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USC Center for the Digital Future Releases 11th Digital Future Project Report!

On June 13, The University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg Center for the Digital Future released the 11th Digital Future Project Report, the longest continuing study of its kind, which includes findings on more than 180 issues that explore the views and behavior of Internet users and non-users. The 2013 report features new questions about negative online attention (bullying, harassment, and unwanted sexual attention), the impact of mobile devices, and a closer examination of the “Millennial Rift;” the vast differences between how Millennials (age 18-34) and non-Millennials use online sites and services. A press release with highlights from the report is available, and the complete report is available for downloading.

NLM Launches Dietary Supplement Label Database!

Dietary Supplement Label DatabaseResearchers, 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 is a joint project of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

The Dietary Supplement Label Database provides product information in one place that can be searched and organized as desired. By law, any product labeled as a dietary supplement must carry a Supplement Facts panel that list its contents and other added ingredients (such as fillers, binders, and flavorings). The Dietary Supplement Label Database includes this information and much more; such as directions for use, health-related claims, and any cautions listed on the label. The Dietary Supplement Label Database offers these features:

  • Quick Search: Search for any ingredient or specific text on a label.
  • Search for Dietary Ingredients: An alphabetical list of ingredients is also provided.
  • Search for Specific Products: An alphabetical list of products is also provided.
  • Browse Contact Information: Search by supplement manufacturer or distributor.
  • Advanced Search: Provides options for expanding a search by using a combination of search options, including dietary ingredient, product/brand name, health-related claims, and label statements.

For consumers, the ODS app, My Dietary Supplements (MyDS), is available to keep track of vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other products taken, and has science-based, reliable information on dietary supplements.

The former Dietary Supplements Labels Database, based on DeLima Associates Dietary Supplements On-Line Database (DSOL), will be retired before the end of June, 2013, and replaced by the new ODS/NLM Dietary Supplement Label Database. More information about the Dietary Supplement Label Database is available from a recent NIH News Release or from the MLA 2013 Offline with NLM Sunrise Seminar: NLM Specialized Information Services Update.

National Library of Medicine’s WISER for Android 2.0 Now Available!

The National Library of Medicine’s WISER for Android 2.0 is now available and can be installed directly from the Google Play Store. New features in this release include: 

  • Emergency Response Guidebook data is now updated to the ERG 2012; WISER for Android includes a custom ERG 2012 tool; and
  • WISER now fully integrates content from the Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) website.

This integration includes:

  • New hospital provider and preparedness planner profiles;
  • Acute care guidelines for six known mass casualty agents/agent classes;
  • The addition of a wealth of CHEMM reference material; and
  • CHEMM Intelligent Syndrome Tool (CHEMM-IST); a new help identify tool designed to diagnose the type of chemical exposure after a mass casualty incident.

These exciting additions are coming soon:

  • Updates to the Windows and WebWISER platforms to include CHEMM integration, ERG 2012 data, and more;
  • Data updates for all WISER platforms; and
  • WISER for Android 3.1, which adds Help Identify Chemical and protective distance mapping to this popular platform.

WISER is a system designed to assist first responders in hazardous material incidents. WISER provides a wide range of information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression advice.

NLM Theater Presentations at MLA 2013

The NLM exhibit booth at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association in Boston featured theater presentations to bring users up-to-date on several NLM products and services. The presentation recordings are captioned and accessible from the NLM Distance Education Program Resources page. The presentations include:

Note: To listen to the voice recordings and view the captions you may need the latest version of Flash® Player (download for free from the Adobe Web site). To zoom in to detailed screens, use the scroll button. For more information, go to the NLM Technical Bulletin page.

DOT Launches Free App Featuring Emergency Response Guidebook

Emergency Response Guidebook 2012The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has released a free, mobile web app of its Emergency Response Guidebook 2012 (ERG). The new safety tool will provide the nation’s emergency responders with fast, easily accessible information to help them manage hazardous material incidents. The mobile ERG will make it easier for firefighters, police and other emergency first responders to quickly locate the information they need, thanks to an electronic word search function, and will ensure easy reading even during nighttime emergencies. The 2012 version of the ERG includes new evacuation tables for large toxic gas spills and standard response procedures for gas and liquid pipeline incidents.

PHMSA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Library of Medicine (NLM) joined forces in producing the two free ERG mobile applications. Links to download this software are available from the Apple iTunes website at ERG 2012 for iPhone and from the Google Play website at ERG 2012 for Android. In addition, a version of the ERG is available in NLM’s Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER) application. An instructional video for learning how to use the ERG 2012 is also available on PHMSA’s website.

National Library of Medicine Releases WISER for iOS 3.1!

The National Library of Medicine’s WISER for iOS 3.1, a universal app for Apple iOS devices, is now available. It can be downloaded and installed directly from the Apple App Store. Here’s a look at what’s new in this release:

  • WISER now fully integrates content from the Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) website. This integration includes:
    • New hospital provider and preparedness planner profiles
    • Acute care guidelines for 6 known mass casualty agents/agent classes
    • The addition of a wealth of CHEMM reference material
    • The new CHEMM Intelligent Syndrome Tool (CHEMM-IST), a help identify tool designed to diagnose the type of chemical exposure after a mass casualty incident
  • Emergency Response Guidebook data is now updated to the ERG 2012; WISER for the iPhone includes a custom ERG 2012 tool

In addition, look for these exciting developments in the coming months:

  • WISER for Android 1.1, which includes the same CHEMM integration and ERG 2012 updates detailed above
  • Updates to the Windows and WebWISER platforms to include CHEMM integration, ERG 2012 data, and more
  • WISER for Android 3.1, which adds Help Identify Chemical and protective distance mapping to this popular platform

WISER is a system designed to assist first responders in hazardous material incidents. It provides a wide range of information on hazardous substances; including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression advice.

Major New Versions of REMM Web Site and Mobile REMM App Released!

In December, 2012, NLM’s Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) released a major update for the Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) tool. REMM provides guidance for health care providers about the clinical diagnosis and treatment of radiation injury during radiological or nuclear emergencies. It is web-based, but also downloadable to your Windows or Mac, and key information is also available on the mobile apps for Android, iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad & BlackBerry. Key changes are noted below. Many more updates and changes appear throughout REMM. You are strongly encouraged to update any versions of REMM you have previously downloaded to your computer, USB drive, or mobile device.

  1. Creation of REMM Multimedia Library
    • Display of REMM multimedia items in carousel format
    • Items accessible by content category
    • New videos, illustrations, pictures, tables
  2. REMM YouTube channel: 4 new videos uploaded
  3. Improved REMM bibliography
    • New table of contents improves access to listings
    • Many new references and topics
  4. Updated Prototype for Medical Orders
    • Now includes Pediatric information
    • Updated information in many sections, including use of anti-microbial drugs
  5. New sections for “Other Audiences”
  6. Updates to key pages
  7. Print output from Dose Estimator for Lymphocyte Depletion Kinetics and Time to Onset of Vomiting
  8. Improved right navigation panel for accessing key items

New Features on Mobile REMM

  1. Interactive tool for radiation unit conversions, e.g. curie to becquerel, rad to gray
  2. Updates to Emergency Contacts

Psychological First Aid (PFA) Now Available for Mobile Apple Devices!

Image of Mobile Device with the PFA Mobile App on the Screen The US Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the National Center for Telehealth and Technology are excited to announce a new application, called PFA Mobile, now available in the iTunes App Store. The app is intended for disaster responders who are trained in Psychological First Aid (PFA).

PFA Mobile includes:

  • Summaries of PFA fundamentals
  • PFA interventions matched to specific concerns and needs of survivors
  • Mentor tips for applying PFA in the field
  • A self-assessment tool for readiness to conduct PFA
  • A survivor’s needs form for simplified data collection and easy referral

The app is free and will work on any mobile Apple device (iPod touch, iPhone, iPad). Please download and feel free to send any feedback or suggestions for future versions. An Android version may be available in the coming year. Anyone needing technical assistance or additional resources may contact Dr. Melissa Brymer.

Women’s Health: Learn About Your Body in 52 Weeks

Screenshot of 52 Weeks for Women's Health52 Weeks for Women’s Health, a new app for iOS and Android that offers women access to a year’s worth of practical health information, highlighted week-by-week, is now available. The app is based on the popular Primer for Women’s Health: Learn about Your Body in 52 Weeks, published by the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) at the National Institutes of Health.

The easy-to-use mobile app can help women identify health risks for themselves and their families, and can help them create and maintain healthy lifestyles throughout their lives. Questions to ask health care providers, a glossary of health terms, health screening information, and links to additional information from NIH institutes and centers expand the mobile app’s offerings. Key features of the app are:

  • a personal health section for recording medications, medical conditions, and disabilities
  • a journal feature
  • a personal goal-setting section for health and lifestyle details

A variety of different skins can be applied to personalize the app, and it can be password-protected to help ensure health information remains confidential. Content is also accessible without the use of a handheld device, at the Primer for Women’s Health: Learn about Your Body in 52 Weeks website. In the near future, NIH will launch an app for men’s health with similar features. 52 Weeks for Women’s Health can be downloaded for free through iTunes and Google Play.

MyMedList Now Available from the NLM Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites!

MyMedListMyMedList (MML) has been released as a free Apple iOS app on the NLM Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites. MML, developed by the National Library of Medicine, is designed to maintain a record of an individual’s current and past medications, which is easily accessible and adequately protected. MyMedList allows users to electronically manage their medication list(s), and control access to their personal information. The medication list can be printed out to share, mailed to a relative, serve as a reminder to the individual for taking medications, or be shown as reference information in doctors’ offices or hospitals. The app is based on standards; MML follows the HL7 standard for CDA/CCD and uses RxNorm data for prescription medications.

Edit: MyMedList is no longer being actively maintained and was removed from the iTunes. (1/13/14 LT)