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Archive for October, 2010

New Report: Hispanic Americans have Higher Life Expectancy

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the first-ever life expectancy tables for the U.S. Hispanic population.  This report, “United States Life Tables by Hispanic Origin,” published in Vital and Health Statistics, shows that the Hispanic population has higher life expectancy than the non-Hispanic white and non-Hispanic black U.S. populations.

The finding of higher life expectancy for the Hispanic population seems paradoxical because on average the Hispanic population has lower socioeconomic status than the non-Hispanic white population.

According to these findings, the Hispanic population has a life expectancy advantage at birth of 2.5 years over the non-Hispanic white population and 7.7 years over the non-Hispanic black population.

Friday is Blog Action Day

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Blog Action Day Banner

Friday, October 15th is annual Blog Action Day. Started in 2007, Blog Action Day aims at raising awareness about important issues by uniting bloggers and encouraging posting on the same topic for one day. Past topics for Blog Action Day have included poverty and climate change. This year the topic for Blog Action Day is water. Water plays a vital role in public health and wellness.

By taking part in Blog Action Day, bloggers can help raise awareness and engage in an international exchange of information about this important resource. To take part in Blog Action Day register your blog on the Blog Action Day website and don’t forget to read other posts from registered blogs on Friday.

October is Health Literacy Month

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Logo for Health Literacy Month Finding the Right Words for Better Health Health Literacy has been defined as “the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions” (Healthy People 2010). Yet, millions of Americans have difficulty with reading and understanding basic health information, such as interpreting over-the-counter drug labels and reading a chart to determine a child’s immunization schedule.

Founded as a grassroots initiative in 1999 by Helen Osborne, Health Literacy Month is a time for organizations and individuals worldwide to promote the importance of understandable health information. Since its beginning, there have been hundreds of awareness-raising events held across the U.S. and around the world. In previous years, Health Literacy Month events have included workshops and conferences for professionals, community programs for the public, and classes or other educational offerings for students at all levels. This year, many Health Literacy Month events are happening online as well.

Here are a few online “events” to check out during the month:

Finally, during this month, take the opportunity to introduce someone to all of the great health information resources located in MedlinePlus ( )! Check out the health topics page devoted to  Health Literacy. The MedlinePlus homepage now also has a direct link to Easy-to-Read health topics pages ( which includes  How to Write Easy-to-Read Health Materials.

Library Student SCC/MLA Booth Demonstrations

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Are you attending SCC/MLA in Austin?  Interested in learning about the new and exciting features of MedlinePlus?  Would you like to meet the librarians of tomorrow?

If so, come visit the NN/LM SCR Exhibit booth at SCC/MLA on October 18th.

The 2010 NN/LM SCR Library Student Award recipients will be providing booth demonstrations on various features of the new and improved MedlinePlus!

MedlinePlus Demonstration Schedule:

9:00-9:15 Homepage Overview
9:15-9:30 Search Cloud and Widgets
9:30-9:45 Games and Cool Tools
9:45-10:00 Videos
10:00-10:15 Dietary Supplements
10:15-10:30 Search Cloud and Widgets
10:30-10:45 Games and Cool Tools
3:15-3:30 Homepage Overview
3:30-3:45 Dietary Supplements
3:45-4:00 Videos

Come support the library students and learn more about MedlinePlus!

Tugger in a Mug Facebook Giveaway

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Image of a Tugger mascot in a mugDid you know that the NN/LM SCR is on Facebook?

As part of National Medical Librarians Month, the NN/LM SCR is having a promotional giveaway for all of our Facebook friends. Like the NN/LM SCR on Facebook and become eligible for the Tugger in a Mug giveway.

On Monday, October 25th, the NN/LM SCR staff will draw one name from all of our fans on Facebook to receive a DOCLINE Tugger and a National Library of Medicine mug (pictured to the left).

Don’t delay – Like the NN/LM SCR today!



Murder Pamphlets at NLM

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Just in time for Halloween, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has a new website, Most Horrible & Shocking Murders: Murder pamphlets in the collection of the National Library of Medicine. A selection of murder pamphlets from the late 1600s to the late 1800s are available. The website is based on a 2008 exhibition at the NLM.

See: for more information.

Image of an illustration from one of the pamphlets

NN/LM SCR Lending Library

Monday, October 11th, 2010

The NN/LM SCR has added some new titles to its Lending Library.  The materials are available for loan to any of our Network members.

  • The Backchannel: How Audiences are Using Twitter and Social Media and Changing Presentations Forever by Cliff Atkinson
  • The Data Deluge: Can Libraries Cope with e-Science? edited by Deanna B. Marcum and Gerald George
  • Going Beyond Google: The Invisible Web in Learning and Teaching by Jane Devine and Francine Egger-Sider
  • Health Information in a Changing World: Practical Approaches for Teachers, Schools, and School Librarians by W. Bernard Lukenbill and Barbara Froling Immroth
  • Web-based Instruction: A Guide for Libraries, 3rd ed., by Susan Sharpless Smith

These and additional materials, including Medical Library Association conference and webcast DVDs, are available at:

Promoting Your Library

Monday, October 11th, 2010

In time for National Medical Librarians Month, the NN/LM Greater Midwest Region recently launched a new advocacy web page, Promoting Your Library. The tools available on this page include a poster, bookmarks and other images that can be used for a campaign called Time=Money, Librarians Save Time and Money.

Kaiser Family Foundation Launches Health Reform Source

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Six months after the signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and just a few short weeks before the midterm congressional elections, the Kaiser Family Foundation has launched an online gateway to new and comprehensive resources on the health reform law. The Health Reform Source,, has many new features that provide explanations of the basics of the law, in-depth analysis of policy issues in implementation, and quick and easy access to relevant data, studies and developments.

The Source features the premiere of “Health Reform Hits Main Street,”, a new animated short movie designed to explain the health reform law to an American public still confused by how it works. Written and produced by the Foundation, the animated movie features narration by Cokie Roberts, ABC News and NPR news commentator and a member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. The movie has three major sections: explaining problems in the current health care system, short-term changes that will take place between now and 2014, and major provisions that will take effect in 2014.

SCR National Medical Librarians Month Featured Projects

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

October is National Medical Librarians MonthOctober is National Medical Librarians Month. As part of this celebration, the NN/LM SCR is proud to highlight the following five SCR funded projects and the librarians whose hard work made these programs successful:

  • Communication and Education: Equipping the Community to Fight CA-MRSA (Project Director: Pat Morris)
  • Building Dynamic Partnerships in Public Health: Using Wiki Technology to Connect the Tulsa Public health Workforce with the National Library of Medicine Resources (Project Director: Stewart Brower)
  • From Band-Aids to Twisters: Enhancing Community and Personal Preparedness (Project Director: Shari Clifton)
  • A World of Medical Information Access from NLM’s MedlinePlus and the American Indian Health Web Site to the Okmulgee Indian Health Center (Project Directors: Linda London and Dohn Martin)
  • 4th Binational Conference for Promotores de Salud (Project Director: Greysi Reyna)

For more information:

NN/LM SCR Project Descriptions

Featured NLM Projects by Region