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Archive for April, 2008

NN/LM SCR DOCLINE Library Improvement Project Award Recipients

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the Year 02 DOCLINE Library Improvement Project Award. This award is designed to provide an opportunity to DOCLINE libraries, or libraries that are interested in becoming full DOCLINE users, to expand and improve existing library services.

Institution: University of North Texas Health Science Center, Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library, Fort Worth, TX
Project Title: Acquisition and Implementation of a New Overhead Book Scanner for Document Delivery Use
Principal Investigator: Clayton Crenshaw

Institution: St. Edward Mercy Medical Center Library, Fort Smith, AR
Project Title: St. Edward Mercy Medical Library Electronic Document Delivery Equipment and Software Upgrade
Principal Investigator: Pat Morris

Congratulations to the awardees!

Three-day Molecular Biology Course Available Online

Friday, April 25th, 2008

A recording of the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s (NCBI) three-day course “Introduction to Molecular Biology Resources” is now available online at: The course is intended for librarians with an interest in searching molecular sequence databases.

The course had been offered in person until April 2008 when NCBI suspended their educational programs due to budget constraints.

For more information on all National Library of Medicine Distance Education Resources, see:

Consumer Connections, January – March

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

The January – March issue of Consumer Connections is now live at: Consumer Connections is the newsletter of the Consumer and Patient Health Information Section (CAPHIS) of the Medical Library Association, and is published on the CAPHIS website quarterly.

Table of Contents:

CAPHIS at MLA 2008

Update from the National Library of Medicine, Division of Specialized Information Services

  • NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center
  • Drug Information Portal Released
  • TOXMAP: New Health Data, Roads, TRI 2006
  • Radiation Event Medical Management (REMM)
  • Special Populations: Emergency and Disaster Preparedness


  • A Woman’s Guide to Hormone Health: The Creator’s Way for Managing Menopause
  • Autism in your Classroom: A General Educator’s Guide to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Last Call: Alcoholism and Recovery
  • The Art of Aging: A Doctor’s Prescription for Well-Being
  • Overcoming Urinary Incontinence: A Woman’s Guide to Treatment
  • Gifts: Mothers Reflect on How Children With Down Syndrome Enrich Their Lives

For more information about Consumer Connections, please visit the CAPHIS website:

Institute of Medicine Report: Retooling for an Aging America

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

In 2007, the Institute of Medicine convened the Committee on the Future Health Care Workforce for Older Americans to determine the health care needs of Americans over 65 years of age and to assess those needs through an analysis of the forces that shape the health care workforce, including education and training, models of care, and public and private programs.

The resulting report, Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce, says that as the population of seniors grows to comprise approximately 20 percent of the U.S. population, they will face a health care workforce that is too small and critically unprepared to meet their health needs. The committee concluded that for aging family members and friends to continue to live robustly and in the best possible health, bold initiatives are needed to:

  • explore ways to broaden the duties and responsibilities of workers at various levels of training;
  • better prepare informal caregivers to tend to the needs of aging family members and friends;
  • and develop new models of health care delivery and payment as old ways sponsored by federal programs such as Medicare prove to be ineffective and inefficient.

Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce
Committee on the Future Health Care Workforce for Older Americans, Institute of Medicine, April 14, 2008
News Release:
Available online at:

NLM Funding: AIDS Community Information Outreach Program

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers.

Standard Awards are offered for up to $60,000;  Express Awards are offered for up to $10,000.


April NIH News in Health Now Online

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

The April issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research, is now online at We also thought you might be interested in the NIH Office of the Director channel on YouTube at, where you can watch videos to learn more about NIH. In this issue of NIH News in Health:

When a Medical Emergency Strikes: A Race Against the Clock
If you’re seriously injured, your recovery—and even your life—can depend on how quickly the emergency medical team arrives, what type of treatment you get and how fast they get you to a hospital.

Guard Your Liver: Protect Yourself From Hepatitis
Hepatitis can make you feel as if you have the flu, but it’s a completely different disease. Flu is caused by viruses that attack your lungs and respiratory system; hepatitis is a liver disease. Some forms of hepatitis get better on their own. But others can inflict serious liver damage, and may even leave you needing a new liver.

Health Capsules:
· Allergens in Homes Linked to Asthma
· Diet and Metabolic Syndrome
· Featured Web Site: Anabolic Steroid Abuse

You can also click here to download a PDF version for printing.

Please pass the word on to your colleagues about The NIH News in Health. We are happy to send a limited number of print copies free of charge for display in offices, libraries or clinics. Just contact us for more information.

Harrison Wein, Ph.D., Writer/Editor
National Institutes of Health
Office of the Director, Office of Communications and Public Liaison
Phone: 301-435-7489
The NIH News in Health:
NIH Research Matters (eColumn):

Americans Living Longer but Racial and Ethnic Disparities Remain

Monday, April 7th, 2008

The Federal Inter-Agency Forum on Aging Related Statistics released a new report, Older Americans 2008: Key Indicators of Well-Being. According to the report, average life expectancy continues to increase, and today’s older Americans enjoy better health and financial security than any previous generation.

However, rates of gain are inconsistent between the genders and across age brackets, income levels and racial and ethnic groups. Some critical disparities also exist between older Americans and older people in other industrialized countries.

Highlights from Older Americans 2008 include:

  • In 2006, an estimated 37 million people in the United States—12 percent of the population—were 65 and older. Projections forecast that by 2030, approximately 71.5 million people will be 65 and older, representing nearly 20 percent of the total U.S. population.
  • Americans’ longevity continues to increase, although life expectancy at age 65 in the United States is lower than that of other industrialized countries. While older people experience a variety of chronic health conditions that often accompany aging, the rate of functional limitations among people age 65 and older has declined in recent years.
  • Life expectancy in the U.S. is lower than that of many high-income countries, such as Canada, France, Sweden and Japan. In the early 1980s, U.S. women age 65 had one of the highest average life expectancies in the world, but over the last two decades, the life expectancies of older women in many countries surpassed that of women in the United States.
  • Factors affecting the health and well-being of older Americans, such as smoking history, influenza and pneumonia vaccinations and mammogram screenings, are key indicators that have shown long-term improvements but no significant change in recent years.
  • There was no significant change in the percentage of older people engaged in physical activity between 1997 and 2006.
  • The percentage of people age 65 and older who are obese, as with other age groups, increased between 1988-1994 and 2005-2006, from 22 percent to 31 percent. However, over the past several years, the trend appears to have leveled off.
  • Between 1992 and 2004, average inflation-adjusted health care costs for older Americans increased from $8,644 to $13,052. Costs varied by race and ethnic group, income and health status.
  • In 2004, as in the previous 4 years, over half of out-of-pocket health care spending (excluding health insurance premiums) by community-dwelling older people was for purchase of prescription drugs. By 2004, prescription medications accounted for 61 percent of these out-of-pocket expenses. Out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs are expected to decline because of the savings available through the Medicare prescription drug program.

National Public Health Week

Friday, April 4th, 2008

April 7 – 13 is National Public Health Week. This year’s theme is Climate Change: Our Health in the Balance. The public health community will be focusing on the effects climate change has on the health of the population. Each day highlights a particular solution and issue related to this theme:

  • Monday: Be Prepared
  • Tuesday: Travel Differently
  • Wednesday: Eat Differently
  • Thursday: Green Your Work
  • Friday: Green Your Home

For more information, see the National Public Health Week website at

NN/LM SCR Express Outreach Award Recipients

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the Year 02 Express Outreach Award.  This award is designed to fund outreach projects aimed at improving access to and use of NLM databases.

Institution: Baton Rouge General Hospital, Baton Rouge LA
Project Title: Promoting MedlinePlus and Louisiana Go Local to Public Health Workers in East Baton Rouge Parish
Principal Investigator: Melissa Fahrmann

Institution: Cancer Service of Greater Baton Rouge Center/Library, Baton Rouge LA
Project Title: The Next Step: Finding Cancer Information with MedlinePlus
Principal Investigator: Katy Bordelon

Institution: Houston Academy of Medicine – Texas Medical Center Library, Houston TX
Project Title: Providing Consumer Health Resources and “HOPE” to One Community
Principal Investigators: Adela Justice and Deborah Halsted

Institution: Laredo Public Library, Laredo Public Library
Project Title: Partners for Children’s Health
Principal Investigator: Rena Ren

Institution: Ochsner Health System Library, New Orleans LA
Project Title: Health Reference @ the Point of Care
Principal Investigator: Nital Sheridan

Institution: San Antonio Public Library, San Antonio TX
Project Title: Promotoras and Libraries: Advancing Online Health Information in San Antonio’s Underserved Communities
Principal Investigator: Natalia Arguello

Institution: Southeastern Louisiana Area Health Education Center Library at Slidell Memorial Hospital, Slidell LA
Project Title: WISER Responders II
Principal Investigator: Helen Caruso

Institution: St.Edward Mercy Medical Center Library, Fort Smith AR
Project Title: Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine: The Continuum of Chronic Medical Illness Care
Principal Investigator: Pat Morris

Institution: University of North Texas Health Science Center, Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library, Fort Worth
Project Title: Advancing the Health Literacy of Underserved Seniors in Tarrant County
Principal Investigators: Lisa Smith and P.A. Patti Pagels

Congratulations to the awardees!

Improved MedlinePlus Go Local Search

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) released a new search engine for MedlinePlus Go Local,, using the Vivisimo search software. By popular demand, search results now include health information from MedlinePlus, as well as the health services in MedlinePlus Go Local.

A look through the MedlinePlus Go Local search logs shows that many users are looking for health information as well as services. Examples include drug names such as Provigil and Cialis, disorders such as GERD and TMJ, and services such as dentists that take Medicaid and where to get a flu shot. In addition to adding health information from MedlinePlus, the new search results also feature improved relevance rankings, links to maps and directions, bold-face search words in context, and an integrated spell checker that suggests alternative search terms and spelling corrections.

Go Local Sample Search Result