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Archive for February, 2007

Drug Interaction Websites Should Come With Their Own Warnings

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Several drug companies provide drug interaction websites which allow you to compare drugs to see if they interact with each other. This can be helpful to prevent dangerous accidental drug interactions, but be warned that these tools have dramatic differences in results, depending on their sources of information.

Just because an interaction between drugs doesn’t show up on one of these websites doesn’t mean that it won’t have an interaction. At the same time, sometimes drugs that do interact can be taken with a doctor’s supervision. It is important to bring a list of all medications that one is taking, including supplements and over the counter medication, to the doctor or the pharmacist.

“A Dangerous Mix: Some Drugs Don’t Go Together, Web Sites May Help Flag Them”
Washington Post

NN/LM SCR Professional Development Award Recipients

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the Professional Development Award:

Lisa Huang
Collin County Community College District, McKinney, TX
Web-based Continuing Education Courses

Carolyn Medina
Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin, TX
Texas Public Health Association Conference

Cathy Montoya
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Blackboard World Conference

The CDC Promotes Health Virtually

Monday, February 26th, 2007

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has joined two virtual worlds, Second Life and Whyville, to promote health information. Second Life is a virtual world for adults, and has a virtual CDC headquarters and a virtual CDC exhibit booth. In Whyville, which is for children, the CDC gives flu shots for the “Why-flu” to children’s avatars.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Virtual CDC spreads like flu


NN/LM SCR Express Outreach Award recipients

Monday, February 26th, 2007

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the Express Outreach Awards:

Institution: St. Edward Mercy Medical Center
Location: Fort Smith, AR
Title of Project: Parish Nurses Promoting Health Information Literacy to Non-English Speaking Hispanic Community
Principal Investigator: Pat Morris

Institution: SEL-AHEC Learning Resource Center
Location: Slidell, LA
Title of Project: WISER Responders
Principal Investigator: Helen Caruso

Institution: Oklahoma State University Medical Center
Location: Tulsa, OK
Title of Project: Patient Information Kiosk
Principal Investigator: Melissa Kash-Holley

Institution: Pawhuska Literacy Council
Location: Pawhuska, OK
Title of Project: Health Access in Osage, County
Principal Investigator: Gail Boe

Institution: Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library
Location: Houston, TX
Title of Project: Information Rx for School Nurses and Librarians: MedlinePlus and Go Local
Principal Investigator: Deborah Halsted

Institution: University of North Texas Health Science Center
Location: Forth Worth, TX
Title of Project: Health Literacy Education Initiative (HLEI)
Principal Investigators: Lisa Smith and Patti Pagels

New R01 Grant Submission Process

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

Effective February 2007, all NIH R01 grant applications must be submitted electronically via the Grants.gov website http://www.grants.gov/. Applicants must register with Grants.gov, download an application and submit it via the online interface. One benefit of this process is that applicants will be able to track the status of their application online.

This new application procedure affects R01 applications which are often referred to as “research grants.” Among the R01 grants issued by NLM are: Research Project Grants for Biomedical Informatics and Bioinformatics; Innovations in Biomedical Computational Science and Technology (BISTI) Grants; Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy Research Grants.

In May 2007, all Resource Program grants (G7, G8, G11, G13, and G20) will transition to the electronic submission process. Among the Resource Program Grants issued by NLM are: Knowledge Management & Applied Informatics Grants; Integrated Advanced Information Management Systems (IAIMS) Planning Grants and Grants for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health.

More information on the electronic submission process is located at: http://era.nih.gov/ElectronicReceipt/index.htm

New Searchable Feature to Other Language Resources Website

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

The NN/LM Other Language Resources page has a new feature. A Google Customized Search Engine has been added to the top of the page. Now, all of the consumer health websites on the page can be searched at one time. Websites on the page include EthnoMed, Healthy Roads Media, the 24 Languages Project, the New South Wales Multicultural Communications Service, SPIRAL, and many more. Simply enter the health condition and the language.

http://nnlm.gov/outreach/consumer/multi.html

Forget LC subject headings: Taggers are the catalogers of the Internet

Thursday, February 1st, 2007

Tagging is the process of applying labels, or keywords, to online content. The practice of tagging is exploding on the Internet as web users look for a way to personalize online searching. Most searching on the web is done via keywords and tagging allows individual users to classify online content in ways that make sense them.

Numerous websites utilize tagging including, Del.icio.us: http://del.icio.us (a web-based bookmarking site), Flickr: http://flickr.com (a photo sharing site), Technorati: http://technorati.com (a blog search engine) and the ubiquitous YouTube http://www.youtube.com.

As an example, a user can post a picture of a dog on Flickr and apply keywords to that picture (e.g. “dog”; “puppy”; “Spot”; “pal”; “buddy”, etc.) Anyone who searches Flickr for the tag (keyword) “puppy” will retrieve other uses’ photos that also have the tag “puppy.” Tagging is considered to be a part of a new wave of Internet activity known as “social networking.” On a bookmarking site, like Del.icio.us, “User A” can find websites, podcasts or other content that may have already been discovered by “User B. This allows “User A” to increase her knowledge of other sites that she may find interesting.

Once considered a fad, tagging is now so popular that an estimated 28% of all Internet users have tagged online content. While the process of tagging is unlikely to make catalogers obsolete, it is having a profound effect on the way that people search databases. Librarians might want to pay special attention to the just-published Pew Internet and American Life project’s survey on tagging. The report, subtitled:
“Forget Dewey and His Decimals, Internet Users are Revolutionizing the Way We Classify Information – and Make Sense of It,”
http://www.pewinternet.org/pdfs/PIP_Tagging.pdf emphasizes the popularity of tagging and the demographics of taggers. Those who believe that tagging is solely practiced by teenagers might be surprised to learn that 31% of American adults aged 30 – 49 have tagged online content. In addition, the largest proportion of adult taggers have a college degree.

Tag you’re it!