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Archive for June, 2011

Natural Disaster PSAs, Podcasts and Text Messages

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011


The CDC has created a page of resources for use in providing messages about what people can do to protect themselves and their family during a natural disaster:

Included on the page is a new toolkit of prepared cell phone text messages that support state and local emergency managers in disaster response.

Local and state agencies register their interest in using the toolkit by providing contact information to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); they will then receive alerts and updates as the content expands to include health tips for additional types of disasters. Agencies can register by email:

Content for the text messages, developed by HHS experts working with state and local agencies and approved by subject matter experts, complements the 30-second public service announcements for radio and television. The text messages cover a wide range of actions people can take to protect their health relevant to hurricanes, floods and earthquakes.

MyPlate Replaces Food Group Pyramid

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

my plate

On Thursday, June 2, First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled the federal government’s new food icon, MyPlate, to serve as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices. MyPlate is a new generation icon intended to prompt consumers to think about building a healthy plate at meal times and to seek more information to help them do that by going to The new MyPlate icon emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein and dairy food groups.

MyPlate will replace the MyPyramid image as an easy-to-understand visual cue to help consumers adopt healthy eating habits consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. MyPyramid will remain available to interested health professionals and nutrition educators in a special section of the new website. provides practical information to individuals, health professionals, nutrition educators, and the food industry to help consumers build healthier diets with resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education, and other user-friendly nutrition information.  View the video Introducing the New Food Icon: MyPlate .

Later this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will unveil a “go-to” online tool that consumers can use to personalize and manage their dietary and physical activity choices.

JAMA Article on NLM Anniversary

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

NLM anniversary

For a brief history of NLM and some of its recent achievements, see the article in this week’s JAMA.

Slomski A. The National Library of Medicine: 175 years of advancing biomedical knowledge. JAMA. 2011 Jun 1;305(21):2158-61. PubMed PMID: 21632476.

Connecting Unfunded Projects with Funders

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011


Each year, there are numerous research proposals for promising new treatments that make their way through a peer-review process but do not receive funding, although they have the potential to make significant contribution to scientific discovery. The National Health Council (NHC), with input from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has developed the database Health Research Funding to bring these projects and researchers together with patient advocacy organizations and other funding sources.

The NIH receives more than 50,000 grant applications each year. Each application is peer reviewed, and about half are deemed to have scientific merit and could be considered for funding. These applications are then scored and ranked. Of these grant applications that the NIH deems worthy, fewer than half receive funding. NHC member patient organizations that fund research also receive numerous proposals that they peer review, deem meritorious, but are unable to support.

By using this database, potential research supporters among NHC membership and those outside the NHC community can avoid duplication of effort and more efficiently identify and evaluate NIH-reviewed research proposals. Researchers can gain an organized and unvarying environment in which to exhibit their proposals alongside their peers.

NLM Gateway Transitioning

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

NLM Gateway

On December 1, 2011 the NLM Gateway will be gone as we know it.  All but one database, Meeting Abstracts, can be searched through their own interfaces.  NLM has found that users prefer using the database interfaces to the Gateway.  As a result, NLM Gateway will be discontinued and a pilot project site from the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications (LHNCBC) will be created.  The new site will focus on Meeting Abstracts and Health Services Research Projects in Progress (HSRProj).

For more information, see Gillikin D. NLM Gateway Transitioning to New Pilot Project Site. NLM Tech Bull. 2011 May-Jun;(380):e9.