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Archive for April, 2010

AHRQ Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality just released the Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit. can access an online version at:

The toolkit, developed for AHRQ by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is based on the principles of universal precautions, or specific actions that providers can take to make health information more understandable for all patients. It is designed to be used by all levels of staff in practices providing primary care for adults and/or pediatric patients.

The toolkit includes:

*A Quick Start Guide
*The Path to Improvement, which outlines the six steps to fully implement the toolkit
*Twenty short tools to identify and address areas that need improvement
*Links to Internet resources
*An appendix with resources to support implementation, such as sample forms, posters, PowerPoint presentations, and worksheets.

DiversityRx offered a recent webinar highlighting this new resource.  The recording is available for viewing at:

Interested in other DiversityRx webinars?  For information about future webinars, go to:

NLM – Crude Oil Spills and Human Health

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

A new page of links to information on “Crude Oil Spills and Human Health” is now available at

The page has links to information on how the United States responds to oil spills, state agencies in the Gulf region that respond to spills, occupational hazards for professionals and volunteers assisting with clean-up, seafood safety and more. The links under “Featured Sites” focus on the latest updates about the recent spill and subsequent controlled burning of crude oil in the Gulf of Mexico. The spill followed the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit oil platform 50 miles southeast of the Mississippi Delta on April 20, 2010.

Please send your comments and suggestions about additional health information content to This information is compiled by the Disaster Information Management Research Center, Specialized Information Services, US National Library of Medicine.

Professional Development Day for Librarians: Nanotechnology

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

UMass Amherst Libraries and the Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing are sponsoring a professional development day on May 24th: Nanotechnology in the Health and Applied Sciences: Implications for Librarians and Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Learn the basic scientific concepts underpinning nanotechnology as well as its applications in the health and applied sciences. The goal of this event is to provide Science librarians with a basic understanding of the tools, language, trends, and resources for supporting nanotechnology research. Active researchers and librarians will present the following topics: Visualizing the Invisible; Nanoparticles for Cancer Therapy, Carbon Nanotubes and their Applications; Environmental, Health and Safety Concerns; Intellectual Property;and Data Curation 101. There will be a tour of two labs at UMASS Amherst. Lunch will be provided. This event is free and open to all New England Region science librarians, but you must register to attend. To register, please email by Friday May 14! For more information:

NIH News in Health – April issue

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

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

This edition features articles about:

  • mitochondrial disease
  • calcium
  • resting may boost memory
  • life changes after cancer

To request print copies free of charge for your library, doctor’s office or institution, please email or call 301-435-7489 for more information. Or, print the PDF.

To recommend topics for upcoming issues or share how you use the newsletter, visit the NIH News in Health Facebook wall.

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