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Archive for September, 2011

PubMed Health

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

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PubMed Health is a resource for clinical effectiveness research.  With over 5,000 systematic reviews, PubMed Health goals are to help users find evidence that could answer their questions about the effects of health care and help them understand what they find.

Systematic reviews have been scattered widely on content providers’ websites without being centrally collected.  The PubMed Health initiative is gathering them together within a single searchable resource.  The review and review summaries now in PubMed Health account for perhaps one-third of the good quality systematic reviews published by public agencies and journals worldwide.

For more details, read Bastian H. PubMed Health — A Growing Resource for Clinical Effectiveness Information. NLM Tech Bull. 2011 Sep-Oct;(382):e9.




FEMA Releases National Disaster Recovery Framework

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

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The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), along with many other federal partners, has officially released the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF). The National Disaster Recovery Framework outlines how community recovery is supported and organized on a national level. It builds on scalable, flexible, and adaptable coordinating structures to align key roles and responsibilities, linking local, State, Tribal and Federal governments, the private sector, voluntary, faith-based and community organizations that all play vital roles in recovery.

The National Disaster Recovery Framework identifies recovery support functions that have a designated federal coordinating agency to provide leadership, coordination and oversight to support state, tribal and local communities in their recovery. It contains guidance for developing measures of successful recovery based on the state and community’s recovery objectives, effective decision-making and coordination, and the integration of community recovery planning processess.

As part of the rollout of the National Disaster Recovery Framework, FEMA leadership along with key stakeholders in the National Disaster Recovery Framework development will hold a forum in each of FEMA’s ten regions as well as Washington, DC to discuss the intent and application of the guidance contained therein. Cities and dates will be announced at a later date.

For more information on the National Disaster Recovery Framework, please visit .

New Clinical Advisory

Monday, September 19th, 2011

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) issued a new Clinical Advisory on September 19, 2011:

Secondary Prevention of Small Subcortical Strokes Trial: NINDS Stops Treatment with Combination Antiplatelet Therapy (Clopidogrel plus Aspirin) Due to Higher Risk of Major Hemorrhage and Death 

NINDS has stopped the combination antiplatelet intervention in the Secondary Prevention of Small Subcortical Strokes (SPS3) trial. This was a randomized, multicenter clinical trial conducted throughout North America, Latin America and Spain, to learn about preventing a second stroke in patients who had a subcortical stroke and to learn how to prevent cognitive problems after a stroke.

New Clinical Advisory Issued by National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). NLM Tech Bull. 2011 Sep-Oct;(382):e6.

2011 Library Student Award Recipients

Sunday, September 18th, 2011



The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the ten recipients of the 2011 Library Student Outreach Award. The award provides funding for students to attend and participate in NN/LM SCR outreach activities at the upcoming SCC/MLA Annual Meeting in Baton Rouge, LA.

  • Misou T. DeWeese (Library School: University of North Texas)
  • Antonia Dixon Frydman (Library School:  University of Texas at Austin)
  • Jennifer Donner (Library School: University of Oklahoma)
  • Donna Elich (Library School: University of North Texas)
  • Claire Gonzales (Library School:  University of North Texas)
  • Caroline Griffin (Library School: University of North Texas)
  • Stephen Kuperman (Library School: University of Texas at Austin)
  • Bette McDowell (Library School:  University of North Texas)
  • Maryam Salehezadeh (Library School:  University of North Texas)
  • Porcia Vaughn (Library School:  University of North Texas)

For those who will be attending the meeting, stop by the NN/LM SCR Exhibit booth, meet the students, and enjoy their demonstrations of PubMed’s Special Queries.

Suggestions for Designing and Presenting Posters

Friday, September 16th, 2011

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Earlier this year, Tracy Volz, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, Professional Communications at Rice University, Houston, TX, did a presentation on Poster Design and Presentation Skills.  While not targeted to librarians, this presentation had many helpful suggestions for people designing an academic poster.

The program was webcast and archived on the Rice University Educational Technologies website and can be viewed here:

Photo: Capstone Poster 084 by wcn247 on Flickr

Upcoming SCR CONNECTions Webinar: Senior Moments

Friday, September 16th, 2011

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Join us Wednesday, September 21, 2011, from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.(CT), for NN/LM SCR’s monthly web conference, SCR CONNECTions. This month’s webinar is: Senior Moments: Health Information for Older Adults

The presentation will review high quality resources that specifically focus on the health information needs of older adults. These will include websites on: special health issues that affect older adults, mental health information, managing medications, and communicating with doctors.

Webinars are conducted via the Adobe Connect web meeting system. Join the webinar using the following URL: Once you enter the online meeting room, follow the instructions on the screen to have the system call you on your telephone.

Test your connection before joining with Adobe using the following URL:

If you cannot attend this webinar, it will be recorded and archived for viewing at a later date.

Two Consumer Health Workshops at The Texas Medical Center Library

Friday, September 16th, 2011

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On October 5, 2011, the NN/LM SCR will be offering two free consumer health workshops back to back at the Texas Medical Center Library, Houston, TX. Both workshops are approved for MLA’s Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS).



8:30 am to 11:30 am – From Snake Oil to Penicillin: Evaluating Consumer Health Information on the Internet

  • This workshop presents criteria for evaluating health information on the Internet. It includes fun, hands-on exercises evaluating the quality of a variety of health websites.
  • Approved for MLA CHIS, Levels I and II

12:30 pm to 3:30 pm – Prescription for Success: Consumer Health on the Web

  • This introduction to consumer health information will cover a variety of reliable web pages from government and professional associations, including MedlinePlus, and LabTests Online. It will cover sites devoted to pharmaceutical information for consumers, drug-interaction databases and herbal information.
  • Approved for MLA CHIS, Level I, non-health sciences

For those who come to both programs, there are several options for lunch within walking distance from the library. To register for either program: Please contact Karen Vargas,, with any questions.

Medical Librarians: Share Your Story and Maybe Win a Prize

Friday, September 16th, 2011

The Texas Medical Center LibraryOctober is National Medical Librarians Month (NMLM), highlighting the fact that medical librarians are the best resource when searching for health information.  In honor of NMLM, the NN/LM SCR wants to showcase the work of medical librarians in the Region.

What type of activities has your library conducted in your institution, community or organization that demonstrated the value of medical librarians?   Have you provided information that changed a patient’s course of treatment?  Have you conducted a fair that reached people throughout your community?  Have you created a report on the cost savings of having a library?  Have you told people how important libraries are and changed someone’s behavior?  If so, share your story with us and the entire Region!

Please submit an article of 300 words or less describing your project.  Articles will be published in Blogadillo throughout the month of October.  Authors will be entered into a drawing for one of three prizes:

First place: Curious Herbal Afghan
Second place: National Library of Medicine T-shirt
Third place: National Library of Medicine Drawstring bag.

We will accept stories until October 24, 2011. Winner(s) will be announced on October 31, 2011.

Submit your entries to:


Funding Webinar Recording Now Available

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Money in handDid you miss the recent webinar Show Me the Money: NN/LM SCR Funding?   The recording of the webinar is now available at:

This webinar provided an overview of current funding opportunities as well as some general tips on submitting a strong proposal.   Anyone interested in applying for one of the NN/LM SCR’s awards is encouraged to listen to recording.   The PowerPoint is also available for download.




Project Spotlight: Charity Hospital Reports

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

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The Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences at Tulane University was fortunate to have the opportunity to digitize the historic Charity Hospital Reports under a Historical Preservation and Digitization award from the National Library of Medicine South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) for a project entitled Early Medical Journalism of Louisiana, A pilot project for the preservation and sharing of Nine-tenth Century Medical Publications of Louisiana.

The Reports from the New Orleans Charity Hospital were produced regularly for the state government of Louisiana from 1842-1974 and include a wealth of material on hospital administration and disease epidemics as well as vital statistics and public health information. The Charity Hospital Reports collection consists of 114 PDF items, each with searchable text and accessibility features. The Charity Hospital Reports were added to The Internet Archive and are available via the Rudolph Matas website:

The reports are also included in to the LOUISiana Digital Library Collection of Collections (LCOC). These items are of use not only to researchers in the fields of medicine and health, but also those researching the history and cultural impact of medical care in the New Orleans area.

Please help us learn more by completing this survey:

Special thanks to guest author Mary Holt, MLS. Coordinator, Information Services, Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences.

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