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Archive for April, 2010

Information Resources Relevant to Recent Crude Oil Spill

Friday, April 30th, 2010

In response to the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), Specialized Information Services (SIS) Division of the National Library of Medicine has created a new page of links to information on “Crude Oil Spills and Human Health.” The page  is now available at http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/oilspills.html.

 The page has links to information on how the United States responds to oil spills, state agencies in the Gulf region that respond to spills, occupational hazards for professionals and volunteers assisting with clean-up, seafood safety and more. The links under “Featured Sites” focus on the latest updates.  

Also, today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established a website (http://www.epa.gov/bpspill) to inform the public about the spill’s impact on the environment and the health of nearby residents. The website will contain data from EPA’s ongoing air monitoring along with other information about the Agency’s activities in the area.

ClinicalTrials.gov Tutorials

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Seven tutorials have been added to ClinicalTrials.gov. The topics are:

  • Basic Search
  • Clinical Study Details
  • Customize Your Display
  • Advanced Search
  • Refine a Search
  • Downloading Search Results
  • RSS Feed Setup for a Search

They can be found from the Background Information page. See ClinicalTrials.gov Quick Tours Available. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 Mar-Apr;(373):e22 for more information.

Change to PubMed Home Page

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

No, you are not mistaken. The PubMed homepage does look different. The graphic was reduced in size, and some of the fonts and colors used were changed to more standard selections for web pages. Read the NLM Technical Bulletin article about the change.

AHRQ Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit Available

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released the Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit, a health literacy self-assessment tool to guide quality improvement in primary care. The toolkit is based on the principles of universal precautions, or specific actions that healthcare providers can take to make health information more understandable for all patients. It is designed to be used by all levels of staff in practices providing primary care for adults and/or pediatric patients.
The toolkit includes:

  • A Quick Start Guide
  • The Path to Improvement, which outlines the six steps to fully implement the toolkit
  • Twenty short tools to identify and address areas that need improvement
  • Links to Internet resources
  • An appendix with resources to support implementation, such as sample forms, posters, PowerPoint presentations, and worksheets.

The toolkit was developed for AHRQ by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Download a copy of the Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit from: http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/literacy/.
You can also access an online version of the toolkit at: http://www.nchealthliteracy.org/toolkit. [Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)]

Update: Health Statistics on the Web Class at HAM-TMC Library is FULL

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

The Health Statistics on the Web: It’s as Easy as …1, 2, 3! class scheduled at the HAM-TMC Library, Houston, TX, on Wednesday, June 9, 2010, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. has already reached capacity.

Thank you for your interest in this face-to-face class. The NN/LM SCR will consider offering the class again in late summer or early fall at the HAM-TMC Library.

If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Rowan at cheryl.rowan@exch.library.tmc.edu or 713-799-7880.

Health Statistics on the Web Class at HAM-TMC Library

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

The NN/LM SCR will be offering Health Statistics on the Web: It’s as Easy as …1, 2, 3! at the HAM-TMC Library, Houston, TX, on Wednesday, June 9, 2010, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

This 3-hour hands-on course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. The importance and relevance of health statistics in various contexts will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources through the use of numerous exercises.

Upon successful completion of the class, each participant will receive 3 hours of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

This class has already reached capacity, and registration is now closed. The NN/LM SCR will consider offering the class again in late summer or early fall at the HAM-TMC Library.

If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Rowan at cheryl.rowan@exch.library.tmc.edu or 713-799-7880.

NLM Posts Explanation for Halting Go Local

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

The National Library of Medicine has posted an explanation of its decision to discontinue MedlinePlus Go Local in the NLM Technical Bulletin http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/ma10/ma10_go_local_discontinue.html

CAPHIS Spring Edition is Posted

Monday, April 26th, 2010

The January-March edition of Consumer Connections is live at http://caphis.mlanet.org/publications/consumerconnections.html with CAPHIS news, information from the NLM’s Specialized Information Services, a Consumer Health Electronic Resources Update, and 15 consumer health book reviews.  CAPHIS is the Consumer And Patient Health Information Section of the Medical Library Association.

SCR CONNECTions April 21 Webinar Recording Available

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

The recording for the April 21 SCR CONNECTions webinar, PubMed Update, is available online at http://nnlm.gov/scr/training/webmeeting.html.

There will not be an SCR CONNECTions in May due to the Medical Library Association’s annual conference. The next SCR CONNECTions will be held on Wednesday, June 16, at 10:30am CT.

Earth Day Technology Tips

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Earth Day
Today marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, and there are lots of events going on around the world. Big or small there are many ideas and tips for going green this Earth Day.

This post highlights useful tips relating to Earth Day ideas for handling old technology equipment, recycling options and even energy efficiency.

Printing

Double sided printing is an easy option for saving on the amount of paper used in the office. For anther way to reduce the amount of paper used for text heavy print jobs consider changing the standard page margins to “narrow”. This will allow more text to be printed per page, meaning fewer pages to print overall.

Recycling

Electronics

Consumer electronics such as computers, televisions and mp3 players are part of the vast and ever changing technology landscape. Keeping up with updates and upgrades means that consumers frequently purchase new items to replace electronics that are often still working. Because most consumer electronics are made of a variety of components including glass, plastic and wiring and can include toxic chemicals, proper disposal of out of date electronic equipment is important. Many of the components can actually be recycled. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) eCycling program provides additional information on recycling consumer electronics including information about where you can donate equipment. For more information on the eCycling program, visit: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/materials/ecycling/index.htm.

Batteries

Many electronics rely on battery power. Because batteries contain harmful and toxic materials including lead and mercury, proper disposal of batteries is important for the environment as well as for your health. Illegal dumping and improper disposal of batteries can allow hazardous chemicals to enter the environment. This link from the EPA provides additional information for proper disposal of batteries:  http://www.epa.gov/wastes/conserve/materials/battery.htm.

Cell phones

Just like other consumer electronics, cell phones and smart phones are quickly evolving. Users are frequently updating their cell phone to get the latest technology. As with consumer electronics, cell phones contain a wide variety of materials including plastics to metal components. Recycling cell phones is one of the best ways to ensure that these materials are reused. Don’t forget that cell phone batteries should be recycled as well.

Several cell phone providers offer recycling options: http://www.epa.gov/wastes/partnerships/plugin/cellphone/.

Energy Efficiency

Unplug adapters when equipment is charged or not in use. Adapters draw energy when they are plugged in, even if they are not in use.

Take a look around the Energy Star office for more examples of how to save energy in the workplace: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=bygtw.view_showOffice.

There are many earth-friendly options to consider when dealing with technology. Keep these tips in mind for home or office use.