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Disaster Information Specialist Monthly Webinar

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

WHEN:  Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 1:30 PM ET

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  The Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar is free and open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.

TOPIC:  “Stress and the Relaxation Response”

Stress is a very common reaction to disasters and humanitarian crises. Disaster-related stress affects the local population as well as the professionals and volunteers responding to a disaster. Even in the absence of a disaster, over 60% of visits (for any reason) to health care professionals are caused or exacerbated by stress for which there is no effective pharmacologic or procedural therapy. This presentation will focus on a counter-stress capacity –  the relaxation response. Its elicitation effectively counteracts stress and is therapeutic for a multitude of stress-related disorders. The relaxation response will be defined historically and physiologically. Its genomic underpinnings as well as its dramatic impact on health care resource utilization will be described.


Herbert Benson, MD, Director Emeritus Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine <> at Massachusetts General Hospital, Mind Body Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Manoj Bhasin, PhD, Director of Bioinformatics, Co-Director of Genomics, Proteomics, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Center <>, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Medicine Harvard Medical School; James E. Stahl, MD, CM, MPH, Section Chief, General Internal Medicine Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Associate Professor of Medicine Geisel School of Medicine.


To join the meeting at 1:30 pm ET, Thursday, October 8, click on

Meeting Number: 627 830 517
Meeting Password: 1234


If you are in the area you can attend the meeting in person at our offices at 6707 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda, MD, Suite 440. Park in the visitor’s parking lot (we will validate your parking), walk to the middle building (Democracy Two) and take the elevator to the 4th floor. Suite 440 is around the corner behind the elevators.

MORE INFORMATION:  For more information on this and past meetings, see

Guide to finding health information on Coping with Disasters, Violence and Traumatic Events,

National Network of Health Career Programs in Two-Year Colleges (NN2)

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Southeastern/Atlantic Region SE/A coordinators presented “Empowering Your Faculty and Students: Discovering National Library of Medicine’s Resources and More” at the National Network of Health Career Programs in Two-Year Colleges.

Attendees can access and download the presentation on SlideShare.

The following Resources and Organizations were mentioned:

Activity Resource

Women’s Health Resources to be Retired

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

On Monday, October 5 NLM will be retiring the Women’s Health Resources (WHR,) / information portal that was started in partnership with the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) in 2008. All those accessing the site will be redirected from the WHR portal to the Office of Research on Women’s Health homepage (

NLM appreciates the assistance of ORWH in the development of the portal and for providing outreach project funding to libraries to promote the portal and sex and gender differences in research among university faculty and students. We will continue our partnership by helping ORWH develop avenues for those seeking to search NLM databases such as PubMed and Clinical Trials for research on women’s health.

Register Now: First offering of NCBI NOW (Next generation sequencing Online Workshop) to begin October 13, 2015

Thursday, October 1st, 2015
From October 13th to October 23rd, NCBI will present the first iteration of NCBI NOW, a free online experience aimed at those new to next generation sequencing (NGS) analysis. Enrollment in this course is limited to the first 1,000 participants who sign up through the ORAU Portal: Since enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis, please only sign up for this educational opportunity if you will be able to participate fully.
Learners will watch 6-7 videos (average video duration: 45-60 minutes) online during the first 7 days of the course. These videos will cover the basics of NGS data, preprocessing, quality control and alignment strategies for both DNA-Seq and RNA-Seq, as well as a brief discussion of downstream analysis. Additionally, we will demonstrate how to leverage BLAST tools for NGS analysis.
Next, participants will apply a selection of RNA-Seq alignment algorithms over three days (1-2 hours per day), mapping RNA-Seq data to GRCh38 chromosome 20. Finally, participants will compare the results of these mappers for specific genes. Throughout the course, participants will be able to post questions at Biostars; experts from NCBI and elsewhere will be available online to answer questions.
Learners will emerge from the course equipped to map their own RNA-Seq or DNA-Seq data to the human genome, understand the options for downstream analysis, and use their understanding of the basic steps of data processing to interact more effectively with bioinformatician collaborators.

National Health Observances – October 2015

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Below is a list of National Health Observances for the month of October. By supporting National health Observances, you can:

  • Educate the public about health risks
  • Organize successful health promotion events and campaigns
  • Get new ideas, information, and resources on health topics of interest.

Contact the sponsoring organization to request outreach materials and information.

Source: 2015 National Health Observances, National Health Information Center, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.

Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

Funded by the National Library of Medicine under contract HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the Health Sciences and Human Services Library of the University of Maryland