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SUSPECT Before You Download that Health or Wellness App

GMR News - Mon, 2018-07-09 12:23

While developing content for our public library course Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community on health and wellness related apps I decided we need a clever evaluation tool similar to CRAAP for websites.  Using the criteria I came up with SUSPECT. I hope you find it helpful for all app evaluations!

Seeking – Why are you searching for an app? Does this app do something you want or need?
Usability – How is the app designed? Is it easy to use? Do the menus or icons make sense?
Security – Do you need to make an account? Does the app share your data with friends? Does the developer share your data or sell it to other third-parties? What is the security policy? Is it easy to find? Is it written in plain language?
Price – What is the upfront cost of the app? Are there in-app purchases?
Evaluation – Read the reviews for the application, don’t just look at the stars, what are other people saying about the application in their reviews.
Creator – Who developed the application? Is the developer reputable? Do they have a website?
Timeliness – When was the application developed? When was it last updated?

graphic with the SUSPECT criteria. Same as text below.

PDF version Health App Graphic

 

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2018-07-06 09:58

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

Spotlight

The MAReport: Check out the Spring 2018 issue of the MAReport newsletter! This quarter, our Spring intern Sheryl R. Simon, MD, wrote about the importance of precision medicine in cancer research and treatment.

Call for Applicants for the Sewell Stipend to Attend the 2018 APHA Annual Meeting – Is your position related to public health? Would you like an opportunity to immerse yourself in the public health field for a few days? Apply for the Sewell Travel Award for Public Health and attend the 2018 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo! This year’s meeting theme is “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now.” The meeting will be held November 10-14 in San Diego, CA. The deadline to apply is July 18.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Transforming Data into Knowledge and Knowledge into Health: NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027 – NNLM Members who will be in the Pittsburgh area on July 17 are invited to join the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System for an afternoon lecture by Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, Director of the National Library of Medicine.

New on YouTube: PubMed and Beyond: Clinical Resources from the National Library of Medicine, June 22, 2018

NLM/NIH News

Solo Librarians as Information ServersNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Celebrating Our Nation’s Birth and What It Means for All of UsNLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

My MedlinePlus: subscribe to this new weekly newsletter that will feature all the latest and greatest from MedlinePlus. The newsletter will include information on diseases and conditions, tips on health and wellness, the newest MedlinePlus recipes, and much more!

NIH News in Health: check out the July 2018 issue of NIH News in Health, featuring, “Preparing for Menopause: A Woman’s Midlife Change,” and “Acne Breakouts: Controlling Problem Pimples.” Other topics this month include how eating well may slow hearing loss in women, herbal remedies, and quitting smoking after 60.

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!

Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles – July 9-August 31, 2018 – This semi-self-paced online course will help health sciences librarians better understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area. On top of information gained, being a part of the big data in clinical care dialog, and earning 9 continuing education credits from the Medical Library Association, students may earn an IBM Open Badge program from Cognitive Class. The class size for this course is limited to 40 students, so register today!

Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community – July 9-August 5, 2018 – This 4-week 12 CE online course is designed to provide public library staff with the foundation (or a refresher) of health and wellness reference, programming, and outreach for their communities. Participants will learn the importance of health literacy and the differing needs of a diverse community, gain increased confidence in providing multi-lingual health reference, and increased ability to evaluate the quality of health information in a variety of formats.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to Promote Framework Principles Adoption, Student Engagement and Active Learning – July 11, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join PNR for the first in a four-part webinar series on Universal Design for Learning: Accessibility in the Library. Universal Design for Learning principles support and maximize the learning experience for students. Implementing well-thought-out checkpoints and processes improve access for all students, promote the use of research-based practices, and increase student success.

The Prescription Drug and Heroin Epidemic: A Public Health Response – July 12, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by SEA, this presentation will briefly examine the history behind the US opiate crisis as well as current epidemiology including variations by region and state. Participants will learn about some of the evidence-based efforts available for treating opiate use disorders as well as efforts being implemented to prevent future use. The presentation concludes with promising examples being implemented in other countries and a discussion of some of the barriers associated with implementing similar approaches in the US.

In-person opportunity! PubMed and Beyond: Clinical Resources from the National Library of Medicine at Holy Family University – July 27, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Taught by an experienced medical librarian, this in-person class at Holy Family University (PA) will introduce principles of evidence-based practice and free health information resources. Resources presented will include Clinical Queries in PubMed/MEDLINE and free drug, patient education, and evidence-based information. Participants are eligible for 3 hours MLA CE.

In understanding the All of Us Research Program – July 27, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Have you ever wondered why some people need four blood pressure medications and others only need one? Or how our environment and nutrition impacts our risk for developing cancer or Alzheimer’s disease? Register for this MAR session to learn about the National Institute of Health’s new initiative to advance precision medicine. Learn about how the program works and the lessons learned in the first year at the University of Pittsburgh site from co-investigator Dr. Mylynda Massart. Hear ideas about how public libraries can become involved and engage their communities in this exciting program.

Making Sense of Numbers; Understanding Risks and Benefits – July 31, 1:00-2:30 PM ET – Numeracy literacy is not only a problem for individuals receiving health information but also for those providing information that contain numbers. This class is a basic introduction for anyone who wants to understand how to communicate health information that involves numeracy. This 1.5 hour class will explore risk and benefits from a layman’s perspective, and participants will be introduced to several tools that will help in the development of educational materials.

Other Items of Interest

Job Posting:

Get to Know the TEC! – for the July 2018 issue of the HSLS Update, Executive Director Jennifer R. Jones talks about the Training and Education Center for the All of Us Research Program.

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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NNLM SEA Digest News – July 6, 2018

SEA News - Fri, 2018-07-06 07:51

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

NNLM News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Asynchronous Moodle Course

Webinars July 9-13

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

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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June 2018 Midday at the Oasis Webinar Recording Now Available!

PSR News - Thu, 2018-07-05 13:54

On June 20, NNLM PSR presented Libraries and the All of Us Research Program: Opportunities for Community Engagement in Public Libraries for the Midday at the Oasis monthly webinar. Kelli Ham, NNLM PSR Community Engagement Librarian, provided an overview of the NIH All of Us Research Program and ways in which NNLM will support new health programs, technology improvement, and even citizen science programs in libraries through partnerships, training, and funding. The objective of the webinar is to inform and start a conversation to foster ideas for community engagement in public libraries, especially for underserved and underrepresented populations.. To view the webinar, visit the Midday at the Oasis page or click on the YouTube video player below.

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NIH Study Finds Drug Therapy Could Restore Hearing

SCR News - Thu, 2018-07-05 13:30

“Image of Cell Scans from Mouse Inner Ear” via NIH.gov, June 28, 2018, Public Domain.

Testing on mice has shown that partial hearing can be restored using drug therapy.  Researchers at the National Institutes of Health and the University of Iowa have been studying a molecular mechanism that underlies a form of deafness named DFNA27.  Their findings suggest that a new treatment option might be available for people who are impacted by deafness.

Chief of the Laboratory of Human Molecular Genetics at the National Institute of Deafness and other Communication Disorders, and a coauthor of the study, Thomas B. Friedman, Ph.D said,  “We were able to partially restore hearing, especially at lower frequencies, and save some sensory hair cells.”  He went on to add, “If additional studies show that small-molecule-based drugs are effective in treating DFNA27 deafness in people, it’s possible that using similar approaches might work for other inherited forms of progressive hearing loss.”

This is welcome news for the nearly 50 million Americans who suffer from some form of hearing loss.  According to the CDC, hearing loss is the third most common chronic physical condition and is twice as prevalent as diabetes or cancer.

Read the entire press release to find out the specifics of the study.

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Data Management for Librarians CE workshop

SEA News - Thu, 2018-07-05 08:37

The University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries is hosting a 4-hour Data Management for Librarians CE workshop in Minneapolis, MN on August 6th. Registration for the workshop is free, and there are a select number of travel stipends available for up to $1,000.  The Workshop will introduce participants to key elements of research data management in the health sciences, including best practices for documentation, metadata, backup, storage, and preservation. Participants in the CE course may also partake in an online data management skills community of practice, which will meet quarterly to take a deeper dive into data management topics. The course will also provide 4 MLA CE credits. More information about the training, stipend requirements, and registration can be found on the GMR’s Blog. Any questions related to the Workshop should be directed to Lisa McGuire at: lmcguire@umn.edu

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Express Outreach Award Highlights: Leveraging Health Literacy and Community Health Resources to Improve Senior Care in Nevada

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2018-07-03 18:47

by Terry Henner
Head of Outreach Services
Savitt Medical Library
University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine

Benadryl and other drugs containing diphenhydramine and their possible side effects

Information about Benadryl and other products containing diphenhydramine listing their possible side effects, how the body processes the drug, sleep hygiene habits & alternatives to diphenhydramine.

The physical, emotional, and financial burden on family caregivers is an increasingly prevalent and important health concern in the United States. Eighty percent of adults requiring long-term care currently live at home or in the community, with 90% of their care provided by unpaid family caregivers. With funding from the NNLM Pacific Southwest Region’s Express Outreach Award program, the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine Savitt Medical Library, initiated a community outreach program to improve access to information for lay and professional caregivers. One aim of the project was to enhance content in a web-enabled clearinghouse of community and regional health and social services. There was also recognition by our project partners of a need to improve access to quality discharge planning materials utilized by the community of professional case managers, and to encourage best practices in accordance with health literacy standards. Working with hospital care managers the project team helped to identify, index, and organize over 800 locally developed documents used in the process of discharge planning. A subset of the document texts were evaluated through automated health literacy algorithms to assess reading level and appropriateness for patients. Results indicated that the majority of patient education materials were written at an 11th grade or higher reading level. After interviewing professionals working in case management and patient care, several key areas related to health issues and well-being of seniors were identified, including abuse of Benadryl as a sleep aid, driving safety, and calcium needs for seniors for bone health. Text-heavy existing documents were redesigned to create abbreviated infographics that were more easily read and comprehended by patients or family caregivers. Project outcomes should result in a more prepared and confident patient population upon discharge from hospitals and a community of professional caregivers better able to identify key community resources for patient referral.

As with many projects that require coordination of effort between multiple organizations, the course of our progress was occasionally stalled because of schedule conflicts and competing priorities. Because aspects of the project relied heavily on student labor, other challenges included recruitment of students who possessed not just appropriate skills backgrounds, but also schedule availability, access to transportation, and levels of commitment to completing project goals.

Sustainability of this project will depend on ongoing volunteerism, both from the Savitt Medical Library and staff from our university partner, the Sanford Center for Aging, as well as contributions of Vista volunteers and university students engaged in service learning activities. By expanding and improving the content of a website to aid caregivers in finding health information and community resources, we believe our work will help the population and elders and others dependent on caregivers live more independent and fulfilling lives. Through greater awareness of health literacy issues, we expect case managers and discharge planners to be better able to provide their clients with more useful and comprehensible information, promote better self-management, and more effectively connect them with community resources for assistance.

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July issue of NIH News in Health

MCR News - Tue, 2018-07-03 17:39

Check out the July issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. Download a PDF version for printing.

We’re debuting a new feature this month! Take a look at our Clinical Research Corner, which highlights NIH-funded clinical studies looking for volunteers.

Preparing for Menopause A Woman’s Midlife Change

Menopause is a phase of life that brings gradual changes. Learn ways to manage the mid-life transition.

Acne Breakouts Controlling Problem Pimples

Doctors don’t know why only some people get acne. But they can help you control it.

Health Capsules
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Data Management for Librarians CE workshop

MCR News - Tue, 2018-07-03 17:29

The University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries is hosting a 4-hour Data Management for Librarians CE workshop in Minneapolis, MN on August 6th. Registration for the workshop is free, and there are a select number of travel stipends available for up to $1,000.  The Workshop will introduce participants to key elements of research data management in the health sciences, including best practices for documentation, metadata, backup, storage, and preservation. Participants in the CE course may also partake in an online data management skills community of practice, which will meet quarterly to take a deeper dive into data management topics. The course will also provide 4 MLA CE credits. More information about the training, stipend requirements, and registration can be found on the GMR’s Blog. Any questions related to the Workshop should be directed to Lisa McGuire at: lmcguire@umn.edu

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NLM, NNLM SEA and NDCO Closed July 4, 2018

SEA News - Tue, 2018-07-03 12:50

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, SEA Region (NNLM SEA) and the National Docline Coordination Office (NDCO) will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 to observe the 4th of July holiday. We will reopen at 8:30 am on Thursday, July 5, 2018.

The National Library of Medicine will also be closed on the 4th of July.

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UAMS Device Studies Fetal Health After Opioid Exposure

SCR News - Tue, 2018-07-03 11:53

“Expecting 1.” by Jordan Bauer via Unsplash, November 7, 2017, CCO.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has developed a biomagnetic technique that can assess the health of a fetus in the third-trimester.  Specifically, it looks at the brain and heart heath of fetuses who have been exposes to opioids.

A recent pilot study compared a group of women who had been exposed to an opioid versus a group of women who had not been exposed.  Researchers acquired the data noninvasively by using the SARA (SQUID-Array for Reproductive Assessment) device developed by UAMS researchers.

Two of the doctors involved in the study feel the ability to assess fetus health without invasive measures might have the potential to change standard of care in the future.  “A biomagnetic device such as SARA could help to understand the impact of buprenorphine on the clinical care of pregnant women with opioid use disorder as well as care of their exposed children,” Diana Escalona-Vargas, PH.D. said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that babies born with health issues due to opioid exposure has increased substantially over a 15-year stretch.  Dr. Jessica Coker added, “For pregnant women, studies like these can help us identify babies who may be at higher risk for negative outcomes such as neonatal abstinence syndrome.”

To learn more about the impact opioids can have on fetal health and treatment options, visit the National Institute on Drug Abuse website.

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Librarians Supporting Nursing Education and Research

NER News - Tue, 2018-07-03 11:02

Hosptial patient with surgical nurse at the bedside.On June 19, 2018, NER hosted an informational meeting for an upcoming educational series on Librarians Supporting Nursing Education and Research. Our goal is to develop webinars that meet the needs of our region. We designed this meeting to spark ideas and collect feedback. This webinar series is part of our Communities of Interest (COI) initiative to promote emerging roles for librarians.

For anyone interested in hearing our discussion, we recorded the meeting and will continue to gather input through the end of July. 

Supporting nursing education and research is not a new idea for librarians, but… anecdotally, NER is hearing that hospital librarians are experiencing steady requests from nurses even as requests from physicians decline. This observation is supported by recent literature demonstrating the need for nurses to develop Evidence-Based Practice Skills.

1: Phillips L, Neumeier M. Building Capacity for Evidence-Based Practice: Understanding How Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) Source Knowledge. Worldviews Evid Based Nurs. 2018 Mar 23. doi: 10.1111/wvn.12284. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29570938. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/wvn.12284

2: Alving BE, Christensen JB, Thrysøe L. Hospital nurses’ information retrieval behaviours in relation to evidence based nursing: a literature review. Health Info Libr J. 2018 Mar;35(1):3-23. doi: 10.1111/hir.12204. Epub 2018 Jan 12.Review. PubMed PMID: 29327483. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hir.12204

3: Melnyk BM, Gallagher-Ford L, Zellefrow C, Tucker S, Thomas B, Sinnott LT, Tan. The First U.S. Study on Nurses’ Evidence-Based Practice Competencies Indicates Major Deficits That Threaten Healthcare Quality, Safety, and Patient Outcomes. Worldviews Evid Based Nurs. 2018 Feb;15(1):16-25. doi: 10.1111/wvn.12269. Epub 2017 Dec 26. PubMed PMID: 29278664. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/wvn.12269

4: Gard Marshall J, Morgan J, Klem ML, Thompson C, Wells A. The Value of Library and Information Services in Nursing and Patient Care. Online J Issues Nurs. 2014  Aug 18;19(3):8. PubMed PMID: 26824156.

Nursing Education and Research Topics

Here are some of the topics generated during meeting. Please contact us with any additional ideas, or to advocate for learning more about supporting nurses with any of the listed topics:

Nursing Protocol/Policy; Unit-Based Practice; Clinical Ladder Advancement; Patient Satisfaction; RN Residency Programs; Magnet Accreditation;  Online Nursing Degrees; Practice and Research Councils; Evidence-Based Nursing; Nursing Research; Health Literacy; Consumer Health Resources; Discharge Planning; Dedicated Education Unit; Nursing Point-of-Care Tools; CE Modules; Teaching Videos (nurses and patients); Quality Improvement; Scholarly Writing; RN-to-BSN; MSN and LPNs Back-to-School.

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Science Boot Camp 2018 – Scholarship Recipient Blog Post 1

NER News - Tue, 2018-07-03 10:38

This is the first blog post in a series authored by individuals who received scholarships to attend the 2018 Science Boot Camp held at Brandeis University. Please watch for more posts about this event and from scholarship recipients in the upcoming weeks.

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Kelsey Gibson – Simmons Graduate Student – Science Bootcamp for Librarians 2018

On June 12 I hopped in my car and drove just about five hours from Vermont down to Brandeis. Science Bootcamp had been on my radar for months but for some reason I still felt a little surprised that I was actually going. The scholarships given out by the planning committee offer a fantastic opportunity for LIS students. In my experience as an online student it is all too easy to feel isolated from the professional community and even other students. At Bootcamp, I made connections with other students and librarians that will serve me well as I finish my degree and move into the job search.

I attended the Wednesday morning activity and learned how to solder circuit cards in the Brandeis Maker Lab. The solder workshop was one of my favorite parts of Bootcamp, hands on learning and being able to make something (and it actually worked!) is incredibly satisfying.

This year’s topics were Ecology, Genetic Counseling, and Materials Science. Seth Fraden, the Brandeis physics professor used an analogy in the materials science lecture that has stuck with me: “Right now we plant seeds to grow trees to make lumber to build houses. I want to plant a seed and grow a house. That’s what materials science is about” (not an exact quote). All of the lectures excited me about the future of science and what these fields are doing and what it will mean for the next generations. The overall Bootcamp affect has me excited to continue my pursuits in librarianship and I want more than ever to work with the sciences and participate in the research process.

Although I was not very familiar with any of the lecture topics, I had heard of Retraction Watch, the topic of the evening lecture. Retraction Watch was particularly interesting for a group of librarians, demonstrating the impact that a well curated database has on research. A database of retractions is particularly important given the impact that erroneous or falsified data can have. If you want to consider the effects of a poorly done retraction, just look at the mess caused by the anti-vaccination “research.”

The Friday morning capstone session, on evaluating journals and data built on the Retraction Watch talk and taught us tools to determine which journals are more reliable, something most every librarian will take on at some point in their career.

On Thursday night we celebrated the 10th year of Science Bootcamp, complete with speeches and lots of pictures of Bootcamps past. The evening was lovely and casual and I hung out with my mentor and chatted with so many people about their experiences in librarianship and life. The lectures may be the “point” of Bootcamp, but connecting with other people who love their work and this profession is what makes Bootcamp a truly special experience.

I have to thank the Planning Committee and my lovely mentor, Ellen Lutz, for all the work they put in to make Bootcamp what it is.

 

The Official Duck of Science Bootcamp, currently living on my bookshelf.

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For more about this Science Bootcamp or upcoming event, please visit this year’s website, or contact anyone in the NNLM NER office.

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10th Anniversary of the New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians

NER News - Tue, 2018-07-03 10:31

This is the introductory blog post in a series about the 2018 Science Boot Camp for Librarians held at Brandeis University on June 13-15, 2018. In the next few weeks we will feature several individual’s reflections of the science boot camp. These are authored by people who received scholarships to attend the 2018 Science Boot Camp. 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of this amazing event. This year’s topics featured ecology, genetics, and materials science. Over the past 10 years33 different science topics have been featured and 10 different capstone presentations have been given. This year’s capstone featured how to evaluate the quality of journals and data sets. Over the last 10 years there have been about 564 attendees, 39 organizers, and over 25 scholarships granted to new librarians. Bootcamp has shown to be a good economical way to meet people, learn new ideas, and have fun. If you were not able to attend, information about this year’s educational topics, capstone, dinner talk about retraction, and prior years videos can be found in the Resource Section of Science Boot Camp web page http://guides.library.umass.edu/sciboot18/resources.

We hope to see you next year!

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NNLM Education & Outreach Librarian Kay Deeney Announces Retirement on June 28!

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2018-07-02 19:30

NNLM PSR Education & Outreach Librarian

Kay Deeney

It is with mixed feelings that I announce my retirement from the NNLM Pacific Southwest Region and UCLA on June 28. I have been part of the RML since May, 2001, in various roles teaching, exhibiting and promoting NLM resources in numerous ways, such as coordinating the monthly Midday at the Oasis webinar series.

I started out as a clerk in a hospital library in New Jersey in the late 1970’s. After receiving my MLS degree at Rutgers University, I began my career in 1981 at the UCLA Louise M Darling Biomedical Library in a one-year temporary position. I served as a Reference Librarian in the Biomedical Library for nearly 20 years. My primary responsibilities involved literature searches, working at a very busy reference desk and providing instruction to various groups and classes. During this time, I gained significant expertise with NLM’s MeSH and MEDLARS systems, as a back-up instructor for the weeklong Fundamentals of MEDLARS Searching and Initial Online Training course, from 1987–90.

In 2001, I transitioned to the NNLM PSR and my latest job title has been Education & Outreach Librarian. During my tenure in the RML, I have had primary responsibility for managing the education and exhibits program, and providing outreach and training to various audiences, including health sciences libraries, public libraries, community colleges, Native Americans, and health professionals, particularly school nurses, who I successfully reached with presentations at a number of national and state school nurse association meetings. I also made great inroads reaching promotores (community health workers) through exhibiting and presenting at their annual conferences. Some of the presentations were delivered in Spanish! Over the years, I developed a number of courses in both in-person and online formats, such as PubMed Clinics of North America: A Problem-based Approach to PubMed Searching, PubMed Rediscovered: Hidden Treasures in Searching, and Teaching with Technology: Tips, Techniques and Tools. I also regularly updated Nursing on the Net: Health Care Resources You Can Use. I also pioneered the development of a Moodle-based course to promote the Results Section of NLM’s ClinicalTrials.gov, as the result of my participation in a NNLM National Initiative. As Associate Director Alan Carr has noted, “Kay is regionally and nationally recognized for her expertise with NLM resources, especially PubMed.”

I have been professionally active throughout my career, most notably in the Medical Library Association (MLA), particularly the Consumer and Patient Health Information and Public Health/Health Administration Sections, and the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona (MLGSCA). I have published several articles in the Bulletin/Journal of the Medical Library Association. At the 2015 MLA Annual Meeting, I presented the contributed paper Assessing Librarian Learning Needs Over Time, which analyzed the trends and differences in NNLM PSR Network member learning needs over ten years. I collected five data sets using an online questionnaire tool. I have been a Member of MLA’s Academy of Health Information Professionals since 1983 and received the MLGSCA Louise Darling Achievement Award in 2000. In addition, I served on the Adult Congenital Heart Association Board of Directors from 2011-2015, including one year as Secretary.

I’ll miss my colleagues and network members in the Region, and I will especially miss my annual trips to the MLA Hawaii-Pacific Chapter annual meetings where I provided workshops on various topics and promoted NLM resources. My husband has been retired for a few years, and I look forward to joining him. We’ll be traveling, hiking and reading. I can finally finish some of my beading projects, and get better at my hammer dulcimer playing!

The good news is that I will return to my position on recall status, beginning August 1. I will be at 43% time for one year. So, save those PubMed questions for me until then!

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July 2018 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

PSR News - Mon, 2018-07-02 19:14
Illustration of a woman awake in bed with husband and cat

Check out the July issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:

  • Health Capsule: Discover Herbal Products
    NIH’s new app, “HerbList,” features an alphabetical list of herbs with a picture of the plant next to each name. Use the app to explore what the science says about over 50 common herbs and herbal products.
  • Featured Website: Smokefree 60+
    Are you 60 or older? Do you need help quitting smoking? Visit the Smokefree 60+ website for strategies and tools proven to help smokers quit.

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Additionally, you can get trusted, up-to-date health information from NIH News in Health added directly to your site via NIH content syndication. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!

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NIH News in Health

PNR News - Mon, 2018-07-02 17:08

The July 2018 issue of NIH News in Health is now available. In this issue, information about preparing for menopause and acne are highlighted.

In addition, readers will learn about:

  • the new National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health app, HerbList
  • diet and hearing loss
  • a program for those 60 and older to quit smoking

Anyone can subscribe and access NIH News in Health. The information contained in this monthly publication is for anyone but especially the public with practical news and tips that are based on NIH (National Institutes of Health) research. Individuals can subscribe to receive this monthly newsletter in email and offices, clinics, community centers and libraries in the U.S. may receive print copies for their patients, clients, and patrons for free.

It’s a great way to provide health information for your community from an authoritative source.

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Learn to Cope First Annual Conference

NER News - Mon, 2018-07-02 16:06

Massachusetts Governor Charile Baker provides a video welcome to those at the First Annual Learn to Cope Conference

 

 

 

Pillman: Exhibit built with all of the prescription medication bottles formerly used by a man now in recovery

 

 

 

 

 

 

They say knowledge is power. From what I saw and heard at the first annual Learn to Cope (https://www.learn2cope.org/) Conference for families struggling with addiction on June 16th, I certainly came away from the conference empowered with a clearer understanding of addiction as a brain disease that is complex to prevent, as well as treat.

Saturday, June 16th was a picture perfect, summer Saturday on the campus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA. Although substance use disorder has touched my personal and professional life in a couple of pretty big ways, I really wished that I was spending my Saturday in my garden, instead of cooped up indoors hearing about the sadness and pain caused by substance use disorder.

Joanne Person is the Founder and Executive Director of Learn to Cope (LTC), a non-profit peer-led support network that she founded in 2004. LTC was designed by Joanne to bring messages of prevention, education, awareness and advocacy to members (of which LTC has over 10,000 involved in 25 chapters throughout Massachusetts). LTC is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and has grown to have a full staff who collaborate with communities across the state to assist with efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.

The conference was structured with alternating keynote speakers, several of whom were nationally known – for example Matt Murphy and Joe Rannazzisi, the former DEA Agents recently featured on the television news program 60 Minutes (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ex-dea-agent-opioid-crisis-fueled-by-drug-industry-and-congress/.) and breakout sessions with topics that were very relevant such as:

  • Understanding the Physiology of Substance Use
  • Navigating Insurance, Legal Implications, and Protecting Assets
  • Understanding the Laws and Navigating the Criminal Justice System (Drug Courts)
  • Family Changes and Dynamics
  • Treatment and Continuum of Care

Dr. Andrew Kolodny, the Co-Director of Opioid Policy Research at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management and Executive Director of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing was also a Keynote Speaker. I have left out the mention of several other powerful speakers in order to keep this post brief. If you are interested in seeing everyone all who participated, take a look at the conference link (https://www.learn2cope.org/knowledge-is-power-conference/.)

Before I knew it, it was time for lunch and I was less focused on what I was missing by not being outside;  instead I felt grateful that I was able to attend such a valuable conference with expert speakers and session leaders. Kindness, compassion and empathy by all who were part of this conference was almost tangible. There was a definite sense that we are “all in this together” and we will solve this health crisis by sharing our knowledge,  thereby gaining strength and power over this disease of addiction.

Did you know that the National Library of Medicine has many helpful Substance Use Disorder online resources? You can access them at this link (http://bit.ly/2JCEs8k.)

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Salt Lake County Library Is Providing Opioid-Overdose Reversal Drug Kits to Patrons in an Effort to Save Lives.

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Salt Lake County Library is taking action in the opioid crisis by supplying Naloxone kits containing opioid-overdose reversal drugs to its patrons. Anyone can go to their local library in Salt Lake County to obtain a kit. No questions or personal information is required.

This initiative is one of several across the country in which librarians are recognizing and responding to opioid overdoses in their communities.  Read an article about Salt Lake County’s efforts on Route Fifty website. You can also go to Ted Med to a Philadelphia librarian’s story about serving amid the opioid crisis.

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Weekly Postings

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Spotlight

The MAReport: the Spring 2018 issue of the MAReport newsletter is now available! This quarter, Veronica Leigh Milliner talked about the importance of public libraries in providing quality health information in her article about the the Public Libraries Symposium at MLA.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

NNLM Outreach Highlight: Escape the Unit, Pittsburgh, PA – take a few minutes to check out this video on an NNLM funded project, an escape room developed as part of the nurse residency program for newly hired graduate level nurses working at UPMC Mercy Hospital.

Employment Opportunities Around the Region – MARquee News Highlights

DataFlash: Staying Informed – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR

New on YouTube: PubMed and Beyond: Clinical Resources from the National Library of Medicine, June 22, 2018

NLM/NIH News

NLM Delivers for Health Services ResearchNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NCBI Hackathons Hit 25 and Celebrate with Bacon, Disco, and MoreNLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

NLM in Pictures—Read it This Summer – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

PubMed Journals will be shut downNCBI Insights, Providing Insights into NCBI Resources and the Science Behind Them

My MedlinePlus: subscribe to this new weekly newsletter that will feature all the latest and greatest from MedlinePlus. The newsletter will include information on diseases and conditions, tips on health and wellness, the newest MedlinePlus recipes, and much more!

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!

Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles – July 9-August 31, 2018 – This semi-self-paced online course will help health sciences librarians better understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area. On top of information gained, being a part of the big data in clinical care dialog, and earning 9 continuing education credits from the Medical Library Association, students may earn an IBM Open Badge program from Cognitive Class. The class size for this course is limited to 40 students, so register today!

Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community – July 9-August 5, 2018 – This 4-week 12 CE online course is designed to provide public library staff with the foundation (or a refresher) of health and wellness reference, programming, and outreach for their communities. Participants will learn the importance of health literacy and the differing needs of a diverse community, gain increased confidence in providing multi-lingual health reference, and increased ability to evaluate the quality of health information in a variety of formats.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to Promote Framework Principles Adoption, Student Engagement and Active Learning – July 11, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join PNR for the first in a four-part webinar series on Universal Design for Learning: Accessibility in the Library. Universal Design for Learning principles support and maximize the learning experience for students. Implementing well-thought-out checkpoints and processes improve access for all students, promote the use of research-based practices, and increase student success.

The Prescription Drug and Heroin Epidemic: A Public Health Response – July 12, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by SEA, this presentation will briefly examine the history behind the US opiate crisis as well as current epidemiology including variations by region and state. Participants will learn about some of the evidence-based efforts available for treating opiate use disorders as well as efforts being implemented to prevent future use. The presentation concludes with promising examples being implemented in other countries and a discussion of some of the barriers associated with implementing similar approaches in the US.

In understanding the All of Us Research Program – July 27, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Have you ever wondered why some people need four blood pressure medications and others only need one? Or how our environment and nutrition impacts our risk for developing cancer or Alzheimer’s disease? Register for this MAR session to learn about the National Institute of Health’s new initiative to advance precision medicine. Learn about how the program works and the lessons learned in the first year at the University of Pittsburgh site from co-investigator Dr. Mylynda Massart. Hear ideas about how public libraries can become involved and engage their communities in this exciting program.

Making Sense of Numbers; Understanding Risks and Benefits – July 31, 1:00-2:30 PM ET – Numeracy literacy is not only a problem for individuals receiving health information but also for those providing information that contain numbers. This class is a basic introduction for anyone who wants to understand how to communicate health information that involves numeracy. This 1.5 hour class will explore risk and benefits from a layman’s perspective, and participants will be introduced to several tools that will help in the development of educational materials.

Other Items of Interest

Job Posting: Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair and Head of Special Collections, Penn State University Libraries, University Park, PA

Call for Applicants for the Sewell Stipend to Attend the 2018 APHA Annual Meeting – Is your position related to public health? Would you like an opportunity to immerse yourself in the public health field for a few days? Then you need to apply for the Sewell Travel Award for Public Health and attend the 2018 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo. This year’s meeting theme is “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now.” The meeting will be held November 10-14 in San Diego, CA. The deadline to apply is July 18.

Developing a Health Services Research Agenda To Combat the Opioid Crisis – AHRQ Views

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