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Archive for May, 2011

Update of FDA Recalls Web Page

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011
Food RecallThe United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently updated its Recalls, Market Withdrawals & Safety Alerts web page  to make it easier for consumers to use. The web page posts recalls of food, drugs, products affecting animal health, biologics and medical devices in a tabular format. Information provided is derived from news releases, and is organized by date, product brand name, product description, reason for the recall and the recalling company. A link to the news release on each recall provides additional information. The webpage may be accessed at: (

The United States has one of the safest food supplies in the world. Nevertheless, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), foodborne disease causes an estimated 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths in the U.S. each year.

[The Highlight HEALTH Network via BHIC blog; photo from]

Educational Clearinghouses Merged

Friday, May 6th, 2011

MLA Educational Clearinghouse

The National Training Center‘s (NTC) Educational Clearinghouse has merged with the Medical Library Association’s (MLA) Educational Clearinghouse. NLM, MLA and the NTC realized the two clearinghouses were duplicating information and decided to merge. The MLA Educational Clearinghouse now includes more than just continuing education classes, such as brochures and handouts. The clearinghouse can be searched by anyone, members and non-members.

For more information, read Zipser J, Cavanaugh D. NTCC Educational Clearinghouse Merges with the MLA Educational Clearinghouse. NLM Tech Bull. 2011 May-Jun;(380):e1.




Bringing Health Information to the Community Blog

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

The NN/LM SCR would like to invite anyone in the Region to subscribe to the Bringing Health Information to the Community (BHIC) blog ( ). This blog focuses on health information issues related to the community, especially underserved communities.

Previously, the BHIC blog was a product of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region. With the beginning of the new NN/LM contracts on May 1, 2011, the blog has expanded its focus and there will now be additional contributors from several of the other regions.

You may follow the BHIC blog or request subscription to a daily digest or an email each time a post is made. Email Siobhan Champ-Blackwell at or Cheryl Rowan at .

NLM Embryo App

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

image from embryo app

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released “Embryo” (, a new app for the iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad.

Embryo is a collaborative project between the NLM, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD), the Virtual Human Embryo Project at Louisiana State University ( and the National Museum of Health & Medicine’s Human Developmental Anatomy Center (

The National Museum of Health & Medicine’s Human Developmental Anatomy Center (HDAC) acquires and maintains collections pertaining to general developmental anatomy and neuroanatomy. Scientists and educators have used the National Museum of Health and Medicine’s Carnegie Embryo Collection ( to define normal human embryo development for decades. This archival collection was developed between approximately 1887 to 1956 and focuses on normal development in the first eight weeks. The Virtual Human Embryo database was created to provide digital serial sections of human embryos from the collection.

The Embryo app provides this collection of digital serial sections of early stage human embryos for mobile devices. Features include human fertilization videos, photo micrographs of early-stage embryo development, 2D and 3D digital images using visual stack dissections, and a pregnancy calculator.

USDA Releases Food Desert Locator

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

This is a map showing areas of the South Central Region that are food deserts“Food deserts” are low income neighborhoods with high concentrations of people who are far from a grocery store or supermarket. To draw attention to these neighborhoods, the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) just released a “Food Desert Locator” map at

More specifically, the USDA defines a Food Desert as a low-income census tract where either a substantial number or share of residents has low access to a supermarket or large grocery store. “Low income” tracts are defined as those where at least 20 percent of the people have income at or below the federal poverty levels for family size, or where median family income for the tract is at or below 80 percent of the surrounding area’s median family income. Tracts qualify as “low access” tracts if at least 500 persons or 33 percent of their population live more than a mile from a supermarket or large grocery store (for rural census tracts, the distance is more than 10 miles).

For more information about the USDA’s release of the Food Desert Locator, and for their online media kit, go to