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Archive for February, 2015

Health Literacy Resources Refresher

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Adequate health literacy is essential to health care, public health, and the way our society views health. Improving the health literacy of the population has been broadly recognized as an important goal and is one of the major objectives in the Healthy People 2020 Health Communication and Health Information Technology topic.   Health literacy is not just about reading — it requires a complex group of reading, listening, analytical, and decision-making skills, and the ability to apply these skills to health situations. For example, it includes the ability to understand instructions on prescription drug bottles, appointment slips, medical education brochures, doctor’s directions and consent forms, and the ability to negotiate complex health care systems. (more…)

RFI on the National Library of Medicine

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Announcing a very important opportunity to contribute feedback of the value of the National Library of Medicine, and to directly influence the future of this organization.

Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, has convened a Working Group to Chart the Course for the NIH National Library of Medicine. In particular, comments are being sought regarding the current value of and future need for NLM resources, research and training efforts, and services (e.g., databases, software, collections).

The working group has issued a Request for Information

Please submit your comments here.

Responses will be accepted through March 13, 2015.

Upcoming PNR Rendezvous February 19 with NLM Associate Fellow, Ariel Deardorff

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

“Identifying and Developing New Roles for Librarians: the National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship” is the title of current National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow, Ariel Deardorff.

Please note that this month’s PNR Rendezvous is on a Thursday.

February 19, 2015 at 1 PM Pacific (noon Alaska 2 PM Mountain)

Ariel Deardorff, Associate Fellow at the National Library of Medicine, will present an inside look at the Associate Fellowship program and discuss recent projects that showcase new areas of interest at NLM and new roles for librarians. Featured projects areas include data visualization, data management, policy, reference, and clinical terminologies. (more…)

National Wear Red Day is February 6

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

In the United States, 1 in 4 women dies from heart disease*. On National Wear Red Day tomorrow, thousands of people, men and women, raise their voices in support of heart disease awareness and prevention, in efforts to help women learn their risk for heart disease. Show your support by wearing something red and encourage your neighbors, coworkers, friends and loved ones to do the same.

The first step toward heart health is knowing about your own risks. Some risk factors, such as history of preeclampsia during pregnancy or family history of early heart disease, cannot be changed.  Smoking cigarettes, being overweight, having a poor diet, or being physically inactive are also risk factors. Still others, such as high blood pressure or high blood cholesterol, generally do not have obvious signs or symptoms.  To understand your own risk factors, talk with your physician; he or she can be an important partner in helping you identify heart health goals. Here are some tips on how to begin the conversation.

Women of all ages can take steps to prevent heart disease by practicing healthy lifestyle habits, beginning today. Get started by getting active with The Heart Truth’s #4MyHeart –a 4-week interactive challenge (plus a tip a day) designed to help you lower your risk.

Learn more about heart disease in women at MedlinePlus.

*According to the CDC and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

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