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Archive for June, 2013

Sewell Stipend to Attend the APHA Annual Meeting 2013 Call for Applicants

Monday, June 24th, 2013

The Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund provides financial support to librarians and information providers to attend the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting. This year’s APHA meeting will take place in Boston, MA from November 2-6, 2013. Its theme is Think Global, Act Local: Best Practices Around the World. Applications for Sewell Stipends are due July 26, 2013. Information on how to apply is available from the Public Health/Health Administration (PH/HA) section of MLA at http://www.phha.mlanet.org/blog/2013/sewell-stipend-to-attend-the-apha-annual-meeting-2013-call-for-applicants/

HHS launches Health Insurance Marketplace educational tools

Monday, June 24th, 2013

The Obama administration today kicked off the Health Insurance Marketplace education effort with a new, consumer-focused HealthCare.gov website and the 24-hours-a-day consumer call center to help Americans prepare for open enrollment and ultimately sign up for private health insurance.  The new tools will help Americans understand their choices and select the coverage that best suits their needs when open enrollment in the new Health Insurance Marketplace begins October 1.

http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USHHS/bulletins/80a6fb

NIH launches: Dietary Supplement Label Database

Monday, June 24th, 2013

[Announcement from NIH]

Searchable collection contains product information and ingredients from labels of dietary supplements sold in U.S.
Researchers, as well as health care providers and consumers, can now see the ingredients listed on the labels of about 17,000 dietary supplements by looking them up on a website. The Dietary Supplement Label Database, free of charge and hosted by the National Institutes of Health, is available at www.dsld.nlm.nih.gov.

The Dietary Supplement Label Database provides product information in one place that can be searched and organized as desired. “This database will be of great value to many diverse groups of people, including nutrition researchers, healthcare providers, consumers, and others,” said Paul M. Coates, Ph.D., director of the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS). “For example, research scientists might use the Dietary Supplement Label Database to determine total nutrient intakes from food and supplements in populations they study.”

Dietary supplements, taken regularly by about half of U.S. adults, can add significant amounts of nutrients and other ingredients to the diet. Supplements include vitamins, minerals, herbals and botanicals, amino acids, enzymes, and more. They come in many different forms, including tablets, capsules, and powders, as well as liquids and energy bars. Popular supplements include vitamins D and E; minerals like calcium and iron; herbs such as echinacea and garlic; and specialty products like glucosamine, probiotics, and fish oils.

Hundreds of new dietary supplements are added to the marketplace each year, while some are removed. Product formulations are frequently adjusted, as is information on labels. “The Dietary Supplement Label Database will be updated regularly to incorporate most of the more than 55,000 dietary supplement products in the U.S. marketplace,” said Steven Phillips, M.D., director of the National Library of Medicine’s Division of Specialized Information Services.
For consumers, the My Dietary Supplements (MyDS) app from ODS is already available, at https://myds.nih.gov. The app is an easy way to keep track of vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other products you take, and has science-based, reliable information on dietary supplements.

Importance of Culture on Health Literacy

Monday, June 24th, 2013

National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow Raises Awareness About the Importance of Culture on Health Literacy.

Through a National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship Project, 2013-2013 Associate Fellow Diana Almader-Douglas evaluated and enhanced the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s (NN/LM) Health Literacy resource by adding content and resources related to culture in the context of health literacy.

By providing information about the relationship between culture and health literacy, the highly-utilized resource has the ability to impact a wider audience by encouraging the dissemination of culturally relevant health information by librarians and information professionals.

Through this project, the Associate Fellow aimed to raise awareness about vulnerable and special populations while highlighting the connection to health disparities and health literacy.

 

For more information about culture and health literacy, visit

Benjamin RM. Improving Health by Improving Health Literacy. Public Health Rep. 2010, Nov-Dec; 125(6):784-785. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2966655/pdf/phr125000784.pdf

United States Department of Health & Human Services. Health Resources and Services Administration (HSRA). Culture, Language and Health Literacy. Available from: http://www.hrsa.gov/culturalcompetence/index.html

United States Department of Health & Human Services. National Library of Medicine Specialized Information Services Outreach Activities & Resources. Multi-cultural Resources for Health Information. Available from: http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/outreach/multicultural.html

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