Archive for the ‘Webinars’ Category
Wednesday, April 12th, 2017
Running a Test by Myfuture.com is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.
Imagine you visit your doctor and get some shocking news. You have a rare disease with no cure or treatment and only have a few months left to live. After you come to terms with the news, you start making arrangements, perhaps work on some of those things on your bucket list. Then you get a call from your doctor; there’s been a mistake, you’ve been misdiagnosed, and now have a long life to look forward to.
While this may sound like the plot to a feel-good movie or a hypothetical philosophical debate, the issue of over diagnosis is a very real one. Over diagnosis is a side effect of screening tests, which are given to people who seem healthy to find unnoticed problems. While these screening tests can help catch chronic health conditions early, in some cases the results can be harmful.
Screening tests are not 100% accurate, so while they are helpful for finding hidden disease, they can also give inaccurate results. The situation described above might be the consequence of getting a false positive for a screening test, when the test results incorrectly indicate a disease. Also possible is a false negative, which means you’re told you don’t have the disease when you do, perhaps causing you to ignore symptoms that appear later on.
According to Dr. Barnett S. Kramer, a cancer prevention expert at NIH, “I wouldn’t say that all people should just simply get screening tests. Patients should be aware of both the potential benefits and the harms when they’re choosing what screening test to have and how often.”
When deciding whether to get a screening test, a number of factors should be considered, like your age, family health history, or lifestyle exposures like smoking. You should also consult with your healthcare provider to determine what screening tests are right for you and how regularly you should have them.
To find out more, you’ll soon be able to watch the archived recording of our recent webinar SCR CONNECTions – Over Diagnosis: Why Too Many Lab Tests are Bad for Your Health starting April 17 on our website.
Source: Adapted from NIH News in Health Article “To Screen or Not to Screen? The Benefits and Harms of Screening Tests,” March 2017 <https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/issue/Mar2017/feature2>
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
The terms Big Data and e-Science are increasingly used in a multitude of forums. Many of us are inundated with these terms at work and they are increasingly talked about in the media. But what do they mean? The Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative has been featured here before and the ongoing webinar series on Fridays are a great resource.
But sometimes it is helpful to return to the basics.
So what is Big Data? It is more than just a large count. Big Data represents the full range of challenges and complexities created by the vast amounts of data and data sources that the research community is now collecting and using.
For a basic primer on Big Data, visit the BD2K explanation. For librarians and other information specialists there is also a valuable resource in the e-Science Portal for Librarians. This resource is created and managed by the NN/LM New England Region. This portal serves as an excellent resource to foster learning and collaboration in e-Science while providing e-Science education for librarians.
Friday, May 27th, 2016
Focus on NLM Resources bi-monthly webinars are hosted by the NN/LM Mid-Atlantic Region. Sessions feature NLM resources and offer 1 MLA CE credit for online attendance.
Sessions begin at noon Eastern Time and registration is required. The full schedule is available at: http://nnlm.gov/mar/training/focus_schedule
HealthReach / June 9, 2016 noon – 1pm ET Register
Presenter: Laura Bartlett / Outreach and Special Populations Branch, National Library of Medicine
Description: HealthReach is a resource of quality multilingual, multicultural public health information for those working with, or providing care to, individuals with limited English proficiency. In Spring 2016, the site was redesigned.
- Health education materials in various languages and formats (brochures, fact sheets, videos)
- Provider tools (including best practices, cultural information, and effective use of interpreters)
- Special collections on Emergency and Disaster, Women’s Health, and Mental Health
Genetics Home Reference / August 4, 2016 noon – 1pm ET Register
Presenter: Stephanie Morrison, MPH / National Library of Medicine
Description: Genetics Home Reference is the National Library of Medicine (NLM) website for consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes or chromosomes associated with those conditions. A recent redesign of the website introduced a completely new look and feel, improved navigation, and hundreds of educational images. This presentation will cover the development and use of this NLM resource, with a focus on the recent changes.
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016
Adapted from: NLM Outreach and Special Populations Branch
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health is offering the first webinar in a series on the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care on March 17, 2016 at 2 pm CT. The featured speaker will be: Dr. J. Nadine Garcia, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, Director, Office of Minority of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Culturally and linguistically appropriate services refers to facilities that are respectful of and responsive to individual cultural health beliefs, practices, preferred languages, health literacy levels and communication needs.
The National CLAS Standards provide a blueprint for individuals and health care organizations to serve the nation’s diverse communities through culturally and linguistically appropriate services. Furthermore, those in attendance will learn about culturally and linguistically appropriate services and the National CLAS Standards.
Attendees are encouraged to register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1124444526228357633
After registering, you will receive a conformation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Thursday, December 10th, 2015
Texas Medical Center Library hosted and I along with other Texas Medical Center Health Sciences Librarians attended the informative and thought provoking webinar entitled, “Precision Medicine: What Is It and Why Should I Care” on December 9, 2015. Carrie Iwema, PhD, MLS, AHIP, Information Specialist in Molecular Biology for the Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh presented on Precision Medicine. Iwema defined Precision Medicine, discussed the significance of NIH’s Precision Medicine Initiative and Cohort Program, the importance of Precision Medicine now, short-term goals of utilizing Precision Medicine to target adult and pediatric cancers. Iwema also discussed the long-term goals of NIH’s Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort program which was implemented to encourage a million plus Americans to volunteer and contribute their health data over many years to improve health outcomes, fuel the development of new treatments for disease, and catalyze a new era of data-based and more precise preventive care and medical treatment. Iwema also discussed ethical, legal and social issues that arise when utilizing Precision Medicine.
- Iwema stated that, “Precision Medicine is an emerging approach for disease prevention and treatment that takes into account people’s individual variations in genes, environment, and lifestyle; whereas, The Precision Medicine Initiative will generate the scientific evidence needed to move the concept of precision medicine into clinical practice”.
- The Precision Medicine Initiative was mentioned in the State of the Union address this year, President Obama announced that he’s launching the “Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) — a bold new research effort to revolutionize how we improve health and treat disease”. The PMI aims to leverage advances in genomics, emerging methods for managing and analyzing large data sets while protecting privacy, and health information technology to accelerate biomedical discoveries. The Precision Medicine Initiative will allow clinicians to structure their treatment, prevention strategies to people’s unique characteristics, including their genome sequence, microbiome composition, health history, lifestyle, and diet.
- NIH Precision Medicine Cohort Program http://www.nih.gov/precision-medicine-initiative-cohort-program a major component of the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative is the development of a research cohort that will engage a million or more Americans who volunteer to contribute their health data over many years to improve health outcomes, fuel the development of new treatments for disease, and catalyze a new era of data-based and more precise preventive care and medical treatment.
Several Precision Medicine resources were also highlighted and included in the webinar such as: Genomic Discoveries to Clinical Applications: http://blogs.cdc.gov/genomics/2015/10/29/genomic-discoveries/ , NHGRI Genetic Tests FAQ: http://www.genome.gov/19516567 , Genetic Testing Registry: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/gtr.
Be sure to frequently peruse MLA’s Professional Development page http://www.mlanet.org/p/cm/ld/fid=43 for its upcoming webinar offerings! Typically, health science libraries serve as host for these invaluable informative webinars where you can also obtain continuing education credit.
Tuesday, December 8th, 2015
Adapted from the NLM Tech Bull. 2015 Nov-Dec;(407):b9.
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NCBI Webinar: “Accessing 1000 Genomes Project Data” on December 17, 2015
December 17, 2015, NCBI staff will demonstrate how to access 1000 Genomes data through SRA, dbVar, SNP and BioProject, as well as through tracks on annotated human sequences in the graphical sequence viewer and Variation Viewer. Attendees will also learn how to display, search, and download individual and genotype level data through the dedicated 1000 Genomes Browser that allows searching by chromosomal position, gene names and other genome markers.
Date and Time: December 17, 2015 11:00a.m. – 12:00p.m. MT; 12:00p.m.-1:00p.m. CST
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5168155820927556866
After the live presentation, the Webinar will be uploaded to the NCBI YouTube channel. Any related materials will be accessible on the Webinars and Courses page; you can also find information about future Webinars on this page.
Monday, December 7th, 2015
Shared from NLM
WHEN: Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 11:30pm MT, 12:30pm CT
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: The Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar is free and open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.
TOPIC: “Efficiently Finding Elusive Disaster Health Information”
Disaster health literature published in biomedical journals is indexed and available through the National Library of Medicine (NLM) PubMed database. However, professionals in the field of disaster preparedness and response often need information that is (1) available quicker than the journal publishing cycle can provide and (2) is from authoritative sources who publish on the Web rather than in commercial journals. Searching the Web can be a mammoth and time-consuming task. Luckily there is a more efficient and effective way to get the information you need – Disaster LitSM, the Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health available from NLM Disaster Health. Using this online database, you can find materials from sources such as CDC, the American Public Health Association, World Health Organization, Rand Corporation, American College of Emergency Physicians, most federal agencies and hundreds of others. The collecting and evaluating has already been done for you – just search using words (or text words) and phrases (just like Google or Bing), filter results by author, source, date, and publication type and get annotated references and links to the resource on the Web.
Cindy Love and Siobhan Champ-Blackwell from NLM Disaster Health will discuss how to satisfy your information needs for disaster and public health information when PubMed is just not enough. They will also discuss what kind of information is available in Disaster Lit and will demonstrate how best to do your searches.
**Please note that we are now using WebEx technology for our webinars**
Meeting URL: https://nih.webex.com/nih/onstage/g.php?d=629023451&t=a
Event Password: 1234
Monday, December 7th, 2015
Our staff attended the Medical Library Association‘s recent webinar, entitled “Instructional Design for Medical Librarians.” Max Anderson, instructional designer at University of Illinois–Chicago (UIC) presented on instructional design principles, technologies, resources and tools.
A graduate of the University of North Texas’ Master of Science in Learning Technologies, Anderson gave a background of learning theories (of which there are hundreds) including the most popular, the ADDIE model. He also discussed Richard Mayer‘s instructional design principles. Anderson described his experiences working with his faculty at UIC and the opportunities and challenges that presented.
Several resources for lecture capture were highlighted such as: Explain Everything (Anderson’s favorite), ShowMe, both mobile apps; and for laptop/desktop: Reflector, Camtasia, and Captivate.
Be sure to watch MLA’s continuing education page for its upcoming webinar offerings! Typically, local health science libraries serve as host for these valuable continuing education opportunities.
Thursday, December 3rd, 2015
Adapted from atsdr.cdc.gov
The American Public Health Association and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are hosting a webinar on environmental health concerns of Native Tribal communities and how ATSDR effectively supports tribal governments in addressing these concerns Thursday, December 17, 11:30-12:30pm MT, 12:30-1:30pm CT.
This is the fifth and final webinar of a five part series exploring the Agency’s role as an integral partner in: determining chemical threats; supporting communities with their environmental health concerns; protecting children and vulnerable populations; and supporting the specific needs of Native Tribes.
Tuesday, December 1st, 2015
Our colleagues in the NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region have made these two webinars available for anyone across the country who wishes to participate:
Tuesday, Dec. 8 – Hospital Libraries: Challenges and Opportunities – In this session we will discuss the current state of hospital libraries and consider their future in light of the Affordable Care Act, Meaningful Use, and budget cuts. We will especially consider the role the librarian plays and their effect on these changes, as well as ways the library’s resources (including the librarian) can help offset the expenses hospitals are facing. Speaker: Heather N. Holmes, MLIS, AHIP, Clinical Informationist, Summa Health System, Akron, OH.
When: December 8, 2015; 10-11 MT and 11-noon CT
No Registration Required
Eligible for 1 MLA CE
Thursday, Dec. 17 – Saving time with PubMed Subject-specific Queries (Focus on NLM Resources) – Want to boost your PubMed prowess? Looking for preformulated searches on drugs, health information technology, public health and other topics? Spend an hour with NN/LM MAR Outreach Coordinator, Kate Flewelling, to save hours on your searches!
When: December 17, 2015; 10-11 MT and 11-noon CT
No Registration Required
Eligible for 1 MLA CE