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Tox Town Updates the Town Neighborhood

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
Tox Town is the National Library of Medicine’s interactive Web site about commonly encountered toxic substances, the environment, and health. Enhanced with lively graphics, sound effects, and animation, Tox Town brings to life the everyday locations where you might encounter potentially toxic chemicals.

The Town neighborhood now has a new photorealistic look. All of the location and chemical information is the same, but the new graphics allow users to better identify with real-life locations. The Town scene is now in HTML5 so it can be accessed on a variety of personal electronic devices, including computers, iPads, iPad minis, and tablets.

Take a trip to this fun website if you haven’t been in awhile!

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Get Ready for a New MedlinePlus! – April 28

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

MedlinePlus, the premiere consumer health website from the National Library of Medicine, will be debuting a new look and interface starting April 28.

Based on a website design concept called “Responsive Design“, this new look will be fully compatible with using the website on a desktop/laptop, tablet, and/or cellphone.

The new MedlinePlus desktop/laptop view will have a 3-column look; tablet view will have a 2-column look; and cellphone view will consist of 1 column.

The great features and sections of MedlinePlus will remain, making it possible for health consumers to access and utilize its quality, reliable and up-to-date information anytime, anywhere, on any device.

The image below is a preview of the upcoming new MedlinePlus homepage with each of its various displays.

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April 2015 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available

Friday, April 10th, 2015

NIH NewsinHealth picThe April issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research, is now available.

Features:

Sharing Reliable Health Information

You hear and read health advice all the time—from friends, online sources, radio, TV, and more. How do you know what health information you can trust?

Readers’ Favorite Online Health Stories
Rashes, Sore Throats, Kidneys, and More

NIH News in Health aims to bring you a wide range of health-related stories. Here are 5 reader favorites.

 

Health Capsules:

Cleaner Air Tied to Healthier Lungs in Kids

What Do You Know About Sarcoidosis?

Featured Website: National DNA Day

Click here to download a PDF version for printing.
We love hearing from readers who let us know how they share and use health information, including NIH News in Health. Thanks for sharing your feedback, story ideas, and other comments over the past decade. We look forward to bringing you 10 more years of evidence-based health information. Share your thoughts with us at nihnewsinhealth@od.nih.gov or send us a photo of how you or others use the newsletter, and we may post it to our Facebook page.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

In 1982, legislation was signed in the U.S. designating a National Child Abuse Prevention Week. In 1983 we graduated to an entire month of awareness, to be recognized each April. The purpose of National Child Abuse Prevention Month is for families and communities to come together and work to prevent child abuse and neglect.

The state of Texas has the organization Prevent Child Abuse Texas and you can find your local state chapter from the Prevent Child Abuse America homepage.

As always, our own MedlinePlus is an excellent resource for this topic as well.

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March is National Nutrition Month

Friday, March 27th, 2015

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. We exhibited alongside this organization at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo in Houston in 2013, promoting NLM resources such as MedlinePlus’s Nutrition page.

Although the month of March is coming to a close, it is always a good time to review your nutrition habits and evaluate them. There are so many quality nutrition websites out there, such as:

These websites are a good educational start in your mission to eat well. Don’t forget about helpful apps that are available for your smartphone and devices. There are several of us here in the NN/LM SCR office that are using the Fooducate app, for example, which allows you to scan barcodes of food items and learn everything you wanted to know (and didn’t want to know!) about potential purchases.

Happy and healthy eating to you all!

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March is National Women’s Health Month

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Every March we celebrate National Women’s Health month. Some of the best health websites for women’s health are from dot-gov’s. Womenshealth.gov is a product of the Office on Women’s Health, Dept. of Health and Human Services, and contains sections on A-Z Health Topics, ePublications, News, and more.

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The CDC also has a Women’s Health webpage. It features an A-Z Topics section, Women’s Health Initiatives, a section on Healthy Living, and also has lots of statistical information, as you would expect from the CDC.

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The National Library  of Medicine’s premiere consumer health website, MedlinePlus, has an entire Health Topics page devoted to women’s health. You will find lots of helpful links to vetted websites, links to Related Topics, Overviews, Latest News, and much more.

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NN/LM SCR March 2015 Update

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

I am pleased to share several recent updates about our ongoing program review, staff additions, and other activities.

In January we began a systematic program review of all activities and services performed since the beginning of the 2011-2016 funding cycle. What I am really enjoying about this is that we get to review many of the projects that have been funded by our program over the last several years. The impact to the Resource Libraries and our region has been significant! This process is an essential step toward preparation for the 2016-2021 funding cycle. I want to thank the TMC Library’s Planning & Assessment Coordinator Ashlynn Kogut and Chief Operating Officer Owen Ellard for their leadership and support in our program review. We are continuously identifying ways to improve services in support of the NN/LM mission and those living and working in the South Central Region.

The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. Learn more about the NN/LM program.

Moving on to staffing: I want to recognize Executive Assistant Carrie Rogers, Administrative Assistant Jasmin Legaspi, and Technology Assistant Melissa Salas as they have been critical in ensuring continuity of services and institutional memory in recent months. Carrie has been my right hand, making travel arrangements, organizing subcontract reports, and has been an asset in so many other areas. Jasmin has done great work in office operations and preparing conference exhibit materials. Melissa has made substantive progress as the lead on our migration to a new website content management system. It addition to these three staff, our Director Dr. Buja and myself, four additional librarians work on the program.

In January, Adela Justice, MLIS, transitioned from the TMC Library Client Relationship Management department as a Liasion Librarian to Consumer Health Coordinator and Texas Liaison. In 2002 she joined the Texas Medical Center Library as a Consumer Health and Outreach Librarian, and in 2008 received her Consumer Health Information Specialization, Level II, from the Medical Library Association. For the past two years Adela has managed the Resource Library Outreach subcontract between The TMC Library and the NN/LM SCR. This is the first time we have had someone with this high level of previous experience in the SCR program in recent memory and it really shows!

Lindsy Frazer, MS, MLIS, PhD, joined us in mid-February as our new Outreach & Evaluation Coordinator and Oklahoma Liaison. Originally from Chicago, Lindsy came to us from an Arkansas public library where she was the manager of an outreach department. One of Lindsy’s roles is to manage our Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) program. Many libraries recognize the value in having a position focused on assessment of library services and we are very fortunate two have two; albeit focused on different service areas in our organization. I meet with Lindsy, Ashlynn, and Owen every Wednesday to discuss program assessment.

Marcus Spann, MLIS, began the first week in March as our new Community Health Coordinator and Arkansas Liaison. His previous position was as a librarian with outreach responsibilities at a Louisiana public library. I met Marcus in October 2013 at the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, the year he received our Library Student Outreach Award. Marcus is also our new DOCLINE Coordinator. DOCLINE is the National Library of Medicine’s automated interlibrary loan (ILL) system.

Updated April 4, 2015: Michele Woods, JD, MLIS, began in late March as our new Technology Coordinator and Louisiana Liaison. Michele has experience in public and academic libraries, sponsored programs, university level teaching, and law. Michele has been active in a number of professional associations including the Louisiana Library Association, the American Library Association, the American Association of Law Libraries, and others.

You can see our contact information on our Staff Directory.

Earlier this week I attended the South Central Medical Libraries Consortium (SCAMeL) ILL Committee meeting as part of our role in supporting DOCLINE in the South Central Region. About 18 representatives from NN/LM SCR Resource Libraries attended this biannual meeting.

And on a personal note, I recently played a wonderful concert program with the Texas Medical Center Orchestra.  Scroll down to the second article of the library’s News Room to read more about the TMC Library’s longstanding involvement with the TMC Orchestra. NN/LM South Central Region Director, and TMC Library Executive Director, Dr. Maximilian Buja, then Dean of The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, supported the TMC Orchestra from its very beginning in 2001. As a lifetime amateur violinist I cannot begin to express how fulfilling it is to work for an organization that inspires this type of creative outlet.

I am very interested in your feedback and thoughts as we work to support the progress of medicine and improve the public health in the South Central Region. Please call me directly at 713-799-7803.

This blog and our NN/LM SCR Email Discussion List are the best places to read about our programs.

Jon Goodell, MA, AHIP
Associate Director
NN/LM South Central Region
Texas Medical Center Library

Changes on MedlinePlus’ Videos & Cool Tools page

Friday, March 13th, 2015

MedlinePlus’ Videos & Cool Tools page recently did away with the longtime “Interactive Tutorials” feature, but there are more cool anatomy videos and surgery videos available than ever!

Take a look if you haven’t done so in awhile and see how these valuable pages can help you and the consumers you serve.

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MRSA The Movie: It’s Not a Spider Bite!

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Back in 2013 the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio Briscoe Library received a CTSA Pilot Project Award that funded a wonderful 12 minute video educating the public on MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). Enjoy!

NIH News in Health

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Many SCR Network members are familiar with NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine, but did you know the National Institutes of Health publishes another consumer focused health publication? NIH News in Health is a monthly newsletter from the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Some of February’s featured stories include articles on the risks of taking anti-anxiety medications for older adults, engineering new organs, and an article on the gallbladder and gallbladder disease and treatment.

Visit newsinhealth.nih.gov for NIH News in Health.