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Increase in Tickborne Diseases Likely

SCR News - Tue, 2018-08-14 17:22

“Dog Tick.” via, July 25, 2018, Public Domain.

The next time you spend time outside, you might want to check closely for ticks.  Officials from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) report an increase in the number of tickborne diseases.

The most common tickborne illness is Lyme Disease, a bacterial infection resulting from a tick bite.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that there are nearly 30,000 cases of Lyme disease reported each year.  Symptoms include fatigue, fever, headache, and skin rash; however, if left untreated the disease can spread and cause additional complications.

Although Lyme Disease is the most common, other U.S. tickborne disease include:

Despite the increase the CDC  states that incidences of these disease are underreported.  The article in which NIH discusses the increase in tickborne disease states it is critical scientists work to develop vaccines.  Read the entire article to see other NIH recommendations.

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Webinar: Health Information in Public Libraries Study Results

MCR News - Tue, 2018-08-14 11:43

Professor Catherine Arnott Smith, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present some of the most interesting findings from two studies of public library workers and health information that she’s conducted since 2015.

The first was a national survey conducted in collaboration with researchers at the Specialized Information Services Unit of the National Library of Medicine, focused on challenges for public libraries during Affordable Care Act signups. The second study, conducted in 2018 with funding from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, involved focus groups with library workers from all sizes of public libraries nationwide, talking about challenges and opportunities that arise around health information in the public library space.

Tuesday August 21, 2018

1:00 pm -2:00 pm MDT


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Wash and Learn Promotes Health Literacy

GMR News - Mon, 2018-08-13 16:11
 Libraries Without Borders U.S. and Michigan Radio

Wash and Learn started from an exploratory program with Libraries Without Borders to create pop-up literacy spaces. Laundromats proved to be incredibly popular places to host the program. Photo attribution: Libraries Without Borders U.S. and Michigan Radio

The Greater Midwest Region of the National Library of Medicine awarded a health information outreach award to Libraries Without Borders (LWB), a non-profit organization “striving to invent the 21st century library so that regardless of circumstances, people throughout the world can live with dignity and have the opportunity to thrive through access to information, education and culture.”

Allister Chang, Executive Director, and Adam Echelman, Director of Programs, launched Wash & Learn as a summer learning program that created pop-up library spaces in laundromats throughout Detroit. With the support of several community agencies including the Parkman Branch of the Detroit Public Library, Wash and Learn transformed local laundromats into informal learning spaces where people could access early-learning literacy materials as they waited for their clothes to wash and dry.

Because of the success of the Detroit early-learning literacy program, Allister and Adam considered other community literacy needs. In 2017, they applied for funding from NNLM to add MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine consumer health information website, to the Wash and Learn program. They partnered with the Brainerd Public Library in Minnesota to facilitate trainings at the laundromats so consumers might learn how to use MedlinePlus to find quality health information in order to make better informed health care decisions for themselves and their families.

During this year’s award cycle, funding from NNLM enables Wash and Learn to expand to the Minnesota counties of St. Paul, Anoka, and Scott. In these three communities, they will partner with the local public libraries and laundromats to continue health literacy outreach. The goal for Wash and Learn is to become a sustainable model for low-income and underserved communities to access quality and relevant health information in order to improve their health.

Watch video: Wash and Learn

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New Graphic Medicine Book Club Kit: Emergency Preparedness and Recovery

NER News - Mon, 2018-08-13 14:56

 Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans graphic novel.September is National Preparedness Month.  But why mention that in mid-August?

Because I’m happy to announce a brand-new Graphic Medicine Book Club Kit focused on Emergency Preparedness and Recovery just in time to include as part of National Preparedness Month activities.

Using Don Brown’s Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans, this kit provides a starting point for groups to discuss emergency preparedness and recovery, what happened in New Orleans before, during and after Hurricane Katrina and how learning about other natural disasters and emergencies can help us think about these events in our own lives and communities.

From the Publisher: On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina’s monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana…The riveting tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism, and courage—and also of incompetence, racism, and criminality. Don Brown’s kinetic art and as-it-happens narrative capture both the tragedy and triumph of one of the worst natural disasters in American history.

Drowned City tells the story of Hurricane Katrina starting with the storm forming in the Atlantic Ocean, making land fall in New Orleans and the missteps of planning and intervention that lead to tragedy.

The Book Club Kit includes:

  • Six copies of Drowned City
  • Discussion questions
  • How to Read a Graphic Novel handout
  • And information on Disaster Preparedness, Health Effects of Disasters, Helping Children Cope with Disaster, and more from trusted online sources like MedlinePlus, CDC, NIH and others

To order the kit for your book club, or community organization, fill out the book club request form here.  Only one kit is available for this health topic, so put in your request today.

Graphic Medicine Book Club Kits are available for six-week loans within the New England Region.  Other health topics available in the series include Addiction, Mental Health, Aging, Cancer, Veteran’s Health and more.

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Margaret Hoogland – MLA-RTI Review

GMR News - Mon, 2018-08-13 13:09


As a participant of the Medical Library Association-Research Training Institute (MLA-RTI), I found my knowledge of research improved and the MLA-RTI was a fantastic way to explore different ways of making an impact on my community and my profession. Along the way, I also learned a great deal about myself.

Our Dean of University Libraries at the University of Toledo completely backed my attendance of the MLA-RTI. I was fortunate enough to receive two scholarships. One scholarship was from the National Networks of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region Professional Development Award and a second scholarship was from the Medical Library Association Small Library. As a result, I paid only for food and social activities during the week of training in Chicago, Illinois.

The pre-institute reading and activities are self-directed and set the stage for the week of training in Chicago. If you can, do additional reading beyond the assigned and recommended materials. This is particularly useful, if some of the concepts are new or complicated. Also, participate actively in the MLA-RTI listserv! These conversations make talking with fellow participants much easier and facilitates getting input on your project outside of the scheduled 30 minute meeting with your faculty mentor. Post-institute, your mentor will establish a way to check-in regularly, to assist in troubleshooting your way through any issues, and provide feedback on questions and techniques. Additionally, Susan Lessick and the other Faculty Members will ask for regular updates and participants will complete reports on a quarterly basis.

Research is never easy, but it provides endless opportunities for professional growth and development. At the conclusion of the Institute, I decided to do a new study and incorporate a technique discussed during the training.

If you would like to discuss the MLA-RTI in person, I will be attending both the Midwest Chapter Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 5-8th and also the Michigan Health Sciences Library Association meeting in Traverse City, Michigan, on October 11th and 12th.

Hope to see you this October!

–Guest post by Margaret Hoogland

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Science Boot Camp for Librarians – Scholarship Recipient Post 6

NER News - Mon, 2018-08-13 12:24

This is the sixth blog post in a series authored by twelve individuals who received scholarships to attend the 2018 Science Boot Camp held at Brandeis University on June 13-15, 2018. In this installment, a view on how science boot camp helps a former science teacher who is now a new science librarian. Please watch for more posts about resources from this event and views from scholarship recipients in the upcoming weeks.
Paige Scudder – Research and Education Librarian, Dartmouth College – Science Bootcamp for Librarians 2018

As a former biology teacher, I feel as though I stumbled into the realm of science librarianship by chance. I went to library school because I wanted to teach skills instead of facts and I wanted to stay in a field that was constantly evolving/growing/changing. In my mind, I would be a public branch librarian or work for a small public library. Maybe spend some time in the children’s department, maybe not. It wasn’t until my advisor asked me why I hadn’t thought of being a science or health sciences librarian that I even considered other ideas of what I could do as a librarian. It wasn’t until I interviewed at Tufts University for a position in their health sciences library that I truly became excited. It wasn’t until I started working there that I realized I found my people, and I thought I had found them just by attending library school.

Finding a cohort of individuals within the library community that have experience with science databases, research and education completely changed the direction that I wanted to take with my career. During my time at Tufts, I spent time working on tutorials for the dental curriculum, assisted with evidence based medicine, lead workshops and more. I am so grateful to have had the learning experience and environment as a paraprofessional, it has made the transition to my professional position exciting and the right level of comfortable.

My supervisor sent me the announcement for Science Boot Camp while I was still in school and I immediately bookmarked the web page so that I wouldn’t miss sign ups. I was excited to listen to speakers within the field I had gone to college in and learn about ways that I could aid their research. More importantly, I couldn’t wait to meet more people within my cohort and learn about what they do.

As a biology major, I took ecology and genetics during my time as an undergrad, but I went to a small school we didn’t spend time discussing real world research and methodology that was used in the field. The speakers were very engaging and I was thrilled to see female scientists discussing their research. It was also exciting to learn about the newest attempt at a Lyme vaccine, which is something that I now look up about once a week to stay up to date on the progress.

Materials Science, on the other hand, was a topic that was more foreign to me. Learning how the topic was discussed, some of the background and research was very helpful. I loved that they had physical examples to pass around, it took the talk to a new level and provided concrete understanding to a topic that would have otherwise been more abstract.

The session I got the most out of was the Friday morning capstone session where we discussed the evaluation of journals and data. We live in a world where we no longer take government gathered data for granted, so it was very helpful to look at guidelines for evaluating that data or published article. Retraction Watch was also a topic not really touched upon in library school, which meant that this session laid the groundwork for a more formal approach to journal/article/data assessment that I can use in my job at Dartmouth College.

Science Boot Camp was a wonderful experience and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to attend. It was the perfect mix of educational, networking and fun – hopefully I’ll be able to attend future events!

I hope you enjoy the latest installment of the Science Boot Camp for librarians. To read the first post please click here. For information about last weeks reflection please click here. For more about this year’s Science Boot Camp resources or other upcoming events, please visit the NNLM NER website, or contact anyone in the NNLM NER office.

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Substance Use Disorder Webinar Series: Innovative Strategies for the Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorder – September 5 and October 18

SEA News - Mon, 2018-08-13 09:19

The NNLM NER invites you to attend two upcoming webinars on substance use disorder and investigate innovative strategies for the prevention and treatment.

How to Save a Life – Administering Naloxone 101

September 5, 2018   1-2PM (EST)
Bonnie White EdD, MSN, RN, CNE, CCM, Interim Assistant Dean, MCPHS University, Worcester, MA
Francis Melaragni, MBA, CMA, Director of Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Business Program, MCPHS, Boston, MA 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data indicates 115 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose. Further, the CDC states that from 1999-2016, more than 350,000 Americans have died from an overdose involving any opioid, including prescription and illicit opioids. As alarming as these numbers are, they would likely be 2-3 times higher except for a simple and safe intervention that can be administered by anyone who has some basic knowledge and a brief training. This session will show you how it is possible to effectively recognize and respond to an opioid overdose and successfully administer naloxone, the opioid overdose antidote. Distributing naloxone to laypersons has resulted in thousands of overdose reversals and many saved lives. This webinar will provide a live demonstration of how to administer naloxone,  and discuss where you can acquire this life-saving drug .

Learning Objectives: 

  • Recognize the signs of an opioid overdose
  • Learn the 5 simple steps that can help save a life – including how to administer Naloxone
  • Learn what Naloxone is, how it works and where you can get it
  • Understand the Good Samaritan laws that protect you as it pertains to administering Naloxone

Using Recovery Coaches in Substance Use Disorder Treatment

October 18, 2018 1-2PM
Richard Kenny, Recovery Coach at UMassMemorial Medical Center
Rob Ryan, Recovery Coach at UMassMemorial Medical Center

 A Recovery Coach is a person who helps remove the personal and environmental obstacles to recovery, links the newly recovering person to the recovering community and serves as a personal guide and mentor in the management of personal and family recovery. In this webinar you will learn what motivational interviewing is and how it aids in the change process and communicates acceptance. Rich and Rob will present an overview of the Recovery Coaching program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. They will also share the data they have collected from their program about the use of recovery coaching in the treatment of substance use disorder.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the UMassMemorial Medical Center’s Recovering Coaching program as a method to treat substance use disorder.
  • Learn what motivational interviewing is and how to use motivational interviewing in goal-centered, and client-centered situations.
  • Learn what is measured when evaluating whether recovery coaching is a successful treatment for substance use disorder.
  • Understand the data that has been collected about the success of the Recovery Coaching program at the UMassMemorial Medical Center.
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Member Highlights: Southwest PA Area Health Education Center, Pittsburgh, PA

MAR News - Mon, 2018-08-13 08:00

NNLM MAR is pleased to share successes of health outreach projects and activities in our region. Learn what your amazing colleagues are doing to increase access to quality health information for the communities they serve.


Connections4Health is a program from the Southwest Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center (AHEC) designed to collaborate with community health centers, public libraries and other community-focused organizations to address the broader, unmet social health needs of their patients or patrons. These unmet needs may include food security, employment, housing, or utility assistance. The project began in 2013 when a public health student and AmeriCorps member working at the Birmingham Clinic in Pittsburgh noticed a need to address the social health as well as medical needs of patients during their visit.

With the Birmingham Clinic as their initial site, Connections4Health recruited student volunteers, called Community Health Fellows, and began building a database of social service organization from which they could refer patients for support with their individual needs. Rooted in a person-centered philosophy, C4H has two broad goals as its foundation: (1) to help and empower marginalized populations in underserved neighborhoods access the services they need to live healthier; and (2) provide the next generation of health professionals with the tools and experiences to consider the social and environmental context that influences their patients’ health and wellbeing.

A 2015 study showed that individuals who have unmet social needs also have higher rates of physical health conditions such as diabetes and hypertension, and more frequent visits to the emergency room.1 By actively focusing on the social health needs of people with respect to where they live, learn, work, and play, and connecting people with the resources that address unmet needs, Connections4Health aims to reduce the associated impact that social health needs have on physical and psychological health, and in the process ultimately help create a pathway to healthier living.

The Fellows who volunteer for Connections4Health are aspiring clinicians and health professionals pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. Through their involvement with the program, they gain real world experience working with patients and a deeper understanding of how influential social determinants are on health. The experience they gain through their involvement with Connections4Health is something they may take with them into future practice.

“Connections4Health has been the largest influence on me during my undergraduate career. I have learned how to talk to patients effectively, became aware of the many issues on the social side of medicine, and learned many responsibilities as a volunteer. This experience has changed my focus on medicine entirely. I used to think that patients are only taken care of in the hospital, to where the social side of their lives plays a far bigger role in their overall health.” – Direct student quote

Since their 2013 beginnings at the Birmingham Clinic, Connections4Health has partnered with other community organizations to be able to reach, and hopefully help, more people. In 2017, Connections4Health began working with the Downtown Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh, offering services during Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons. As a result of this partnership, the number of individuals Fellows met with increased by 138%. The library has benefited from this partnership because, rather than putting on their social worker or housing specialist hat, librarians are able to connect patrons with C4H Fellows in order to address social health issues – allowing the librarians to continue developing community-focused programming.

In May of 2018, Connections4Health added a third site staffed with C4H Fellows at Northside Christian Health Center. As a relatively new partnership, they are currently navigating the learning curve of implementing a social health needs program in a Federally Qualified Health Center. Moving forward, Connections4Health hopes to continue to provide this important service in more Pittsburgh neighborhoods and community health centers. They are also in the process of implementing a perceived stress evaluation to explore the effectiveness of C4H interventions on people’s overall health and wellbeing.

This project was made possible through partnerships with Birmingham Free Clinic, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Northside Christian Health Center, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, and funding from NNLM MAR in 2017-2018, the Hillman Family Foundation, and individual giving.

To learn more about Connections4Health, join us on August 21 for a one-hour webinar with guest presenter Mike Bowersox, Program Director for Connections4Health. You can also visit the Southwest PA AHEC website or contact Mike via email: or telephone: (724) 221-3452.


1 Berkowitz SA, et al. (2015). BMJ Qual Saf 0:1–9. doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2015004521

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New NNLM PSR Consumer Health Librarian: Nora Franco!

PSR Newsletter - Fri, 2018-08-10 19:31

Hola! My name is Nora Franco, and I would like to say hello as the new Consumer Health Librarian for the NNLM PSR at UCLA! My passion for medical librarianship began as an LIS student at the University of North Texas, where I was first exposed to the array of librarian specializations, including health sciences librarianship. While in the Health Informatics program, I was able to complete an internship at the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), part of the Specialized Information Services (SIS) division at NLM. Joining the PSR team makes me feel things have come full circle!

Nora Franco

Nora Franco

I come to the West Coast after living on no coast, AKA the Midwest, working as an embedded Clinical Medical Librarian for the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Health Sciences Library. For anyone unfamiliar with the history of Clinical Medical Librarians, the program began nationally at UMKC through a National Library of Medicine grant. While in Kansas City, I worked closely with the School of Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy constituents. One of my favorite instructional sessions that I developed was a Consumer Health Information Resources course for the Drug Information Center. Not only was I able to expose pharmacy residents to quality health information resources, including NLM products, but I was able to learn about provider-patient communication, and how medical librarians can facilitate the development of them. Other activities while at UMKC and Kansas City include:

I am very fortunate and excited to work closely alongside other PSR staff members, particularly Kelli Ham, former PSR Consumer Health Librarian. While Kelli takes on her new position with the All of Us Research Program, I will assist her in many of her outreach efforts. Feel free to reach out to me with questions or to get to know me better by sending an email message, or giving me a call at 310-794-6572. I look forward to meeting and learning from the variety of PSR Network members!

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2018-08-10 13:34

See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions!


Member Highlights: Let us shine a spotlight on the amazing work you do! NNLM MAR is always interested in learning about health outreach projects and activities that are happening in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware. Share your story with us to receive a Member Highlight on the MARquee!

Local lecture from NLM Director: the recording is now available from Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan’s talk, “Transforming Data into Knowledge and Knowledge into Health: NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027,” at the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

The next round of PubMed for Librarians begins August 29. Register for any (or all) of the PML classes to learn more about PubMed and enhance your searching skills!

New on YouTube: In understanding the All of Us Research Program, July 27, 2018


A Vacation’s Gifts Are More Than SouvenirsNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

From 1 All the Way to 100 Terabytes—NLM by the NumbersNLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

When Neuroscience Meets Abstract ExpressionismNIH Director’s Blog

Edward Jenner and “the happy immunity”Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

NIH News in Health: Check out the August 2018 issue of NIH News in Health, featuring, “Bionic Movements: Connecting Mind and Machine,” and “Care Connection: Loneliness Affects All Ages”. Other topics in this edition include preventing shingles, caring for concussions, and palliative care.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

All are webinars, unless noted. Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

NNLM and NLM classes are free and open to all. Please feel free to share these opportunities!

DOCLINE Talkline: The Google Login Session – August 15, 2:00-2:30 PM ET – In this session, Erin Latta, NNLM DOCLINE Coordinator and Lis Unger, NLM DOCLINE Team Lead will spend time focused specifically on DOCLINE 6.0 and understanding the Google sign-in process. This class was originally scheduled for August 8.

National Library of Medicine Resources for Citizen Scientists – August 15, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Citizen science is an amazing way to participate in research efforts, and it can often be done from a mobile device, from one’s home, or from a library. In this collaborative webinar from MCR and MAR, participants will learn how to support citizen science in their communities and ways that libraries can easily participate. Citizen science library programs are perfect for all ages, and all types of libraries. No prior scientific knowledge is required, simply a willingness to participate.

Connections4Health: A Person-Center Approach for Addressing SDOH in the Community – August 21, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join this MAR webinar to learn about Connections4Health from Program Director Mike Bowersox. Connections4Health is a Southwest PA Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program designed to partner with community health centers and community-focused organizations to address the broader, unmet social health needs of their patients or patrons, such as food security, housing and employment. Rooted in a person-centered philosophy, C4H recruits, trains, and mentors college student volunteers (Community Health Fellows) to work collaboratively with people, helping them bridge the gaps that exist between basic needs and health.

Health Statistics on the Web – August 24, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources through the use of numerous exercises. This course offers 1 MLA CE and has been approved by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing for 1 CECH for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES).

Accessible Library Customer Service – September 19, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this presentation will provide an overview of disability including appropriate terminology, creating an accessible environment, and evaluating library practices for way-finding, emergency preparedness, and web resources. Other topics include budgeting for accessibility, accessible employment, specific service needs, potential partner organizations, and a plethora of tips and resources for future use.

New Classes On-Demand! Serving Diverse Communities – Looking for more asynchronous learning? Try this three-part series of online trainings about accessing health information resources related to working with diverse communities. Each training session is offered individually, and attendees can choose to participate in one or all sessions. The trainings are offered on-demand and can be completed in one sitting or over several sessions. Each training session will offer 1 hour of MLA CE upon completion.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

What Is Genomic Medicine? – August 15, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – This webinar is for librarians who want to understand the basics of genomic medicine in order to talk knowledgeably with doctors and researchers when they request genomic medicine searches. Stay on top of this growing and increasingly important area of research and medicine and learn what genomic medicine is! Presenter Stephanie Roth, AHIP, is the biomedical and research services librarian at the Ginsburg Library, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, where she works with researchers conducting systematic reviews and assists in literature searches on a variety of topics. The cost of this webinar is $65 for MLA Members, or $85 for non-members.

MAR Postings is a comprehensive weekly news series authored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR)

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Funding Announcement: NLM Research Grants in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)

SEA News - Fri, 2018-08-10 09:27

Earliest Submission Date: September 5, 2018

Purpose: The National Library of Medicine (NLM) supports innovative research and development in biomedical informatics and data science. The scope of NLM’s interest in these research domains is broad, with emphasis on new methods and approaches to foster data driven discovery in the biomedical and clinical health sciences as well as domain-independent, reusable approaches to discovery, curation, analysis, organization and management of health-related digital objects. Biomedical informatics and data science draw upon many fields, including mathematics, statistics, information science, computer science and engineering, and social/behavioral sciences. Application domains include health care delivery, basic biomedical research, clinical and translational research, precision medicine, public health, biosurveillance, health information management in disasters, and similar areas. NLM defines biomedical informatics as the science of optimal representation, organization, management, integration and presentation of information relevant to human health and biology. NIH defines data science as the interdisciplinary field of inquiry in which quantitative and analytical approaches, processes, and systems are developed and used to extract knowledge and insights from increasingly large and/or complex sets of data.

To learn more about this grant, please visit:

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NNLM SEA Digest News – August 10, 2018

SEA News - Fri, 2018-08-10 07:53

Welcome to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) Region’s Weekly Digest. This digest includes upcoming events, online training opportunities, news, and past events.  

Top Items of Interest


Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Moodle: Asynchronous LMS Course Offerings

Webinars August 13-17

Classes On-Demand (Self-Paced Classes through Moodle LMS)

Visit the NNLM Training Schedule for all upcoming webinars and classes.

NNLM Webinars Available on YouTube**

National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) News

NIH News

NLM News

NLM Technical Bulletin

NCBI Insights

Miscellaneous News

Highlights: Substance Misuse

NNLM SEA Communications

Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

  • All sessions listed are sponsored by a specific regional or national office, but open to all.
  • Webinars are scheduled for 1 hour unless otherwise noted.
  • The NNLM class registration system requires a free NNLM account prior to registration.
  • Visit the NNLM Training Opportunities to register and view a full calendar of training opportunities.
  • Please visit the NNLM Acronym Guide to understand the acronyms.
  • Refer to this guide to claim MLA CE credit.
  • Not all Training Opportunities listed provide MLA CE credit. Please refer to the class page to see if a specific session offers credit.

** Please note that NNLM recordings on YouTube may not have MLA CE Credit available. Please contact the regional office that sponsored the webinar for details.


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Obesity and Influenza A

SCR News - Thu, 2018-08-09 17:21

“Obesity” via MedlinePlus, November 29, 2016, Public Domain.

At first glance, obesity and Influenza A seem to have no correlation.  A new study with multiple cohorts found that obesity prolongs the length influenza A stay in the body.  Participating institutions include:

Influenza A is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs that is highly contagious.  Symptoms last for approximately 4-7 days and typically include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, and general body aches.  The flu also causes those with chronic health conditions to experience an exacerbation in the symptoms associated with that condition.  There is also a risk for complications such as pneumonia, encephalitis, meningitis, and seizures.

Over 3 flu seasons, researchers monitored 320 households in Nicaragua.  Their findings show that it took those who are obese 1.6 days longer to shed the virus compared to those who are not obese.  They suggested that this could be to the inflammation that obesity causes.  They plan to continue to research this topic and began to examine if reducing obesity could be a potential deterrent in future spread of disease.

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DOCLINE 6.0 Release Update

PSR News - Thu, 2018-08-09 15:17

DOCLINE 6.0 will be released in mid-to-late September.  Adjusting the release date allows NLM the necessary time to accommodate user needs.  This release will ensure that all DOCLINE libraries have a new, secure login.  In addition, all borrowing requests, including those for indexed articles or books, can be placed using either the PMID or manual methods.

Look for new features soon!  Based on your feedback, the DOCLINE Team at NLM will be adding new features on a continuous basis over the next months based on priority, with the most critical features first, followed by reports, activity summary, contact library, and additional requesting methods.  New features will be announced as they are released.

Once the DOCLINE Team announces the preview period, it is recommended that DOCLINE users try the redesigned system, test the new login, and familiarize yourself with the interface.  The existing DOCLINE will remain in use for borrowing and lending during this time.

Please continue to send the DOCLINE Team feedback.  Your suggestions will be considered for possible inclusion in a future update.

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Upcoming Webinar on Clinical and Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing

PNR News - Thu, 2018-08-09 11:48

DNA helix

Many of your patrons may have an interest or even have had a clinical genetic test or done a direct to consumer genetic test. The next PNR Rendezvous session is an opportunity to learn more about both clinical and consumer genetic tests regarding health.

When: Wednesday, August 15 starting at Noon, Alaska Time, 1:00pm PT, 2:00pm MT

Session title: Genetic Testing in the Era of Genomic Sequencing

Summary: This presentation will include information on current genetic testing and genetic counseling practices, with a focus on the implementation of new sequencing technologies into clinical medicine. Implications and ethical considerations for both clinical and direct to consumer genetic tests will be discussed. 

Presenter: Laura Amendola, MS CGC, Licensed Genetic Counselor, Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Medical Genetics at the University of Washington

How to join: Registration is encouraged but not required

The session is worth 1 Medical Library Association CE for attending live or the watching the recording (up to 6 months from the live session).

We hope you can attend!

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Did You Know? Biomedical Beat from NIH

MCR News - Wed, 2018-08-08 15:48

Did you know the National Institute of General Medical Sciences has a blog titled “Biomedical Beat”? They have some great articles about research and scientists that explore and explain biomedical concepts and advances. Read an interview with a scientist, learn about how a single-celled ciliate relates to humans, discover how communites are combatting the opioid crisis, and more! Published monthly.

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August NIH News in Health Now Available

MCR News - Wed, 2018-08-08 15:38

The August 2018 issue of NIH News in Health in now available online. In this issue learn about bionic artificial limbs, social isolation and loneliness, caring for concussions, preventing shingles, and palliative care.

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ToxTown Redesign

MCR News - Wed, 2018-08-08 15:34

You’re invited to visit the new Tox Town at:

Tox Town offers high quality, consumer-level, non-technical information about connections between chemicals, the environment, and the public’s health. Tox Town’s target audience includes the general public, community leaders, educators, and students above elementary-school level. It is a companion to the NLM’s extensive information in the TOXNET collection of databases that are typically used by toxicologists and health professionals.

Tox Town can be used in curricula that meet state standards in both science and other subjects: Reading, Social Studies, Technology, as well as interdisciplinary lessons.


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“California Library Services” Provides Helpful Videos on Delivering Quality Information to Patrons with Mental Illness

MCR News - Tue, 2018-08-07 19:01

California State Library is continuing their Mental Health Initiative by collaborating with the Los Angeles Public Library and the Los Angeles County Library in creating a YouTube channel called “California Library Services”, with videos to help improve libraries on delivering quality information to patrons who may have a mental illness.

The videos focus on transforming library practices in providing resources to their community members.

If you would like to learn about these videos, visit the California Library Services YouTube channel.


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What is Genomic Medicine? Webinar to Answer the Question

MCR News - Tue, 2018-08-07 17:13

On August 15th at 1:00 pm-2:30 pm, Stephanie Roth, a biomedical and research services librarian, will conduct the “What is Genomic Medicine?” webinar. The session by the Medical Library Association will give members an insight into the rapidly growing field of genomic medicine and keep librarians up to date with resources and information.

If you would like to learn more about the webinar or register, visit the MEDLIB-ED for more information.

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