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June NIH News in Health Now Available

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

NIH News in Health: A monthly newsletter from the National Institutes of Health, part of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services

 

 

 

 

Check out the June issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research: To search for more trusted health information from NIH, bookmark http://health.nih.gov

 


Can You Lengthen Your Life?
Researchers Explore How To Stay Healthy Longer

The best way to boost your chance of living a long and active life is through healthy behaviors, including regular physical activity. Read more about living healthy and longer.

 

 

 

 

 


Seeking Allergy Relief
When Breathing Becomes Bothersome

When sneezing, runny nose, or itchy eyes suddenly appear, allergies may be to blame. Read more about airborne allergies.

 

 

 

 

 

Health Capsules

 

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Community Health Maps Workshop at the National Library of Medicine

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Space is available to attend the upcoming Community Health Maps Workshop

Dates: June 7-8, 2016

Location: National Library of Medicine, Lister Hill Auditorium, Bethesda, Maryland.

Sponsors: The National Library of Medicine and Health-Equity.Org are co-sponsoring the first Community Health Maps workshop.

Summary: The availability of affordable Geographical Information System (GIS) platforms, data collection and visualization applications and mapping tools is relatively recent. Historically, the cost to procure platforms and applications, to train users, and to sustain operations has been prohibitive for communities and community-based organizations whose health budgets are already strained. Join us to hear experiences using the Community Health Maps workflow and learn how access to quality health information and the ability to visualize that data – to better understand and portray their significance to the community – can support efforts to reduce health disparities in underserved communities.

The workshop will bring together federal/state/local government representatives, related Associations, members of academia, community health professionals, community activists, information specialists, and information technologists from across the country to share and discuss new ideas and methodologies for empowering community organizations serving vulnerable or underserved populations with low cost, intuitive mapping technology.

The agenda for this workshop is available at https://communityhealthmaps.nlm.nih.gov/.

You must RSVP to attend. Please contact Colette Hochstein, D.M.D., MLS at 301-496-6590 or e-mail hochstec@mail.nlm.nih.gov to reserve your seat in this workshop. You will need to provide your contact info, including title, position, e-mail, phone, institution, etc. Any updates that occur including documents to download the tools needed for the sessions will be provided prior to the workshop.

Tox Town Updates the Farm!

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Looking for possible environmental health risks in a typical farm? Need information on agricultural runoff, feeding operations or barns and silos?  If so, check out the newly updated Tox Town Farm. The Farm joins previously updated City, Town and Southwest scenes with an updated, photorealistic look to allow users to better identify with real-life city locations. Each scene was also moved from Flash to HTML 5 platform, so it can be viewed on a variety of personal electronic devices, including Ipads, Ipad minis, and tablets. All location and chemical information remains the same.  

Regardless of where you live, you will definitely want to visit the updated Farm for environmental health risks, down on the Farm.

Tox Town Farm

NIH appoints Patricia Flatley Brennan, R.N., Ph.D., to lead the National Library of Medicine

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Patricia Flatley Brennan, R.N., Ph.D.National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., today named Patricia Flatley Brennan, R.N., Ph.D., as director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The NLM is the world’s largest biomedical library and the producer of digital information services used by scientists, health professionals and members of the public worldwide. Dr. Brennan is expected to begin her new role in August 2016.

“Patti brings her incredible experience of having cared for patients as a practicing nurse, improved the lives of home-bound patients by developing innovative information systems and services designed to increase their independence, and pursued cutting-edge research in data visualization and virtual reality,” said Dr. Collins. “This combination of skills makes her ideally suited to lead the NLM in the era of precision medicine, as the library becomes the epicenter for biomedical data science, not just at NIH, but across the biomedical research enterprise.”

Dr. Brennan comes to NIH from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is the Lillian L. Moehlman Bascom Professor at the School of Nursing and College of Engineering. She also leads the Living Environments Laboratory at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery that develops new ways for effective visualization of high dimensional data.

Dr. Brennan has been a pioneer in the development of information systems for patients. She developed ComputerLink, an electronic network designed to reduce isolation and improve self-care among home care patients. She directed HeartCare, a web-based information and communication service that helps home-dwelling cardiac patients recover faster, and with fewer symptoms. She also directed Project HealthDesign, an initiative designed to stimulate the next generation of personal health records. Dr. Brennan also conducts external evaluations of health information technology architectures, and works to repurpose engineering methods for health care.

She received a master of science in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Following seven years of clinical practice in critical care nursing and psychiatric nursing, Dr. Brennan held several academic positions at Marquette University, Milwaukee; Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland; and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

A past president of the American Medical Informatics Association, Dr. Brennan was elected to the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) in 2001. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the American College of Medical Informatics, and the New York Academy of Medicine.

“I’d like to recognize and thank NLM Acting Director Betsy L. Humphreys for her exemplary and dedicated service leading the NLM over the past year,” said Dr. Collins.

About the National Library of Medicine (NLM): The world’s largest biomedical library, NLM maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and conducts research, development, and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology. Additional information is available at www.nlm.nih.gov.

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation’s medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.

Funding Opportunity Announcement: Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) – Mentored Career Development

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

The NIH Big Data to Knowledge Initiative (BD2K,) announced the release of two companion RFAs for training in biomedical big data science:

  • RFA-ES-16-002: BD2K Mentored Career Development Award in Biomedical Big Data Science (K01)
  • RFA-ES-16-003: BD2K Mentored Career Development Award in Biomedical Big Data Science for Intramural Investigators (K22)

These opportunities target researchers who aim to develop new Big Data technologies, methods, and tools.  It is anticipated that, by the end of the award period, the awardee will have acquired breadth across three major scientific areas: (1) computer science or informatics, (2) statistics and mathematics, and (3) biomedical science; in addition, the awardee should have acquired depth in areas of specialty necessary for developing new methods, technologies, or tools.

The receipt deadline for applications is August 1, 2016.

BD2K is a trans-NIH initiative that aims to support advances in data science, other quantitative sciences, policy, and training that are needed for the effective use of big data in biomedical research. Interested applicants are encouraged to join the BD2K listserv (Please share this opportunity with your interested scientific communities.)

If you have questions, please contact Carol Shreffler at BD2KTraining@mail.nih.gov.

Last updated on Thursday, May 19, 2016

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