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Archive for January, 2016

Resource Guides on Recent Public Health Incidents

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) recently developed resource lists for three public health emergencies affecting both local and global communities. An incident Web page was created to gather resources on the emerging health issues arising from the Zika Virus. Two PDF documents on recent chemical incidents have been updated.  Links to these lists are included below and also can be found on our NLM Disaster Health home page. https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov (more…)

Nominations Sought for the Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

From the Friends of the National Library of Medicine:

The Friends of the National Library of Medicine (http://fnlm.org/) seek your nominations for this year’s Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award.

NOMINATIONS:

  • Nominees must be currently employed as a health sciences librarian and have worked in such a position for at least five years immediately preceding the award.
  • The nomination may be made for contributions by the librarian as demonstrated by excellence and achievement in leadership, publications, teaching, research, special projects or any combination of these.
  • Nominations must be in writing and contain at least the following elements:
    • The official nomination form
    • A precise description of the nominee’s achievements, no more than 5 pages please
    • A current resume or curriculum vitae
    • Any additional information that would assist the jury in the evaluation of the nomination and selection of the recipient. Please include no more than ten extra pages.
  • Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.
  • All nominations must be received by May 1, 2016 via mail, fax, or email (details below):

Mail: Friends of the National Library of Medicine

4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 500

Bethesda, MD 20814

Email: ronica.lu@fnlm.org, Fax:  301-657-1296

Zika Virus- Travel and Pregnancy Notices

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

For some of us the Zika virus is something new.  However, it was actually identified in the 1940’s in Uganda. The Zika virus was considered a rare disease primarily located in African countries with a smattering of occurrences in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. In May 2015 the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert confirming infections in Brazil where it has been noted that over 3,500 babies have been born, since this past May, with microcephaly. It is not known for sure if the Zika virus is responsible for this outbreak of microcephaly but many doctors believe there is a connection. The Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness that can be transmitted from pregnant mother to baby. Symptoms of the virus are typically mild and include fever, rash, joint pain, headaches, and red eyes which lasts from a few days to a week. The virus has not been reported in the United States except through returning travelers though just last week health officials in Hawaii reported a recent birth in which a  baby with microcephaly had been infected with the virus whose mother had been in Brazil last May. The Zika virus is spreading throughout the Americas and was reported in Puerto Rico this past December. Because there is no known treatment or vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a health advisory for travelers to 14 countries and territories in the Americans where Zika has been reported and has developed interim guidelines for pregnant women or wish to become pregnant who are considering travel to areas with outbreaks of Zika virus.

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/

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PNR Partners webinar January 28

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Date: Thursday, January 28

Time: 1:00 pm PT, Noon Alaska Time, 2:00 pm MT

Join us to hear from two of our recipients who each received PNR Health Disparities Information Outreach funding. In, Somali Cultural Profile Project: Collaborating to Update Information about Culture and Health Disparities in the Somali Community, Christine Wilson Owens will describe the partnership and work of EthnoMed and the King County Somali Health Board in reviewing and enhancing the Somali Cultural Profile and Somali Community Resources pages on the EthnoMed website. (For those who may not be familiar with EthnoMed it is an online resource for healthcare providers serving immigrant and refugee patients.) Collaboratively, EthnoMed and the Somali Health Board pulled in community voices and health care provider perspectives to document information about the culture and the health experience of Somali immigrants in the Seattle area, with particular focus on highlighting health disparity issues affecting this immigrant community.

Library Services Manager at Tuality Healthcare, Judith Hayes had a unique feature to her project titled, Increasing Health Disparity and Resource Awareness at Tuality Healthcare. Tuality Healthcare’s Cultural Diversity Task Force collaborated with People, Places, Things to bring a dynamic, hands-on workshop to demonstrate techniques for facilitating critical information transfer across language divides. Vignettes were used to demonstrate sources of disparity and possible sources of resources and resolution. The one-hour presentations were designed jointly by Tuality and Teatro Milagro to address Tuality’s Specific Situation. The goals were to increase awareness of health disparities in the Tuality service area, increase awareness of available resources to help address health and cultural disparity issues at Tuality, and to improve the level of understanding between staff and clients of different cultural backgrounds.

Listening to the successes and challenges of these particular programs can inspire and generate energy to create your own program or adapt these and other funded projects to your own organization’s needs.  (more…)

Chemicals, Drugs and Genetics Oh My!: Searching PubMed and Beyond, Feb 15 – March 11

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

This specialized class will help improve your effectiveness in searching PubMed and related NLM and NIH databases for information on chemicals, drugs and genetics. The course beings with searching PubMed for drug information with MeSH terms, Supplementary Concept Records (SCR), and Pharmacologic Actions (PA). Additional topics include searching related databases for drug information (e.g. ClincalTrials.gov and TOXNET), searching with chemical nomenclature (e.g. ChemiIDplus, the Hazardous Substance Databank (HSDB), and PubChem Compound), and locating genetic literature and data (e.g. NCBI Gene and Genetics Home Reference (GHR)). This course assumes a strong working knowledge of PubMed including an understanding of automatic term mapping, the importance of reviewing the Details box after searches, and using the Advanced search page and the MeSH database.

Feb 15 – March 11, 2016 (4 weeks), online/asynchronous via Moodle

6 MLA CE credits

More information and registration

AIDSinfo Releases HIV/AIDS Guidelines App for iOS and Android Devices

Friday, January 15th, 2016

AIDSinfo is pleased to introduce HIV providers and other health professionals to our newly released HIV/AIDS Guidelines app! The AIDSinfo Guidelines app provides mobile access to the federally approved HIV/AIDS medical practice treatment guidelines. (more…)