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4 New MedlinePlus Health Topic Pages

Monday, September 19th, 2016

MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine’s site for patients and families, has recently added four new groups of disorders as Health Topic Pages.

Lipid Metabolism Disorders: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/s4l4

Mitochondrial Diseases: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/fio3

Amino Acid Metabolism Disorders: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/6db5

Carbohydrate Metabolism Disorders: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/06la

 

NIH Big Data Grants

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

The NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative has several grants available to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. A list of the funding opportunities can be found on the NLM BD2K Grants page. Here are examples of currently open grants:

  • NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Enhancing Diversity in Biomedical Data Science with a focus on research experiences (for faculty and undergrads) and curriculum or methods development for undergraduate courses.
  • BD2K Research Education Curriculum Development: Data Science Overview for Biomedical Scientists for graduate students in biomedical sciences.
  • Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Community-based Data and Metadata Standards Efforts
  • Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Enhancing the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Digital Curation for Biomedical Big Data

 

 

Updated Disaster Information Specialization Courses

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) is updating disaster health information courses and formatting them for self-paced study online. Two updated courses are now available (see below). By the end of the year, there will be four more courses: US Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies; Information Roles in Disaster Management; A Seat at the Table: Working with Local Responders; and Health and Disasters: Understanding the International Context.

Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics

This class provides a comprehensive overview of the essential resources needed to provide health-related information services for supporting disaster mitigation, planning, response, and recovery.

CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive): Health Information Resources

This class provides an overview of the concepts of CBRNE, including a review of NLM resources that support planning, response, and recovery from the effects of these potential hazards.

Text adapted from NLM DIMRC email announcement.

New Disaster Resources for K-12

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Specialized Information Services (SIS) K-12 team compiled a list of resources to teach K-12 students about disasters and disaster preparedness. You’ll find lesson plans, activity sheets, and age-appropriate information on drought, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, landslides, tornadoes, wildfires, and general disaster recovery and preparedness. For the list of resources, visit the NLM SIS K-12 Science and Health Education page and expand “Disasters.”

NLM Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

This National Library of Medicine grant program seeks projects that will bring useful, usable health information to health disparity populations and their health care providers. Access to useful, usable, understandable health information is an important factor during health decisions. Proposed projects should exploit the capabilities of computer and information technology and health sciences libraries to bring health-related information to consumers and their health care providers.

Detailed application information and example topics: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/7hia
Open (Earliest Submission) and Letter of Intent Due Date: November 16, 2016
Application Due Date: December 16, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization
Award Budget: $100,000 for one year, $200,000 over two years or $300,000 over 3 years, in direct costs

Text for this post was adapted from https://nnlm.gov/bhic/7hia.

K-12 Plastics Videos

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

From the National Library of Medicine (NLM) K-12 Education Connection

Plastics Videos are Here!

Last summer our crew of witty high school science teachers and students took on the subject, PLASTICS! Through some, not so conventional storylines, the staff set out to explain the dangers behind the use of certain plastics and how, through recycling, we can help alleviate the amount of toxins in our environment. Each storyline is a spoof on a popular game app or video game and teaches students about various aspects of plastics including: the chemistry of plastics, how plastics differ in toxicity, the different types of plastics, and recycling.  Use these animations to jump start a conversation about educating the community on safe use and disposal of these everyday materials.

View the videos on the Environmental Health Student Portal under Chemicals: Plastics. To sign-up for the NLM K-12 Education Connection e-newsletter, visit https://sis.nlm.nih.gov/outreach/k12.html and expand “Get the latest news!” You can also follow the NLM K-12 Team on Twitter @NLM_K12.

 

Precision Medicine Resources

Friday, August 26th, 2016

The new Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, puts a strong focus on precision medicine in the vision she describes for NLM. You can learn more about precision medicine and how NIH is already playing an important role in the Precision Medicine Initiative through a number of NLM resources. A great place to begin is on Genetics Home Reference for an overview and more resources: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/NLMprecisionmedicine.

GeneEd: Genetics, Education, Discovery

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

The Featured Website from the August 2016 NIH News in Health

GeneEd: Genetics, Education, Discovery

Want to know more about genes and how they work? Or learn about DNA forensics, biotechnology, and related careers? This educational website has up-to-date information, animations, games, interactive tutorials, and teacher resources designed for students and educators in grades 9 to 12.

Kidney Resources on MedlinePlus

Monday, August 15th, 2016

MedlinePlus has added a new health topic page on Kidney Tests.

Check out this page and other Kidneys and Urinary System topics: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/xuh7

NLM 4 Caregivers Project

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

The project NLM 4 Caregivers is designed to increase awareness of NLM resources among family caregivers who actively seek health information online using social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and listservs, for discussing and exploring health issues. NLM 4 Caregivers discusses a wide variety of resources for searching and managing medications, such as PillBox and DailyMed, tools for locating clinical trials (ClinicalTrials.gov), and tools for accessing both consumer health information (MedlinePlus) and the latest biomedical research (PubMed).

NLM 4 Caregivers shares health resources relevant to caregivers through many mediums, such as:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Printable flyer
  • Guide on the NLM Website

For more information on NLM 4 Caregivers, see https://nnlm.gov/bhic/huue