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Archive for November, 2009

December 1, 2009 Designated World AIDS Day

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

December 1, 2009, has been designated World AIDS Day, in order to bring attention to the increasing prevalence of HIV and AIDS around the world. Organizations around the world will be joining together to promote awareness and education of HIV/AIDS through a variety of events.

Some statistics about HIV/AIDS in the United States: At the end of 2006, an estimated 1.1 million persons in the United States were living with diagnosed or undiagnosed HIV/AIDS. In 2007 alone, 42,655 new cases of HIV/AIDS in adults, adolescents, and children were diagnosed in the 33 states with long-term, confidential name-based HIV reporting. Currently, someone new is infected with HIV in the U.S. every 9.5 seconds.

Blacks/African Americans accounted for over half (51%) of the estimated number of HIV/AIDS diagnoses made during 2007, followed by whites (29%) and Hispanic/Latinos (18%).

For more information on HIV/AIDS and World AIDS Day, please visit: http://www.aids.gov or http://www.worldaidsday.org  . These sites contain personal stories, links to awareness and promotional materials, and a wealth of information on HIV/AIDS including print as well as audio and video podcast formats.

Google Launches Online H1N1, Seasonal Flu Vaccine Finder Tool

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

In collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Google has launched an online map tool (http://maps.google.com/maps/mpl?moduleurl=http://maps.google.com/mapfiles/mapplets/flushot/flushot.xml)designed to help users find the nearest location to get the seasonal or H1N1 flu vaccines.

After users enter a ZIP code or town, the tool displays color-coded syringes on a map. (Pink syringes for seasonal flu vaccinations; blue syringes for H1N1 flu vaccinations;  pink and blue syringes for availability of both vaccinations.) The flu shot finder currently includes data for about 20 states; developers say they plan to update the map with data for the entire U.S.

More information can be found in a Time online article from November 10, 2009 at: http://wellness.blogs.time.com/2009/11/10/where-can-you-get-a-flu-shot-ask-google/.

Use of Social Media Tools at FEMA

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been engaging in the use of Web 2.0 tools and social media sites nationwide as part of its mission to prepare the nation for disasters. FEMA’s website now has a page devoted to detailing the agency’s use of social media to connect with the public. 

According to the website, “FEMA’s goals with social media are: to provide timely and accurate information related to disaster preparedness response and recovery; provide the public with another avenue for insight into the agency’s operations; and engage in what has already become a critical medium in today’s world of communications.”

As one portion of this effort, there are now a national, as well as regional, Twitter accounts. Of particular note, the NN/LM SCR corresponds exactly with FEMA Region VI (AR, LA, OK, TX, NM), accessed at www.twitter.com/femaregion6 .

For access to the complete webpage, go to: http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=49302

Update for WISER for Windows 4.3 Now Available

Monday, November 16th, 2009

An update for the National Library of Medicine’s WISER for Windows 4.3 is now available.  This update corrects a recently reported protective distance mapping issue.

Highlights of this version also include:

WISER for Windows can be downloaded from the WISER website.

SCR CONNECTions: The Boomers are Coming

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Join us Wednesday, November 18, 2009 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.(CT). The topic will be: The Boomers are Coming: Prepare for the New Age of Seniors. The first of the Baby Boomers will reach 65 in 2011, and by 2030 the number of Americans over 65 is expected to double. Learn about some cognition and vision issues that happen as we and our patrons age, some specific information about the Boomer generation, and what your library can do to prepare to help with their health information needs. The presenter will be Karen Vargas, NN/LM SCR Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator.

All web conferences are conducted via the Adobe Connect web meeting system. No software installation is needed–to join the conference simply click on the URL: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/scr/, choose “Enter as a Guest”, and type in your name. Once you enter the online meeting room, follow the instructions on the screen to have the system call you on your telephone. Additional information about monthly SCR CONNECTions is located on the NN/LM SCR website at: http://nnlm.gov/scr/training/webmeeting.html. If you have any questions, please call us at 713-799-7880 or 800-338-7657 (AR, LA, NM, OK, and TX only).

Special Edition SCR CONNECTions: PubMed Redesign

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Join us tomorrow, November 12th  from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.(CT), for a special edition of NN/LM SCR’s monthly web conference, SCR CONNECTions. The topic is the PubMed Redesign. The presenter will be Re Mishra, NN/LM SCR Health Professionals Outreach Coordinator.

All web conferences are conducted via the Adobe Connect web meeting system. No software installation is needed–to join the conference simply click on the URL: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/scr/, choose “Enter as a Guest”, and type in your name. Once you enter the online meeting room, follow the instructions on the screen to have the system call you on your telephone.  Additional information about monthly SCR CONNECTions is located on the NN/LM SCR website at: http://nnlm.gov/scr/training/webmeeting.html.

NIH Announces First National Research Study Recruitment Registry

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Individuals who want to participate in research studies now can connect online with researchers nationwide through the first disease-neutral, volunteer recruitment registry.

ResearchMatch.org
is a not-for-profit secure Web site, designed to provide people who are interested in participating in research the opportunity to be matched with studies that may be the right fit for them.

ResearchMatch offers an easy-to-use, free and safe way for volunteers to connect with thousands of researchers who are conducting research on a wide range of diseases.

The site is a collaborative effort of the national network of medical research institutions affiliated with the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs). The CTSA program, which is led by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a part of the National Institutes of Health, is focused on enhancing local and national efforts to enhance the translation of laboratory discoveries into treatments for patients.

Read the entire NIH News Release at: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/nov2009/ncrr-10.htm.

MedlinePlus Adds Patient Instructions to Medical Encyclopedia

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

MedlinePlus released a new version of the A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia that includes approximately 400 new Patient Instruction pages, covering pre-operative information and instructions, discharge instructions, self-care instructions, and questions to ask your doctor.

The Patient Instruction pages are available in both English and Spanish, and you will be able to find them in the MedlinePlus search engine and A-Z index pages for the encyclopedia. Additionally, you will see links to related Patient Instructions in the side-bar of many encyclopedia articles (see screen capture below):

H1N1 Encyclopedia

Opportunity for Public Comment on Draft HP 2020 Objectives

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services invites you to comment on the DRAFT set of objectives for Healthy People 2020. For three decades, Healthy People has provided a set of national 10-year health promotion and disease prevention objectives aimed at improving the health of all Americans.

Visit www.healthypeople.gov/hp2020 to
•        View proposed draft objectives for Healthy People 2020
•        Comment on the proposed objectives
•        Comment on the topic areas
•        Suggest additional objectives
•        Suggest topic areas you feel are missing from the draft set

Your comments will help ensure issues important to you are included in Healthy People. Establishing objectives and providing benchmarks to track progress motivates, guides, and focuses action.  Be part of the change. Comments will be accepted through December 31, 2009.

Visit www.healthypeople.gov/hp2020 today. Your feedback will help define the vision and strategy for building a healthier Nation.

Forwarded from AHRQ press release