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Archive for February, 2010

New County Health Rankings Give First Snapshot of Health in Each State

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

A new set of reports which ranks the overall health of every county in all 50 states is now available on www.countyhealthrankings.org. County Health Rankings ranks each county within the state on how healthy people are and how long they live. Counties are also ranked on key factors that affect health such as: smoking, obesity, binge drinking, access to primary care providers, rates of high school graduation, rates of violent crime, air pollution levels, liquor store density, unemployment rates and number of children living in poverty.

The 50-state report, released by the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, helps public health and community leaders, policy-makers, consumers and others to see how healthy their county is, compare it with others within their state and find ways to improve the health of their community.

Other studies have ranked states on health factors, but this is the first time researchers have examined the multiple factors that affect health in each county in all 50 states.

For more information, visit http://www.rwjf.org/publichealth/product.jsp?id=55508 .

NLM Releases Nanoparticles Page on Tox Town

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Tox Town, the National Library of Medicine interactive guide to commonly encountered toxic substances, has released a Nanoparticles page.
http://www.toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/text_version/chemicals.php?id=67

This resource provides a brief summary of nanotechnology and has links to additional resources.

The summary can also be found in Spanish at Nanopartículas http://www.toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/espanol/chemicals.php?id=68.

Nanotechnology uses matter at sizes between approximately 1 and 100 nanometers. Nanotechnology involves imaging, measuring, modeling, and working with matter at this scale. Nanomaterials have unique optical, electrical, and magnetic properties. The small size of these materials makes them promising and challenging to work with. However, their characteristics may be different from those of larger particles with the same chemical composition.

There is concern about the interaction of nanoparticles with human health and their effects on the environment. The risk of pollution from nanoparticles and associated health problems to those involved in manufacturing these materials as well as to consumers using these products is unknown.

SCR CONNECTions February 17 Webinar Recording Available

Friday, February 19th, 2010

The recording for the February 17 SCR CONNECTions webinar, Nursing Resources, is available online at http://nnlm.gov/scr/training/webmeeting.html.

The next SCR CONNECTions, Reliable Complementary and Alternative Medicine Websites, will be held on Wednesday, March 17, at 10:30am CT.

Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) Free Period for Haiti Extended

Friday, February 19th, 2010

The Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) free period for Haiti has been extended to March 19th.

The Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) is a partnership of the National Library of Medicine, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, and the Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers. EAI provides free access to full text articles from major biomedicine titles to healthcare professionals, librarians, and the public in the United States affected by disasters. The Initiative was activated on January 25 and free access to full text publications has been extended to March 19.

Go Local News

Friday, February 19th, 2010

(Forwarded from NLM)

Colleagues—Since 2001, the National Library of Medicine has supported Go Local web sites across the United States. The goal of Go Local was to connect users to health services in their local communities. This seemed like a natural extension to MedlinePlus, which provides health information. In 2001, Go Local was a unique service.

Over the past nine years, the Internet has evolved. Search engines that people use daily, such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing, bring health services listings to users.  These sites include provider-level directory information and can collect user reviews that Go Local cannot.  Health insurance sites give insured users local practice details, such as hours, fees, parking, and quality ratings based on provider or facility performance measures. To include this granularity in Go Local would not be feasible.

The changed Internet environment, coupled with declining use, has led to a decision by NLM to phase down and end its support for the MedlinePlus Go Local program.   Resources are tight throughout our profession and as the internet has moved forward, it no longer makes sense to use scarce resources to compete with machine-based indexing used by the search engines.

NLM is grateful to the hundreds of people whose time, labor, ideas and patience went into creating Go Local. For many years we could proudly point to Go Local as a unique and valuable service to so many people in this country. We will be working with our partners around the country as they make decisions about what to do in their local areas.

American Public Health Association Seeks Nominations for Program Innovation Award in Health and Aging

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

The Gerontological Health Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA) is accepting nominations for the 2010 Archstone Award for Excellence in Program Innovation.

Programs that effectively link academic theory to applied practice in the field of public health and aging are eligible for nomination. Preference will be given to nominees who have not received prior awards or special recognition.

The award winner will receive an invitation to attend the 138th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association to be held in Denver, CO, November 6-10, 2010, plus $1000 cash toward travel expenses.

For more information on the award, go to http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/rfp_item.jhtml?id=284700029 or http://www.archstone.org/press_release2296/press_release_show.htm?doc_id=1085341 for the complete RFP.

NN/LM SCR Educational Needs Assessment

Friday, February 12th, 2010

The NN/LM SCR is conducting an Educational Needs Assessment of its members.  Please go to: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/scredneeds to respond.  The deadline to respond is March 12, 2010.

There are only 5 questions and should not take much time.  Your feedback is very important to us and we appreciate your assistance.

USDA Funds for Public Service in Rural Communities

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

The Secretary of Agriculture has allocated $100 million in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Community Facilities funding for public libraries to provide educational opportunities and improve public services in rural communities. The funding will be provided primarily through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Funds may be used to construct, enlarge or improve public libraries. This can include costs to acquire land needed for a facility, pay necessary professional fees and purchase equipment required for operation. Funds can be used to purchase shelving, furniture, computers, audio-visual equipment, distance learning equipment and bookmobiles.

For more information on the program and how to apply: http://www.wo.ala.org/districtdispatch/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/USDA.pdf

Greetings from Emily, the New SCR Technology Coordinator

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Emily HurstHello all! My name is Emily Hurst, and I am the new Technology Coordinator for the NN/LM South Central Region. I started the position this week and have already learned a lot about what is going on in the region.

In the near future I will teach technology classes, review e-licensing options, and serve as the technology adviser for our region. I will also be the state liaison for Louisiana.

Prior to beginning this position, I worked as an Instructional Services Librarian at the Briscoe Library at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio where I taught classes that ranged from PubMed to monthly Emerging Technology Brown Bag luncheons. I have worked in medical libraries for the past few years, first as a Graduate Assistant at the University of North Carolina Health Sciences Library and later as the Library Intern at Rex Healthcare in Raleigh, NC. I also have experience in public as well as academic library settings. I earned my Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX.

In my free time I enjoy baking, watching old movies and exploring the city. I am an avid sports fan and love attending games. I also enjoy traveling and I am currently on a mission to fill my National Parks Passport.

I have a passion for technology and its integration into library and medical environments. I am very excited to be part of the NN/LM SCR, and look forward to the challenges ahead. I look forward to working with and for you, and I hope to be able to meet many of you personally very soon. Please feel free to contact me with questions, comments, or concerns.

Email: emily.hurst@exch.library.tmc.edu
Phone: 713.799.7880

New CDC Report Shows 51% of Americans Use Internet for Health

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics released new estimates of the use of health information on the Internet from the National Health Interview Survey, January-June 2009.

The survey results showed that among men and women aged 18-64:

  • 51% of adults had used the Internet to look up health information during the past 12 months
  • Over 3% had used an online chat group to learn about health topics in the past 12 months
  • Almost 5% had communicated with a health care provider by e-mail in the past 12 months
  • 6% of adults aged 18-64 requested a refill of a prescription on the Internet
  • Almost 3% had made an appointment with a health care provider in the past 12 months using the Internet
  • Women were more likely than men to look up health information on the Internet (58.0% versus 43.4%), to use online chat groups to learn about health topics (4.1% versus 2.5%), to request a prescription refill on the Internet (6.6% versus 5.3%), make an appointment using the Internet (3.5% versus 1.8%), and communicate with a health care provider over e-mail (5.6% versus 4.2 %)

For more information on the survey: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hestat/healthinfo2009/healthinfo2009.htm