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Archive for May, 2010

MedlinePlus Redesign Preview

Friday, May 21st, 2010

MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español will debut a new design in summer 2010. Many of the changes are based on feedback the National Library of Medicine (NLM) received from you.

To get a sneak peek at what’s coming, please go to to start your tour. There is a feedback form on the bottom of every page, and NLM welcomes your comments.

Texas A&M to Host Evidence-based Public Health Workshop

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

The Texas A&M University Medical Sciences Library in College Station, Texas will host an all-day class, “Evidence-based Public Health Workshop: Applications for Practice” on Thursday, June 24, 2010 from 9 AM to 3:30 PM.

The audience is anyone with a public health role in their community. Topics include: formulating the search for evidence, selecting resources, hands on searching with case studies, appraising the evidence and integrating it into practice. Presenters are:  Margaret J. Foster, MS, MPH; Becky McKay, MA, MLIs; Catherine Pepper, MLIS, MPH; and Suzanne Shurta, MLIS. The attendance fee is $20 which covers lunch, parking and 3 CEUs.

Online registration is available here:

For a brochure or more information, contact:  Becky McKay at: or 979-845-4631.

NLM Independent Career Development Award

Monday, May 17th, 2010

The purpose of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Independent Career Development Award for Biomedical Informatics (K22) program is to facilitate the transition of investigators from the mentored to the independent stage of their careers by providing “protected time” for newly independent investigators to develop and receive support for their initial research programs. The award applies to biomedical informaticians who are pursuing research in clinical informatics, public health informatics or translational informatics. Preference will be given to candidates who received their informatics training at one of NLM’s university-based training programs in biomedical informatics.

For more information:

NLM Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities

Friday, May 14th, 2010

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) solicits resource grant applications for projects that will bring useful, usable health information to health disparity populations and the health care providers who care for those populations. Access to useful, usable, understandable health information is an important factor during health decisions. Proposed projects should exploit the capabilities of computer and information technology and health sciences libraries to bring health-related information to consumers and their health care providers. Preference will be given to applications that show strong involvement of health science libraries and to applications submitted by or that involve minority-serving institutions. For more information visit:

Anatomy Videos now on MedlinePlus

Friday, May 14th, 2010

MedlinePlus now includes a collection of animated anatomy videos as part of the A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia. These 78 new videos show the anatomy of body parts and organ systems and how diseases and conditions affect them. You can also find links to the videos in encyclopedia articles and MedlinePlus health topic pages. For a complete list of videos, click on the Videos and Tutorials graphic on the upper right side of the MedlinePlus home page.

Patient Handouts Now on MedlinePlus

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

MedlinePlus pages now feature a section of Patient Handouts. Patient handouts are short, printable lists of tips or how-tos on dealing with a disease or condition. They are gathered into one place for easy access for health care providers who want to find something to print for their patients.

Visit your favorite health topic page and look for the Patient Handouts link in the table of contents.

Happy Birthday MeSH

Friday, May 7th, 2010

It’s hard to believe MeSH is 50 years old. (It doesn’t look a day over 30.)

MeSH began as separate publication in 1960. See Celebrating MeSH: 50 years of Medical Subject Headings for more details.

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

From the Department of Health and Human Services:

An active lifestyle, combined with healthy eating, is the number one way to prevent obesity, and key to preventing a host of serious obesity-related diseases, including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and asthma. That’s why the First Lady calls her campaign to end the childhood obesity epidemic in a generation, “Let’s Move.”

During National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, the President is challenging every American to make physical activity, fitness, and sports something they try to do every day, whether it’s playing on a softball team, training for a race, walking the dog, or working in the garden.

President’s Challenge

Statement of Secretary Kathleen Sebelius National Physical Fitness and Sports Month


Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Attending the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting in Washington, DC? Be sure to attend some of the many National Library of Medicine (NLM) events. NLM staff along with staff from the National Institutes of Health and National Network of Libraries of Medicine will be on hand and participating in a variety of programming opportunities including presentations, poster presentations and even CE classes. Of course, one of the easiest ways to keep up with NLM resources is by attending the NLM Theater sessions. Get resource updates from NLM staff at Booth 115.

This year the Joseph Leiter Lecture will take place in the Lister Hill Auditorium on the campus of the National Library of Medicine. This prestigious lecture will feature John D. Halamka, chief information officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, chief information officer at Harvard Medical School, chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN), chair of the US Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HIT-SP)/co-chair of the HIT Standards Committee. Halamka will address the role of the National Library of Medicine in advancing health care information technology in the future.

For more information on NLM events at MLA review the full list available from the NLM Technical Bulletin.

Community Preparedness Day Award Recipients Announced

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the two recipients of the Community Preparedness Day award.

Institution: Gila Regional Medical Center/Grant County Community Health Council, Silver City NM
Project Title: Ready, Set, Safe Grant County
Principal Investigator: Beverly Allen-Ananins
Summary: The Grant County Community Health Council/GCCHC Health Information Library, in partnership with the Bayard and Silver City Public Libraries, will hold a one day event, “Ready, Set, Safe Grant County: Preparing your Home and Family for Emergencies.” At the event, community residents may obtain information and resources and participate in activities concerning preparedness for a variety of emergencies, including wild land/urban interface fires, and in-home isolation/delayed response from emergency personnel.  Additionally, free emergency preparedness materials will be available through library displays at each of the three libraries.

Institution: Vermilion Parish Library, Abbeville LA
Project Title: Emergency Awareness Week: Make a Plan, Take a Stand, Be Ready, Vermilion
Project Manager: Genevieve Vaughn
Summary: Vermilion Parish Library will hold a week-long program of events designed to promote emergency awareness for the general public of the community, as well as specific targeted activities to better serve the emergency needs of some of the underserved populations of the community: seniors, homebound, children and immigrant populations.  Outreach activities will occur in all of the churches and senior care facilities in the community, events, presentations and workshops throughout the community as well as a free-to-the-public Be Ready Vermilion Day, featuring information and activities to inform the public while increasing their emergency awareness.

Congratulations to Gila Regional Medical Center/Grant County Community Health Council in Silver City NM and Vermilion Parish Library in Abbeville LA!