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NCBI Bookshelf Update: Searching by MeSH Fields and Keywords Now Supported!

PSR News - Mon, 2018-07-16 17:41

As of July 12, the NCBI Bookshelf supports searches by MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) fields, including MeSH Major Topics [MAJR], MeSH Subheadings [SH], and MeSH Terms [MH]. Bookshelf populates these MeSH fields in its index from the MeSH assignments in the NLM Catalog.

Bookshelf now also supports searching by author supplied keywords. These keywords are indexed along with autogenerated concept phrases in the Bookshelf Concept Phrases and Keywords field [KYWD]. For more information about using these and other Bookshelf search fields, visit the Search Field Descriptions and Tags section of Bookshelf Help.

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National Guideline Clearinghouse to Shut Down July 16

MCR News - Fri, 2018-07-13 13:03

Due to budget cuts, the National Guideline Clearinghouse is scheduled to shut down July 16th. Read more about this from the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2018-07-13 10:58

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, Executive Director Kate Flewelling talked about attending the All of Us launch event at the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York City.

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

Next week! 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.

The All of Us Journey – MARquee News Highlights

Data Flash: “Storage Wars” – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR

New Webinar Series: DOCLINE Talkline: Introducing DOCLINE 6.0 – DOCLINE Talkline

NLM/NIH News

Moving Forward—TogetherNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

“Ask Me About My Awesome Job at NIH”NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

First: Science—Anatomy, 1829–30Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the 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!

Adding ARISE Simulations to the Classroom: One Nursing Program’s Experience with Apps, iPads and QR Codes – July 16, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Augmented Reality Integrated Simulation Education (ARISE) is a collection of over one hundred open-access simulation activities and scenarios that incorporate augmented reality and game-based learning theory. Using iPads, QR codes and the ARIS app, ARISE was developed for a wide variety of health science programs, including nursing. Join this GMR webinar and learn how you can use ARISE to increase active learning throughout the curriculum with minimal supplies (no expensive high-fidelity mannequin needed). Personal insight from one nursing program’s experience with ARISE will be shared along with a tips and tricks to help others be successful.

Promoting Accessible Document Creation – July 18, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by PNR, this webinar will go over what it is like for someone who uses AT to interact with a document that is not accessible. It will cover the basics of creating accessible MS Word documents and PowerPoint presentations, how to use the built-in accessibility checker, and how to export these documents to create accessible PDF documents. This is the second of the four part webinar series, Universal Design for Learning: Accessibility at the Library.

DOCLINE Talkline: Introducing DOCLINE 6.0 – July 25, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – In the inaugural session of DOCLINE Talkline, Erin Latta, NNLM DOCLINE Coordinator and Lis Unger, NLM DOCLINE Team Lead will introduce users to DOCLINE 6.0. In this session users will understand the Google sign-in process, how to link accounts to DOCLINE, and get a sneak peak at library records in the redesigned DOCLINE.

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. Sponsored by MAR, 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.

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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NNLM SEA Digest News – July 13, 2018

SEA News - Fri, 2018-07-13 07:58

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*

Webinars July 16-20

Webinars July 23-27

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: Research Data Management

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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Does the Body Produce an Anti-Inflammatory Naturally?

SCR News - Thu, 2018-07-12 09:56
Picture of Dietary Fats

“Dietary Fats” via MedlinePlus, March 22, 2018, Public Domain.

Researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have found a lipid naturally produced by the body is capable of reducing inflammation caused by a specific bacteria and virus.

The bacteria being studied is Francisella tularensis (tularemia), a life-threatening disease that can be difficult to diagnose.  It is typically spread to humans through the bite of a tick, mosquito, or deer fly.  Once a diagnosis is confirmed, the disease can be successfully treated with antibiotics.

Dengue fever is spread by mosquitoes.  It is not life threatening like tularemia but there is not a specific method of treatment for it.  Symptoms include severe headache and general body pain.

Both tularemia and dengue fever have a component of inflammation that scientists believe could be reduced by phosphatidylethanoloamine (PE) which is a lipid.  A lipid, or fat, is a nutrient that provides the body with energy and assists with vitamin absorption.   This reduction in inflammation has already been proved in cell-culture experiments.

To learn more about the study and findings, read the entire NIH press release.

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The All of Us Journey

MAR News - Wed, 2018-07-11 17:18

participants engaging with the exhibit inside the All of Us Journey busThe All of Us Journey is a hands-on experience to build awareness and excitement about the All of Us Research Program, supported by the National Institutes of Health. Through a 41-week national tour, this traveling exhibit actively engages community members to join this landmark research project that will accelerate research and improve health.

As a new outreach and partnership opportunity, NNLM would like to invite network members to engage with the All of Us Journey when it comes to your city. The All of Us Journey will be visiting the Middle Atlantic Region on the following dates:

  • New York – July 30th to August 5th
  • Eastern Pennsylvania – August 6th to August 12th

For additional information and updates about specific stops, please visit the All of Us Journey website.  If you are interested in volunteering with the All of Us Journey or for more information, please contact NNLM MAR All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator, Veronica Leigh Milliner via email at VLM38@pitt.edu.

The All of Us Journey bus

This opportunity is brought to you by the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network, an initiative made possible in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) All of Us Research Program.  The mission of the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is to help public libraries support the health information needs of their communities by providing funding, training and partnership opportunities. In addition, the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network will provide opportunities for NNLM Members to engage with the All of Us Research Program.

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New NNLM Webinar Series “DOCLINE Talkline” Begins July 25 with an Introduction to DOCLINE 6.0!

PSR News - Wed, 2018-07-11 15:56

The NNLM DOCLINE Coordination Office (NDCO) is hosting a new webinar series, DOCLINE Talkline!, designed to promote and educate users on DOCLINE, LOANSOME Doc, and other resource sharing programs from the National Library of Medicine. In the inaugural session, on July 25, 11:00am-12:00pm PDT, Erin Latta, NNLM DOCLINE Coordinator and Lis Unger, NLM DOCLINE Team Lead, will provide an introduction to DOCLINE 6.0. Topics to be covered include:

  • Understanding the Google sign-in process
  • Linking accounts to DOCLINE
  • Sneak preview of library records in the redesigned DOCLINE.

Pre-registration is strongly recommended, but not required. In order to give the presenters the best opportunity to meet user needs, feel free to ask questions in advance of the webinar.

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Stay Safe in Summer Heat

NER News - Wed, 2018-07-11 10:34

Thermometer reading 100 degrees Fahrenheit with a blue sky and bright sun background.Summer is a great time to be outside going to the beach or community events, having fun.  But with heat waves happening more often and for longer stretches of time, it’s important to stay healthy by being prepared.

Who is most at risk?

The elderly, children, people with chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, and people who work outside may be at greater risk for heat related health issues.

  • NEVER leave children or pets in the car. Cars quickly heat up to dangerous temperatures even with the windows open.
  • Check on elderly family and neighbors to make sure they’re drinking enough water and staying cool.

Visit the CDC’s Protecting Vulnerable Groups from Extreme Heat page for more information.

Stay Cool, Stay Healthy:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Avoid alcohol and drinks with caffeine.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Spend a few hours in air conditioning during the hottest part of the day to help manage body temperature. It’s a great reason to visit your local library.
  • If you have to be outside, take frequent breaks and rest in the shade.

Visit the Red Cross’s Heat Wave Safety page for more information.

Health risks of extreme heat:

Extreme heat can lead to heat illness which can progress to heatstroke.  Heatstroke can cause brain damage, organ failure and even death.  It’s important to know the early signs of heat illness and treat them accordingly.

Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Very heavy sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Thirst
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Nausea and vomiting

If you or someone around you is experiencing symptoms of heat exhaustion, lie down in a cool place, apply cool clothes, and sip water.  If the person loses consciousness or starts having seizures, call 911 immediately.

Know the symptoms of heatstroke.  Heatstroke is a medical emergency; call 911 right away.

  • Fever
  • Irrational behavior
  • Extreme confusion
  • Dry, hot, and red skin
  • Rapid, shallow breathing (panting)
  • Rapid, weak pulse
  • Seizures
  • Unconsciousness

Visit MedlinePlus’s Heat Emergencies page to learn more about symptoms and treatments for heat illness.

Now that you know how to beat the heat, you’re ready to take advantage of the fun things that summer has to offer.

 

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Data Flash: “Storage Wars”

PNR News - Wed, 2018-07-11 05:00

You may have seen the feature on the front page of our website, “Where in the World are the PNR Coordinators?” But, we don’t always report back on our travels!  So, here is a quick view of a conference I attended on behalf of the NNLM-PNR, that took place in Bozeman, MT last month, called “Open Repositories 2018”.  What is an open repository?  I like this definition from the “Repositories Support Project”:

“A digital repository is a mechanism for managing and storing digital content. Repositories can be subject or institutional in their focus. Putting content into an institutional repository enables staff and institutions to manage and preserve it, and therefore derive maximum value from it… Repositories use open standards to ensure that the content they contain is accessible in that it can be searched and retrieved for later use.”

I don’t work with repositories directly, so this conference was basically like drinking water from a fire hose.  The attendees were a mix of librarians/library staff and people from the IT side of running repositories, meaning that my comprehension of a given session could range from about 5% (for the very techie ones) to 100%.  And that was fine—I got a great introduction to the issues involved in starting and running repositories, and learned about some new trends, some areas of conflict and some growing pains (hence the title of this post).  For example, take a look at this presentation by Peter Sefton.  I pretty much understand the whole section above the picture of the boat, and then an average of about 65% of what’s below it; that feels worth it to me!   It was an international conference, so the perspective on how repositories are handled was global.   I would never otherwise have heard of Australian Sefton’s work, or been able to attend a session on the Digital Repository of Ireland.   I even got to spend a full day attending two workshops on Wikidata and Wikipedia editing (did I mention that the NNLM’s next Online Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon is November 7 this year?).

And, one great thing about open conferences and all things open is that you can often gather the content for yourself after the conference even if you didn’t attend it.  Here are some options if you want more information about what happened at this conference:

YouTube stream of everything held in the main session space (including the Digital Repository of Ireland presentation)

Notes from sessions

The program

— Social media: Twitter= @OR2018MT, Instagram= @openrepositories18

I leave you with three photos from the experience.  One is of me with my poster highlighting three of the National Library of Medicine’s eight data sharing repositories: ClinicalTrials.gov, PubChem and GenBank.  And the other two are from my visit to the Museum of the Rockies, which features the most amazing dinosaur exhibit I’ve ever seen, and a thing I love—a historic house which was moved to the museum site, furnished appropriately to the period in which it was built, and staffed by costumed and knowledgeable living history interpreters.

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New Webinar Series: DOCLINE Talkline: Introducing DOCLINE 6.0

SEA News - Tue, 2018-07-10 17:23

Date/Time: July 25, 2018 2:00 PM ET/1:00 PM CT/12:00 PM MT/11:00 AM PT

DOCLINE Talkline is a webinar series from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, DOCLINE Coordination Office (NDCO) to promote and educate users on DOCLINE, LOANSOME Doc, and other resource sharing programs from the National Library of Medicine.

In the inaugural session of DOCLINE Talkline, Erin Latta, NNLM DOCLINE Coordinator and Lis Unger, NLM DOCLINE Team Lead will introduce users to DOCLINE 6.0. In this session users will

  • Understand the Google sign-in process
  • Understand how to link accounts to DOCLINE
  • Get a sneak peek at library records in the redesigned DOCLINE.

If you would like to ask a question ahead of time, please e-mail DOCLINE@hshsl.umaryland.edu. Questions will be integrated within the presentation as much as possible.

Pre-Registration is strongly recommended, but not required.

To Join the Webinar To Join the Training Session
  1. Go to https://nih.webex.com/nih/k2/j.php?MTID=tbe59a176c0848159299b672d9bc5d391
  2. Enter your name and email address.
  3. Enter the session password: docline.
  4. Click “Join Now”.
  5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

To view in other time zones or languages, please click this link.

To Join the Session by Phone Only
  • To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the training session, or call the number below and enter the access code.
  • Call-in toll number (US/Canada):1-650-479-3208
  • Global call-in numbers
  • Access code: 626 265 475

To add this session to your calendar program (for example Microsoft Outlook), click this link.

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Battling the Summer Heat can Result in Health Issues

SCR News - Tue, 2018-07-10 10:55
Photo of Kid

“Cao Lãnh, Vietnam.” by Mi Pham via Unsplash, March 17, 2017, CCO.

It’s July and that means high temperatures and oppressive humidity for a good portion of our country.  The temperature can be uncomfortable, but it can also be downright risky to your health!

Sweat is your body’s way of cooling itself but in high temperature with added humidity, sometimes this mechanism isn’t effective enough.  Illnesses related to heat include stroke, exhaustion, cramps, and skin rash.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have some great recommendations to avoid heat-related illnesses.

  • Stay Cool! Wear appropriate clothing and apply sunscreen.  Be cautious when scheduling outdoor activities and make sure to pace yourself when you are active.  Stay indoors or take often breaks inside a cool structure.
  • Stay Hydrated! Drink plenty of fluids and replace nutrients that your body sweats out.
  • Stay Informed! Pay attention to health/weather alerts and know the signs of heat related illness.

While you may not be able to beat the heat, you can certainly make sure the heat doesn’t beat you!

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Multnomah County Library Community Health Outreach Award

PNR News - Mon, 2018-07-09 17:42

The Multnomah County Library in Portland, Oregon received a Community Health Outreach Award from the NNLM PNR to pilot the use of health information kiosks, aimed at people who are experiencing houselessness in Multnomah County. Here is a report of their project from Steph Miller, Programming Librarian — Technology and Workforce Development.

Increasing Access to Credible Health Information for Public Library Patrons Experiencing Houselessness

People who are experiencing houselessness come to public libraries to find information and to use the internet. According to local studies in Multnomah County, Oregon, 57 percent of the population experiencing houselessness also self-identify as having a “disabling condition,” defined as a mental health condition, substance abuse, developmental disability, HIV/AIDS, or another chronic health condition. Experiencing homelessness can make finding health information and communicating with healthcare providers difficult.

With the goal of facilitating access to authoritative health information resources and communication between patients and providers, Multnomah County Library installed health information iPad kiosks at two locations in and near downtown Portland, with the input and support of the Multnomah County Health Department. The library made these kiosks available to library patrons from September 2017 to April 2018. They highlighted a curated list of authoritative online health resources and the online health portal, MyChart, which is a tool through which patients can engage with healthcare providers, view lab results, and more. Project leads also trained key staff at each library, who then supported their colleagues as they helped patrons. Soon after the iPad kiosk was installed in Central Library’s Community Room, where many patrons frequently stay for long periods of time, a colleague shared this feedback and experience:

“This is a great idea! It was totally easy to help a patron today because of the iPad. He just wanted info on a certain medication but he said that he wasn’t very computer literate. I just set him up on the iPad, found the medication on MedlinePlus, and he sat down and read all of the info.”

The measurable result of these efforts during these seven months was that the webpage portal had 840 pageviews. One of the original objectives of the project was to engage influencers amongst people experiencing houselessness, however, this proved difficult, as people without homes need to prioritize finding a home, food and paying jobs and may not have time or access to support this project over a period of time.

This project helped underscore the difficulty of a dynamic public library system committing time and attention (and physical space!) to specific projects with a specific focus like this one, over an extended period of time, in the midst of the many other initiatives, priorities and changes.

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AHRQ National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) Website Ceasing Operations July 16

PSR News - Mon, 2018-07-09 16:17

An announcement posted on the National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) website states that “because federal funding through AHRQ will no longer be available to support the NGC,” the site will shut down after July 16. A similar AHRQ online database, the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse, also will close up shop after July 16. The NGC debuted in 1998 as a repository of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and related documents. Created through a partnership of AHRQ, the AMA and the American Association of Health Plans (which later merged with the Health Insurance Association of America to become America’s Health Insurance Plans), the NGC’s mission was “to provide physicians and other health care professionals, health care providers, health plans, integrated delivery systems, purchasers and others an accessible mechanism for obtaining objective, detailed information on clinical practice guidelines and to further their dissemination, implementation and use.”

In addition to being the go-to place for users to find comprehensive clinical guidelines that meet the clearinghouse’s stringent inclusion criteria free of charge, the NGC also provides structured summaries of many of the guidelines, providing a valuable service to primary care physicians and other health care professionals seeking quick, easily digestible information. At last check, the site offered about 1,400 guideline summaries that can be browsed by clinical specialty, MeSH tag or contributing organization. As recently as last November, AHRQ was making improvements to the clearinghouse. On Nov. 16, 2017, it launched the National Guideline Clearinghouse Extent Adherence to Trustworthy Standards (NEATS) Instrument, designed to assess the degree to which a guideline adheres to the Institute of Medicine’s standards for trustworthiness. Through the tool, users could quickly determine the processes used to develop guidelines, and choose those they considered the most rigorously developed.

The clearinghouse will continue to post summaries of new and updated clinical guidelines even as the shutdown date approaches; new summaries will be posted through July 2. At present, it is unclear whether another organization will take over the NGC’s operations. The clearinghouse’s announcement noted that “AHRQ is receiving expressions of interest from stakeholders interested in carrying on the NGC’s work. It is not clear at this time, however, when or if NGC (or something like NGC) will be online again.” It also is unclear what, if any, role AHRQ would play if another stakeholder chose to continue operating the NGC. AHRQ’s future also remains uncertain. The fiscal year 2019 budget proposed by President Donald Trump would consolidate AHRQ into the NIH as a new agency titled the National Institute for Research and Quality.

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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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