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Archive for November, 2012

World AIDS Day: December 1, 2012

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Logo for 2011 World Aids Day showing red ribbon and globe

World AIDS Day on 1 December brings together people from around the world to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic. The day is an opportunity for public and private partners to spread awareness about the status of the pandemic and encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care in high prevalence countries and around the world. The 2012 theme is: “Working Together for an AIDS-free Generation.”

In commemoration of World AIDS Day, a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) looks at the alarming impact of HIV on youth (ages 13-24) and underscores the importance of HIV prevention, testing and treatment for youth. Read the report: HIV Among Youth in the US.

AIDSinfo joins people and organizations worldwide in observing World AIDS Day. The AIDSinfo and infoSIDA (Spanish version) Web sites (as services of the US Department of Health and Human Services and managed by the National Library of Medicine) offer federally-approved information on HIV research and treatment, including medical practice guidelines and treatment and prevention research studies, to health care providers, researchers, people affected by HIV/AIDS, and the general public.

Looking for more ways take action around World AIDS Day? Here are a few simple, powerful, and engaging ways:

 

Smartphones: Gateway to Mobile Health

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Image of a smartphone screen

According to theMobile Health 2012 report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project the use of mobile devices, specifically smartphones, to look for health information is on the rise. According to the report released earlier this month 53% of adults in the United States own smartphones and 31% of smartphone owners have used the device to look for health information. The report also finds that “cell phone owners who are Latino, African American, between the ages of 18-49, or hold a college degree are also more likely to gather health information” via their smartphone device.

Also of interest, the study found that 19% of smartphone owners had at least one health app on their device. Apps are popular tools for smartphones and popular apps include those for exercise, diet, or weight management.

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Traditions: Beyond Turkey and Football

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

photo of large family

This coming week, many families across the county will gather to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. While family traditions often center around traditional turkey dinners and watching football games, consider starting a new tradition to collect and document your family’s health history. The U.S. Surgeon General has declared Thanksgiving to be National Family History Day, encouraging Americans to share a meal and their family health history. This information can help your doctor decide which tests and screenings are recommended to help you know your health risks. Because family members share genes, behaviors, lifestyles, and environments, they may share a common risk for developing certain health problems. Family history can be especially valuable in helping a doctor make diagnosis if a child shows signs of a particular disease or disorder.

The updated Surgeon General’s My Family Health Portrait tool (available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian) can help you and your family to collect and organize family health history information and allows you to share this information easily with your doctor. The most important relatives to discuss family health with are parents, brothers and sisters, and children. Then, if possible, talk to grandparents, uncles and aunts, nieces and nephews, and step-brothers and step-sisters.

More information on collecting family health history is available from the CDC at: http://www.cdc.gov/genomics/famhistory/sharehistory.htm and http://www.cdc.gov/Features/FamilyHistory/index.html.

MedlinePlus and NIHSeniorHealth also have Topic Pages on Family Health History: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/familyhistory.html and http://nihseniorhealth.gov/creatingafamilyhealthhistory/whycreateafamilyhealthhistory/01.html.

The National Library of Medicine database Genetics Home Reference has lots of information on genetic conditions and the genes or chromosomes which are linked to these conditions.

Take some time during the upcoming holidays to get to know your Family Health History better–for the health of it!

Screencast Captioning Information from EDUCAUSE

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Last week I attended the EDUCAUSE conference in Denver Colorado. This was my first time to attend this conference which is intended for education professionals involved in information technology. The conference provided a variety of programming options, many of which were insightful looks at the information technology culture in higher education.

One of the major projects that we are working on at the NN/LM SCR office has to do with ensuring that all content on our website is Section 508 compliant. Every government website and all content posted on government sites must be fully accessible. Also any online content or material created by funded by awards from the NN/LM SCR must meet the same standards outlined in Section 508. This includes making sure that all video content posted on our site is captioned. At EDUCASUE I attended several sessions on accessibility, one specifically focusing on video captioning options.

Presenter David Giberson serves as the Instructional Design Coordinator for San Diego Community College District and provided a good overview of products as well as “Caption It Yourself” (CIY) tools. Giberson reminded the audience that captioning is a two-step processing involving 1) creating a transcript of the audio soundtrack and 2) syncing the text to the correct place in the video. Creating a transcript can often be the most time consuming task of captioning however, it can be made easier by following a written script. If you do not write out a script you will need to use a product that can transcribe your speech. There are many products and even paid service vendors that provide help with transcription.

Giberson provided information on several products from Tech Smith, which included Camtasia Studio and Camtasia Relay. He also provided information on free options for adding captions though YouTube and demonstrated using Amara to caption another user’s YouTube video.

Giberson also provided the following tips for captioning screencasts:

Closed Captioning logo

  • Microphone quality: You will likely get better results from the auto-transcription engines when using a better quality microphone.
  • Using proper sentence structure: Another way to get better results from the auto-transcription engines is to use proper sentence structure and grammar in your recordings.
  • Using a script: One way to make the captioning process easier is to write out the script before doing the recording. The transcription step, then, is taken care of and it’s just a matter of syncing it to the video afterwards.
  • Find a Workflow for You: You may find that you have several options when it comes to recording and captioning your instructional media. Don’t let this be overwhelming. Find a workflow that you are comfortable with and that works well for you.

A full list of resources, guides, and captioned screencasts of many of the products can be found on the San Diego Community College District Online Learning Pathways Captioning site.

NLM Grant for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Man Writing

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) awards Grants for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health for the preparation of book-length manuscripts and other scholarly works of value to U.S. health professionals, public health officials, biomedical researchers, and historians of the health sciences. Grants are awarded for major critical reviews, state-of-the-art summaries, historical studies, and other useful organizations of knowledge in clinical medicine, public health, biomedical research, and the informatics/information sciences relating to them. The scholarly work may be prepared for publication in print or electronic media, or both.

NLM Grants for Scholarly Works can be used to support several types of scholarly projects, including but not limited to:

  • Scholarly works in the history or philosophy of medicine, public health and the life sciences, the development of medical research and health services, bioethics, and studies on the interrelationship of medicine and society
  • Scholarly works in the history or philosophy of biomedical informatics, computational biology, health information sciences, health communications, or health sciences librarianship
  • Analytical and comprehensive critical reviews which identify the present status of research and practice in various health-related fields, addressing advances which have been made, problems requiring examination, and emerging trends

Researchers are encouraged to explore the depth and breadth of NLM’s historical collections, which include materials on medical informatics and medical librarianship, veterinary medicine, homeopathy and alternative medicine, nursing and midwifery, modern genetics, mental health and human psychosocial development, tropical medicine and epidemiology, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, war and medicine, and many other topics.

Letter of Intent deadlines: January 21, 2013, January 20, 2014

Application due dates: February 21, 2013, February 20, 2014