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Archive for 2010

Two New NLM Traveling Exhibitions

The National Library of Medicine Exhibition Program is offering two new traveling banner exhibitions to libraries and community centers to borrow for six week bookings.

A Voyage to Health explores the recent revival of the ancient arts of navigation and voyaging of the people of Hawai’i. The exhibition explores this resurgence and its significance for health, well-being, and self-determination. Unlike the other traveling banner exhibitions, this show does not have an online exhibition to accompany the traveling show. But the story of traditional voyaging will be covered as part of the companion website for the National Library of Medicine’s larger exhibition about Native peoples’ concepts of health and illness, scheduled to open in October 2011.

Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses during the American Civil War and how their service pushed the boundaries of the role of African Americans in society. As announced previously there are several open slots in the schedule. More information can be found at the exhibition website.

NLM Traveling Exhibition: Binding Wounds Pushing Boundaries

Many histories have been written about medical care during the American Civil War, but the participation and contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons and hospital workers have often been overlooked. Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses and how their work as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender.

This traveling exhibition still has many slots available. More information on reserving this exhibition for display at your library can be found at the History of Medicine Traveling Exhibitions web page.

NLM’s James B. Herrick Symposium: 100 Years of Sickle Cell Research

Registration is open for the James B. Herrick Symposium: 100 Years of Sickle Cell Research, on November 16-17, 2010, at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.

The trans-NIH symposium will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Dr. James Herrick’s initial description of sickle cell anemia by convening leading sickle cell experts to celebrate research advances and explore promising new scientific opportunities. The symposium also will provide an opportunity for the NIH to honor the contributions of the many individuals with sickle cell disease who have, through their participation in clinical studies, made progress possible.

For more information, please visit the symposium website, http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/meetings/James-Herrick-Sicklecell/index.htm, and feel free to forward this message colleagues and friends.

Linking to Full Text with PubMed for Handhelds

Does your library provide online access to full text journal articles for mobile devices like smartphones and tablet computers?

Queries can be linked from PubMed for Handhelds (PMHh) http://pubmedhh.nlm.nih.gov (short url: http://go.usa.gov/xFb) search tools (PICO, askMEDLINE, Journal Browser, Disease Associations) to your library’s journal collection online. The PMHh interface will look the same, but citations will have a “Get Full Text” link to your electronic journals. Users outside your network will be required to authenticate before they can access full text, just as they would through your regular PubMed queries.

If you are interested in this service for your handheld and smartphone users, contact PubMed for Handhelds, and they will provide you with the URL specific to your library to enable “Get Full Text” services for PubMed for Handhelds resources. Please include your base URL for ‘Outside Tools’ or ‘LinkOut’ to configure your library-specific URL.

iPhone and iPod Touch app for Health Hotlines

NLM’s Health Hotlines is available as an app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It is also compatible with the iPad. Health Hotlines is a compilation of organizations with toll-free telephone numbers to assist the public in locating health-related information, and it is searchable by key word or may be browsed by subject category. It is derived from DIRLINE, NLM’s Directory of Information Resources Online, which contains descriptions of almost 9,000 health and biomedical organizations and resources. Some of the subject areas included in Health Hotlines are AIDS, cancer, diseases and disorders, maternal and child health, aging, substance abuse, disabilities and mental health. Health Hotlines is also available on the NLM Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites.

Value of Library and Information Services in Patient Care

The Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) RML is co-sponsoring a study about the value of libraries on patient care. This study is not limited to the Middle Atlantic Region; in fact, study personnel would like to have participation from all NN/LM regions. The study, the Value of Library and Information Services in Patient Care, will be conducted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 Using an online survey and interviews, the study will investigate the impact of library resources and services on clinical decision-making. Study facilitators will be asked to identify an institutional champion to help promote the study, and to distribute the online survey to physicians, residents, and nurses in their institution. The survey will be launched in March 2011.

 If you are interested in participating, please complete the Study Participation Interest Form. You will be contacted by the study team regarding your library’s eligibility, and about how to get started.  If you would like a mentor to provide support and answer questions, one of the study team members will be happy to work closely with you.

Adolescent Violence Prevention: a new edition from the Maternal and Child Health Library

The Maternal and Child Health Library released a new edition of the knowledge path, Adolescent Violence Prevention. The knowledge path directs readers to recent resources from the public health, medical, criminal justice, education, and social services literature that measure, document, and monitor adolescent violence; identify risk and protective factors; and report on promising intervention strategies. Separate sections identify resources on specific aspects of adolescent violence: bullying, dating violence, family violence, firearms, gangs, media violence, school violence, suicide, and violent-crime victimization. The path was created for health and social services professionals, educators, policymakers, and community advocates. View the path online at http://www.mchlibrary.info/KnowledgePaths/kp_adolvio.html. A resource brief for families accompanies the knowledge path and is available at http://www.mchlibrary.info/families/frb_adolvio.html.

Success Under Duress: How Five Hospitals Thrive Despite Challenging Payer Mix

Safety-net hospitals often struggle financially while providing a significant level of care to low-income, uninsured, and vulnerable communities. In a new report from the California HealthCare Foundation, “Success Under Duress: How Five Hospitals Thrive Despite Challenging Payer Mix”, five California safety-net hospitals are identified as achieving financial success despite this challenging situation. In the report, the leaders of these hospitals reveal the business and operational practices which they credit for their success.

More information regarding this article can be found at the CHCF Publications page, including links to the issue brief and the full report.

MedlinePlus Herb & Supplement Information

New herb and supplement information coming soon to MedlinePlus. Next week, MedlinePlus will add 100 monographs about herbs and supplements from Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, Consumer Version (NMCD). The content will be available in English and Spanish. It replaces the monographs from Natural Standard. The MedlinePlus team will put redirects in place, but please update your bookmarks.

NLM Director’s Comments Podcasts: Californians’ Mental Health Needs

Monday’s NLM Director’s Comments Podcast (9/20/10) hit close to home when Rob Logan (on behalf of Donald Lindberg) covered the topic of Californians’ mental health needs.

The “California Health Interview Survey“, conducted by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, revealed that almost five million Californians reported that they could use professional assistance for mental or emotional issues. However, this assistance is often not sought because of a lack of health insurance coverage and perceived social stigma associated with mental illness. Men, adults over 65, Hispanics, Asians, and low income communities were even less likely to obtain care.

Listen to the complete podcast or read the transcript at MedlinePlus.

For more information on mental health, visit the MedlinePlus’ health topic page on mental health and National institute of Mental Health website.