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MedlinePlus Reaches Major Milestone: Launch of Its 1000th Health Topic Page!

A major milestone was recently reached as MedlinePlus.gov launched its 1,000th health topic page about “Eye Care.” Created and maintained by the National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health’s website providing trusted health information to the public. The winner of multiple awards and a consistent top scorer among federal websites, MedlinePlus debuted in 1998 with 22 health topic pages, which bring together information on a particular disease, condition, or wellness issue. Each health topic page provides a description of the condition or issue and directs users to vetted information from the NIH and other trusted sources. All content on MedlinePlus is reviewed and must meet strict quality guidelines.

MedlinePlus has steadily added new topics to respond to the growing needs of the public for reliable, up-to-date health information. The demand for additional health topics grew with the 2010 launch of MedlinePlus Connect, a service that links Electronic Health Records and other Health IT systems to targeted information from MedlinePlus. Today, over a million people visit MedlinePlus daily and benefit from the health topic pages, a medical encyclopedia, health news, surgery videos, a medical dictionary and much more. A Spanish language version of the site, MedlinePlus en español, premiered in 2002.

NLM Resources for February 2017 National Children’s Dental Health Month

The American Dental Association named February 2017 as National Children’s Dental Health Month. The National Library of Medicine has multilingual information about children’s dental health available for free online:

  • Check MedlinePlus for a collection of reliable links related to Child Dental Health, and use the Medical Encyclopedia on MedlinePlus to find instructions on brushing your child’s teeth and preventing tooth decay in early childhood. Various informational handouts in seven languages about child dental health can be downloaded on MedlinePlus.
  • Browse HealthReach for topics like dental care and oral hygiene to view and download patient information in over a dozen languages, including audio and video options for some records. For instance, the brochure Healthy Teeth, Health Kids is available in 13 languages, with audio downloads in eight languages. Use the split-screen view on HealthReach to view the document in English and a second language simultaneously.

Love Your Data Week: February 13-17!

Love Your Data week is an online event coming up on February 13-17, 2017! This year’s theme is emphasizing data quality for researchers at any stage in their career. Follow the activities on Twitter to gain inspiration, share ideas, and find new ways to promote data services and resources at your library and beyond! More details will be available soon!

Research Data Access and Preservation Summit 2017 (RDAP17) April 19-21 in Seattle: February 3 Early Bird Registration Deadline

The Research Data Access and Preservation Summit 2017 (RDAP17) will be held April 19-21 at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel. Take advantage of the early-bird registration rate of $190 by Friday, February 3! RDAP17 will offer a diverse set of topics and presenters cutting across disciplines, institutions, and roles involved with the major challenges of providing access to and preserving research data. Panels, posters, lightning talks, institutional snapshots, and problem tables will provide greater opportunities for engagement with the community. In addition to the regular program, on April 21 RDAP17 is hosting two incredibly affordable workshops on A Friendly Introduction to GitHub ($25) and Building and Utilizing Rubrics for Assessment of Data Management Plans (free). You can follow all of the RDAP17 news via website, Twitter, Facebook, and listserv.

NLM Outreach Resources for National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week, January 23-29

National Drug and Alcohol Fact Week, a public education project from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), aims to shatter myths that teens may believe about drugs and alcohol. The National Library of Medicine provides outreach materials that can be used to teach teens and the general public from many different special populations about the health risks associated with drugs and alcohol, including:

  • General Public: Use MedlinePlus to provide summaries and links about drug and alcohol abuse in consumer-friendly language for the general public, including multilingual information.
  • Native Americans: The American Indian Health portal provides links for Native American communities, researchers, and the general public on alcohol abuse and substance abuse.
  • Non-English Speakers: The HealthReach website can be used to locate patient handouts, audio, and video in multiple languages, related to drugs and alcohol.

Resources for Staying Healthy During the Holidays

In addition to joy, the holiday season can also bring stress, home safety hazards, and weight gain. Following are several reliable resources to help everyone stay safe and healthy during the holidays:

  • MedlinePlus Text Campaign for Holiday Mental Health: Get three text messages per week through the holidays on how to cope with anxiety, depression, and stress. Users can subscribe by texting MP Health to 468311 or by signing-up online.
  • Browse and Share Heart Healthy Holiday Recipes: The Million Hearts® Initiative from the Centers for Disease Control offers a slideshow of nutritious and heart healthy holiday recipes.
  • Tips for Holiday Food Safety: The Food and Drug Administration provides tips, links, and videos in both English and Spanish about how to safely prepare foods during the holidays.
  • Holiday Fire Safety Resources: The US Fire Administration shares a number of outreach materials about fire safety with candles and Christmas trees, including handouts, posters, videos, and infographics.
  • Indoor Exercise Activities at Go4Life: The National Institute on Aging offers a helpful page of endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility exercises, many of which can be done indoors.

NNLM Webinar on January 12: What is Bioinformatics Librarianship?

A growing number of librarians are filling a special niche in the information world: Serving those who work with genetic and molecular biology information. Register now for this one-hour webinar on January 12, 2017, 10:00-11:00 AM PST, and meet eight of your colleagues as they explain their specialized and valuable roles at their institutions:

  • Julie A Arendt, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Marci Brandenburg, University of Michigan
  • Rolando Garcia-Milan, Yale University
  • Karen H Gau, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Tobin Magle, Colorado State University
  • Robyn Reed, Penn State University
  • Elliott Smith, University of California, Berkeley
  • Rob Wright, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Following the webinar, you will be invited to participate in a focus group to help the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) design bioinformatics education for librarians who serve biomedical researchers and practitioners, as well as those who serve a broader audience. This session is sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Training Office and the NNLM Bioinformatics Education Working Group. It will be moderated by Peter Cooper, NCBI, and Kate Majewski, NLM.

National Influenza Vaccination Week 2016

Influenza (flu) is a potentially serious respiratory infection caused by a number of viruses, and getting the flu vaccination every year is the best way to lower your chance of getting the flu and spreading it to others. National Influenza Vaccination Week 2016 is December 4-10, and the National Library of Medicine offers helpful information and reliable links about the flu shot for many different populations:

  • The General Public: Find a short summary of how the flu shot works, who should get the flu shot, and the latest news and resources about the shot on MedlinePlus.
  • Multilingual Resources: Find information on influenza and the flu vaccination in a dozen or more languages on HealthReach. Information about the flu shot is also available in over 20 languages on MedlinePlus.
  • Native American Communities: The American Indian Health portal offers links to statistics, information for researchers/health professionals/educators, and general information on the flu, targeted towards Native American communities.
  • Older Adults: On NIH Senior Health, older adults can learn about recommended immunizations for anyone older than 50, including the influenza vaccination.
  • Individuals with HIV/AIDS: Access links about recommended vaccinations for individuals living with HIV/AIDS on AIDSource, including information about the flu shot.

Apply Now for Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians, April 24-28, 2017, in Raleigh, NC!

Applications are being accepted through January 27 for the Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians, to be held April 24-28, 2017 at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status no later than February 17, 2017.

The Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians is a week-long course providing the opportunity for librarians passionate about research and scholarship to immerse themselves in learning about data science and visualization in collaboration with academic peers. Participants will develop knowledge, skills, and confidence to communicate effectively with faculty and student researchers about their data and be able to provide initial consultancy on the course topics. Led by expert instructors, sessions will be interactive and will focus on mastery of core concepts, with hands-on exposure to select open source and highly used commercial tools. Sharing of practices and experiences across institutions will be encouraged. The Institute will include topics such as:

  • Data Exploration and Statistical Analysis
  • Bibliometric Analysis
  • Data Visualization
  • Version Control with Git and GitHub
  • Data Description, Sharing, and Reuse
  • Data Cleaning and Preparation
  • Web Scraping
  • Analyzing Textual Data
  • Mapping and Geospatial Visualization
  • Publisher and Funder Data Use Agreements

Digital Storytelling Competition Announcement for Native American Heritage Month!

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Tribal Health Research Office (THRO) has announced a digital storytelling Challenge, or competition, in honor of Native American Heritage Month. The Challenge, Storytelling about Health and Wellness in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities, involves development of a brief (five minutes or less) digital story that communicates how traditions and heritage promote health within American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. Submissions must be made by January 31, 2017.

The submission is a video that describes: 1) how heritage and tradition leads to health and wellness in AI/AN communities; and 2) how future research can improve the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Submissions are limited to a video that may not exceed five minutes. Winning entries may be posted on the NIH web site. Submissions must be substantially free of scientific jargon and understandable by viewers without scientific/technical backgrounds. The first place winner will receive $4,000; second place will receive $3,000; third place will receive $2,000; and two honorable mentions will each receive $500. Awards will be announced the week of March 6, 2017. The first place winner will also be invited to an upcoming meeting of the NIH Tribal Consultation Advisory Committee. Travel will be reimbursed for those invitees.