The Department of Defence has created an online assessment tool for service members and their spouses to address possible mental health problems. The hope is that a 24-7, completely anonymous, Internet-based evaluation will make it easier for members of the military to see if they should seek further help. The program assesses answers to questions about recent behavior and mood swings. If the responses indicate possible trouble, it suggests options for seeking help. Washington Post article By David Crary, Associated Press Mental Health Self-Assessment Program
Archive for May, 2006
The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) has just developed the Quick Guide to Health Literacy for health professionals. The guide is a quick and easy reference, filled with facts, definitions, tips, checklists, and resources. The guide’s fact sheets provide a basic overview of health literacy concepts. They also offer strategies for improving the usability of health information and health services through communication, knowledge-building, and advocacy. Examples of health literacy best practices are included. The Quick Guide materials are user friendly and action-oriented. They can be easily reproduced, either individually or as an entire unit. Please go to http://www.health.gov/communication/literacy/quickguide/ to view and download the guide.
The Pennsylvania Medical Society has a new web site that provides health check tools to evaluate one’s own health. http://www.pamedsoc.org/fhwtemplate.cfm?Section=Family_Health_and_Wellness1
A new website from the Virginia Department of Health, CLAS Act (http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/ohpp/clasact.asp), is designed to help health care workers respond to the needs of new refugees and immigrants in a culturally appropriate manner. The Web site offers links to resources to help health-care workers understand cultural differences that may affect delivery of health-care services to immigrants. It also provides translations such as these to help health-care workers take care of patients who speak only Spanish. Richmond Times-Dispatch
Google issued a Press Release, Wednesday, 10 May on New Google Search Technologies Make Information Easier to Discover, Organize and Share located at: http://www.google.com/press/pressrel/new_tech.html Of particular note is Google Co-op Beta, which will include Health topics. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is one of the contributors to the Health topics. This new feature will appear as additional links above the usual Google search results. These links appear when users enter a health term that Google has in its pre-identified health words list. Google used the MedlinePlus vocabulary as one of the sources for their list. If users select one of the Google Health links from the top of their search page, the resulting search list will feature links to MedlinePlus sources and several other authoritative partners. The last line of the search listing identifies the “labeler” as “NLM” if MedlinePlus links to it, and the name of any other organization that also links to that search result.
A new NLM tutorial on MeSH has been released. The Basics of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)
This article discusses the policy for author listing in MEDLINE/PubMed citations and how it has varied through the years. NLM Technical Bulletin, May-Jun 2006, Order of Authors in MEDLINE/PubMed Citations
From the Open J-Gate website: Open J-Gate is an electronic gateway to global journal literature in open access domain. Launched in 2006, Open J-Gate is the contribution of Informatics (India) Ltd to promote OAI. Open J-Gate provides seamless access to millions of journal articles available online. Open J-Gate is also a database of journal literature, indexed from 3000+ open access journals, with links to full text at Publisher sites.
From the NLM Technical Bulletin: PubMed, NLM Gateway, and ClinicalTrials.gov training manuals have been updated to reflect recent changes, including the new PubMed limits interface. NLM Technical Bulletin, May-Jun 2006, Technical Notes
The latest Pew Internet & American Life Project report discusses the use of the Internet for finding health information. From the report: “Fully 58% of those who found the internet to be crucial or important during a loved one’s recent health crisis say the single most important source of information was something they found online.” Full report: Pew Internet & American Life Project Report: Finding Answers Online in Sickness and in Health