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Archive for 2010

NLM’s Emergency Access Iniative — available for the cholera outbreak in Haiti

NLM’s Emergency Access Initiative,, is now available through November 20 for access to resources usually available only by subscription. Publishers are providing access only for those affected by the cholera outbreak in Haiti and for those providing assistance to the affected population.

Click on Online Databases for access to Cochrane, DynaMed, and UpToDate. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews has relevant materials under “cholera,”  and both spellings: “diarrhea” or “diarrhoea,” and “diarrhoeal” or “diarrheal.” DynaMed has an entry for “Cholera” and UpToDate has a section titled “Overview of Vibrio cholerae infection.” Over 70 online textbooks and over 200 journals are also available.

NLM also has a topic page, “Health Resources for Haiti, Post-Earthquake,” with information about cholera in the top section labeled “Earthquakes and Health.” Some resources are also in Spanish, French, or Haitian Creole.

MedlinePlus offers cholera information for the general public at in English and in Spanish. 

 Reprinted from Cindy Love’s post on the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB discussion group.

Tox Town Adds Indoor Air Topic

Most people in the United States spend a significant amount of time indoors. The indoor air we breathe can be more polluted than outdoor air.

Tox Town, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) interactive guide to commonly encountered toxic substances, has added an Indoor Air topic. Visit the new Indoor Air location pages, in both English and Spanish, to learn about possible indoor air pollutants and how these pollutants can increase the risk of illness.

National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy released

In 2007 and 2008, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services held four town halls in the U.S. to solicit input for a health literacy action plan. The result of these efforts is the recently released National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy.

Every organization involved in health information and services that could benefit from a health literacy plan is encouraged to read the plan and use the vision, goals and strategies as a blueprint for health literacy activities. For questions about the National Action Plan, please contact the CDC Health Literacy Senior Advisor.

November NIH News in Health is Online

The November issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research, is now available at their new, improved website!

In this edition:

Please pass the word on to your colleagues about NIH News in Health. They are offering a limited number of print copies free of charge for display in offices, libraries, or clinics. Call at 301-435-7489 for more information.

LinkOut for Libraries FAQ Page Now Available!

LinkOut® for Libraries Frequently Asked Questions Page

Libraries interested in participating in LinkOut may also be interested in the new LinkOut for Libraries Frequently Asked Questions page. On this page, librarians will find answers to questions such as “What is LinkOut?” and “What is the LinkOut Library Submission Utility?” Additional questions and answers will be added in the future.

These questions are also available on the LinkOut for Libraries Training and Educational Resources page.

From the 10/27/10 NLM Technical Bulletin

PubMed Display Enhanced with Images

The PubMed abstract display for PubMed Central articles will be enhanced to include a new image strip generated from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) image database. The image strip will display thumbnails of the article’s images and captions. For more information and screenshots of the image strip in action, read the NLM Technical Bulletin.

NLM Specialized Information Services Web Pages Get Refreshed!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Division of Specialized Information Services home page has been refreshed in an effort to streamline information and to make the resources easier to access. In addition to new banners for some secondary pages, the home page now includes the same “Search Our Web Site” feature included on the Toxicology and Environmental Health (TEHIP) page. Please note that TOXNET searches should be initiated on the TOXNET home page or via the “Search TOXNET” feature of the TEHIP page.

The NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) Web pages also have a new look. DIMRC is a part of the Specialized Information Services Division. The DIMRC pages have been redesigned to enhance access to the many and diverse NLM resources useful for disaster and emergency readiness, response, and recovery. Emergency responders will find links to the WISER resource for hazardous materials incidents and the Radiation Emergency Medical Management site.

A growing list of guides to online disaster information includes titles such as “Crude Oil Spills and Health,” “Special Populations: Emergency and Disaster Preparedness,” and “Floods.” New features include an A to Z Index, links to the latest articles and reports from PubMed and the Resource Guide for Public Health Preparedness, and news about disaster events, publications, and online resources from both US and international sources.

A New Look for the NN/LM EP&R Toolkit!

Based on feedback provided from the Toolkit Usability Report, the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Toolkit now has a new look, with a “cleaner” presentation of content. New features have been added, including a section for EP&R related Twitter feeds, and easier access to weather alerts and warnings. There’s also a new tutorial on how to navigate the toolkit.

How to find your next mobile app

With thousands of mobile device apps to choose from, it stands to reason that some of the very best ones can get lost in the crowd. However, most mobile devices offer ways to help you narrow down and select some that you might actually like and find useful.

If you’re using an Apple mobile device, you can use the Genius feature in Apple’s App Store. Turning this on allows it to make recommendations based on the apps you purchased. You can also filter apps that you don’t like by choosing the ‘Not Interested’ option. Chomp is another app-finding tool available free on these devices. You can search for apps by category or price. It makes recommendations based on user reviews.

Another way to discover apps is through Appolicious. It is supported on several platforms and is available free on iPhone and Android devices. Appolicious scans your app library and makes personalized recommendations using an algorithm based on ratings, in-depth reviews, and comments from the Appolicious community. You can also keep track of recommendations and trends on its Yahoo-based website at

Create QR Codes Easily with Google URL Shortener

You can now easily create QR codes with Google’s URL Shortener ( To create the QR code, append “.qr” to the end of the shortened URL in your brower’s URL bar. You can then copy the QR code image from your browser.

If you’re not familiar with QR codes, see a previous discussion of QR codes in NewsBits, see