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Archive for October, 2009

Pew Internet Report: Wireless Internet Use

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

According to a recent Pew Internet & American Life Project Report, Wireless Internet Use, the ways people access the Internet is rapidly changing.   Approximately 56% of American adults have accessed the Internet wirelessly. Among the most popular devices are laptop computers (39% of wireless users) and handheld devices including smartphones and cell phones (32% of wireless users). One-percent of users access the Internet via e-book readers such as Kindle or Sony e-reader.

The reasons people are using wireless methods of accessing the Internet are not surprising.  Among the 2,253 survey interviewees, 50% said that it is very important to them to stay in touch with others with wireless access and 46% considered accessing information on the go to be very important.

To take advantage of the changing patterns of Internet access, libraries have been developing mobile or iPhone versions of their website or online catalog.  For example, the University of Buffalo Health Sciences Library has recently debuted an iPhone enabled version of their website.  A list of libraries offering mobile interfaces for their website is available on the Library Success Wiki.

Social Media and H1N1 Flu

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

With both H1N1 and seasonal flu that grab people’s attention during this unusual flu season, how can we deliver reliable information fast enough to the maximum number of people available, so the general public will be able to prepare and protect themselves?

Since the H1N1 outbreak in April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has begun using social media tools including Twitter, YouTube, social networking sites and podcasts to deliver dependable and up-to-date information to the public and health professionals and to reach new audiences.  On the CDC Novel H1N1 Flu Webpage, you can find a list of applications, such as CDC on Facebook (28,521 fans ), CDC Twitter feed for emergency information including H1N1 flu (990,257 followers), or CDC YouTube Video. The applications are used for a variety of functions including, bulletins on the new confirmed cases and new treatment recommendations.

Other new CDC web 2.0 features include a mobile version of the website, as well as a texting pilot project, which provides information on seasonal flu, H1N1 flu, public health emergencies. These social media applications provide a method of mass communication, reaching out to tens of thousands, even millions of people at the same time, which can be extremely useful during a pandemic outbreak.

New Pill Identification Tool from NLM

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released a new product in beta called Pillbox http://pillbox.nlm.nih.gov/.  This website allows you to identify pills using the shape, color, size, scoring and imprint.

Links are provided to NLM drug information resources, such as DailyMed and the Drug Information Portal.

Pillbox was created by a partnership between the National Library of Medicine and the Food and Drug Administration.

The National Library of Medicine has released a new product in beta called Pillbox http://pillbox.nlm.nih.gov/.  This website allows you to identify pills using the shape, color, size, scoring and imprint.

Links are provided to NLM drug information resources, such as DailyMed and the Drug Information Portal.

Pillbox was created by a partnership between the National Library of Medicine and the Food and Drug Administration.

Mark Your Calendar for NN/LM SCR Booth Demos at SCC/MLA!

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Remember to visit the NN/LM SCR booth, pick up your annual SCC gift, and attend our booth demos at SCC/MLA 2009 in Tulsa, October 19!

Demonstration schedule:

9:00 am: PubMed Redesign
10:00 am: NN/LM SCR on Twitter and Facebook
10:30 am: PubMed Redesign
2:15 pm: NN/LM SCR on Twitter and Facebook
2:30 pm: PubMed Redesign

October NIH News in Health Online

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Check out the October issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest National Institutes of Health (NIH) research. In this edition:

Shape Your Surroundings: Make It Easier to Control Your Weight
Researchers have recently found several factors influencing your weight that you might not be aware of. Here’s how to recognize and take control of the things that may be tripping up your efforts at weight control.
full story

Medications, Use as Directed: The Risks of Prescription Drug Abuse
Prescription drugs help millions of people live longer and healthier lives. But if you don’t take your medicines as directed, or if you take someone else’s medications, the results can be deadly.
full story

Health Capsules:
•    Improving Vision in Patients with Blocked Eye Veins
•    What Is Palliative Care? New Brochure Explains
•    Featured Web Site: Talking to Your Doctor

Click here to download a PDF version for printing.

Visit our Facebook wall to suggest topics you’d like us to cover, or start a discussion about how you use the newsletter. We want to hear what you think! Also check out the NIH Health & Science Gifts and send some to your Facebook friends.

Please pass the word on to your colleagues about NIH News in Health.  We are happy to send a limited number of print copies free of charge for display in offices, libraries or clinics.  Just email or call 301-435-7489 for more information.

NIH Wants Consumer Health Search Information

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Calling All Consumers: NIH Wants to Learn About How You Search for Health Information

Versión en español abajo

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nation’s medical research agency, seeks your help with a current research project.

Please visit http://nihhealthinfoRFI.nih.gov and complete the Consumer Health Information Request for Information (RFI).

The NIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison and the NIH Director’s Council of Public Representatives have partnered to develop a Consumer Health Information RFI in response to President Obama’s directive to all federal agencies, calling for greater transparency, public participation, and collaboration. (more…)

NN/LM SCR National Medical Librarians Month Projects

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

In honor of National Medical Librarians month, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) is highlighting six outreach projects funded by the NN/LM SCR:

  1. A Place at the Table: The Librarian’s Role in Evidence Based Health Care (Institution: University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library, Project Director: Joy Summers-Ables)
  2. The Vietnamese Civic Center – Consumer Health Collaborative (Institution: Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library, Project Director: Adela Justice)
  3. Access to Electronic Consumer Health Information: Consumer Health Information Project (Institution: The Center for Development and Disability, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Project Director: Stormy Davis Costanza)
  4. WISER Responders II (Institution: Southeastern Louisiana Area Health Education Center Library at Slidell Memorial Hospital, Project Director: Helen Caruso)
  5. Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine: The Continuum of Chronic Medical Illness Care (Institution: St. Edward Mercy Medical Center Library, Project Director: Pat Morris)
  6. Connecting Azalea Estates Assisted Living and Retirement Community to Electronic Consumer Health Information (Institution: Azalea Estates, Project Director: Lorrie Nunley)

A description of all of these projects is available at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/lo/profiles09/scr.html

Congratulations to the SCR recipients!

A list of all projects highlighted for National Medical Librarians Month is available at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/lo/profiles09/

PubMed Redesign Webcast

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Learn about the 2009 PubMed redesign during a thirty minute live online demonstration and question and answer session presented by the NLM. Go to http://webmeeting.nih.gov/pubmed2009/ at one of the following dates and times:

Tuesday, October 6, 2009:

  • 8:00 am – 8:30 am Central Time
  • 10:00 am – 10:30 am Central Time

Wednesday, October 7, 2009:

  • 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Central Time
  • 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Central Time

No registration is necessary. Select “Enter as a Guest” and turn on your computer speakers. For more information and instructions on attending one of these demonstrations, go to: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/disted/clinics/pmredesign09.html.
Note that only the first 300 participants will be permitted entry due to technical limitations.

The Webcast will be recorded and available for later viewing.

From the NLM Technical Bulletin article

Learn about the 2009 PubMed redesign during a thirty minute live online demonstration and question and answer session presented by the NLM®. Go to http://webmeeting.nih.gov/pubmed2009/ at one of the following four dates and times:

Tuesday, October 6, 2009:

8:00 am – 8:30 am Central Time

10:00 am – 10:30 am Central Time

Wednesday, October 7, 2009:

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Central Time

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Central Time

Please read the article, PubMed® Redesign, before you attend this demonstration.

No registration is necessary. Select “Enter as a Guest” and turn on your computer speakers.

For more information and instructions on attending one of these demonstrations, go to: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/disted/clinics/pmredesign09.html.

Note that only the first 300 participants will be permitted entry due to technical limitations. The Webcast will be recorded and available for later viewing at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/disted/clinics/pmredesign09.html.

For more training opportunities, see the National Training Center and Clearinghouse Web site and the NLM Distance Education Program Resources page. Watch for announcements of new training resources in the NLM Technical Bulletin.

Electronic Access to Public Health Reports

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Library Services and Content Management (LSCM) has announced a new partnership with the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) to provide electronic access to Public Health Reports. Public Health Reports is the official journal of the U.S. Public Health Service, but is published by ASPH. The bi-monthly peer-reviewed journal offers articles in public health practice, research, and viewpoints/commentaries.The dissemination format for Public Health Reports will be changing to electronic format only in January 2010.

For more information on how to request electronic access to Public Health Reports, please see the FDLP Desktop at http://www.fdlp.gov/component/content/article/45-partnerships/503-eaccessreports