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HHS Video Prize Challenge: My Preparedness Story

The HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response recently kicked off the My Preparedness Story: Staying Healthy and Resilient Video Challenge. The contest invites young people between the ages of 14 and 23 to submit a creative video, up to 60 seconds long and closed-captioned, showing how they help their families, friends, and community protect their health during disasters and every day. Completed videos should be uploaded to YouTube, and the link, along with a description and transcript of the video, should be provided through the “Submit Solutions” form. The entries will be evaluated by a panel of expert judges and the top entries will be posted on the web site for public voting. Submissions could be used to help others learn better ways to prepare their communities for disasters and emergencies, and contestants could win up to a $2,000 grand prize. Entries are due by March 28, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. PDT. Winners will be notified and announced no later than May 9.

January 2016 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

Illustration of a woman having her blood pressure checked.Check out the January 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:

  • Blood Pressure Matters: Keep Hypertension in Check
    About 1 in 3 adults in the U.S. has high blood pressure, but many don’t realize it. High blood pressure is sometimes called a “silent killer,” because it usually has no warning signs, yet it can lead to life-threatening conditions like heart attack or stroke. The good news is that high blood pressure, or hypertension, can often be prevented or treated. Early diagnosis and simple, healthy changes can keep high blood pressure from seriously damaging your health.
  • Breastfeeding May Help Health After Gestational Diabetes
    A study suggests that breastfeeding may help women with a history of gestational diabetes from later developing type 2 diabetes. About 5-9% of pregnant women nationwide develop high blood sugar levels even though they didn’t have diabetes before pregnancy. This condition, called gestational diabetes, raises a woman’s risk for type 2 diabetes later in life. Left untreated, type 2 diabetes can cause health problems such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and amputation.
  • Substance Abuse in Women
    It can be hard for anyone with a substance use disorder to quit. But women can face unique concerns. Scientists who study substance use have found special issues related to hormones, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and menopause that can affect women’s struggles with drug use. Women themselves report using drugs for reasons such as controlling weight, fighting exhaustion, coping with pain, and self-treating mental health problems.
  • Featured Website: Health E-cards
    Make someone’s day with a motivational e-card from NIH’s Go4Life, an educational and physical activity campaign for older adults. Does your friend need encouragement to keep exercising? Think your neighbor would make a great workout buddy? Want to inspire your mom to get ready, get set, and get going? Try sending these free animated e-cards to your friends and family.

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Additionally, you can get trusted, up-to-date health information from NIH News in Health added directly to your site via NIH content syndication. 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!

NTC Webinar: Teaching Topics on February 19

Join members of the National Library of Medicine Training Center for three quick online presentations related to teaching topics. Jessi Van Der Volgen will discuss tips and tools for creating video tutorials. Cheryl Rowan will talk about including audience culture and diversity in your training sessions and Rebecca Brown will demonstrate how to integrate Zaption into your online training to add interactive opportunities to videos. Register now for this one-hour session on Friday, February 19, at 10:00 AM PST!

MeSH Webinar: “2016 MeSH Highlights” on January 20

On January 20, join NLM staff for a highlights tour of the 2016 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). A 30-minute presentation will feature a MeSH tree clean-up project; a new Clinical Study publication type; changes to the trees for diet, food and nutrition; restructuring in pharmacology and toxicology; and new terms in psychology and health care. Following the presentation, Indexing and MeSH experts will be available to answer your questions.

Webinar: 2016 MeSH Highlights
Date and time: Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at 9:00 am PST
View a recording of the presentation.

For more information about 2016 MeSH, see What’s New for 2016 MeSH and the Introduction to MeSH – 2016.

NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine Winter 2016 Issue Available Online!

Cover of NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine Winter 2016 IssueThe Winter 2016 issue of NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine features topics including Crohn’s disease, tips for a healthy new year, flu vaccinations, dyslexia, probiotics, and Parkinson’s disease. The cover features Benjamin King, star of Disney Channel’s hit TV series Liv and Maddie, who helps others—especially kids—learn to live well with Crohn’s disease.

The issue also features an article about the “crowdsourcing” of disease information among patients and doctors. Websites like RareShare are becoming becoming a valuable lifeline for patients with serious rare diseases around the globe. Through these online community groups, patients, their loved ones, and health care professionals share contacts, treatment information, and the latest research.

NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is the free, trusted consumer guide to the vast array of authoritative online health and medical information in MedlinePlus. Published four times a year, the magazine showcases the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) latest medical research and healthcare information. NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is freely available as a print subscription, e-mail alerts, and online.

Webinar Series: Mapping an Outreach Project: Start with Information; End with a Plan

If you want to develop a project that requires stakeholder support, you need more than a solid plan. You need to build the case for both the need and potential success of your program. In February, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) will offer a four-session webinar series on how to use program evaluation tools and methods to develop a program plan that you can promote to stakeholders, such as funding or partnering organizations. Community assessment will allow you to gather compelling information about the need and viability of your project, as well as help you build relationships with potential partners. You will learn about planning tools that help you connect program activities to desired outcomes and add a strong evaluation component to your project proposal. The information in this workshop will help you organize both your project ideas and supporting data in preparation for proposal writing.

  • (Webinar 1) How people adopt new ideas. Know the factors that influence people to adopt new ideas and technology so you can choose the best strategies for your project.
  • (Webinar 2) Meeting the Community through Community Assessment. Gather community information that is most effective for planning your project.
  • (Webinar 3) Planning Outcomes-Based Outreach Programs. Use a project-planning tool that allows you to logically link resources and activities to desired results.
  • (Webinar 4) Adding Evaluation to Your Plan and Next Steps: Proposal Writing. Incorporate evaluation into your project and understand how your plan can be expanded into a full proposal.

Dates and Times: This webinar series will be offered at two different times during the month of February. (Sessions will be recorded for those who with schedule conflicts.)

  • Session 1: Classes will meet Monday 2/1; Wednesday 2/3; Monday 2/8; and Wednesday 2/10. All sessions will be held from 9am-10am PST.
  • Session 2: Classes will meet Tuesday 2/16; Thursday 2/18; Tuesday 2/23; and Thursday 2/25. All sessions will be held from 1pm-2pm PST.

Registration is required. To sign up, go to the Mapping an Outreach Project webpage to select your preferred session and click on “Register” to fill out the registration form. Participants are eligible to receive 1, 2, 3, 4, or 8 hours of continuing education (CE) credit from the Medical Library Association. One hour of CE will be earned for each live or recorded webinar attended (up to 4 CEs), and an extra four CEs can be earned for a four-part homework assignment. All webinars must be viewed and homework completed and sent to the instructor by the deadline.

104 libraries selected to host traveling exhibition on Native concepts of health and illness

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, on behalf of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), has announced the 104 libraries that will host Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, a traveling exhibition to U.S. libraries. Native Voices explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. Stories drawn from both the past and present examine how health for Native People is tied to community, the land and spirit. Through interviews, Native People describe the impact of epidemics, federal legislation, the loss of land and the inhibition of culture on the health of Native individuals and communities today.

The exhibition will tour the United States from February 2016 through June 2020. Selected sites from Pacific Southwest Region include:

Arizona

  • A. T. Still University of the Health Sciences, Mesa
  • Arizona State University, Tempe
  • Yuma County Library District, Yuma

California

  • Alpine Branch, San Diego County Library, Alpine
  • Humboldt State University, Arcata
  • California State University, Bakersfield
  • California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo
  • California State University, Fresno
  • University of Redlands, Redlands
  • Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation, Smith River
  • Springfield College, Tustin
  • City of Watsonville, Watsonville

Hawaii

  • University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hilo

Nevada

  • University of Nevada, Reno

Upcoming NCBI Webinars: Eukaryotic Genome Data Curation and NCBI Graphical Viewers

Join NCBI staff for the upcoming webinars on RefSeq and NCBI Graphical Viewers (including Sequence Viewer and Variation Viewer):

Eukaryotic Genome Data Curation at NCBI
Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 10:00-11:00 am PST
What do a fish, a plant, and a protozoan have in common? These are all example organisms for which NCBI Reference Sequence (RefSeq) staff manually examine and improve the scientific data in NCBI Assembly, Gene, Genome, and RefSeq (among other) databases. The RefSeq project spans viruses to human and in this webinar, three RefSeq biocurators will focus on aspects of data curation for eukaryotic organisms. We will discuss several aspects of manual curation including sequence analysis, functional annotation, data validation and community collaboration. We will also highlight how these curation efforts improve the programmatic approaches used by RefSeq genome annotation pipelines, which allow NCBI to handle the ever-increasing amount of data generated by researchers.

NCBI Minute: New track options for getting the most out of NCBI Graphical Viewers
Thursday, January 7, 2016, 9:00-9:15 am PST
New track options in the NCBI graphical viewers and genome browsers provide powerful features including seven different NCBI Recommended Track Sets, the ability to create, save and share custom track sets as a collection in My NCBI. You will learn how to use these new features as well see how to search and quickly find relevant tracks and to upload your own custom data. This webinar will help you get the most out of the NCBI Graphical Sequence Viewer, Variation Viewer and other NCBI graphical browsers.

Visit the NCBI Webinars and Courses webpage to view archived webinars and materials, and to learn about future webinars. Archived webinars can also be accessed on the NCBI YouTube channel.

NIH unveils FY2016–2020 Strategic Plan

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has just released the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan, Fiscal Years 2016–2020: Turning Discovery Into Health, which will ensure the agency remains well positioned to capitalize on new opportunities for scientific exploration and address new challenges for human health. Developed after hearing from hundreds of stakeholders and scientific advisers, and in collaboration with leadership and staff of NIH’s Institutes, Centers, and Offices (ICOs), the plan is designed to complement the ICOs’ individual strategic plans that are aligned with their congressionally mandated missions.

The plan focuses on four essential, interdependent objectives that will help guide NIH’s priorities over the next five years as it pursues its mission of seeking fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and applying that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. The objectives are to:

  1. advance opportunities in biomedical research in fundamental science, treatment and cures, and health promotion and disease prevention;
  2. foster innovation by setting NIH priorities to enhance nimbleness, consider burden of disease and value of permanently eradicating a disease, and advance research opportunities presented by rare diseases;
  3. enhance scientific stewardship by recruiting and retaining an outstanding biomedical research workforce, enhancing workforce diversity and impact through partnerships, ensuring rigor and reproducibility, optimizing approaches to inform funding decisions, encouraging innovation, and engaging in proactive risk management practices; and
  4. excel as a federal science agency by managing for results by developing the “science of science,” balancing outputs with outcomes, conducting workforce analyses, continually reviewing peer review, evaluating steps to enhance rigor and reproducibility, reducing administrative burden, and tracking effectiveness of risk management in decision making.

To inform development of the strategic plan, NIH solicited input from a wide range of stakeholders through a Request for Information, which generated more than 450 responses; a series of interactive webinars, which attracted more than 750 participants; and meetings with 21 NIH advisory councils, including the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director. The plan concludes with a bold vision for NIH, listing some specific achievements and advances that the agency will strive to deliver over the next five years.

MedlinePlus Health Topics Subcategories Changes!

MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español currently have over 950 health topics in both English and Spanish. These health topic pages contain collections of vetted links to consumer health resources, which are organized into subcategories. On January 12, 2016, in an effort to simplify and streamline the subcategories schema, the following changes were made to both MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español:

Deleted Subcategories:

  • “Diagnosis/Symptoms”
  • “Prevention/Screening”
  • “Finance and Policy”

New Subcategories:

  • “Symptoms”
  • “Diagnosis and Tests”
  • “Prevention and Risks Factors”

Merged Subcategories:

  • Videos and Tutorials into “Videos and Tutorials”

Changed Subcategory

  • Specific Conditions to “Specifics”