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MERS-CoV Spreads to the United States

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Microscopic image of coronavirus

On May 2, 2014 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (or MERS) in the United States. The virus was found in a man who had traveled from Saudi Arabia to Indiana at the end of April.

MERS-CoV is a viral respiratory illness that first begin infecting humans in Saudi Arabia in 2012. All reported cases since have been linked to 7 different countries, and all have originated within the Arabian Peninsula. The symptoms are similar to that of the flu: fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. MERS is unusually deadly, however; around 30% of the people infected have died. Despite the name, MERS is not the same coronavirus that caused Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003.

The CDC has not yet advised any travel changes and recommends the following to those traveling to the Arabian Peninsula:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact, such as kissing, sharing cups, or sharing eating utensils, with sick people.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs.

If you develop symptoms of respiratory illness within 14 days of travel, the CDC recommends visiting your healthcare provider. For more information regarding MERS-CoV, coronaviruses, and the recent case in the United States, visit the links under Resources.

Resources:

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

MERS CoV First US Case Announced / Press Release / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Frequently Asked Questions about MERS CoV / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

About Coronaviruses / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

UPDATE 5/13/2014

A second case of MERS-CoV was confirmed on May 12, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. As with the previous case, the patient was a healthcare worker who had recently traveled to Saudi Arabia. In a press conference, CDC Director Dr. Tom Friedan and Dr. Anne Schuchat, Director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, iterated that so far MERS is not considered easily transmissible. The two US cases have occurred in health workers that were in close contact with those already infected with MERS. 

For the complete press conference transcript, visit the CDC’s Media page.

 

2014/2015 Health Information Literacy Award Recipients

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

multicolored hands meeting in the middle

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014-2015 Health Information Literacy Awards:

Institution: LSU Health Shreveport – Health Sciences Library
Project Title: Health Literacy with Comics: Using a Comic Book Format to Help Families Prevent Childhood Obesity
Project Director: Talicia Tarver

The project will allow the Louisiana State University Health Shreveport Health Sciences Library to partner with the LSU Department of Pediatrics in creating a  health literacy comic book that addresses the obesity epidemic and is aimed at young readers in the Caddo Parish area.

Institution: OU-Tulsa Schusterman Library
Project Title: Social Work Students and Health Literacy Interventions in a Clinic Library
Project Director: Toni Hoberecht

The project will provide health literacy outreach to patients and their families in the Schusterman Center Clinic through health literacy interventions provided by a graduate assistant from the University of Oklahoma Anne & Henry Zarrow School of Social Work. Clinic patients and students will also become familiar will the Morningcrest Health Library as a source of consumer health information.

Congratulations to Toni and Talicia and their libraries!

More information on all NN/LM SCR Funded Projects are available at our Previously Funded Projects website.

Disaster Health Information Outreach Funding Opportunity Available from NLM

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Hand holding money on laptop screen

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships in the U.S. that include at least one library and at least one organization that has disaster-related responsibilities, such as health departments, public safety departments, emergency management departments, pre-hospital and emergency medical services, fire/rescue, or other local, regional, or state agencies with disaster health responsibilities; hospitals; faith-based and voluntary organizations active in disaster; and others.

NLM encourages submission of innovative proposals that enhance mutually beneficial collaboration among libraries and disaster-related agencies. For example, projects may increase awareness of health information resources, demonstrate how libraries and librarians can assist planners and responders with disaster-related information needs, show ways in which disaster workers can educate librarians about disaster management, and/or include collaboration among partners in developing information resources that support planning and response to public health emergencies.

Contract awards will be offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 each for a one-year project.

The deadline for proposals is Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 5 pm ET.

For more information and instructions about the “Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2014”  and summaries of the previous years’ funded projects, visit the NLM Disaster Information Management Resource Center website.

 

April SCR CONNECTions Recording Now Available

Monday, April 21st, 2014

The recording of this week’s SCR CONNECTions webinar, Evidence Based Public Health (EBPH) is now available in the SCR CONNECTions archives. A link to the presentation materials can also be found at that site. The class is available for 1 hour of MLA CE through May 14, 2014.

As a reminder, we will not be holding SCR CONNECTions for the month of May.

Join us June 18th for our next SCR CONNECTions webinar!

Join Us for SCR CONNECTions Tomorrow on Evidence Based Public Health

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Nurse giving a toddler a shot

Join us April 16, 2014 for the monthly SCR CONNECTions webinar.

Wednesday, April 16th from 10:30 – 11:30 am (CT)

Presenter: Naomi Gonzales, Public Health Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region

Topic: From Problem to Prevention: Evidence Based Public Health”

This month’s webinar will be a one-hour preview of an upcoming NN/LM SCR class that will go over the basics of evidence-based public health and highlight essentials of the EBPH process.

How to Log In

Go to https://webmeeting.nih.gov/scr/,  on the log in screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name.

Once the room is open the system will be able to call you to connect to the audio. If this system does not work for you, a call-in number will be provided in the room.

Use *6 to mute or unmute your phone.

**Do Not Place Call on Hold**

Problems? Contact the Regional Medical Library (RML) office at 713-799-7880, or 800-338-7657 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX only).

This webinar will be available for 1 hour of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credit and will be archived for future viewing.

National Public Health Week 2014

Monday, April 7th, 2014

National Public Health Week 2014 logo

Each year during the first full week of April, the American Public Health Association (APHA) celebrates National Public Health Week (NPHW) in an effort to highlight the public health contributions to the community as well as issues still facing the nation. Each day this week (April 7-11), NPHW will focus on a different theme:

Monday 4/7 – Be Healthy From the Start (public health starts at home)

Tuesday 4/8 – Don’t Panic (disaster preparedness)

Wednesday 4/9 – Get Out Ahead (education and prevention)

Thursday 4/10 – Eat Well (nutrition and health)

Friday 4/11 – Be the Healthiest Nation in One Generation (public policy and looking ahead) 

In addition to these daily themes, NPHW is also hosting a new online event–the NPHW Face Off. From the news bulletin:

“Each weekday of NPHW, APHA will select two partner events to feature as “events of the day” and will promote the events on social media through an online voting “face off.” Each morning, APHA will share the two selected events on APHA’s Facebook page. Voters can then “like” the photo of the event they are most excited about. At the end of the day, the photo that has the most “likes” wins. The winning event will be announced the following morning on APHA’s Facebook page.”

For up to date information on NPHW information and events, be sure to follow the Twitter account @NPHW!

MAXIMUS Health Literacy Webinar Series

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Three adults look at a laptop screen

The MAXIMUS Center for Health Literacy announced a new webinar series focusing on health literacy. Each webinar in the series, entitled “Communications Tune Up”, will spotlight a different aspect and/or challenge of effective communication to populations with varied health literacy levels.

The six topics include:

  • Plain Language 101: Making Sense of Complex Content (March 28) – Encore Presentation on Wednesday, April 2nd at 1pm Central
  • Quick and Easy Field Testing: Asking for Affirmation, Corrections and Suggestions (April 25)
  • Design for Readability: Creating Visual Order (May 30)
  • Making Content Accessible: Removing Barriers to Print and Web Information (June 27)
  • Getting the Message Out: Planning and Implementing Public Health Campaigns (July 11)
  • Removing Language Barriers: Reaching Your Spanish Speaking Audience (August 15)

Webinars are an hour long each and recordings will be posted as webcasts on the MAXIMUS Center for Health Literacy website. For registration links and links to previously recorded health literacy webinars from MAXIUMS, visit their Webinars page.

 

March 2014 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available

Monday, March 10th, 2014

NIH News in Health _Feature 1

NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this edition:

 

Features:

 

 Health Capsules:

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Please pass the word on to your colleagues about NIH News in Health. We are happy to send a limited number of print copies free of charge for display in offices, libraries or clinics. Just email us or call 301-402-7337301-402-7337 for more information.

Updates to Nutrition Facts Label

Friday, March 7th, 2014

FDA Serving SizeOn February 27th, 2014 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published several proposed updates to the Nutrition Facts label found on the majority of packaged foods in the United States. According to the FDA Guidance and Regulation page, the proposed changes include the following:

  • Greater understanding of nutritional science
  • Updated serving size requirements and new labeling requirements for certain package sizes
  • Refreshed design

In order to encourage a greater understanding of nutritional science, the FDA will require that labels include information about added sugars, updated daily values, the amount of potassium and Vitamin D, as well as continuing to include “Total Fat”, “Saturated Fat”, and “Trans Fat” amounts while “Calories from Fat” will be removed.

The serving size requirements will be changed to reflect how people currently eat and drink, which is vastly different than 20 years ago–when serving sizes were first established. Serving size on labels will now include “what people actually eat, not what they ‘should’ be eating”. In addition, items usually consumed in a single sitting (ie, 20 oz sodas) will now be labeled as one serving instead of multiple. Larger packages that are usually consumed in multiple sittings will include “dual column” labels to include nutrition information for per serving as well as per package.

The new design of the label will feature larger text for caloric information and serving sizes. Consumers will also notice a shift of Percent Daily Values to the left of the label (for prominence) from it’s original position on the right. A clear explanation of Percent Daily Values will also be included.

For more information, details, and images of the proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts label, visit the FDA Guidance & Regulation page.

Physicians Called to Advance Health Literate Organizations

Monday, February 10th, 2014

A pharmacist explains a label to a patient

The Journal of General Internal Medicine published a commentary this month that gives physicians guidance on their role in implementing health literate health care organizations. Physicians’ responsibilities to address health literacy are not restricted to improving the clinical encounter, declared authors Cindy Brach, Benard Dreyer, and Dean Schillinger. For health care organizations to become health literate, physicians must also be willing to serve as health literacy champions.

The authors detail actions physicians can take to implement each of the ten attributes of health literate health care organizations, as described in an Institute of Medicine discussion paper by Brach et al. The article also points readers to the Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit to help physicians lead their practices in implementing health literacy universal precautions.

Access the commentary, Physicians’ Roles in Creating Health Literate Organizations: A Call to Action at: http://download.springer.com/static/pdf/971/art%253A10.1007%252Fs11606-013-2619-6.pdf?auth66=1392224038_081914330454b30acba3690809766fb9&ext=.pdf 

To access Ten Attributes of Health Literate Health Care Organizations, go to: http://iom.edu/~/media/Files/Perspectives-Files/2012/Discussion-Papers/BPH-Health-Lit-10-Attributes-of-Health-Lit-Orgs.pdf

To access the Health Literacy Universal PrecautionsToolkit, go to: http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/quality-resources/tools/literacy-toolkit/index.html