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Archive for August, 2010

Last Issue of NCCAM Focus on Research and Care

Monday, August 30th, 2010

The September issue of Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Focus on Research and Care is now available. Read online at

This issue will be the last issue of this publication, and a new monthly electronic publication NCCAM Clinical Digest will be published that will summarize the state of the science on CAM and a health condition (diabetes, pain, sleep disorders, etc.).  Go to to subscribe to the NCCAM Clinical Digest.

In this issue:

Massage Therapy as an Option in Supportive Care In this article, Massage Therapy is explored as one form of supportive, non-drug care for pain.

Hands-On Approaches to the Challenges of Back Pain What is NCCAM’s recent research on the use of CAM for Back Pain?

Five Years after Hurricane Katrina

Friday, August 27th, 2010

It has been nearly five years since Hurricane Katrina made its second landfall in southeast Louisiana on the morning of August 29, 2005. While the Hurricane caused severe destruction along the Gulf Coast from central Florida to Texas, the most severe loss of life occurred in New Orleans.

The Kaiser Family Foundation has just released the third in a series of comprehensive surveys of the experiences of New Orleans residents since 2005.  Five years after Hurricane Katrina, an increasing majority of the city’s residents says the rebuilding process is going well, but substantial majorities still report that the city has not recovered. The survey also finds the scope and immediacy of the Gulf oil spill weighing heavily on New Orleans residents’ minds. The entire report is available in PDF format from: .

Get Ready for Get Ready Day 2010 and National Preparedness Month

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Get Ready Day BannerSeptember is National Preparedness Month (NPM). September 2010 marks the seventh year of the annual event. National Preparedness Month encourages Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities: “Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed.”

The Get Ready campaign, sponsored by the American Public Health Association, provides information, resources, and tools to ensure that individuals, families, and communities in the United States are better prepared for a potential influenza pandemic, emerging disease outbreak, natural disaster, or other hazardous health situation. There’s even a brand-new video about the importance of emergency preparedness, based on the story of the ant and the grasshopper, which can be downloaded and distributed: .  Held annually on the third Tuesday in September, Get Ready Day is timed to coincide with National Preparedness Month.


MedlinePlus Enhancement to Scrolling Feature

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

The MedlinePlus team recently enhanced the scrolling features on the MedlinePlus English and Spanish homepages.

First, an alternating  pause/play button, added to the left-hand controls, allows users to override the automated scrolling of the features as desired.

Screenshot of MedlinePlus homepage

Second, the scrolling feature no longer rotates through four features continually.  Instead, features rotate once through (1-2-3-4) and then the rotation stops after the feature returns to the first item.

During the automatic rotation of features, users may click the pause button to stop the rotation.  Once the automatic rotation is stopped, the pause button becomes a play button, which users can use to restart the rotation.

These changes give users greater control over the scrolling feature on the MedlinePlus homepage.  Please contact the MedlinePlus team via the Contact Us link on every page of MedlinePlus if you have any comments or questions.

New Mental Health Resources for the Gulf Oil Spill

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has posted two new mental health resources on its website for coping with the Gulf Oil Spill.

Dr. Farris Tuma, Chief of the NIMH Traumatic Stress Research Program, addresses mental health challenges facing residents and health care providers in the wake of the Gulf Oil Spill in this 4.5 minute video:

In addition, a fact sheet was created on how to cope with ongoing uncertainty surrounding the Gulf oil spill, called Coping with Continued Stress: The Gulf Oil Spill Disaster

Other publications from NIMH on Coping with Traumatic Events can be found at

Is the Web Dead?

Friday, August 20th, 2010

This week Wired Magazine published an article announcing the death of the World Wide Web. Various media outlets soon picked up the piece, and quickly, debate over the future of the web began. The article, The Web is Dead. Long Live the Internet takes a looks at how people are using the Internet today, how these uses are different from what they were in the past, and how users as well as media moguls are changing the digital environment.

To understand the issues addressed in the Wired article, having a better understanding of the differences between the World Wide Web and the Internet is important. According to the W3C or the World Wide Web Consortium, the international standards organizations for World Wide Web, the web has a body of software, and a set of protocols and conventions. Using a browser such as Firefox, Internet Explorer or Chrome one can browse and search the web using data collected from the HyperText Markup Language (HTML) which is used to create the structured web page found on the web. The Internet on the other hand is much larger than the web, consisting of a global system of interconnected computer networks. The Internet is a data communications system.

In the Wired article authors Chris Anderson and Michael Wolff present two sides to the changing demands for digital information. According to the article one of the contributing factors to the downfall of web usage has been the rise of mobile devices and the demand for mobile applications. Mobile applications are designed to perform a specific task using information from the Internet. For instance you may use the Google Maps application on your phone rather than going through the mobile web browser to Google Maps. The application more quickly and conveniently addresses your needs.

The authors address the future of digital behavior and how the death of the web may mark the birth of a new era in digital commerce.

We Usage Chart

This chart shows the Portion of total US Internet traffic from 1990 through 2010.

PubMed Health, a New Site from NCBI

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) is currently developing a new site called PubMed Health, which is intended to focus on consumer-level, evidence-based health information.  Though PubMed Health is still under development, NCBI has released some of its initial content, provided by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), to be searchable through search engines such as Google.  NCBI is currently reviewing some development decisions for the PubMed Health site to determine how these particular pages are being used.  Once the site is ready for production release, PubMed Health will have its own search function as well as links to other NLM online products.  An NLM Technical Bulletin article about PubMed Health will be published once the site is ready to be launched.

PubMed Health does not replace MedlinePlus (, NLM’s premier health Web site for patients and their families and friends.  MedlinePlus continues to be expanded, including a full site redesign launched this July as well as a new mobile interface, MedlinePlus Mobile ( that was released in January 2010.  MedlinePlus provides reliable up-to-date health information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language the public can understand.

SCR CONNECTions August 18 Webinar Recording Available

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

The recording for the August 18, 2010 SCR CONNECTions webinar, Environmental Health & Toxicology Resources, is now available online at

The next SCR CONNECTions will be held on Wednesday, September 15 at 10:30am CT. The topic will be NCBI Overview with guest presenter, Peter Cooper of NCBI.

SCR CONNECTions Wednesday, August 18, 10:30am CT

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Join us August 18 from 10:30am – 11:30am(CT), for NN/LM SCR’s monthly web conference, SCR CONNECTions. This month’s topic is: NLM’s Environmental Health & Toxicology Resources. The presenter will be Re Mishra, NN/LM SCR Health Professionals Outreach Coordinator.

This webinar will be an overview of the resources available through the Environmental Health and Toxicology Portal which was redesigned in March 2010. The webinar will include a demonstration of the TOXNET databases, with a special emphasis on TOXMAP, which provides information on toxic substances in your area, and the Household Products Database, which provides information on ingredients in common products.

The webinar is free to anyone interested in attending. Go to, on the log in screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name. Once you enter the online meeting room, follow the instructions on the screen to have the system call you on your telephone.  It is recommended that you test your connection before joining with Adobe Connect.

Closed captioning is available upon request with 24 hours notice.

Updated Super Searcher Class Ready for Launch

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Are you interested in improving your Internet search skills?

Interested in learning the latest tips and tricks for getting the most from online search engines?

The NN/LM SCR will be offering the updated Super Searcher: Enhancing Your Online Search Super Powers class at the HAM – TMC Library, Houston, TX, on Wednesday, September 8, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

This updated 4-hour hands-on course his hands-on course focuses on the advanced search features of web search engines and the cutting edge of searching. Participants will use various search engines, compare the features of each and broaden their knowledge of search strategies and techniques. Participants will develop search strategies that will increase the precision and scope of their online searching ability. Participants will engage in discussions, exercises and view short demonstrations as a part of the class. The class includes: discussions of web search engines, examples of meta-search engines and directories. The class will also discuss strategies for searching for online media including images, videos and books. The class concludes with examples of real-time searching and mobile search solutions. Super Searcher Icon

Upon successful completion of the class, each participant will receive 4 hours of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

The class is free and open to anyone. For more information on the location and how to register, go to:

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Hurst at or 713-799-7880.