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March 2017 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

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Check out the March 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:

  • Find Help for Low Vision
    Millions of Americans have low vision caused by an eye injury or a disease such as glaucoma. The sooner an eye problem is detected and treated by a physician, the greater your chance of keeping your remaining vision.
  • Featured Website: Bone Health Resources
    How do you keep your bones healthy and strong? It’s never too late to improve your bone health. Find out how to eat the right foods, exercise safely, and make other healthy lifestyle choices to protect your bones.

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!

Recording for “Midday at the Oasis: Good Design for Data Visualization” Now Available!

On February 15, NN/LM PSR presented Good Design for Data Visualization for the Midday at the Oasis monthly webinar. Cindy Olney, NNLM Evaluation Office Assistant Director, presented the basic principles of chart design and described the process for developing a chart to help communicate dense amounts of information quickly and effectively. You can view the webinar by visiting our Midday at the Oasis page or by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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Register Now for NN/LM Consumer Health Online Course March 20 – April 21!

Registration is open for the free four-week online class Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services. This course defines the core competencies of providing consumer health information services and then dives directly into the essential skills and knowledge that library staff need to build those competencies. Attendees will participate in a robust class that includes four weeks of interactive instruction, discussion, and activities followed by an additional week to complete a final project. This course was developed to help all library staff provide excellent service and health information to consumers, patients, students, and other members of the community.

The self-paced class will run from March 20 – April 21, using the Moodle platform. It will be team-taught by Kelli Ham, NN/LM PSR Consumer Health Librarian, and Bobbi Newman, NN/LM GMR Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist. More information will be sent to registrants by March 17, and the course will open Monday morning, March 20. Due to the comprehensive nature of this class, participants can expect to spend between 3 and 4 hours per week to fulfill the requirements. Upon completion, participants will be awarded 12 Medical Library Association (MLA) CE units. In addition, this is an approved CHIS class; participants who complete the class are eligible to apply for Level I or Level II of MLA’s Consumer Health Information Specialization.

PubMed Subject Filter Strategies Updated for 2017

PubMed subject filter strategies are reviewed each year to determine if modifications are necessary. Modifications may include revisions due to changes in Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) vocabulary or MEDLINE journals, adding or deleting terms, and changing parts of a strategy to optimize retrieval. The following subset strategies were recently revised:

  • AIDS
  • Bioethics
  • Cancer
  • Complementary Medicine
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Toxicology

NIH Open Science Grand Prize Winner Announced!

A prototype online platform that uses real-time visualization and viral genome data to track the spread of global pathogens such as Zika and Ebola is the grand prize winner of the Open Science Prize. The international team competition is an initiative of the National Institutes of Health, in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). The winning team, Real-time Evolutionary Tracking for Pathogen Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation, created its nextstrain.org prototype to pool data from researchers across the globe, perform rapid phylogenetic analysis, and post the results on the platform’s website. The winning team will receive $230,000 to fully develop their prototype with NIH awarding $115,000 to the U.S. members of the winning team, and the Wellcome Trust and HHMI also contributing $115,000.

The Open Science Prize is a global competition designed to foster innovative solutions in public health and biomedicine using open digital content. The prize, which was launched in October 2015, aims to forge new international collaborations that bring together open science innovators to develop services and tools of benefit to the global research community. All six finalist teams were considered exemplary by the funders and are to be commended for their tenacity in developing creative approaches to applying publicly-accessible data to solve complex biomedical and public health challenges. The topics spanned the breadth of biomedical and public challenges, ranging from understanding the genetic basis of rare diseases, mapping the human brain, and enhancing the sharing of clinical trial information. As evidenced from the six Open Science Prize finalists, public health and biomedical solutions are enriched when data are combined from geographically diverse sources. Further details are available in the NIH Press Release.

Resources for Finding and Visualizing Health Data and Statistics

Health outreach professionals often need to locate health statistics and data, to learn what kinds of health issues affect specific populations. The data may need to be visualized in chart, graph, or map format, to include in reports for policy makers and for the general public. Where can you find the raw data related to public health, and what tools are available to visualize the data? Following are a few resources related to health data, statistics, and data visualization that may be useful:

  • Learn about Health Statistics on MedlinePlus: Your first stop can be the Health Statistics page on MedlinePlus, where you can read a quick summary about health statistics and access links to a wide variety of reliable health statistics resources.
  • Find Public Datasets Related to Health Disparities: The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced the release of the National Partnership for Action (NPA) Compendium of Publicly Available Datasets and Other Data-Related Resources, a free resource that compiles descriptions of and links to 132 public datasets and resources that include information about health conditions and other factors that impact the health of minority populations.
  • Visualize Toxic Chemical Health Data on TOXMAP: The TOXMAP tool can be used to visualize locations of Toxic Release Inventory facilities, Superfund sites, Environment Canada’s National Pollutant Release Inventory data, location of nuclear plants, and location of EPA coal plants, with additional layers of US census and health data added to the map to illustrate environmental health disparities in specific locations.
  • Learn How to Create Community Health Maps: Use the Community Health Mapping Lab Exercises to learn free and low cost methods for collecting field data, combining field data with other organizational data, and visualizing the data through online mapping tools.

New DOCLINE and Loansome Doc Banner Notice

On February 27th, both the DOCLINE and Loansome Doc login pages were updated to display a new banner to comply with Department of Health and Human Services IT guidelines.

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The banner provides privacy and security notices consistent with federal laws, directives, and other federal guidance for accessing government systems, particularly “Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations – Revision 4” from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The update should not have any functional impact. Please refer to the DOCLINE Customer Support Knowledgebase or User Guide if you have questions. For further assistance, click the “Contact Us” link on any DOCLINE Knowledgebase article to send a message directly to the DOCLINE Team.

Upcoming NN/LM PSR Webinar: “Big Data 2 Knowledge: Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science”

Register now for our March 22 webinar, Big Data 2 Knowledge: Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science, coordinated by Nathalie Reid, Data Services and Technology Librarian! All librarians and health professionals interested in data science are encourage to enroll. This event will be a watching party of the video: Introduction to Big Data and the Data Lifecycle, followed by a discussion of themes that emerge and how they are relevant to our institutions. Video description: “Data are created, they persist for a period of time, and they may be lost or destroyed. With luck, they may be reused and re-explored to yield new insights and to spark new investigations. This talk will highlight major themes in the management and use of scientific data, and the ways in which investigators can ensure that their data will have maximum benefit to the scientific community.”

If you are looking for a lively discussion about data science, please join us! Expectations are that attendees will either watch the Youtube video along with the group at 1:00-2:00pm PDT or on their own, and then actively participate in the discussion at 2:00-3:00pm to be eligible for 2 MLA Contact Hours. Please contact me with any questions about the event!

What’s New on NLM’s Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) Resource

Since the last REMM update in August, 2016, the following important US government document have been incorporated into the resource. Additional information is available by visiting What’s New on REMM?

An update to Mobile REMM is also coming soon!

Three Resources to Locate Recorded Presentations on Health Information Outreach Topics!

Have you wondered how to locate recordings of webinars or other online presentations hosted by government agencies, private organizations, or academic institutions on health information outreach topics? If so, use the following resources as a helpful guide: