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New Grey Literature Report

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

From the Grey Literature Team:

the New York Academy of Medicine’s November Grey Literature Report has been published, with 187 new records.

Items are listed alphabetically by organization. If you would like to see the newest reports for 2016, click on the Date of Publication link.

The report’s focus is on the following topics:

Contact greylithelp@nyam.org for comments and questions.

#FindCareInfo Twitter Chat

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

From the Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

November is National Family Caregivers Month, and you can attend the #FindCareInfo Twitter chat on November 16, 2016, 1-2 pm ET to raise awareness about the often overlooked health information needs of family caregivers.  The Outreach and Special Populations Branch of the National Library of Medicine is hosting this chat through @NLM_4Caregivers, and special co-hosts include NIH ADEAR Center (@Alzheimers_NIH), the National Alliance for Caregiving (@NA4Caregiving), and the Caregiver Action Network (@CaregiverAction).

This Twitter chat will:

  • Identify what type of health information is most needed by family caregivers.
  • Raise awareness of health topics important to family caregivers.
  • Share health information resources useful to family caregivers.

If you are a family caregiver, know a family caregiver, or work with family caregivers, then you can help to raise awareness and share reliable health information resources for caregivers at the #FindCareInfo Twitter chat.

Upcoming NN/LM Resource Picks Webinar: AIDSource and AIDSinfo

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

When: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 3:00 pm ET
Registration is required.

More than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV. Having access to quality, current information is vital in helping to improve the research, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Join us to learn more about two great information resources – AIDSource and AIDSinfo. These websites feature information from both federal and nonfederal sources, and include medical practice guidelines, clinical trials, statistics, mobile apps, and so much more! Resources are useful for health professionals, researchers, educators, and the general public.

Guest speakers:
Andrew Plumer, National Library of Medicine, Specialized Information Services Division
Alison McDougal, PMP, AIDSinfo Project Manager

Updated “ToxTutor” Toxicology Tutorial

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

From the Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has updated its online toxicology tutorial, ToxTutor. ToxTutor is a self-paced tutorial covering key principles of toxicology.

For almost 20 years, students and others have used ToxTutor to explore the fundamental principles of toxicology. Written in plain language and including helpful illustrations, the tutorial provides users of toxicology resources, including the NLM chemical and toxicological databases, with a basic understanding of the subject.

ToxTutor introduces toxicology by covering dose and dose response, toxic effects, interactions, toxicity testing methods, risk assessment, and exposure standards and guidelines. Additional topics will be included in future updates. A certificate of completion option is expected to be released next year.

ToxTutor is produced by the Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program (TEHIP) of the National Library of Medicine.

Younger students (ages 7-11) can also get a basic introduction to toxic household chemicals through the interactive game ToxMystery!

Asian American Health Portal to be Retired

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

From the  National Library of Medicine:

To concentrate efforts on multiple language health patient education materials, NLM will be retiring the Asian American Health portal on November 21, 2016. Please use HealthReach for patient education materials in multiple languages, and for provider materials for those working with diverse lingual communities. In 2017, the HealthReach team will begin working with community based organizations and stakeholder to examine the current HealthReach collection and expand it to include more Asian language patient education materials. If you have any questions or comments please contact Laura Bartlett.

Go4Life Partner Webinar

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Physical Activity and Quality of Life in Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

When: November 9, 2016, 1:00 PM ET

Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) are now living longer than ever before. Advances in national and family social supports and improvements in healthcare have enabled individuals with IDD to lead healthier and more productive lives. However, disparities still remain, which can lead to challenges in ensuring quality of care and support. Healthy behaviors, including exercise and physical activity, have demonstrated some health benefits. During this webinar, speakers will provide perspectives on the importance of exercise and physical activity, and will review how their respective organizations are engaged in this area.

The webinar speakers will include Seth M. Keller, MD, Co-Chair National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices; Tamar Heller, PhD professor and head of the Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago; and Darcie Mersereau, Vice President, Health Programs, Special Olympics International.

Register

Finding Health Twitter Chats

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

From the NLM Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

Twitter chats are a great way for healthcare professionals to learn about resources related to specific health topics, raise public awareness of heath issues, and share their organization’s resources with other professionals and the general public.  During a Twitter chat, one or more accounts hosting the chat will pose questions through their tweets, and attendees of the chat will answer the questions through tweets that include a hashtag specific to the chat (like #HIVAgingChat).

Where can you find information on upcoming Twitter chats specifically on health topics? Here are three ways to locate Twitter chats related to health and wellness topics, which healthcare professionals on Twitter may want to attend:

  • Follow NLM Twitter Handles – If you follow NLM_OSP (the Twitter account for the National Library of Medicine Outreach and Special Populations Branch), then you’ll often see announcements on upcoming Twitter chats related to health awareness and outreach topics.  There are currently 18 Twitter accounts maintained by National Library of Medicine, and many of the accounts promote and participate in health-related Twitter chats on a regular basis.
  • Check FYI Weekly Health Resources Newsletter – The Office of Minority Health publishes a weekly email bulletin called FYI: Weekly Health Resources, which lists information on grants, fellowships/scholarships, program resources, and more (including upcoming Twitter chats) related to minority health.
  • Check the Twitter Chat Schedule on Symplur – The website Symplur tracks popular healthcare-related hashtags and also includes a weekly schedule of healthcare tweet chats, including a list of upcoming one-time and irregularly scheduled tweet chats.

For similar announcements and opportunities from the Middle Atlantic Region, follow us on Twitter or like our Facebook page.

New Class: Locating Information on Developmental Disabilities using NLM Resources

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine is pleased to announce a new class available from the Pacific Northwest Region: Locating Information on Developmental Disabilities using NLM Resources.

This class will provide an introduction to developmental disabilities, tools to evaluate quality websites and learn about NLM resources to answer health related needs, caregiver information, ideas for programming, as well as ways to provide awareness to the community regarding developmental disabilities.

Attendees are eligible for 1 MLA CE credit for attending the webinar only, and 3 MLA CE credits for pre-class reading, webinar, and class exercises. This course is also eligible towards the Consumer Health Information Specialization offered by MLA.

The first session of this new class will be held on November 10 at noon PT (3:00 PM ET). Registration is required.

Please visit the description page for more details and registration.

NLM Resources to Prevent Domestic Violence

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

From the Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

Domestic violence is a form of abuse that often involves a spouse or partner, but it can also be directed towards a child, older adult, or other family member. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the National Library of Medicine has domestic violence prevention resources available for the general public and special populations, such as older adults, children/teens, non-English speakers, and individuals who are HIV positive:

  • General Public: MedlinePlus has a Health Topics page on Domestic Violence, including links to prevention and safety planning information, how to find an expert, and information for children and teens.
  • Older Adults: Find a summary about elder abuse and links to prevention and reporting resources on MedlinePlus.
  • Multilingual Resources: Resources in document, video, and audio format, in multiple languages, are available on HealthReach under the topic of domestic violence.

Health Education Week

Monday, October 17th, 2016

October 17-21 is National Health Education Week. Sponsored by the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), National Health Education Week brings, “attention to public health issues and promotes consumers’ understanding of the role of health education and health promotion in society. ”

Visit the SOPHE page on this initiative to download a promotional toolkit, which includes daily themes and suggested activities for anyone who desires to take an active role in creating partnerships to build community health.

Use the hashtag #NHEW2016 on social media to help promote Health Education!