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Archive for July, 2010

Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

The Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health, a collaborative, community-led grantmaking institution supporting local, state, and regional efforts that engage, empower, and benefit Gulf Coast communities, is currently offering funding for proposals focusing on the rebuilding revitalization of hurricane-impacted areas in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Texas.

The fund considers only those proposals that are developed by or in collaboration with Gulf Coast communities around self-determined needs and demonstrate how they will address one or more of the following issues: right of return and right to whole communities, ecological health, environmental justice and health, just and sustainable recovery, worker and immigrant rights, cultural arts, and youth and education. Projects may use any number of strategies, including but not limited to community education, grassroots organizing, advocacy, policy development, media work, litigation, and public interest education.

Library of Congress Announces Changes to Copyright Regulations

Monday, July 26th, 2010

US Copyright Office LogoThe Library of Congress announced new exemptions to copyright regulations that prevent the circumvention of technical measures that prevent users from accessing and modifying copyrighted works. These new exemptions will allow for greater access and wider use of copyrighted materials.

According to the press release summary, “the Librarian of Congress announces that the prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that effectively control access to copyrighted works shall not apply to persons who engage in noninfringing uses of six classes of copyrighted works.” To read the full summary, view the announcement from the US Copyright Office.

This announcement provides for several exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Included in this announcement are provisions which allow for the fair use of video and motion picture recording. Ebooks are also included as part of the new exemption. The provisions allow ebook owners to bypass controls which prevent the use of read-aloud functions or screen readers. Additionally this rule makes it technically legal for iPhone users to “jailbreak” their iPhone without threat of legal action. “Jailbroken” iPhones can download applications not available in the iTunes store as well as potentially be used on networks other than AT&T.

The announcement and new rules from the Copyright Office are part of a revision process which occurs every three years.

Susannah Fox Discusses Mobile, Social Health at the NLM

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

This month Pew Internet and American Life Project Associate Director, Digital Strategy, Susannah Fox met with representatives from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to discuss recent data on health information access. Topics addressed included changes occurring related to mobile access to the Internet and the importance of social networking for sharing health information.

Recent data released by the Pew Internet and American Life Project in the Mobile Access 2010 report shows that demographic groups including African American adults and English-speaking Latino adults are among the most likely to access the Internet through a mobile device such as a laptop or cell phone.  Utilizing a wide range of features available on cell phones, these groups connect and share information through a variety of methods. From accessing websites to sending or receiving text messages, cell phone owners are able to access information on the go.

Fox also discussed how different age groups are using mobile devices to access and share information. According to the report 95% of 18-29 year olds use cell phones to send and receive text messages. 48% of users in this age group report accessing social networking sites on their mobile device and 40% report watching video on their phone.

Using this information Fox encouraged the NLM as well as other organizations to be ready and able to provide accessible and readable versions of their websites for mobile users.

Looking for health information on the Internet is another important aspect of the data collected by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Fox discussed how the Internet transforms the information seeking behavior of people diagnosed with a chronic illness.  According to the March 2010 report, Chronic Disease on the Internet, US adults with a chronic disease are less likely to have access to the Internet. However, for chronically ill patients with access to the Internet, their use and ability to access health information and connect with other patients is greatly increased.

In her meeting recap Fox generated thought provoking questions for the NLM and medical librarians. Discussion of this information continues online at Fox’s discussion materials are provided below.

FCC Approves Plan to Expand Broadband for Health Facilities

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Last week the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a plan to help rural health care providers gain access to broadband connections. This plan will allocate up to $400 million annually specifically for improving telemedicine and other health care technology issues in rural areas. As part of this funding opportunity the FCC plans to increase the subsidies it gives for health provider service costs from 25% to 50%, and the agency also will cover 85% of the construction costs for new or upgraded broadband networks in areas with weak infrastructure for health IT.

Additionally the FCC plans to allow clinics, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, renal dialysis centers, off-site administrative offices and data centers to apply for funding opportunities, greatly expanding regional and statewide broadband networks.

For additional information on the FCC funding and links to the National Broadband Plan view the official press release from the FCC or the news article from iHealthBeat.

New Database: Substance Registration System

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Substance Registration System,, is a new web site sponsored by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This database provides access to the FDA Unique Ingredient Identifier (UNII) assigned to substances by the FDA Substance Registration System.

The overall purpose of the joint FDA/USP Substance Registration System (SRS) is to support health information technology initiatives by generating unique ingredient identifiers (UNIIs) for substances in drugs, biologics, foods, and devices.

Links to the NLM ChemIDplus and the Drug Information Portal are provided for most drugs. The database is updated weekly with data provided by FDA.

New NLM Web Site Sponsored by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Now Available. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 Jul-Aug;(375):e4.

Final Historical Preservation and Digitization Award Recipient Announced

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

The NN/LM SCR is happy to announce the third and final recipient of the Historical Preservation and Digitization Award.

Institution: Tulane University, Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences, New Orleans, LA
Project Title: Early Medical Journalism of Louisiana: A pilot project for the preservation and sharing of nineteenth-century medical publications of Louisiana
Principal Investigators: Mary Holt, Barbara Vola and Neville Prendergast
Summary: The focus of this project is on the digitization of the Charity Hospital Reports. New Orleans Charity Hospital had a rich history serving of the poor in New Orleans. Charity Hospital Reports dating back to 1842 will be digitized. These reports contain morbidity and mortality information for New Orleans as well as disease statistics and information about physicians in the area.

Congratulations to the Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences as well as our previously announced recipients. These projects will add access to historical treasures from the South Central Region.

Professional Development Award Recipients

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the YR05 Professional Development Award:

Alexis Ackel
University of North Texas Health Science Center Library
Charleston Library Conference, Charleston, SC

Carolyn Bridgewater
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – New Orleans Libraries
Patients and Populations: Public Health in Medical Education, Cleveland, OH

Karen Bulow
Texas Chiropractic College Library
Information Mastery: A Practical Approach to Evidence-Based Medicine, Boston, MA

Keith Cogdill
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Libraries
Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians, Cambridge, MA

Craig Elam
University of North Texas Health Science Center Library
Charleston Library Conference, Charleston, SC

Toni Hoberecht
University of Oklahoma – Tulsa Library
American Library Association Midwinter Meeting 2011, San Diego, CA

Mark Hopkins
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Bird Library
American Medical Informatics Association 2010, Washington DC

Kate Krause
Houston Academy of Medicine – Texas Medical Center Library
SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2010, Baltimore, MD

Kisha Ricks
Face to Face Enrichment Center
United States Conference on AIDS, Orlando, FL

MedlinePlus Tiene un Nuevo Diseno

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

¡MedlinePlus tiene un nuevo diseño!

MedlinePlus, su fuente de información gratuita y confiable para su familia durante más de una década devela hoy un nuevo diseño.

Hemos incorporado sugerencias de nuestros usuarios y refrescado el aspecto del sitio completo.

No se preocupe – su material preferido esta todavía disponible así como también cosas nuevas e interesantes como:

  • Una página de videos y multimedia que hace que el contenido sea más fácil de encontrar.
  • Un botón de Share en todas las páginas de temas de salud y tutoriales interactivos que le permite compartir el contenido de MedlinePlus en su red social preferida. Vea, por ejemplo, la página de Dieta para diabéticos.
  • Un widget de nuestra nube de búsqueda en la página principal y una página de widgets para agregar contenido de MedlinePlus que puede ser añadido a su blog, páginas personales y otros sitios.

Lo invitamos a visitar MedlinePlus para ver los cambios y cosas nuevas por usted mismo. Háganos saber su opinión sobre el nuevo diseño haciendo clic en el link de Contacto que aparece en cada página.

Además, no se olvide de la versión móvil de MedlinePlus para información confiable para su vida activa.

New MedlinePlus

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

MedlinePlus has a new look! The entire site has been redesigned with a new layout and color scheme.  Some highlights of the new design are:

  • A Videos & Cool Tools page that makes multimedia content easier to find and searchable.
  • A Share button on all health topic pages and interactive tutorials that allows you to share links to MedlinePlus through your favorite social networks. See the Diabetic Diet topic page as an example.
  • A medical dictionary search box on the English homepage for quick look-up of medical terms.
  • A search cloud widget on the homepage, and a widgets page where you can find options for embedding MedlinePlus content in your own blogs, personalized homepages, and other sites.

We invite you to visit MedlinePlus to see the changes and new features for yourself. Let us know what you think of the new design by clicking the Contact Us link that appears on every page.

As always, you can stay up-to-date with the latest changes to MedlinePlus by following us on Twitter @medlineplus4you, visiting our What’s New page, and signing up for email updates. Also, don’t forget about the mobile version of MedlinePlus for reliable health information when you’re on-the-go.

NN/LM SCR Class to be Held in New Orleans: TOXNET

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

The NN/LM SCR will be offering the TOXNET: Toxicology and Environmental Information class at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Ische Library in New Orleans, LA:

Monday, August 9, 2010
8:30 am – 11:30 am

This is a 3-hour hands-on class intended for inexperienced users. It is designed to introduce participants to the different databases available on TOXNET. Attendees will gain experience locating toxicology, chemical, and other hazardous substance information. Databases to be covered include: Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB), LactMed, TOXLINE, TOXMAP, Household Products Database and ChemIDplus.

Upon successful completion of this class, each participant will receive 3 hours of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

To register for the class, go to:

As always, all NN/LM SCR classes are free and open to anyone.