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Archive for September, 2006

New SIS Resource: ToxMystery

Friday, September 29th, 2006

The Specialized Information Services division of the National Library of Medicine recently debuted, Tox Mystery, an interactive environmental health website for children ages 7-10. Tox Mystery provides a fun, game-like introduction to environmental health hazards found in the home. (more…)

Using Websites May Improve Preventive Care for Children

Friday, September 8th, 2006

A study done by the University of Washington Physician Network (UWPN) shows that customized health websites used as health interventions can help parents improve their efforts to prevent illnesses or accidents in children. Parents who were able to view health information online were more likely to talk to their doctors about preventative health, and were more likely to take preventative measure for their children’s health.

Pediatrics. 2006 Sep;118(3):1157-66.
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NCES Posts Health Literacy Study Results

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

The Health Literacy of America’s Adults is the first release of the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) health literacy results. The results are based on assessment tasks designed specifically to measure the health literacy of adults living in the United States.

Some findings were:

  • a majority of adults had intermediate health literacy
  • over 75 million adults combined had basic or below basic health literacy
  • the average health literacy score for women was 6 points higher than that of men
  • adults aged 65 and older have lower health literacy scores than younger age groups

For more information, go to the National Center for Education Statistics website:

Health Department Web Sites Score Low on Readability

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

Many state-run health department Web sites are written above the average U.S. resident’s comprehension level and are inaccessible to people who have disabilities and non-English speakers, according to a study published in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.

Brown University researchers looked at the accessibility, privacy and security of public, state-run Web sites during the last two to five years. They used content analysis to determine readability levels, disability and non-English accessibility, and the existence of privacy and security statements.

NN/LM SCR Consumer Health Classes at Dallas Public Library

Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

The NN/LM SCR will present two Consumer Health classes at the Dallas Public Library in September. These classes are all approved by the Medical Library Association for eligibility in the Consumer Health Information Specialization program ( See below for descriptions of the classes.

September 13, 2006: ¿No Comprende? Spanish Health Information Resources for English Speaking Librarians
8am to 12 pm 

September 14, 2006: Will Duct Tape Cure my Warts? Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine
8am to 12pm

Dallas Public Library
1515 Young St.
Dallas, TX 75201

To register:


Hospital Librarian Harlequin

Friday, September 1st, 2006

Will hospital librarian Jan Marlowe marry the new Ophthalmic Surgeon, or will she be with the rich playboy patient? It’s a 1950s Harlequin romance, but the Canadian Health Libraries Association is using the cover illustration as a fundraiser.