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October Midday at the Oasis Recording Now Available!

On October 19, NN/LM PSR presented NLM Drug Information Services for the Midday at the Oasis monthly webinar. Patrick McLaughlin, from MEDLARS Management, covered a wealth of NLM websites. He covered MedlinePlus, PubMed Health, DailyMed, Dietary Supplement Label Database, Pillbox, RxImage, TOXNET’s HSDB and LactMed, and PubChem. For terminologies, he showed RxNorm, RxNav, RxClass, and UMLS. Last but not least, the Drug Information Portal was highlighted! You can view the webinar by visiting our Midday at the Oasis Archives page or by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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Apply by December 5 for 2017 Spring and Fall NLM Georgia Biomedical Informatics Courses!

The National Library of Medicine, in partnership with Augusta University, has announced that the application period for the 2017 NLM Georgia Biomedical Informatics Course is now open. The Biomedical Informatics course offers participants a week-long immersive experience in biomedical informatics taught by experts in the field. The course guides participants through topics including biomedical informatics methods, clinical informatics, big data and imaging, genomics, consumer health informatics, mathematical modeling, and telemedicine and telehealth. The course will be held at Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa in Young Harris, GA. Costs for attending this course including travel, housing, and meals are fully funded for attendees. If admitted, participants are expected to attend the entire week (all sessions and activities). No family members or guests are permitted.

There is one application for both the Spring (April 2-8) and Fall (September 10-16) courses. The application period closes on December 5, 2016. For questions, contact GABIOMED@augusta.edu. In addition, a special informational webinar about the course is being hosted by the NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region on October 25, from 10:00-11:00 AM PDT.

Register Now for the Next “NN/LM Resource Picks” Webinar on November 30: AIDSource and AIDSinfo!

The next session of the collaborative webinar series NN/LM Resource Picks will be held on Wednesday, November 30, at 12:00 PM PST. Registration is required. The featured presentation is AIDSource and AIDSinfo , with guest speakers Andrew Plumer, National Library of Medicine, Specialized Information Services Division, and Alison McDougal, PMP, AIDSinfo Project Manager.

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. Attend this webinar 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 much more! The resources are useful for health professionals, researchers, educators, and the general public.

NLM Training Resources for Accessing Reliable Health Information

The National Library of Medicine offers many training resources for teaching diverse populations about reliable health information. Following are a few of the training materials for teaching various audiences how to access and evaluate trustworthy online health information resources:

  • For the General Public (English language): MedlinePlus offers an online tutorial called Evaluating Internet Health Information: A Tutorial from the National Library of Medicine. This tutorial walks users through the evaluation process for checking whether website content should be considered reliable. The tutorial includes audio.
  • For Older Adults (English language): The training module Evaluating Health Websites (PDF, 5.77 MB) is part of a larger curriculum from NIHSeniorHealth to teach older adults how to search for health information online. The module includes an introduction and lesson plan for the trainer, as well as handouts for students. The course is meant to be taught in a live environment, with a PC with internet access for each student.
  • For Spanish Speakers: The Spanish-language publication Recursos de información de la Biblioteca Nacional de Medicina sobre la infección por el VIH/SIDA (PDF, 4.4 MB) teaches readers how to access reliable health information, specifically on the topic of HIV/AIDS. The publication includes a general guide on how to search for quality health information on the internet in section 3 (Búsqueda de información de salud de calidad en Internet).

October 2016 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

Illustration of 3 people in gray clothes and one in orange, representing 25% or the ratio 1 in 4Check out the October issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:

  • Understanding Health Risks: Improve Your Chances for Good Health
    “Understanding health risks is key to making your own health care decisions,” says Dr. William Elwood, a psychologist and behavioral scientist at NIH. “It gives you perspective on potential harms and benefits, so you can make smart choices based on facts and not fears.”
  • Depression Symptoms and Treatment
    Most adults with depression might not be receiving treatment, a new study suggests. And many who do undergo treatment might not have the disorder. These findings highlight the need to deliver appropriate care for depression.
  • Volunteers Needed for Cancer Study
    NIH is working to learn more about how to target cancer therapy to the specific tumors and genetic changes in each patient. Volunteers are needed for a nationwide clinical trial called NCI-MATCH (National Cancer Institute-Molecular Analysis for Therapy Choice).
  • Featured Website: Voices of the NIH Community
    Listen to stories from patients, family members, doctors, and nurses who’ve been touched by NIH’s research and community. Through a partnership with StoryCorps, this website shares personal experiences of survival, loss, discovery, hope, and the profound impact of NIH-funded research.

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Additionally, you can get trusted, up-to-date health information from NIH News in Health added directly to your site via NIH content syndication. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!

NLM Resource Guide Responds to Hurricane Matthew

National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Health is responding to recent events with a Hurricane Matthew Health Related Resources Guide.

The guide includes links to:

  • Federal and state-specific resources
  • Social media for situational awareness
  • Situation reports
  • Maps
  • Public health information
  • General hurricane information and more

The guide will be updated as new information becomes available. You can also Follow the Hurricane Matthew Twitter list of reliable sources!

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer impacts one in eight women sometime during their lives. During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, check out the National Library of Medicine’s wide variety of reliable breast cancer information resources, ranging from genetic information to multilingual resources. The following list is a sampling of NLM resources that provide different kinds of information on breast cancer:

  1. Information for Older Adults: Learn about risk factors, tests/diagnosis, treatment, latest research, and more on breast cancer at NIH Senior Health.
  2. Consumer Health Information: MedlinePlus provides a summary on breast cancer for the general public, plus numerous links to reliable sites with research, health check tools, videos and tutorials, journal articles, and more.
  3. Multilingual Resources: Find information on breast cancer in over 15 languages on MedlinePlus, and check HealthReach for multilingual handouts, video, and audio.
  4. Clinical Trials: Search for open studies related to breast cancer at ClinicalTrials.gov.
  5. Genetic Information: Learn about genetic causes for breast cancer at Genetics Home Reference.

Recording Available for Inaugural Session of “NN/LM Resource Picks” Webinar Series

The archived recording of the first one-hour session for the new NN/LM collaborative webinar series, NN/LM Resource Picks, is available. The topic was Don’t Wait, Communicate About Disaster Preparedness! with presenter Siobhan Champ-Blackwell from NLM’s Specialized Information Services Division, Disaster Information Management Research Center. View the webinar by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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Participate in the Healthy People 2020 Public Comment Process October 6-27!

You are invited to participate in the upcoming Healthy People 2020 public comment process, which will be open from October 6 through October 27, 2016. The Healthy People team is seeking comments on an objective that is being considered as a potential addition to the HIV topic area. The proposed objective was developed by the HIV workgroup, which is led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). It has been reviewed by the Healthy People 2020 Federal Interagency Workgroup (FIW), and is now being presented for public review and comment. All comments received will be carefully reviewed by the HIV workgroup, the Healthy People 2020 FIW, and other Healthy People 2020 stakeholders.

Videocast on October 4: Louis W. Sullivan, MD, Former US Secretary of Health and Human Services

Louis W. Sullivan, MD, US Secretary of Health and Human Services (1989–1993), gave a 90-minute presentation about his life story, and racial disparities and medical care on October 4, A Personal Perspective on Race, Opportunity and the US Health System, which was archived for future viewing. Dr. Sullivan grew up in rural Georgia during the period of legally-sanctioned and enforced racial segregation, which impacted him, his family, and the black community. He was inspired to become a physician when, at age 5, he met the only black physician in Southwest Georgia. After becoming a hematologist and professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, he went on to found the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, followed by an appointment as US Secretary of Health and Human Services in the administration of George H.W. Bush.

Dr. Sullivan developed initiatives to increase racial, ethnic, and gender diversity in the US Department of Health and Human Services and in the nation’s health workforce. Throughout his career, he has worked to improve the effectiveness of the US health system and the diversity of its workforce. The elimination of disparities in health care, which exist between whites and the nation’s underserved minorities, is an ongoing priority of Dr. Sullivan. He’ll discuss progress to date and remaining challenges.