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Upcoming NNLM Webinars for Public Health

MAR News - Tue, 2017-12-05 11:12

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) website offers free professional development opportunities each month for public health professionals and librarians. During December 2017, attend free NNLM webinars related to high reliability in healthcare organizations, community response to substance misuse, apps related to consumer health, and how to search ClinicalTrials.gov:

Today! Moving Towards High Reliability in Health Care – December 5, 2017, 2:00PM ET – In this session, characteristics of high reliability organizations will be discussed and the types of practical strategies that health care organizations can adopt to move towards these characteristics.

Tomorrow! A Community Effort: Responding to Substance Misuse – December 6, 2017, 2:00PM-4:00PM ET – Part 1: Responding to the Crisis of Addiction in Our Communities – In this session we will cover a variety of approaches that address misinformation, harm reduction efforts, and support for persons in recovery, and will explore a range of resources available to professionals, community organizations, and individuals struggling with addiction. Part 2: Substance Misuse Prevention: A Community Effort – The Howard County Health Department offers monthly Opioid Overdose Response trainings to the public. These trainings teach how to give Naloxone (a safe and effective antidote for opioid overdose) and rescue breathing to an overdosing person until help arrives. Providing naloxone and rescue breathing can be the difference between life and death. Come learn how libraries and community groups can also be of value in preventing substance abuse, misuse and addiction.

ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence & the Role of the Medical Librarian – December 7, 2017, 11:00AM – 12:00PM ET – ClinicalTrials.gov is the openly available federal registry and results database of publicly and privately funded clinical studies conducted in the United States and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov is a vital resource for researchers, healthcare providers, and health sciences librarians who wish to consult the entire body of evidence on any particular topic.The 1 credit webinar covers the materials in a survey format with polls and exercises.

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community (Tween/Teen Substance Use Awareness) – December 13, 2017, 2:00PM – 3:00PM ET – This session will provide an overview of ideas to conduct health outreach and create health programs for libraries and community/faith based organizations. Participants will learn how to integrate resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other reputable agencies to introduce community members to NLM resources in fun and engaging ways. The sample topic for this session is Tween/Teen Substance Use Awareness to offer libraries and other organizations ideas for National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week (January 22-28, 2018).

There’s an App for That! Consumer Apps for Health & Fitness – December 13, 2017, 4:00PM – 5:00PM ET – Across all mobile platforms, fitness and health applications are some of the most popular and most frequently downloaded. By better understanding how to evaluate applications, librarians can help patients and patrons make informed decisions about the apps that they choose to download. This webinar focuses on understanding how to evaluate apps and provide information about recommended apps.

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Taking Multiple Medications Poses Risks

SCR News - Tue, 2017-12-05 08:51


“Photo” via medlinegov, November 29, 2017, Public Domain.

Many older Americans take multiple medications — but only about one-third ever discuss possible interactions between drugs, a new poll finds. The poll was conducted by the university’s Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation. It was sponsored by AARP and Michigan Medicine, the university’s academic medical center.

“Interactions between drugs, and other substances, can put older people at a real risk of everything from low blood sugar to kidney damage and accidents caused by sleepiness,” said Dr. Preeti Malani, who directed the nationwide poll.

FDA.gov recommends before taking a drug, ask your doctor or pharmacist the following questions:

  • Can I take it with other drugs?
  • Should I avoid certain foods, beverages or other products?
  • What are possible drug interaction signs I should know about?
  • How will the drug work in my body?
  • Is there more information available about the drug or my condition (on the Internet or in health and medical literature)?

There are also online tools available that can help inform about possible interactions.  AARP and WebMD both have drug interaction checkers which allow users to enter their medications to screen for possible interactions.

Alison Bryant is senior vice president of research for AARP. “Even with trackers and systems in place, patients need to be open with their providers and tell them all the medications and supplements they’re taking, including herbal remedies,” she said.

 

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MedlinePlus Health Topic Printing Enhancement!

PSR News - Mon, 2017-12-04 15:08

NLM’s MedlinePlus team has announced the release of an enhancement that allows users to choose what they want to print from a health topic web page: just the summary text, or the full page including the summary and all links. Users need to click the grey printer button on the page to choose an option:

MedlinePlus Share Options

A dialog will open allowing the choice of “Topic Summary only” or “Full topic including all links.” This feature is available on both English and Spanish health topics.

screenshot of medlineplus print options topic summary only or full topic including all links

NOTE: The browser File menu > Print option will print the full page without giving the user these options. This feature is only available via the grey Print button on the MedlinePlus web page.

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Librarians and the Diagnostic Team

NER News - Mon, 2017-12-04 14:40

Last winter, I joined the staff at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region. I had a solid background in libraries. I worked in public libraries from 1996-2008, and in a hospital library from 2008-2016. I was very familiar with NNLM NER, but I knew less about other regional and the national offices. I subscribed to the NNLM YouTube page to have easy access to recorded NNLM webinars. At the end of September, I viewed this webinar from the National Library of Medicine, Midcontinental Region (MCR).

I encourage you to watch it!

During the webinar, Dr. Graber mentioned the upcoming Diagnostic Error in Medicine 10th International Conference in Newton, MA. The preconference, Patients as Partners in the Diagnostic Process, was free. Lucky me! If I was willing to give up a Saturday (and I was), I could easily drive to this event.

Dr. Graber welcomed us to the preconference, giving us background information about The Society to Improve Diagnosis. Established in 2011, one strategic priority is to engage and integrate patients and their families into diagnostic improvement efforts. In partnership with the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and the Jefferson Center, the Society was funded in 2015 by the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality (AHRQ) to look at the problem of diagnostic error from the patient’s perspective. The result was this report: Clearing the Error: Patient Participation in Reducing Diagnostic Error.

My ears perked up when Dr. Graber referred to a recently published commentary: Graber, M., Rusz, D., Jones, M., et al. (2017). The new diagnostic team. Diagnosis, 4(4), pp. 225-238. doi:10.1515/dx-2017-0022.

Abstract

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) in the recently issued report Improving Diagnosis in Health Care outlined eight major recommendations to improve the quality and safety of diagnosis. The #1 recommendation was to improve teamwork in the diagnostic process. This is a major departure from the classical approach, where the physician is solely responsible for diagnosis. In the new, patient-centric vision, the core team encompasses the patient, the physician and the associated nursing staff, with each playing an active role in the process. The expanded diagnostic team includes pathologists, radiologists, allied health professionals, medical librarians*, and others. We review the roles that each of these team members will need to assume, and suggest “first steps” that each new team member can take to achieve this new dynamic.

*Please note that I’ve bolded the words medical librarians.

At the lunch break, I mentioned to my table mates that public librarians might play a role as well. I spoke with them about the collaboration between the Public Library Association and NNLM  to prepare librarians for handling health information questions. One person was perplexed by this concept. She associated librarians with fictional books, not health and wellness. Others were more intrigued. Or more polite!

I have lots to share about this preconference. Look for future blog posts about the role of patients, families and librarians in the diagnostic process.

 

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NLM, NNLM, and the NIH All of Us Research Program

MAR News - Mon, 2017-12-04 14:02

From the NLM Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

NIH’s All of Us Research Program and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) have teamed up to raise awareness about the program, a landmark effort to advance precision medicine. Through this collaboration, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine has received a $4.5 million award to support community engagement efforts by public libraries across the United States and to improve participant access.

“We want to reach participants where they are. For many people in the country, including those with limited internet access, one of those places is the local library,” said Eric Dishman, director of the All of Us Research Program. “We’re excited to work with the National Library of Medicine to make more people aware of All of Us and the opportunity to take part.”

This partnership is a three-year pilot program, with several objectives:

  • To increase the capacity of public library staff to improve health literacy.
  • To equip public libraries with information about the All of Us Research Program to share with their local communities.
  • To assess the potential impact of libraries on participant enrollment and retention.
  • To highlight public libraries as a technology resource that participants can use to engage with the program, particularly those in underserved communities affected by the digital divide.
  • To establish an online platform for education and training about All of Us and precision medicine, with resources for members of the public, health professionals, librarians and researchers.
  • To help identify best practices in messaging and outreach that lead to increased public interest and engagement in the program.

“Libraries serve as vital community hubs, and this collaboration presents a perfect opportunity to help the public understand how health research impacts all of us,” said Patricia Flatley Brennan, R.N., Ph.D., director of NLM. “Working with our vast network of public libraries, we hope to contribute to medical breakthroughs that may lead to more tailored disease prevention and treatment solutions for generations to come.”

The All of Us Research Program aims to build one of the largest, most diverse datasets of its kind for health research, with one million or more volunteers nationwide who will sign up to share their information over time. Researchers will be able to access participants’ de-identified information for a variety of studies to learn more about the biological, behavioral and environmental factors that influence health and disease. Their findings may lead to more individualized health care approaches in the future.

Amanda J. Wilson, head of NLM’s National Network Coordinating Office, and Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D., chief engagement officer of the All of Us Research Program, lead the new partnership.

The All of Us Research Program is currently in beta testing. To learn more and to sign up for updates, please visit https://www.joinallofus.org.

Learn more about the partnership from the NIH Press Release.

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NNLM and All of Us Research Program Partnership

MCR News - Mon, 2017-12-04 11:58

Through a collaboration with the All of Us Research Program, NLM’s National Network of Libraries of Medicine has received $4.5 million to support community engagement efforts with public libraries across the United States to improve health literacy and to improve participant access to the All of Us Research Program. The All of Us Research Program aims to build one of the largest, most diverse datasets of its kind for health research, with one million or more volunteers nationwide who will sign up to share their information over time. Researchers will be able to access participants’ de-identified information for a variety of studies. Their findings may lead to more individualized health care approaches in the future. For more information on the partnership see the NLM press release. /ch

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MedlinePlus.gov Print Enhancement

SEA News - Mon, 2017-12-04 11:30

MedlinePlus released a print enhancement that will allow users to choose what they want to print from a health topic web page: just the summary text, or the full page including the summary and all links.

Users need to click the grey printer button on the page to choose an option.

MedlinePlus Options

A dialog will open allowing users to choose “Topic Summary only” or “Full topic including all links.”

MedlinePlus Print Options

This is available on both English and Spanish health topics.

Note: The browser File menu > Print option will print the full page without giving the user these options. This feature is only available via the grey Print button on the web page.

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An NNLM RD3 Update

PNR News - Mon, 2017-12-04 04:00

It’s been almost 6 months since the launch of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s new data website, NNLM RD3: Resources for Data-Driven Discovery, and since May, several new features have been added. When the site first launched at MLA 2017, it had only recently transitioned from the New England Region’s eScience Portal for Librarians. Since then, with the very generous assistance of both old and new volunteer content editors, we have updated many of the original physical science and engineering subject primers, and have also added a number of health sciences topics. The subject primers now provide a brief overview of each field followed by data related information, including pertinent articles on big data and data management, metadata, data repositories, and data standards and policies specific to each field.

We have also added a Twitter feed on the NNLM RD3 homepage that links to @NNLM_RD3’s Twitter page and highlights a wide range of data science and data management retweets. Also on the homepage, is a Data Science around the Regions blog feed that links to data related articles from across the NNLM’s eight regions.

In the coming months we are planning to feature information on innovative data librarians and data management initiatives across the country, update and add additional subject guides, reveal the Data Thesaurus, and report on the first cohort of NNLM Training Office’s Biomedical & Health RDM Training for Librarians course. We invite you to continue to explore NNLM RD3 and post your comments and suggests below or on website. RD3 continues to be a work in progress and one that could not exist without the support and expertise of many of our members. We are always on the lookout for content editors, so if you would like to contribute to a new or existing subject primer, or simply suggest a new feature or update, we would love to hear from you.

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NLM Begins Sharing HIV/AIDS Web Archive Collection on World AIDS Day

PSR News - Fri, 2017-12-01 18:36

In September, 2016, the National Library of Medicine began a new web archiving effort to identify and collect web content on the topic of HIV/AIDS. On World AIDS Day 2017 NLM began sharing its HIV/AIDS web archive collection with the public, making available an initial set of websites and social media archived to document HIV/AIDS in the early 21st century. More content will be added over time. The archive represents a snapshot of the current social, cultural, and biomedical world around HIV/AIDS, as it is represented on the Internet, so that future researchers can use this collection as a primary source to understand HIV/AIDS in the early 21st century.

Highlights of the collection include the organizational response to HIV/AIDS, including pages of state public health departments in the United States, which often post current HIV surveillance and epidemiological data. Federal sites in the collection include HIV-related pages at the Department of Health and Human Services, such as NIH, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Veteran’s Administration, as well as the PEPFAR site (the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, started by George W. Bush, which provides funding for HIV treatment in resource-limited settings around the world). The collection also includes websites for local and regional nonprofit HIV/AIDS service organizations across the country. Many of these organizations originated in the 1980s-1990s AIDS activist era, when groups like ACT UP demanded better clinical care for opportunistic infections caused by their impaired immune systems and faster progress toward effective drugs against the HIV virus itself. Most of the collection focuses on the United States, but there are some international resources, such as international clinical trials groups, informational sites from the United Kingdom, the United Nations’ HIV/AIDS pages, and a few blogs from outside the U.S.

For additional information about the archive, visit NLM’s Circulating Now blog.

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For Searchers: 2018 MeSH

MCR News - Fri, 2017-12-01 14:13

Find out what’s new for MeSH in 2018. What terminology areas have been expanded, what subheading has been deleted, and what publication types are being added?  These changes have been published in the Nov-Dec issue of the NLM Technical Bulletin. /ch

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December 2017 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

PSR News - Fri, 2017-12-01 11:39
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Check out the December issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:

  • Featured Website: Know the Science of Health
    Know the Science has tools to help you better understand complex scientific topics that relate to health research so that you can be discerning about what you hear and read and make well-informed decisions about your health.

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Additionally, you can get trusted, up-to-date health information from NIH News in Health added directly to your site via NIH content syndication. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2017-12-01 10:15

See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions!

Spotlight

Funding applications due today! The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, is accepting applications for health information outreach, health literacy initiatives, emergency preparedness partnerships and health sciences library projects. Applications for the current round of funding are due by COB today, December 1.

Today, December 1, is World AIDS Day. Check out our recent blog posts on educational materials and an online resource training module to learn about quality sources of information about HIV/AIDS. Follow #WorldAIDSDay on Twitter to see how others are getting involved today.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is pleased to announce a partnership with the NIH All of Us Research Program (All of Us), part of the Precision Medicine Initiative. Through this collaboration, NNLM’s Regional Medical Libraries and National Offices will focus on improving consumer access to high quality health information in communities throughout the U.S., specifically, by working with public libraries.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

NNLM Data Education Needs Assessment: The field of data science is broad in scope; encompassing a wide variety of areas including the generation, characterization, management, storage, analysis, visualization, integration, use of large data science relevant to biomedical and health research. NNLM is seeking feedback on your training needs for data science and management. This assessment will provide direction for future NNLM educational opportunities. We appreciate your participation!

Check out the Fall 2017 issue of the MAReport! This quarter, Michelle Burda is talking about our partnership with the Health Care Education Association (HCEA). Read her article to learn more about what HCEA means to its members.

Renew your membership today! If you have not yet verified that your organization’s record is up-to-date, see our recent blog post about the benefits of renewal and NNLM Membership. Are you having trouble creating an NNLM account? If you have received an error message such as, “email address already in use,” contact us for assistance.

New on YouTube: Beyond the Basics of Pediatric Obesity: Resources from NLM, November 16, 2017

National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health News

Health, Culture, and CommunityNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Quick Q&A with the Bioinformatics in Medical Genetics GroupNLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Michael DeBakey and the Education of American SurgeonsCirculating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

Reflections on the “Managing Digital Objects” MeetingDataScience@NIH, Driving Discovery Through Data

The National Library of Medicine is accepting applications for their Associate Fellowship Program! This is a one-year postgraduate training fellowship at the NLM in Bethesda, Maryland, with an optional second year program component. The program is designed to provide a broad foundation in health sciences information services, and to prepare librarians for future leadership roles in health sciences libraries and in health services research. Apply by January 26, 2018 to be considered for the 2018-2019 program.

NLM Announces 2018 Michael E. DeBakey Fellows in the History of Medicine – congratulations to the 2018 Fellows!

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

All are webinars, unless noted. Please note that we have a new class registration system which requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

NNLM and NLM classes are free and open to all. Please feel free to share these opportunities!

A Community Effort: Responding to Substance Misuse – December 6, 2:00-4:00 PM ET – Librarians are arming themselves with Naloxone and saving lives, but how else can we respond to the opioid crisis and the other substance related disorders that plague our campuses and communities? This session, sponsored by SEA, will cover a variety of approaches that address misinformation, harm reduction efforts, and support for persons in recovery, and will explore a range of resources available to professionals, community organizations, and individuals struggling with addiction.

ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence & the Role of the Medical Librarian – December 7, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, join this 1-hour overview of ClinicalTrials.gov, an openly available federal registry and results database of publicly and privately funded clinical studies conducted in the United States and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov is a vital resource for researchers, healthcare providers, and health sciences librarians who wish to consult the entire body of evidence on any particular topic.

How to Make the Case for Integrating Health Literacy Throughout Your Organization – December 13, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Have you been having trouble advocating for or implementing health-literacy initiatives in your organization? You are not alone. The good news it that by integrating health literacy, you can both better protect your organization and improve patient engagement and outcomes. This webinar will introduce the health policies and regulations that support integrating health literacy into health systems, and it will provide actionable tips for helping you do so in your organization.

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community (Tween/Teen Substance Use Awareness) – December 13, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – This session will provide an overview of ideas to conduct health outreach and create health programs for libraries and community/faith based organizations, particularly related to Tween/Teen Substance Use Awareness, and National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week. Participants will learn how to integrate resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other reputable agencies, and where to locate free materials.

Other Items of Interest

Facilitating Health Communication with Immigrant, Refugee, and Migrant Populations Through the Use of Health Literacy and Community Engagement Strategies: Proceedings of a Workshop – The National Academies

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Seeing the Forest and the Trees: Why Librarians Can Make Valuable Contributions Working with Big Data

GMR News - Fri, 2017-12-01 09:33

In the NNLM Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles course, we asked participants, as they progressed through the course to consider the following questions: Do you think health sciences librarians should get involved with big data in healthcare? Where should librarians get involved, if you think they should? If you think they should not, explain why. You may also combine a “should/should not” approach if you would like to argue both sides. NNLM will feature responses from different participants over the coming weeks.

Written by: Heidi Beke-Harrigan, MLS, Health Sciences Librarian, Member Services Coordinator, OhioNET

There has been an explosion of conversation around the topic of big data. The potential for mining large sets of data in endless, customized combinations could revolutionize healthcare, patient outcomes and evidence-based medicine. At the same time, as with systematic reviews, effective data projects benefit from a collaborative environment and a team approach. One individual is not likely to possess the skills to formulate the right questions, write queries, extract the data, provide analysis and manage data storage/retrieval. Data without context is lifeless. Misused it can be exploited, misinterpreted and manipulated. Deriving meaning from data depends on someone’s ability to mine what’s there and make real connections to people’s lives. That’s where librarians excel. Our work has always been about cultivating connections, enabling access to raw information so that new ideas can ferment, providing access to those ideas and end products, and storing the results. Formats have come and gone, but it’s all data and librarians can play a key role in making data useful. Where individuals with specific expertise may focus on a very narrow aspect of data work (trees), librarians tend to see patterns, connections and possibilities (forest). Librarians like to create spaces where nuanced details and creativity can coexist and mingle in a place of infinite possibility.

What skills can librarians specifically bring to the table? Researchers have identified the need to recode data elements and challenges maintaining consistency of data over time as two barriers to big data work. Librarians with cataloging and metadata experience can work with teams to help bring about harmonizing of terminologies and standardize metadata descriptions. They are also able to ask important questions about storage and retrieval. Where will the coding that extracted the data live? Do the resulting data sets need to be stored? How can reproducibility or access points to the data be supported? What story does the data tell and who else might want to discover it?

Imagine further, a world where librarians are part of a new framework of front-line clinical teams and integral to using big data to improve patient outcomes. If we assist with research topic formulation, provide input regarding user experience design, help develop consult management tools, and support the creation of effective query forms and output displays, can we free up clinicians and partner with other colleagues to more fully explore the role of data in Practice Based Evidence (PBE)?

Librarians’ expertise in providing programming, informal learning opportunities and formal classroom instruction can serve us well to assist in citizen data scientist training and to prepare our students with critical skills for work in a data rich landscape. Part of that skill-set should also include an awareness for and appreciation for data literacy, data sharing, and transparency. As Dr. Brennan pointed out, there are certainly opportunities for data scientists and programmers in this information-rich world, but to give that data meaning, requires that we all bring the unique strengths and core values of our diverse professions to the table. In that realm, librarians have much to share.

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Be Safe for the Holidays!

PNR News - Fri, 2017-12-01 08:00

The holiday season has arrived! It’s great time to be with family and friends and to enjoy the festivities. However, it doesn’t take much and suddenly things are not quite as merry as we would wish.  Several organizations and agencies provide some great tips to staying safe whether it is regarding food preparation, putting up decorations, travel, or buying toys. These tips will help keep you and your loved ones can enjoy a safer holiday season.

Toys are at the top of many shopping lists. Those youngsters may have a wish list a mile long but which of those many items are safe? The American Academy of Pediatrics has a list of what to look for when selecting these gifts as does KidsHealth.org.

Decorations can be simple but many holiday displays that involve ladders, electrical cords and breakable materials. The Consumer Product Safety Commission provides a printable brochure covering trees, candles, lights, snow and more that you might want to offer your home decorator to keep them and you out of the emergency room.

Unfortunately, food poisoning does not skip holidays. Food is a big part of holiday celebrations whether it is for a large crowd, being transported a long distance, or being left on the buffet table over several hours. Food safety is important from shopping to the eating and the FDA and FoodSafety.gov are here to help.

Often the holidays involve some form of travel including shopping and special events such as parties or school pageants. Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of death, public transportation brings you into contact with lots of people and their germs, and bad weather doesn’t take a holiday. The American Red Cross and the CDC offer several tips to staying safe and healthy while traveling.

And to round off this list of safety tips, the CDC has a webpage called the 12 Days to Health, including a fun musical version sung to the tune of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

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NNLM SEA Digest News – December 1, 2017

SEA News - Fri, 2017-12-01 07:53

Welcome to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) Region’s Weekly Digest. This digest includes upcoming events, online training opportunities, news, and past events.

Top Items of Interest

National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

On-Demand Asynchronous Moodle Course

Online Asynchronous Moodle Course

Webinars: December 4-8

Webinars: December 11-15

In addition to the webinars listed, the NNLM Public Health Coordination Office provides webinars for subscribers to the Digital Library. Visit the NPHCO Calendar for training opportunities available.

Recordings Available on YouTube**

National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) News

NIH News

NLM News

NLM Technical Bulletin

NCBI Insights

Focus on Data

Focus on Precision Medicine

Focus on Substance Use Disorder

Miscellaneous News

NNLM SEA Communications

Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

  • All sessions listed below are sponsored by a specific regional or national office, but open to all.
  • Webinars are scheduled for 1 hour unless otherwise noted.
  • The NNLM class registration system requires a free NNLM accountprior to registration.
  • Visit the NNLM Training Opportunitiesto register and view a full calendar of training opportunities.
  • Please visit the NNLM Acronym Guideto understand the acronyms.
  • Refer to this guide to claim MLA CE credit.

** Please note that recordings from NNLM available on YouTube may not have MLA CE Credit available. Please contact the regional office that sponsored the webinar for details.

 

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NCBI to Assist in Southern California Genomics Hackathon in January

PSR News - Thu, 2017-11-30 19:40

On January 10-12, 2018, the NCBI will help with a bioinformatics hackathon hosted by San Diego State University. The hackathon will focus on advanced bioinformatics analysis of next generation sequencing data, proteomics, and metadata. This event is for researchers, including students and postdocs, who have already engaged in the use of bioinformatics data or in the development of pipelines for bioinformatics analyses from high-throughput experiments. Some projects are available to other non-scientific developers, mathematicians, or librarians. The event is open to anyone selected for the hackathon and willing to travel to SDSU. Applications are due Monday, December 11th, by 3:00 pm PST. For additional information, refer to NCBI Insights.

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December 6th NCBI Minute Webinar: Keeping Current and Getting Help with NCBI Resources

PSR News - Thu, 2017-11-30 19:33

In the next NCBI Minute session on Wednesday, December 6th, 9:00-9:30 PST, NCBI staff will show you the most important ways to get notified of updates and changes at NCBI and  the most efficient ways to find help with using NCBI resources effectively. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about attending the webinar. After the live presentation, the webinar will be uploaded to the NCBI YouTube channel. You can learn about future webinars on the Webinars and Courses page.

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NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) Announces New Women’s Health Seminar Series

PSR News - Thu, 2017-11-30 14:17

As part of an effort to develop the NIH-wide Strategic Plan for Women’s Health Research, the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) has announced a new Women’s Health Seminar Series, debuting December 7. This program will feature speakers presenting the latest information on scientific topics important to the health of women across the life span. The inaugural seminar will highlight the timely issue of pain and the opioid epidemic:

  • Sex and Pain: What’s the Story?
  • Date/Time: Thursday, December 7, 2017, 10am-1pm PST
  • Location: Building 10, Masur Auditorium, Clinical Center, NIH Main Campus
  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jeff Mogil, McGill University

The seminar may be viewed online. Registration is required to receive continuing education credits. For more information, contact ORWH.

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Learning to Breathe Better

SCR News - Thu, 2017-11-30 13:34

Photo by Brina Blum from Unsplash

This past month has been National COPD Awareness Month. COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and essentially it makes it difficult to breathe. It occurs when the tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs aren’t clear.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) has created a program to help others learn about and take steps toward understanding COPD. Many people do not recognize the early warning signs of COPD, which could lead to losing valuable treatment time. These symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • Chronic cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Mucus
  • Wheezing

COPD most often occurs with people who smoke, have a genetic predisposition, or have long-term exposure to lung irritants. If these don’t apply, avoid areas where there might be pollutants (like secondhand smoke) or going outdoors when the air quality is poor. You can check air quality using the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) AirNow website.

Some may worry about breathing in air pollution while exercising, but the health risks associated with that are less than having an inactive lifestyle.

To read more about COPD, explore the topic page on MedlinePlus.

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What’s New for 2018 MeSH!

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2017-11-30 11:52

MeSH is the National Library of Medicine (NLM) controlled vocabulary thesaurus that is updated annually. NLM uses the MeSH thesaurus to index articles from thousands of biomedical journals for the MEDLINE/PubMed database and for the cataloging of books, documents, and audiovisuals acquired by the library.

Overview of Vocabulary Development and Changes for 2018 MeSH:

Totals by Type of Terminology:

  • 28,939 MeSH Descriptors
  • 79 Qualifiers
  • 116,909 Total Descriptor Terms
  • 244,154 Supplementary Concept Records

Changes of Note for 2018:

The following changes are detailed in MEDLINE Data Changes—2018.

  1. The MeSH qualifier (subheading) /contraindications was deleted.
  2. Three new Publication Types are available for 2018; Adaptive Clinical Trial, Equivalence Trial, and Expression of Concern. Three new related MeSH headings were added; Adaptive Clinical Trials as Topic, Equivalence Trial as Topic, and Proof of Concept.
  3. Expanded and updated terminology areas include Isotopes and Radioisotopes, Smoking, Sugars, Viruses and new Supplementary Concept Record (SCR) class for Organisms.
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