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NLM Releases TOXinvaders, a Mobile Game about Chemistry, the Environment and Health

The Division of Specialized Information Services of the National Library of Medicine launches TOXinvaders, an environmental health and toxicology game for iPhone and iPad, available from the Apple Store (


TOXinvaders supports middle school science concepts pertaining to chemistry, environment and health. It can serve as an engaging classroom or homework activity for middle and high school students, as well as an entertaining learning activity for gaming aficionados of all ages. In the classroom environment, TOXinvaders works best as a supplement to NLM Tox Town, Environmental Health Student Portal, TOXMAP, and ChemIDplus Web sites. Read more »

Today: IOM Health Literacy and Consumer Facing Technology Workshop

The Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy is providing online access to view the workshop as it is being broadcast live regarding Health Literacy and Health Information Technology, today March 24, 2015 at The National Academy of Sciences. The topics include health literacy and the use of technology to inform health decision making, to share health information via technology, and giving examples of health literacy best practices as they apply to the use of technology for health decisions. The meeting will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m (Eastern time). Below is the link to watch live:
Health Literacy and Health Information Technology: A Workshop [Attend via Webcast or In-Person Meeting]
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
8:30 AM-5:30 PM (Eastern)

CDC and NLM to Co-Host Webinars (3/24 and 3/26) on Newly-Released Community Health Status Indicators

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Library of Medicine will co-host webinars on March 24 and March 26 on the newly-released Community Health Status Indicators 2015 Web Application. Learn first-hand from experts who developed CHSI 2015 about how best to use this redesigned and newly released web application. Registration information is below.

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Re-forming Health Care: Changes that Impact Patients, Health Systems, and Librarians

The NN/LM Greater Midwest Region held a symposium on “Re-forming Health Care: Changes that Impact Patients, Health Systems, and Librarians” on March 12, 2015, from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Central Time at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing Events Center.

The program is archived for post-event participation.  You can register to receive 4 hours MLA CE credit for listening to this online program.

The full 2 hour and 55 minute session is available at:

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Upcoming PNR Rendezvous March 18 on Translational Research

“Translational Research in the Pacific Northwest” will be presented by Diana Louden, who is the Biomedical and Translational Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library.

March 18, 2015 at 1 PM Pacific (noon Alaska 2 PM Mountain)

Diana Louden will provide an overview of translational research – particularly as it relates to research conducted in the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) region.  Diana will describe the work of the Institute of Translational Health Sciences and her role as a translational sciences librarian.  She’ll also give examples of resources, training, and research support provided by ITHS that are available to people throughout the WWAMI region. Read more »

Health Literacy Resources Refresher

Adequate health literacy is essential to health care, public health, and the way our society views health. Improving the health literacy of the population has been broadly recognized as an important goal and is one of the major objectives in the Healthy People 2020 Health Communication and Health Information Technology topic.   Health literacy is not just about reading — it requires a complex group of reading, listening, analytical, and decision-making skills, and the ability to apply these skills to health situations. For example, it includes the ability to understand instructions on prescription drug bottles, appointment slips, medical education brochures, doctor’s directions and consent forms, and the ability to negotiate complex health care systems. Read more »