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August issue of NIH News in Health

Check out the August issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. To search for more trusted health information from NIH, bookmark

Positive Emotions and Your Health
Developing a Brighter Outlook
A growing body of research suggests that having a positive mental outlook might benefit your physical health. Read more about positive emotions and your health.

All About ALS
Understanding a Devastating Disorder
ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a deadly condition that attacks the nerve cells responsible for controlling muscles, such those as in the arms, legs, and face. Scientists are working to gain new insights into ALS. Read more about ALS.

Health Capsules:

Increases in Problem Drinking

Join the Fight Against Superbugs

Featured Website: Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center

Click here to download a PDF version for printing.

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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 301-402-7337 for more information.

peaceful sunset

Resource Library Outreach Contacts – Annual Meeting

This week from Aug. 11-12 we hosted our indispensable and hardworking Resource Library outreach contacts for our annual meeting. This year we held the meeting at our own Regional Medical Library, The Texas Medical Center Library. As always, we treated them to dinner the night before at a great local restaurant.

Agenda items for the meeting included: NLM and NN/LM updates; reporting guidelines w/Q&A; and everyone had an opportunity to share what they’ve been working on during the past year.

Of course, we have more pictures from the dinner/meeting on our Facebook page to share too!

We hope to meet with many of them again in October at SCC/MLA. The date/time for that meeting is scheduled for Sat. Oct. 3, 8am-10am.

jon gives nlm update

The SCR Coordinators Visit the National Library of Medicine

All 5 of us had the opportunity to attend Orientation at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. Jon, Adela, Lindsy, Michele, and Marcus visited with the staff of the National Network Office (NNO) as well as some fellow new coordinators also attending this orientation.

We learned about the roles of the NNO staff, heard the history of the NLM, and got to meet with Betsy Humphreys, NLM Acting Director, and Joyce Backus, Associate Director, Library Operations, the department that oversees the NNO and NN/LM.

We also got a wonderful tour of the NLM facility and grounds. Did you know they give tours to the public daily at 1:30pm? If you are ever in the area, please take advantage! In the meantime, they do have a great online tour of some of their Objects of Art, all of which we were blessed to see in person.

Please check out the NN/LM SCR Facebook photo album for more photos from our visit.

Lindsy and Adela at the NLM

Lindsy and Adela at the NLM

August 2015: National Immunization Awareness Month

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recognized August as the National Immunization Awareness month. As such, various activities structured by the National Public Health Information Coalition will focus on encouraging individuals to safeguard their health against infectious diseases. Emphasis of the month-long program is designed to highlight the importance of immunization. The CDC in collaboration with the NPHIC has developed a toolkit as a guide. Each week will highlight a different group:

A Ready for School toolkit is available for communicating the importance of vaccinations for students as well.



RML Staff Participate in Science Boot Camp West 2015

Technology Coordinator Michele Woods, Outreach and Evaluation Coordinator Lindsy Frazer, and Community Health Coordinator Marcus Spann recently attended the Science Boot Camp West at Stanford University.

Science Boot Camp West 2015 featured timely and relevant immersive workshops and educational presentations delivered by scientists with time for discussion and information sharing among all the participants. Most of the attendees were librarians involved in supporting research in the sciences, engineering, medicine or technology.

SBCW 2015 at Stanford included researchers from:

Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco

ChEM-H Stanford’s lab for Chemistry, Engineering & Medicine for Human Health

Water in the West Institute at Stanford University

NSF Engineering Research Center for Re-inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt) at Stanford University

Big Data “DeepDive: A Data System for Macroscopic Science”

Special Topics on Software and Data Carpentry with Physics and BioPhysics faculty and Tracy Teal from Software Carpentry.

We had the opportunity to tour Stanford’s spacious campus on our own, and take guided tours of the Cecil H. Green Library, the Terman’s Engineering Library, the Stanford Product Realization Lab, the Jen-Hsun Engineering Center, the Geospatial Center in the Branner Earth Sciences Library, and the design school, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design.

We also partaked in workshops on SciFinder, LabArchives, LabGuru, and Reaxys with vendors discussing their products.

Medicare and Medicaid turn 50

“It’s hard to imagine a world without Medicare and Medicaid.” – Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell

Medicare/Medicaid today cover 1 in 3 Americans. July 30, 2015 marked 50 years of the programs. Learn more:

Medicare Medicaid 50 years

Tox Town Updates the City Neighborhood

The City neighborhood is the newest neighborhood in Tox Town to update its graphics. The City neighborhood, joined previously by the Town and Southwest scenes, is now in HTML 5 and 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 city locations. Tox Town can be accessed on a variety of personal electronic devices, including iPad, iPad minis, and other tablets.

Regardless of where you live, you will definitely want to visit the updated City neighborhood and learn about possible environmental health risks in a typical city.

(Oooh–that Dentist sound effect though!)

ToxTown city

PubMed Reaches 25 Million Citations!

PubMed recently hit the milestone of reaching 25 million citations.

You can view all citations in PubMed by typing all[sb] in the search box.

Happy searching!

25 million citations in PM

Solo Hospital Librarians Chat Friday, July 31

Here is a message about this month’s Solo Hospital Librarians Chat from Louise McLaughlin:

Friday, July 31, we’ll have our monthly chat at 2 pm CST. This is time of summer when I wonder why I find it so hard to move and think; then I see the temp is 94 degrees and the heat index is 102 and climbing. So the agenda for this month’s chat will reflect my slow-down approach to living.

Good News: Anyone? What at work surprised you in a good way?

Need Help: Who needs ideas or wisdom from colleagues? A MLS student contacted me about the chats and she hopes to join us this Friday, bringing lots of questions about the medical librarian profession. So be thinking about what you would recommend or share with someone who wants to join our ranks.

Let’s Explore: Interesting times are unfolding at MLA, and I hope Ellen Aronson can give us an up close and personal update on changes in place.

It’s time to think about projects, posters, articles, and other contributions we can make to our profession. Who has ideas in the works?

I know that some folks who wanted to hear about Comparative Effectiveness Research were not able to attend the June chat, so I thought we’d explore the topic again. Helen-Ann Brown Epstein will resist being assigned to desk duty at work so she can bring us deeper into the how-to and where parts of this topic. My knowledge of the data sources was somewhat superficial; also, I could use a better understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of using observational data. And if you have used PubMed’s Topic Specific Query for CER or encountered research articles using this approach, tell us about your experience. I think of it as big data uses in nonacademic settings!

Finally, if anyone is less summer-weary and has a subject to explore, bring it on!

Talk to you Friday the 31st!



Name: Solo Hospital Librarians Chat
Start Time: 07/31/2015 2:00 PM CST
Duration: 01:00

US (Toll): 1-719-234-7800
US (Toll Free): 1-888-850-4523
Call in Participant Code: 959760

Louise McLaughlin, M.S.L.S., M.P.S.
Information Specialist
Woman’s Health Sciences Library

Texas Public Health Association Call for Submissions

The TPHA Annual Education Conference will be April 11-13, 2016 in Galveston, Texas. Abstracts are now being accepted for consideration for oral presentation, poster presentation, and student oral and travel competitions. Abstracts must be submitted bySeptember 30 to be considered.

The call for abstracts (and more info on the conference as it is released) can be found here: