people. Then there will be a discussion on the list the following two days. If you can’t make the phone call, don’t despair! We will post some instructions for you to do your own.

Please put this in your calendar and pass it on to any colleagues who may be interested. If they are not already list members, they can join here: http://listserv.ihahealthliteracy.org/

Get Ready to Enroll in Marketplace Coverage

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Starting November 15th, you’ll be able to apply and enroll in 2015 Marketplace coverage. If you’re eligible, the Health Insurance Marketplace can help you find affordable health coverage. Most people who apply qualify for premium tax credits and other savings based on their income.

If you already have 2014 Marketplace coverage, you’ll be receiving important information about how to keep your coverage for 2015.

Here are some things you can do now to get ready for November 15th:

New From Coverage to Care: Materials are Available in Spanish!

Friday, October 10th, 2014

From Coverage to Care (C2C) is an initiative from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) designed to help people with new health coverage understand their benefits and connect to primary care and the preventive services that are right for them. C2C resources in Spanish are now available to download and print.

Available resources include:

  • A Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You (Una Guía para Un Mejor Cuidado y Una Vida Más Saludable) that includes 8 steps to explain what health coverage is, and how to use it to get needed care
  • Consumer tools including a sample insurance card and a sample explanation of benefits
  • An 11-part video series that helps explain the information covered in the Roadmap

To download, print, and order these resources in Spanish, please visit: http://marketplace.cms.gov/c2c.

Health Happens in Libraries Looks Ahead

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Health Happens in Libraries Continues

We are excited to announce that WebJunction, in partnership with ZeroDivide and with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, will expand the focus of our Health Happens in Libraries  program to magnify the role of public libraries as key contributors to community health. We will partner with public libraries and health information experts to develop health competency pathways that library staff can use to advance services in common community health topics. We’ll also work with 3 – 5 public libraries and their local health partners to co-create community engagement models, and share those models broadly. And finally, a range of communications resources will be developed to help library staff advocate with members of local communities about how libraries help in health and wellness, and these resources will be freely available for use by any library. You can read the full post about our recent and upcoming work at WebJunction.org.

Resource Review 

The full archive is now available for the September 2014 WebJunction webinar: Health Happens in Libraries: Looking Ahead to 2015 Open Enrollment. Presenters from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Office of Minority Health, and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh shared strategies and resources to connect with partners and support patrons who may have information needs regarding the health insurance marketplace, and how to understand and utilize their new coverage.

Enroll America is hosting a free webinar series regarding Effective Strategies for the Second Open Enrollment Period, including a focus on Health Insurance Literacy in a Monday, 10/20 session at 2 PM ET. Library staff or partners interested in community outreach on health topics may benefit from the information in this series. Archived recordings of sessions will also be made available.

October is Health Literacy Month! Great resources to help your organizations, partners, and community members understand what health literacy is, why it matters, and how to strengthen it are available from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and MedlinePlus.

Send in Your Application to Participate in “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” Bioinformatics Course

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Health science librarians in the U.S. are invited to participate in the next offering of the bioinformatics training course, “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI,” sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, NLM Training Center (NTC).

The course provides knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons use online molecular databases and tools from the NCBI. Prior knowledge of molecular biology and genetics is not required. Participating in the Librarian’s Guide course will improve your ability to initiate or extend bioinformatics services at your institution.

Instructors will be NCBI staff and Diane Rein, Ph.D., MLS, Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology Liaison from the Health Science Library, University at Buffalo.

Online Pre-Course and In-Person Course Components
There are two parts to “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI,” listed below. Applicants must complete both parts. Participants must complete the pre-course with full CE credit (Part 1) in order to advance to attend the 5-day in-person course (Part 2).

Part 1: “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching,” an online (asynchronous) course,
January 12 – February 13, 2015

The major goal of this part is to provide an introduction to bioinformatics theory and practice in support of developing and implementing library-based bioinformatics products and services. This material is essential for decision-making and implementation of these programs, particularly instructional and reference services. The course encompasses visualizing bioinformatics end-user practice. It places a strong emphasis on hands-on acquisition of NCBI search competencies, and developing a working molecular biology vocabulary through self-paced hands-on exercises.

Part 2: A 5-day in-person course offered on-site at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, March 9 – 13, 2015.

The in-person course will focus on using the BLAST sequence similarity search and Entrez text search systems to find relevant molecular data. The course will describe the various kinds of molecular data available and explain how these are generated and used in modern biomedical research. The course will be a combination of instruction, demonstration, discussions, and hands-one exercises (both individual and group).

Who can apply?

Applications are open to health science librarians in the United States.

Applicants will be accepted both from libraries currently providing bioinformatics services as well as from those desiring to implement services.

Enrollment is limited 25 participants.

What does it cost?

There is no charge for the classes. Travel and lodging costs for the in-person class are at the expense of the participant.

à à à IMPORTANT NOTE: Interested applicants may want to consider a MAR professional development award to support travel for the in-person training.

Important Application Dates

Application deadline: November 17, 2014

Acceptance notification: On or about December 15, 2014

How to Apply

Please fill out the Application Form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/guide_2015_app.

Once you complete the Application Form, you will be directed to download the Supervisor Support Statement (ftp://ftp.ncbi.nih.gov/pub/education/librarian_guide/Forms/Supervisor_Supportv2.pdf). This is to be filled out and signed by your immediate supervisor. This statement describes your current and/or future role in bioinformatics support at your institution and confirms your availability to attend the course if selected.

Provide your current curriculum vitae (CV). Please use the suggested CV model as a guideline for the type of information desired (ftp://ftp.ncbi.nih.gov/pub/education/librarian_guide/Forms/LibGuide_CV_model.pdf).

Course Page
The course page with additional information is at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/education/librarian/

Questions?
Please direct any questions to: ncbi_course@lists.utah.edu

By Janet Zipser
MEDLARS Management Section

NLM’s DailyMed Website Redesigned with New Features and Improved Usability

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

The National Library of Medicine launched a newly redesigned DailyMed web site. DailyMed provides trustworthy information about marketed drugs in the U.S., and is the official provider of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) label information. The website provides a standard, comprehensive, up-to-date, look-up and download resource of medication content and labeling found in medication package inserts. Since 2005, when DailyMed was first launched, its usage has increased significantly.

Based on the needs and feedback received from the public, NLM began redesigning the DailyMed web site in 2013. The new site is a responsive design which is now easily accessible on all types of devices, adjusting and optimizing automatically for smart phones to large screen desktop displays. Based on the size of the screen, content will relocate, images will resize, the layout will change, and even the navigation will adjust, to deliver an exceptional user experience no matter what device is being used to view the site.

In addition to responsive design, the following new features are available:

  • Enhanced Search Results to include displaying of NDC Codes, Pill Images, and Package Label Images on the search result page. The information will help users easily identify the drug label. The thumbnail images of drugs, magnification feature, accordions, etc. provide a more user friendly experience.
  • Improved user interface by displaying an accordion-style data presentation, so users don’t have to scroll through the entire label.
  • Simplified page navigation and added definitions & tooltips for industry-specific phrases.
  • A dedicated News page and Article & Presentation Page for users to easily access DailyMed and NLM/FDA drug-related news.

Celebrate Health Literacy Month – Support our Thunderclap Campaign!

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion is celebrating Health Literacy Month by kicking off a Thunderclap campaign in support of clear, easy-to understand health information. In order for our mass message to go out, we need to reach 250 supporters by October 15 – and we need your help! Please help us spread the word.

In addition, @healthfinder will tweet weekly conversation starters this month. Feel free to join in our discussions using the hashtag #HealthLit. We look forward to hearing not just what you’re doing this month, but how you’re working to improve health literacy year round!

Sample Tweets

October is Health Literacy Month! Support this HHS Thunderclap in support of clear health info for all. http://thndr.it/1rqdAwt #HealthLit

Do you agree that everyone should have access to clear health info? Support this Thunderclap: http://thndr.it/1rqdAwt #HealthLit

9 in 10 Americans have trouble understanding health info. Join the Thunderclap in support of #HealthLit. http://thndr.it/1rqdAwt

Sample Facebook Post

It’s Health Literacy Month! We encourage you to support the HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s Thunderclap campaign in support of clear, easy-to-understand health information for all Americans. Join by Oct. 15th. http://thndr.it/1rqdAwt

Adding Value to EHRs: Librarians Step Up

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Adding Value to EHRs: Librarians Step Up

Date: October 29, 2014 – 2:00 pm (ET)

Hosted by the HealthIT COI and UConn Health

Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”     ~ Charles Dudley Warner

There is SO much talk about Health IT and EHRs and yet, how many of us can say we’re actively involved?  Attribute this to HIPAA, or politics or a silo mentality at many institutions, librarians are frequently frustrated by a perceived inability to get to the table and contribute.

This webinar features two librarians who ARE involved.  Tune in to hear how one describes ways to become involved and stay in touch with EHRs and hear the experiences of another teaching EPIC’s CADENCE application to employees working at the front desk of her organization.

Register here

Guest speakers include:

Dina McKelvy, MLS, AHIP, Library Manager for Automation and Planning at Maine Medical Center Library

Mina Davenport, MLS,CT, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland