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Resources on Bleeding Disorders

Monday, March 6th, 2017

March is bleeding disorders awareness month. Below are a few resources to get started on educating yourself and others about this important health observance.

MedlinePlus Health Topics – includes resources for understanding what it means to have a bleeding disorder, common symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, patient handouts, and links to related genetic conditions.

Hemophilia Federation of America – programs and services for spreading awareness, including news and stories, social media advocacy, and more.

Office of Women’s Health – Facts sheets, stories, and specific information for women with bleeding disorders

Want to get more information through social media? Follow @NNLMMAR on Twitter or like our Facebook page for shared resources throughout the month of March, and follow #Hemophilia and #BleedingDisorders to join the conversation!

Upcoming Classes for March

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has a great line-up of courses for the month of March! Below are just a few of our upcoming offerings, and you can register for all of them TODAY! Don’t forget to check our training schedule periodically for new additions, or to see upcoming opportunities for April, May and beyond.

NNLM MAR also offers in-person training opportunities to Members in New York, New Jersey Pennsylvania and Delaware. We can tailor any of our courses to suit your specific needs or interests for training. Take a look at our Class Descriptions page to learn more about the variety of courses we offer, and then contact us!

Registration closing soon! We’re Way Past Peas: Uses of Genetic Information to Understand Human Health and Guide Health Care Decision Making
A-synchronous online course via Moodle with one live webinar, sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR)
March 1 – March 31, 2017
Details and Registration

Registration closing soon! Discovering TOXNET
A-synchronous online course via Moodle, sponsored by the National Training Office (NTO)
March 1 – March 31, 2017
Details and Registration

Registration closing soon! Healthy Aging at Your Library: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information
Webinar, sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR)
March 2, 2017, 3:00 – 4:00pm ET
Details and Registration

The Pieces of Systematic Review with Margaret Foster
Monthly webinar series, sponsored by the South Central Region (SCR)
March 2, 2017, 11:00am – 12:00pm ET
Details and Registration
Watch the recording of the first session from February

Applying for NNLM MAR funding
Webinar, sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR)
March 3, 2017, 12:00 – 1:30pm ET
Details and Registration

Introduction to Graphic Medicine
Webinar, sponsored by the New England Region (NER)
March 7, 2017, 1:00 – 2:00pm ET
Details and Registration

Public Data for Public Health Advocates – Building and Sustaining a Statewide Data Service
Webinar, sponsored by the South Central Region (SCR)
March 8, 2017, 11:00am – 12:00pm ET
Details and Registration

Five Questions You Can Answer Using the NCBI Gene Database
Webinar, sponsored by the National Training Office (NTO)
March 9, 2017, 1:00 – 2:00pm ET
Details and Registration

ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers
A-synchronous online course via Moodle, sponsored by the Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA)
March 13 – April 17, 2017
Details and Registration

Invite More Action! How to create interactive, student-centered learning environments
Webinar, sponsored by the New England Region (NER)
March 14, 2017, 1:00 – 1:30pm
Details and Registration

Using ALA’s Libraries Transform Campaign for Your Library
Webinar, sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR)
March 14, 2017, 2:00 – 3:00pm ET
Details and Registration

Instructional Design
Webinar, sponsored by the Mid-Continental Region (MCR)
March 15, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00pm ET
Details and Registration

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed
Webinar, sponsored by the National Training Office (NTO)
March 15, 2017, 1:00 – 2:30pm ET
Details and Registration

What’s New in Post-Publication Activities in PubMed
Webinar, sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region
March 15, 2017, 4:00 – 5:00pm ET
Details

PubMed® for Librarians: MeSH
Webinar, sponsored by the National Training Office (NTO)
March 22, 2017, 1:00 – 2:30pm ET
Details and Registration

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence Based Public Health
Webinar, sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR)
March 22, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00pm ET
Details and Registration

Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, & Health
Webinar, sponsored by the New England Region (NER)
March 27, 2017, 2:00 – 3:00pm ET
Details and Registration

PubMed® for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping (ATM)
Webinar, sponsored by the National Training Office (NTO)
March 29, 2017, 1:00 – 2:30pm ET
Details and Registration

How to make the most of your National Library of Medicine traveling banner exhibition!
Webinar, sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR)
March 29, 2017, 3:00 – 4:00pm ET
Details and Registration

Discover NNLM Resource Guides

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing US health professionals with equal access to biomedical information, and improving the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. In line with this, coordinators with NNLM promote programs and resources created by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other government agencies.

NNLM has developed many programs to promote the  wealth of biomedical and health information tools available through these agencies, but as a consumer, health professional, librarian, or public health worker, you may be wondering how you can find even more resources that are tailored to your specific needs. Fortunately, our coordinators have met this challenge in the creation of NNLM Resource Guides.

Guides serve as comprehensive online collections of resources and tools that are relevant to specific audiences or topics. Across the Network we have over 40 Guides on a wide range of topics from general consumer health to emergency preparedness, to evaluating health information on the internet.

Here are a few Guides created and maintained by coordinators in the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR):

  • Academic Libraries – for librarians, professionals, and students at the collegiate level
  • Consumer Health – resources on a variety of topics such as adult and teen health, educators, caregivers, multicultural and more
  • Disaster & Emergency Preparedness – including resources on developing an emergency response plan, and state contacts for disaster management
  • Health Outreach and Programming – learn how to integrate health information resources into your own programming
  • Health Professionals – resources for rural health, public health workers, minority health workers, and more
  • Hospital Libraries – resources for hospital librarians and health professionals
  • K-12 Resources – resources on a variety of topics for K-12 educators, administrators and nurses, including environmental health and genetics
  • Multicultural Resources – topics surrounding immigrant, refugee and other multi-cultural populations including multi-lingual resources and minority health
  • Free Materials – a guide to finding free materials online from reputable government and non-government agencies
  • Proposal Writing – a tool for planning, evaluating and writing your grants and proposals

Looking for more? Contact NNLM MAR for consultations and to learn about upcoming opportunities for training, or check out other Regions to find the rest of our online Resource Guides.

Multilingual Resources for Children’s Dental Health

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

From the Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Children should learn the benefits of brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups from an early age, to prevent cavities and dental problems in adulthood. The American Dental Association named February 2017 as National Children’s Dental Health Month, and the National Library of Medicine has multilingual information about children’s dental health available for free online.

  • Check MedlinePlus for a collection of reliable links related to Child Dental Health, and use the Medical Encyclopedia on MedlinePlus to find instructions on brushing your child’s teeth and preventing tooth decay in early childhood.  Various informational handouts in seven languages about child dental health can be downloaded on MedlinePlus.
  • Browse HealthReach for topics like dental care and oral hygiene to view and download patient information in over a dozen languages, including audio and video options for some records.  For instance, the brochure Healthy Teeth, Health Kids is available in 13 languages, with audio downloads in eight languages.  Use the split-screen view on HealthReach to view the document in English and a second language simultaneously.

Upcoming Classes for February

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

A new month means a new list of training opportunities from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine! Here are a few of our offerings in February. Check out our training schedule to see other classes available to the Middle Atlantic Region.

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library
Self-paced, online course via Moodle, Sponsored by SEA
February 6 – March 13, 2017
Details and Registration

PubMed for Librarians: Building and Refining Your Search
Webinar with hands-on exercises, sponsored by NTO
February 8, 2017, 1:00-2:30 pm ET
Details and Registration

NNLM Quarterly Journal Club
Quarterly collaborative webinar series
February 9, 2017, 2:00-3:00 pm ET
Details and Registration

PubMed and the Evidence-Based Universe
In-person at Lincoln University, PA, sponsored by MAR
February 14, 2017, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm ET
Details and Registration

5 Healthcare Trends to Watch in 2017
Webinar, sponsored by MCR
February 15, 2017, 12:00-1:00 pm ET
Details and Registration

Teaching Topics: Classroom Assessment on the Fly
Webinar, sponsored by NTO
February 15, 2017, 1:00-2:00 pm ET
Details and Registration

Midday at the Oasis: Good Design for Data Visualization
Webinar, sponsored by PSR
February 15, 2017, 4:00-5:00 pm ET
Details and Registration

PubMed for Librarians: Using Evidence-Based Search Features
Webinar with hands-on exercises, sponsored by NTO
February 16, 2017, 1:00-2:30 pm ET
Details and Registration

MedlinePlus vs. PubMed February 2017
Webinar, sponsored by GMR
February 17, 2017, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET
Details and Registration

Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources
Webinar, sponsored by GMR
February 21, 2017, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET
Details and Registration

Resources for K-12 Health & Science Education
Webinar, Sponsored by MCR
February 22, 2017, 3:00-4:00 pm ET
Details and Registration

PubMed for Librarians: Customization with My NCBI
Webinar with hands-on exercises, sponsored by NTO
February 23, 2017, 1:00-2:30 pm ET
Details and Registration

Health Disparities: You know there’s a need, now prove it!
Webinar, sponsored by MAR
February 24, 2017, 12:00-1:00 pm ET
Details and Registration

NLM and Government Resources for Locating Health Services and Organizations

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

From the Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

Do you often need help finding local health services?  The National Library of Medicine (NLM) offers a curated list of links to online directories, to help you locate libraries, health professionals, services, and facilities close to you. At MedlinePlus, you can browse a list of directories organized under topics including:

  • Libraries
  • Doctors and Dentists – General
  • Hospitals and Clinics – General
  • Doctors and Dentists – Specialists
  • Other Healthcare Providers
  • Hospitals and Clinics – Specialized
  • Other Healthcare Facilities and Services

If you need to locate an organization providing information on a specific health topic, try browsing the organizations list on MedlinePlus, either organized by health topic or listed alphabetically by name.

Other government resources that can help you locate health services nearby include:

  • HealthFinder.gov – This site from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provides links to websites to help you find local doctors, dentists, other healthcare providers, health centers, home healthcare services, health organizations, and public libraries.
  • Eldercare Locator – This tool from the Administration on Aging (AoA) allows you to search by zip code, city, or state for health services to assist older adults and their families.  You can also search by topic for local services, such as adult day programs, Alzheimer’s disease services, behavioral health services, caregiver services, and more.

Glossaries at SIS: Terminology for HIV/AIDS, Disasters, Toxicology and More

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

From the NLM Outreach and Special Populations branch:

Whenever you learn about a new health topic, you’ll need to become familiar with a new set of terms related to the topic, which is when a glossary may come in handy. Specialized Information Services at the National Library of Medicine provides access to glossaries covering a range of health topics, from HIV/AIDS to disaster-related terminology:

#Glaucoma Awareness Month: Resources from NLM

Monday, January 9th, 2017

From the Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, and the Glaucoma Research Foundation estimates that more than 3 million people in the US are affected by the condition.  According to MedlinePlus, Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the eye’s optic nerve, and it is a leading cause of blindness in the US.  The National Library of Medicine hosts a variety of online resources targeted towards different populations, which can help a wide range of people learn more about diagnosis and treatment options for glaucoma:

  • The General Public:  The Health Topics page on glaucoma at MedlinePlus provides a simple summary and links to useful diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and research links. Members of the public can also learn about the genetic risks for early-onset glaucoma from the Genetics Home Reference website.
  • Older Adults: The NIHSeniorHealth website offers a detailed but easy-to-understand article on glaucoma, listing symptoms and tests, treatment, tips for protecting your vision, and frequently asked questions about the condition.
  • Multilingual Resources: Resources in 12 languages about glaucoma are available on MedlinePlus.  Also find multilingual patient information about glaucoma at HealthReach.

Flu Shot Resources from NLM

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

From the NLM Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

The flu, also called influenza, is a potentially serious respiratory infection caused by a number of viruses, and getting the flu vaccination every year is the best way to lower your chance of getting the flu and spreading it to others.  National Influenza Vaccination Week 2016 is December 4-10, and the National Library of Medicine offers helpful information and reliable links about the flu shot for many different populations:

  • The General Public: Find a short summary of how the flu shot works, who should get the flu shot, and the latest news and resources about the shot on MedlinePlus.
  • Multilingual Resources: Find information on influenza and the flu vaccination in a dozen or more languages on HealthReach.  Information about the flu shot is also available in over 20 languages on MedlinePlus.
  • Native American Communities: The American Indian Health portal offers links to statistics, information for researchers/health professionals/educators, and general information on the flu, targeted towards Native American communities.
  • Older Adults: On NIH Senior Health, older adults can learn about recommended immunizations for anyone older than 50, including the influenza vaccination.
  • Individuals with HIV/AIDS: Access links about recommended vaccinations for individuals living with HIV/AIDS on AIDSource, including information about the flu shot.

Resources for Hospice Palliative Care

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

From the Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

Hospice care is end-of-life care provided by healthcare professionals and volunteers who give medical, psychological, and spiritual support to the terminally ill, while palliative care is treatment of the discomfort, symptoms, and stress of serious illness. Hospice care always included palliative care.

November is National Hospice Palliative Care Month, and both patients who are seriously ill and their caregivers will often need guidance and information on hospice and palliative care options when facing end-of-life treatment.  The National Library of Medicine provides a number of resources on palliative and hospice care, to help with these difficult decisions:

  • Information for the general public: MedlinePlus provides Health Topics pages on both palliative care and hospice care, including links to basic information, clinical trials, journal articles, and more.  Both pages are also available in Spanish, by selecting the “Español” link in the top left corner of the page (below the search box).
  • Information for older adults: The NIHSeniorHealth page on end-of-life care includes information on pain/symptom management, addressing mental and emotional issues, care options, planning and paying for care, information for caregivers, and resources for coping with grief.
  • Information for caregivers: The NLM 4 Caregivers social media campaign provides a Pinterest board linking to reliable resources on end-of-life care, including printable information sheets and booklets on end-of-life care from government and non-profit organizations.