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Archive for January, 2013

Emergency Preparedness Projects and Activities (Lunch with the RML session)

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Presenter:       Vickie Souve, Monroe County Department of Public Health, Office of Public Health

Preparedness, Rochester, NY

Location:         Free, Online

Date:                February 28, 2013


Monday, January 21, 2013

Friday, January 18th, 2013

NLM, as well as MAR, will be closed on Monday, January 21 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Job Ads: Openings at the National Library of Medicine

Friday, January 18th, 2013

NLM will be posting two Librarian positions (9 and 11) for the Health and Information Products Unit in the Reference and Web Services Section.  We expect the position to post Wednesday 1/16 or Thursday 1/17.   The application period will be open for 5 days.

We’re looking for talented people to help provide access to consumer health information by supporting work on MedlinePlus, MedlinePlus en español, MedlinePlus Mobile and MedlinePlus Connect.  We invite and encourage eligible candidates to apply for these wonderful opportunities to work with our team and help support one of NLM’s premier products. If you have a passion for disseminating reliable consumer health information, and you enjoy being part of a team, please consider applying.  If you want to learn more about this position, please contact me or Stephanie Dennis.

The very short posting time of five days reflects the government’s effort to hire talented people quickly and we are sending this announcement to give you time to prepare your resume and USAJobs account.  You can create your account now in USAJobs and upload your resume, before the posting appears.

The announcement will be available in USAJobs and from “Jobs at NLM” on the home page,

Please note that additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement:

  • Preservation & Collection Management Section (PCM) hopes to hire a Librarian with experience in library digitization or digital preservation programs. Questions about the PCM position should go to Walter Cybulski.
  • The Rare Books and Early Manuscripts Section (RBEM) are also looking to hire a Librarian with experience in cataloging rare books.  Questions about the RBEM position should go to Michael North.
  • In addition, the MEDLARS Management Section (MMS) is recruiting for their Terminology QA and User Support Unit. This Unit provides support for the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) which integrates and distributes key terminology, classification and coding standards, and associated resources to promote creation of more effective and interoperable biomedical information systems and services, including electronic health records. Questions about the MMS position should go to Dianne Babski.

Interested candidates should apply to this same job announcement for consideration.

National Library of Medicine e-Clips

Friday, January 18th, 2013



NLM Announces PubReader, a User-Friendly Web Presentation for Reading Articles in PubMed Central (PMC)


NLM Mourns Loss of Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii


National Library of Medicine Partner in Two IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grants


Value Set Authority Center Posts Version Updates to 19 CMS Measures




Creating a Family Health History


Hospital Readiness for Hurricane Sandy


More Transparent Clinical Trials: A Possible Boost


Positive Attitudes Help Seniors Recover From Disabilities


Sen. Daniel Inouye 1924-2012




5 Ways To Find Health Info Online


10 Mobile Health Apps From Uncle Sam


Ancient Pills Found in Shipwreck Offer Rare Insight Into Early Medicine


Battle cries of freedom: Exhibit shows the horrible human toll that was central to the Civil War


Call to Action to Preserve Science Discourse on the Open Web


Can common household cleaning supplies make you sick?


Complete Health Reporting: Four Tips for Judging a Treatment’s Novelty


Computers ‘Taught’ To ID Regulating Gene Sequences


How The U.S. Stopped Malaria, One Cartoon At A Time,-One-Cartoon-At-A-Time.html


Librettist to Discuss Creating Opera From Literature


Medical Dictionary: Lynch syndrome


More Americans have at least 2 chronic health issues: CDC


New computers installed at senior center


New Image Search Engine from the National Library of Medicine


New Tools from the National Library of Medicine: PubReader and Open-i


Oz-Approved Medical Websites


Prepara bien los alimentos durante las fiestas


Ravalli County [Montana] Museum explores Renaissance science through Harry Potter


Scientists, Including Team at J. Craig Venter Institute, Sequence and Publish More than 10,000 Influenza Genomes as Part of NIAID’s Influenza Virus Genome


Slices of Life, circa 1872–circa-1872/


Tap web, social media for health news


The smartphone is in: Mobile devices make health information more accessible




Emergency Backup Communications: The Old Meets the New


Health and Medicine Blogs Collection: A 21st Century Twist






Brachial Plexus Injuries

HIPAA Rule Updates

Friday, January 18th, 2013
HHS on Thursday released four final rules updating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations. The four rules are:
1.      Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Enforcement Rules mandated by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.
2.      Changes to the HIPAA Enforcement Rule to incorporate the increased and tiered civil money penalty structure provided by the HITECH Act.
3.      Final rule on Breach Notification for Unsecured Protected Health Information under the HITECH Act, which replaces the breach notification rule’s 'harm' threshold with "a more objective standard."
4.      Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy Rule as required by the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) to prohibit most health plans from using or disclosing genetic information for underwriting purposes.

2013 National Academy of Sciences Awards

Friday, January 18th, 2013

The National Academy of Sciences has announced the 2013 recipients of 18 major NAS awards that recognize outstanding scientific achievements in a wide range of fields spanning the physical, biological, and social sciences. The recipients will be honored in a ceremony on Sunday, April 28, during the Academy’s 150th annual meeting:

Mobile Medical Apps that Don’t Require a Connection

Friday, January 18th, 2013
Below is a compilation of the information I received from the Medlib-l community. 

Since there is definitely confusion concerning whether Dynamed can be used offline,  I want to clarify this issue. After several phone calls and emails with EBSCO, I received the definite answer from their technical support department that Dynamed cannot be used without internet access.

Apps that can be used offline (without Internet access)

ACC Pocket guidelines
Calculate by QxMD
Diagnosauraus DDx
Embryo (NLM)
Epocrates Essentials
ePocrates Rx
ePSS- Preventive Medicine app from AHRQ screening (NLM)
Johns Hopkins Guide
Lab Values Pro
LactMed, (NLM) Toxicology Data Network (TOXNET(r)), information on drugs/chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed
Merck Medicus – Must be a licensed health care professional.Set up a personal account. Includes PDR, Merck Manuals, patient handouts
Natural Standard
NCCN Guidelines
Pharmacists Letter
Pocket Lab Values
Red Cross First Aid
Sanford Guide
Shots – Immunization Schedules
Thieme E-Book Library –subscribers can download any of the e-books to iPads for use offline
Unbound Medicine — book collection

Suggested sources for additional information:
GHDonline (Global Health Delivery) –

Julia Whelan, MS AHIP
Reference and Education Services Librarian
Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
10 Shattuck Street
Boston, MA 02115
julia_whelan AT

Innovative Medical Apps of 2012

Friday, January 18th, 2013
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Ambulance Riding Librarian

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Join the adventures of an ambulance riding librarian with the largest 911 ambulance service in Indiana.  Ride along to find out how extreme embedded librarianship benefits emergency medical services in Indianapolis.  AmbulanceRidingLibrarian is devoted to all things informative, funny or odd in emergency medicine, disaster preparedness and medical librarianship.   You can check it out at:

New Pew Study: Mobile Connections to Libraries

Friday, January 18th, 2013

A new Pew study states that 13% of those ages 16 and older have accessed library websites via mobile devices.: