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Archive for June, 2012

June NIH News in Health

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

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

It’s a Kid’s Job
Playing Helps Kids Learn and Grow

Research shows that active, creative play benefits just about every aspect of child development. Play, it turns out, is essential to growing up healthy.
Read more about the benefits of playtime.

Catching a Cold When It’s Warm
What’s the Deal with Summertime Sniffles?

Summer’s a time to get away, get outside and have some fun. So what could be more unfair than catching a cold when it’s warm? Is there any way to dodge the summertime sniffles?
Read more about summertime colds.

Health Capsules:

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Job Ad: Associate Director for Library Operations (NLM)

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Sheldon Kotzin has decided to retire from his long, productive career at NLM at the end of June.  NLM is seeking applicants for his position.

The National Library of Medicine is recruiting for the position of Associate Director for Library Operations, a career position in the Senior Executive Service.  A description of the position, qualification requirements and application procedures are outlined in the vacancy announcement, which opened yesterday and is available on USAJOBS via the NIH Executive Jobs Website at:

Please share this with anyone who may be interested in and qualified for the position.  The vacancy is open to all qualified candidates.  Applications must be received by the closing of July 16, 2012.

NLM e-Clips

Friday, June 1st, 2012



Medical Heritage Library Awarded NEH Grant for Digitization of Historical Medical Journals

National Library of Medicine Releases Free iPad App, “Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness”

New Look, New Collections for IndexCat Database

Spring 2012 issue of NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine features US Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin


Goal Oriented Patient Care

NIH MedlinePlus Magazine Spring 2012


3M Opens Access to the 3M Healthcare Data Dictionary under Agreement with U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs

14 ways Social Media may soon change your doctor’s visit

72 Medical APIs: Avvo, National Library of Medicine and NHS

Archive Watch: Build a National Cooperative for Archival Standards

Civil War Traveling Exhibit on display in Augusta [Georgia]

Does colour variation speed up evolution in birds?

Flu and Miscellaneous Medical/Health Site

GHSU [Georgia Health Sciences University] hosts Civil War exhibit honoring African American nurses, surgeons GHSU hosts Civil War exhibit honoring African American nurses, surgeons

Indiana University SLIS Alumnus Sheldon Kotzin to Retire

It’s All in the Translation

Librarianship: Two New Open Access Journals

Medical Heritage Library Awarded NEH Grant for Digitization of Historical Medical Journals

Native Voices tells stories of medicine, healing, and cultures

NIH Directors Take Their Own Health Advice

NIH in History: Hidden Treasures Discovered in Building 38: Proof That NLM is NIH’s Own Treasure Island

[Dr. Steven] Phillips ’62 Receives Tufts Award

Touch of Life Technologies’ New Cystoscopy and Bladder Injection Simulator Offers Urologists Training on Use of BOTOX(R) (onabotulinumtoxinA) as Treatment for Urinary Incontinence in Adults With Neurological Conditions

Visit ‘Harry Potter’s World’ at UCSD [University of California, San Diego]

Why clinical research should be freely exchanged


The Bard Comes to NLM

New Rules Regarding the Medical Body Area Network (MBAN) Devices

Friday, June 1st, 2012

The Federal Communications Commission on approved new rules to allow greater use of the spectrum for Medical Body Area Network, or MBAN, devices.  FCC commissions said that “this technology has tremendous potential to untether patients from tubes and wires, and improve the quality of health care and ensure better outcomes for patients.”

Emergency Preparedness and Public Libraries

Friday, June 1st, 2012

You all may find this of interest:

2012 Health Disparities Summit: Abstracts Deadline is June 15th

Friday, June 1st, 2012

The 2012 Summit on the Science of Eliminating Health Disparities is now accepting abstracts for concurrent sessions.  All abstracts must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on June 15, 2012.  For more information, visit

Disaster Info Specialist Program Meeting: Red Cross Digital Operations Center

Friday, June 1st, 2012

*** The Disaster Information Specialist monthly meeting is open to everyone ***

The June Disaster Information Specialist Adobe Connect session will be Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 1:30 PM ET.  See connection information below.

Our guest speaker will be Wendy Harman, Social Media Manager at the American Red Cross.  Wendy will be speaking about the Red Cross Digital Operations Center which recently was launched to monitor and respond to social media during disaster situations.  As part of this project, the Red Cross is planning to train “digital volunteers” to verify and curate the large volume of information generated on social media during a disaster.  These volunteers will help build situational awareness, and respond online to questions from the public and distribute critical information.(Role for librarians?!)

We will be broadcasting the meeting on Adobe Connect at the Digital Operations Center.

To join the meeting at 1:30 pm ET, Thursday, June 14 click on:

Enter your name in the guest box and click  “Enter Room”. A box should pop up asking for your phone number.  Enter your phone number and the system will call you.

For those who cannot use the call-back feature, the dial-in information is below.

Dial-In:  1-888-757-2790

Pass-Code: 745907

If you have never attended a Connect Pro meeting before:

Test your connection:

Get a quick overview:

Elizabeth Norton, MLS, MPH, MBA


Disaster Information Management Research Center

Specialized Information Services Division

National Library of Medicine

National Institutes of Health

Bethesda, MD 20892-5467


Patient Safety Update: New Podcasts in a Series About the AHRQ Quality Indicators Toolkit for Hospitals

Friday, June 1st, 2012

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released two more audio interviews in a series focused on the use of quality improvement tools in the AHRQ Quality Indicators Toolkit for Hospitals.  The toolkit is a free resource to guide hospitals through the process of using the AHRQ Inpatient Quality Indicators (IQIs) and Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) to improve care.

  • Analyzing Your IQI and PSI Rates:   Amelia Haviland from Carnegie Mellon University talks about several considerations involved in analyzing and working with your IQI and PSI rates.
  • Using the Documentation and Coding Tool:  Kathy Vermoch and Suzanne Rogers from UHC discuss strategies that hospitals can put in place to improve their documentation and coding, both of which are critical to the accuracy of AHRQ Quality Indicator rates.

Download these interviews at (Audio file and transcript are available.)

Also available: Getting Started with the AHRQ QI Toolkit

  • Future podcasts will address the following topics:
  • Identifying Your Improvement Priorities
  • Analyzing Your Barriers and Strategy Options
  • Implementing Changes to Improve Performance on the IQI or PSI Measures
  • Achieving Sustainable Improvements

Download the AHRQ Quality Indicators Toolkit for Hospitals at:

Access the slide presentations and an audio recording from an introductory Webinar about the Toolkit at:

More information on the AHRQ Quality Indicators is available at: