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National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, January 22-28, 2018

Mon, 2018-01-22 19:51

The National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens website (NIDA for Teens) provides information about drug use and the brain. Get the latest on how drugs affect the brain and body. Featuring videos, games, blog posts and more. Take a poll, read a blog post, and get ideas for activities to use with teens. There’s lots of good news. Teens are using illicit drugs, other than marijuana, in decreasing numbers. Alcohol use has declined, cigarette and other tobacco products use is less, and heroin and other opioid use remains low among adolescents. The information came from more than 43,000 students in the 8th, 10th and 12th grades from 360 U.S. schools in 2017. The site also includes information about binge drinking, vaping, and inhalants; and article for parents and educators.

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Imagine a World…

Thu, 2018-01-18 04:00

…where every librarian added one more reference to Wikipedia!  That’s the call to action for the #1Lib1Ref, an annual campaign from Wikipedia.  It runs from January 15 through February 3 this year, and participating is easy!  You just find a Wikipedia article that needs a citation, find a reliable source to support it, add the citation in Wikipedia style, and then use the hashtag in the article and on social media to share your part in improving the quality of this resource that we all use at one time or another (right??).

Want to know more about this great way of contributing your expertise?  Check out the WebJunction webinar, “Citations Needed: Build Your Wikipedia Skills While Building the World’s Encyclopedia”, which is available for free on their site.

And, if you are a National Library of Medicine (NLM) geek, which of course we are here in the PNR, check out this report of a visit from Wikipedia to the NLM and National Institutes of Health!   As part of WikiProject Medicine, the meeting of the world’s largest encyclopedia (Wikipedia) and the world’s largest medical library (NLM) included discussions, tours, and hugely popular edit-a-thons.  Some of the results of the meeting of the titans can be found both in Wikipedia and in the glossary for PubMed Health.

Try it—a little expertise goes a long way!

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DataFlash: You Spoke and We Listened!

Tue, 2018-01-16 14:57

Happy New Year from your data gurus, Annie and Ann!   And welcome to the first post in our new blog series, DataFlash!   We both monitor a wide range of listservs, social media accounts, news sites and other troves of data information, and we’ll be sharing what we come across, biweekly.

As a starting place, remember that survey we did last year, asking for your ideas about what the NNLM-PNR should be doing to help with your data needs? (The one with the fabulous NLM tape measure prizes?)  We completed the analysis and presented the findings to our Executive Committee last November (as well as sending out the tape measures), and now we’re ready to release it to you!   Here it is!

Briefly, here’s what you told us:

–You want training in data literacy and how to help patrons/users with data

–You want us to help with developing and sustaining collaborations

–You want us to provide specific assistance with things like how to help researchers with workflow, and by creating templates to help with assessing and managing data

–You’d also like training opportunities around informatics

We’re planning several trainings already around research data management, and will be working towards offering more on the other topics you’re interested in.  And we’ll be contacting the folks who generously gave us their email addresses and said they’d be happy to chat further.    Watch this space for further developments, and please feel free to reach out if there are any ways we can help, if you need a consultation, have an idea for a training, or whatever!  And deepest thanks to everyone who participated in the survey—it’s great for us to have this information!

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Next PNR Rendezvous is January 17

Thu, 2018-01-11 11:41

What does it mean for research to be meaningful? How do metrics help and hinder our understanding of research impact? The next PNR Rendezvous session addresses the history and evolution of meaningful metrics in higher education. Robin Chin Roemer, Head of Instructional Design and Outreach Services at the University of Washington libraries will be our guest presenter.  She will address topics such as the pros and cons of bibliometrics; the rise and risks of altmetrics; tools for tracing researcher impact; and the influence of different venues and disciplines on impact communication. The session is eligible for 1 Medical Library Association (MLA) CE credit whether attending the live session or watching the recording.

When: Wednesday, January 17 starting at 1:00pm PT, Noon Alaska Time, 2:00pm MT

Please note we are now encouraging attendees to register for PNR Rendezvous webinar sessions. It is not required. Information to register and join the webinar is included on our website.

Questions? Please contact our office 

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From the UW eScience Institute: Data Science for Social Good

Wed, 2018-01-10 18:14

University of Washington eScience Institute Data Science for Social Good logo

Are you interested in using data-driven discovery for societal benefit? 

The University of Washington eScience Institute, in collaboration with the Cascadia Urban Analytics Cooperative, is excited to announce the summer 2018 Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) program. The program brings together Student Fellows with data and domain researchers to work on focused, collaborative projects for societal benefit.

Sixteen DSSG Student Fellows will be selected to work with academic researchers, data scientists, and public stakeholder groups such as government officials, academic researchers, non-profit organizations, and the general public, on data-intensive research projects.

Who: Graduate students and advanced (junior/senior) undergraduate students are invited to apply. Spring 2018 graduates are eligible for this program. Students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply as long as their visa status allows them to work in the U.S. We cannot sponsor student visas for this program.

What: Each student will be part of a team working full-time on a research project that has concrete relevance and impact. Students are expected to work closely and collaboratively with team members onsite for the duration of the 10-week program. Projects will have an applied social good dimension and involve analysis and visualization of data from areas such as public health, sustainable urban planning, environmental protection, disaster response, crime prevention, education, transportation, governance, commerce, and social justice. Click for summaries of projects from the Summer 2015 and Summer 2016  and Summer 2017 DSSG programs.

Where: Most work will be conducted on the UW campus in the WRF Data Science Studio, but some field excursions in the City of Seattle or King County may also be involved.

When: This is a 10-week long, full-time program beginning June 11th and ending August 17th 2018.

Compensation: Students will be given a stipend of $6,500 for the 10 weeks.

Desired qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience in issues related to social good
  • Research experience with quantitative or qualitative tools
  • Strong academic record
  • Previous programming experience

How to Apply: CLICK HERE FOR THE APPLICATION FORMPlease note: a copy of your CV and unofficial transcripts are required to complete the form.

Questions may be directed to

Application Deadline: February 12th at midnight Pacific Time

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

Mon, 2017-12-18 06:00

Gray and cloudy skies are not unusual in the Pacific Northwest. But, as the days become shorter and the dark starts setting in about mid-afternoon, it is easy to be less energized and feel more like hibernating. This is not unusual. However, for those who experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), other more intense symptoms may appear such as:

  • sadness   
  • gloomy outlook
  • sadness
  • gloomy outlook
  • feeling hopeless, worthless, or irritable
  • loss of interest or pleasure in activities
  • low energy
  • difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
  • carbohydrate cravings and weight gain
  • thoughts of death or even suicide

The causes of SAD are unknown but it does tend to occur more often in women, in young people, those who live further from the equator, and in individuals whose family members (or themselves) have a history of depression.

It is strongly advised not to self diagnose but rather make an appointment to see a psychiatrist or other qualified health professional.

Treatment for SAD varies among individuals. Most often, light therapy is all that is needed. However, others require antidepressant medications or need to see a psychiatrist or other qualified health professional for talk therapy or a combination of therapies. Review all treatment options and discuss them with your health care professional.

Looking for a light therapy lamp or box?  First, talk with your physician because several factors need to be considered before selecting and using a light therapy box. Keep in mind that light therapy boxes are not approved or regulated by the FDA so look for ones that are made specifically for SAD and include protective features. The Mayo Clinic offers these suggestions when looking for a light therapy box:

The light box should:

  • Provide an exposure to 10,000 lux of light (lux is a measure of light intensity but the product should include this information)
  • Emit as little UV light as possible

Learn more about Seasonal Affective Disorder in MedlinePlus.

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The OHSU Library Data Science Institute Introduces Data Science Techniques to Librarians and Researchers

Thu, 2017-12-14 21:47

Today’s Dragonfly post comes to us from Nicole Vasilevsky, Letisha Wyatt, Robin Champieux, Laura Zeigen and Jackie Wirz

The Oregon Health & Science University Library in Portland, Oregon hosted the “OHSU Library Data Science Institute” (ODSI) from November 6-8, 2017 in downtown, Portland. The event was targeted towards researchers, librarians and information specialists with an interest in gaining beginner level skills in data science. The goal was to provide face-to-face, interactive instruction over a three-day workshop. The learning objectives for the training were:

  • Increase awareness of key skills in data science and how these can be applied to the participants own daily practices, such as research or serving patrons
  • Increase confidence with using data science techniques
  • Increase the ability of participants to use or apply data science techniques in problems outlined in the course

Over 75 participants attended this event, which was held over the 3 days. Participants came from within and outside Portland, Washington, Idaho, California, British Columbia and Kansas. The topics for the workshop included topics such as an introduction to version control and GitHub, exploratory data analysis and statistics, biomedical data standards; data description, sharing and reuse; quantitative and qualitative analysis, analyzing textual data, web scraping, data visualization and mapping and geospatial visualization. All of the materials are shared and openly available via our website.

The goals of the ODSI were to:

1) to increase skills of students and information professionals (e.g., librarians and research staff) so that they may be better equipped to work with data or meet the needs of the research communities that they work with

2) provide a venue for networking and relationship-building between local research community, libraries, and active information professionals.

As an outcome of this course, the majority of our participants that identified as librarians or information professionals reported they are more aware of, can actively teach or use key skills in data science and are more aware of how these can be applied to researchers. In addition, the respondents that identified as researchers reported that they have increased awareness of and confidence using data science knowledge; that they anticipate integrating skills derived from the Institute into their workflow (experimental design, data cleaning, analysis) and that they bring this information back to their laboratory, department, and peers.

Our full webpage, which includes links to session syllabi and instructional materials.

Some lessons learned include:

  • Development of curricula for a diverse audience is a daunting challenge! To address this in the future we would consider tracks or ensuring that the content is focused and targeted to a specific career field/discipline.
  • A Train-the-Trainer event would help present a uniform approach towards pedagogy, hands-on-learning, and delivery. In addition, it might be helpful to host a demo day where instructors can test their content with either other instructors or a test audience.
  • More coffee and tea! Data Science is fueled by warm beverages, so we need to add more.
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Coming soon—Survey results about DATA!

Wed, 2017-12-13 18:08

You may remember the email and picture below, which was sent out to various groups and promoted in various ways this past spring.  In it, we were asking you all to participate in the NNLM-PNR data needs assessment survey.  By doing the survey, Annie Madhavan and I (Ann Glusker) were hoping to get feedback on the directions you want us to go with teaching about and providing resources related to data.

Well, we had 60 people respond, which we are thrilled about, and we ended up sending out 14 fabulous prizes (the NLM tape measures shown in the photo–woo hoo!).  More importantly, we’ve completed the data analysis, got some VERY helpful information, and are putting the final touches on the report we promised! (a little later than we’d hoped, but better late than never?)

So, we just wanted to let you know that the report will be sent out to the HLIB-NW list in early January, as well as to all the people whose emails we have and/or who ask for a copy, with our best wishes for a very happy New Year.  See you online again soon!

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Native Voices exhibit in the PNR region

Mon, 2017-12-11 12:21

The National Library of Medicine Traveling Exhibition Program includes the very popular Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness. This exhibit is currently traveling the country as part of a partnership between the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the American Library Association (ALA). In 2017 three libraries in the Pacific Northwest Region hosted the exhibit:

  • Nisqually Indian Tribe, Olympia, WA
  • Aaniiih Nakoda College, Harlem, MT
  • Blackfeet Community College, Browning, MT

Eva English, Library Director of Aaniiih Nakoda College Library, described what their institution planned around the exhibit:

Aaniiih Nakoda College received the Native Voices: Native People’s Concepts of Health and Illness exhibit on June 21, and held our opening program on Wednesday, June 28 from 10 AM to 12 Noon. Aaniiih Nakoda College (ANC) American Indian Studies Director, Sean Chandler, gave the opening prayer and blessing. ANC Dean of Academic Affairs, Carmen Taylor, gave a welcome address. Dr. Liz McClain spoke about inequities in health care as related to the Zortman/Landusky/Pegasus mine. Mary Anne Hansen, Professor/Reference Librarian, Sheila Bonnand, Instructional Services Librarian, both of MSU-Bozeman Libraries, spoke about and demonstrated how to utilize information from various websites and LaVerne Parker Parker spoke about  “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Healthcare”. 17 people were in attendance. We were able to broadcast the speakers via Facebook Live which had 167 views and reached 403 people.

Our second speaker event was held Wednesday, July 19, with Nursing Professor, Billie Jo Brown as the keynote speaker. She spoke about “Bringing Nursing and Education Home.”  We were once again able to make this talk available through the Library’s Facebook Page by “going live” to allow more people to view the presentation. 71 people viewed the video and it reached 207.  The Exhibit was shown at the ANC Library through July 28.

Through the exhibit we were able to partner with several other organizations including MSU-Extension who provided snacks for our events, MSU-Bozeman Libraries who provided speakers and transportation, and Fort Belknap Diabetes Prevention, who encouraged their participants to attend the presentations.

Aaron LaFromboise, Library Director of Medicine Spring Library of Blackfeet Community College, conveyed what her library planned: 

Medicine Spring Library hosted the Native Voices exhibit from August 16 – September 28, 2017. Several of the Blackfeet Community College classes took advantage of the exhibit to learn more about health in other Native communities. The exhibit was housed near the back of the library, but our patrons were enticed to learn more with a kiosk placed near the front entrance. We fielded many questions and invited our patrons to make their way back to the full exhibit. We had four events associated with the exhibition.

Opening Reception – with Montana State University Librarians facilitating a discussion on finding health resources.

Other events included a session on Advocating for Your Health, and The Benefits of Growing Your Own Food. In our session on Advocating for your Health, local hospital and clinic staff talked about how to be prepared for appointments, and how to keep track of symptoms to help doctors with diagnosis. In the Benefits of Growing Your Own Food session, we discussed the physical benefits of gardening, and the added benefit of locally grown food.

The final day of the exhibit coincided with the Blackfeet Community College’s annual Days of the Piikani. On this day, our tribe also hosted a Confederacy meeting (the Blackfeet are a part of an international confederacy of tribes, Blackfeet, Kainai, Sitsika, and Piegan). We invited our Canadian relatives to an open house, in which the Native Voices served as an attraction at the college.

Thank you to both Eva and Aaron for so graciously contributing to this blog posting regarding the Native Voices exhibit.

The Native Voices exhibit will be visiting two more sites in Montana in 2018. We hope to hear from them about the activities planned and the community impact. We encourage libraries and other organizations in our region to consider hosting a NLM traveling exhibit. A webinar, where libraries reported their experiences, is also available to provide more information.

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There’s an App for That!

Wed, 2017-12-06 05:34

Do you keep track of your daily steps? Do you calculate your carbohydrate intake? Do you keep track of how much (or how little) you sleep? Are you using an app to keep track of your health or are you still trying to figure out which ones to use? The next PNR Rendezvous webinar session may help you and your patrons navigate the sea of apps.

When: Wednesday, December 13 starting at 1:00pm PT, Noon Alaska Time, 2:00pm MT

How to connect: No registration required. Information to connect is on the PNR Rendezvous webpage

Today mobile applications connect more people to health, wellness, and fitness information than ever before. How can librarians help consumers and patients navigate the growing field of wellness applications? 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. Selected apps will be discussed.

Presenter: Emily Hurst, Head of Research and Education at Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University

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An NNLM RD3 Update

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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Be Safe for the Holidays!

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

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 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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Healthy Native Youth

Mon, 2017-11-20 16:00, produced in collaboration by the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, provides resources for culturally-appropriate sexual health programs to AI/AN youth.  Stakeholders from adolescent health and Indian Country were consulted to build connections, offer input and provide insight.

The site can be used by tribal health educators, teachers and parents. It’s designed to provide the training and tools needed to promote age appropriate education. The available curriculum includes sexual risk reduction, HIV, STD and pregnancy prevention programs, safer sex instruction, and healthy relationships training. Searching is possible by category, age group, LGBT inclusive, and program setting (e.g. in-school, after school, community-based, clinic-based).

Additional resources are also provided on such topics as suicide and substance abuse prevention, responding to concerning posts on social media, and getting students involved in their own health at a young age. Tips and Tools for making a clinic teen-friendly, creating a safe environment for LGBT youth, and answering sensitive health questions are available. The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board also shares their successful social marketing campaign recommendations.

Healthy Native Youth is a valuable resource for anyone working with American Indian/Alaska Native populations.




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“Mistakes Were Made”

Wed, 2017-11-15 16:00

“When people take medicine at home, mistakes happen.”  That’s the start of a recent article on NPR’s web site, citing a new study that found that levels of medication errors are rising, and that most mistakes were preventable.  The researchers used information from U.S. poison control centers, and looked only at errors that happened outside of health care facilities.  Another study, cited in The New York Times, found that almost 85% of parents give children the wrong dose of liquid medicines, and more than 2 in 3 of those mistakes are overdoses.   What is behind these errors, and the increase in their numbers?

Part of the problem is that with increasing levels of conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, there are more people taking medications for them and therefore more chance of error.  Another part of the problem is that the units on the prescription (say, milliliters) may not match the units on the measuring device (say, teaspoons); the researchers on parents and liquid medicines found that simply giving parents oral syringes made a huge difference.  Furthermore, as medical care becomes more complex, the home care does too.  And sometimes it’s been complex all along; consider the calculations that diabetics must make to calculate their insulin, shown in the potentially daunting chart below.

What can we do to decrease the chance of errors? There are several things for starters!  One is to READ THE LABELS.  Even pharmacies may make errors (cue the recent story of the man who received and took a yeast infection medication rather than a medication for his hiatal hernia—he didn’t look at the bottle BEFORE starting his course).    Another is to KEEP MEDICATIONS AWAY FROM KIDS.  Safe storage can avoid quite a few dangerous situations!  This includes child-resistant packaging.  Caregivers (of children, older adults, or anyone) should MONITOR MEDICATION USE –it’s easy to make mistakes, and two brains are better than one!  Parents and caregivers should write down when doses have been given, to avoid double doses.  And, perhaps most importantly, ASK QUESTIONS!  Many of us rush through the part where the pharmacist asks us if we have any questions about our medications, but we should be asking about any of the following that we aren’t sure of:

  • What is the brand or generic name of the medication?
  • What is the medication supposed to do? How long will it be until I see results?
  • What is the dose? How long should I take it?
  • What should I do if I miss a dose?
  • What should I do if I accidentally take more than the recommended dose?
  • Are there any foods, drinks, other medications or activities I should avoid while taking this medicine?
  • What are the possible side effects? What should I do if they occur?
  • Will this new medication interfere with my other medication(s)? If so, how?

These are just a few of the many ways we can protect ourselves from making mistakes when taking medications; consider them, look for other ideas if you feel moved to, and be safe out there!

Photo credit: Pinsker et al., 2013

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Happy World Vegan Month!

Mon, 2017-11-13 16:51

It’s World Vegan Month, and as the PNR’s only vegan, I thought I would take the opportunity to post about this little known celebration.  It has always struck me as odd that World Vegan Month should fall during Thanksgiving, a holiday renown for the consumption of vast amounts of turkey and ham. But then again, the vast majority of Americans are not vegan.

What are vegans? MeSH defines them as “persons who avoid consuming animal products or animal-derived substances, such as MEAT; EGGS; or HONEY. Some vegans also refrain from using animals or animal products in any form or for any purpose, such as in CLOTHING or household goods.  (Year introduced: 2016).” It is quite telling that this subject heading was just added in 2016. Veganism and plant-based eating are becoming a “thing.” More and more research is pointing to the benefit of eschewing animal products and adopting a diet that is organic, plant-based, minimally processed, and easier on the environment. According to the Permanente Journal’s “Nutritional Update for Physicians: Plant-Based Diets, ”research shows that plant-based diets are cost-effective, low-risk interventions that may lower body mass index, blood pressure, HbA1C, and cholesterol levels. They may also reduce the number of medications needed to treat chronic diseases and lower ischemic heart disease mortality rates. Physicians should consider recommending a plant-based diet to all their patients, especially those with high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or obesity.”  And that’s saying a lot, considering the fact that physicians haven’t been known for racking up a lot hours of nutrition education in medical school.  The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has recently published a position paper on vegetarian diets and it also highlights the mounting evidence for adopting this lifestyle, including the environmental sustainability of diets rich in plants, as opposed to resource depleting animal products.

The plant-based movement is growing. The Plant Based Food Association and The Good Food Institute recently released new data which indicates an 8.1 percent growth in plant-based food sales since last year. And Baum and Whiteman, an international food and restaurant consultant, called plant-based dining 2018’s trend of the year. More and more meat free choices are becoming available in local groceries and restaurants. No longer are we relegated to eating from just the salad bar.

Thinking of giving this vegan thing a try? Keep in mind that you can be just as unhealthy a vegan as an omnivore. Potato chips and soda are vegan, after all. For guidance on vegetarian, including vegan diets, MedlinePlus offers a variety of useful links. And as I mentioned above, PubMed now includes a MeSH term for this dietary practice. In addition to NLM links above, I’d like to offer some additional resources that I have found both useful and evidence focused.

Happy Healthy Long Life: A Medical Librarian’s Adventures in Evidence-based Living

The Vegetarian Resource Group

It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken

My own journey towards veganism started many years ago when I decided to experiment with a vegetarian and then vegan diet. Over the years, I shifted back a forth from vegan to lacto-ovo-vegetarian to pescatarian, but it was the reccurrence of an autoimmune disorder I had suffered from in my early twenties that convinced me to return to a plant-based, minimally processed diet. Both my family physician and my rheumatologist were in awe of how quickly my dietary choice lead to a remission of my symptoms, and a return to normal health. I’m vegan to stay.

While I don’t necessarily expect you to skip the turkey or ham this Thanksgiving, I do hope this post will give you some food for thought. I also hope you will add your comments below if this post has encouraged you to explore plant-based eating further, or if you’ve already decided to become an herbivore. Happy Thanksgiving! But please, don’t pass the Tofurky.

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PNR Rendezvous webinar, November 15

Mon, 2017-11-06 21:38

The next PNR Rendezvous webinar for November is coming soon.

When: Wednesday, November 15 starting at Noon Alaska, 1:00pm PT, 2:00pm MT

Title: HRSA’s Resources and Initiatives for Native American Communities
Gary Gant, from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Office of Regional Operations for Region 10, will share some of his office’s initiatives and activities within the Native American community as it pertains to behavioral health, chronic disease, education, human trafficking and substance abuse.

Eligible for 1 Medical Library Association (MLA) CE credit for attending the live session or viewing the recording.

Please join us for this wonderful opportunity to learn about the important work that HRSA provides.

For more information about this session and how to connect please visit the PNR Rendezvous webpage 

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NNLM PNR Twitter Chat: Give us your input!

Mon, 2017-11-06 21:01

It’s time for another PNR Twitter Chat. This time it’s PNR Day on Twitter. Using the hashtag #nnlmpnrchat, drop by at any time on Thursday, November 16, to give us your input. Include #nnlmpnrchat in your tweet. Unsure how this all works? See Twitter Chat 101 for more information. PNR staff will monitor the conversation and ask questions throughout the day, but we are interested in hearing from you on topics such as:

  • What interesting topics or trends would you like the PNR to explore?
  • How do you like to learn about health topics? Webinars, Moodle classes (asynchronous), tutorials?
  • Is MLA CE credit important to you?
  • How can we serve you better?
  • What is your preferred communication format? (e.g. blog posts, email, newsletters).

Remember, it’s fine to be a lurker. If you just want to see what it’s all about, sign up for a Twitter account and take a look. You don’t have to say anything, but you may find something you like. Twitter’s use as an educational tool is growing. Please join us on Twitter for a few minutes or longer, any time on November 16. Search for #nnlmpnrchat to see what we’re up to.

Our last Twitter chat, in March, featured PNR Research & Data Coordinators Ann Glusker and Ann Madhavan. For a transcript of that chat, see:


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NNLM and PLA partner for health with a pre-conference session at PLA 2018, stipend available

Mon, 2017-10-30 07:00

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and the Public Library Association (PLA) are partnering to bring health and wellness to the library. This new nationwide initiative will assess the health information needs of public libraries and provide opportunities for public library staff to increase their knowledge and confidence regarding consumer health services and programming.

One such professional development opportunity is a 1 day pre-conference at PLA 2018. Stand Up for Health: Health & Wellness Services for Your Community is Tuesday March 20, 2018 from 9:00am – 5:00pm.

PLA is offering a limited number of stipends worth $500 to cover registration and some travel costs for this pre-conference session. This opportunity is open to librarians, including library support staff and paraprofessionals at libraries in the U.S. and U.S. territories.

Also, those who take the class and complete some pre/post work will receive a certificate for level 1 of the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) through the Medical Library Association (MLA) at no cost, sponsored by NNLM.

Applications for the pre-conference stipends are now being accepted with the deadline of November 19. Read the stipend opportunity guidelines, read the Frequently Asked Questions and start your online application.

Want to learn more about the Consumer Health Information Specialization and its benefits? Attend a free webinar this Wednesday, November 1 from 11:00am – Noon PT. Register to attend, Putting the Consumer Health Information Specialization to Work in Public Libraries. Unable to make it? The session will be recorded and available a few days later.

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How I came to be the Biosleuth

Mon, 2017-10-30 05:00

To celebrate Medical Librarian’s Month we have invited medical librarians in our region to submit some information about who they are and the work that they do as medical librarians.

Today we are ending our series with a post from an independent medical librarian in Washington! 

Julia Parker, The Biosleuth!

Who am I? Julia Parker, M.S., M.L.I.S

Where do I work? Biosleuth Consulting Services, LLC

Unlike many of my colleagues, I work as an Independent Medical Librarian . . . a liaison to people of diverse information needs, not necessarily local to WA. I am the principal of Biosleuth Consulting Services, LLC. I work out of my home a great deal of the time . . . or am one of those people you see working on their laptops in local coffee shops.

How I came to be the Biosleuth

I never intended to become a librarian, though I have loved to read and sit in libraries since grade school. Although my professional journey has been quite circuitous, the road traveled has provided me the experience base for all I am asked to do as a consultant. I started undergrad with the intention of becoming a Veterinarian, and by the time I graduated, I decided I wanted to be a researcher. I worked in labs for a while and then returned to Grad school. My career path veered between the time I obtained an M.S. and was pursuing a Ph.D. in Pathobiology. I decided what I really wanted to do was spend my time searching for critical medical and scientific information. That’s when I applied to the UW’s program for my M.L.I.S.  I gained practical experience, while in school, by volunteering in 2 medical libraries, doing an internship at the local public library, enhancing subject headings in the in-house catalog at a local biotech as my student project and working part-time on UW’s HealthLinks. Once armed with my new tools, I was so fortunate that a small biotech hired me to run their corporate library. I became active in SLA, and WMLA and have served on committees and boards for both organizations ever since. What I was unprepared for has been the volatile nature not only of the biotech scene in Seattle, but for libraries, as well. Three lay-offs later, I decided to launch my business as an independent.

Over the past 8 years, I have continued expanding my network; I’m a staunch believer in LinkedIn. AIIP (Association of Independent Information Professionals) helps promote my business through their online member directory, provides me access to critical search tools, such as STN and Dialog (at a discounted rate) and has monthly webinars given by other members or vendors. In fact, the example set by a couple AIIP’ers is what originally inspired me to go independent. I count my large network of professional colleagues and peers one of my very best assets.

The majority of my projects are reviews of the published literature (medical, scientific and/or patents) on a specific topic for large corporate entities – either as part of due diligence for marketed products or when considering a new direction. I might be asked to digest and summarize the research, then present the significance of the work to executives and marketing directors. In 2014, I was approached by a friend who had a recent medical diagnosis she was finally beginning to deal with, both physically and emotionally. I agreed to co-author a book, which we published two years later entitled, Beyond Embarrassment : Reclaiming Your Life with Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel. I learned a lot along the way, including what it takes to bring a book to print and I continue working with my friend on her blog, TrudyTriumph. The blog gives us a chance to educate and encourage those living with continence health issues – a community to which patients can turn, when they want to talk to others who have similar experiences.

I’m back in a Library!

This past year I was hired to help set up a new Business Library for the non-profit organization, Life Science Washington, which provides resources and networking opportunities for Washington state biotechnology and medical device companies. I provide monthly consulting appointments to help these small-business members utilize tools they wouldn’t have licensed as individuals or small corporations. Since the vast majority of my consultant work is done remotely, I relish these reference/training hours in which I have actual face-time with executives who represent the future of medical science. They are the ones who inspire me, if I occasionally stop to wonder if what I do is of value!

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Say “Yes!” Whenever Possible

Thu, 2017-10-26 04:00

To celebrate Medical Librarian’s Month we have invited medical librarians in our region to submit some information about who they are and the work that they do as medical librarians.

Today we hear from a hospital librarian in Oregon!

Judith with Mr. Gross Mouth

Who am I? Judith Hayes, MLS

Where do I work? Tuality Healthcare in Hillsboro, OR

I started work as a medical librarian at Tuality Healthcare in Hillsboro, OR, on April 15, 1994.  Almost 24 years later, I am approaching retirement in just a few short weeks with anticipation and dread.

It’s been amazing.  I have loved my job.  It feeds my sense of satisfaction to find just the right piece of information for someone:  so a patient can gain understanding about their disease and talk with some knowledge with their provider, so a provider can receive the latest evidence-based information in minutes for patient treatment, so a teacher can hold an anatomy fair with hands-on stations to spark a light for science and medicine in a student, so library school student volunteers and assistants can end up with fabulous jobs all over the country.

I feel blessed to have been at an organization that prized personal growth and allowed an enormous amount of autonomy to library staff.  If there was a project we wanted to do, there was a way to make it happen, with grants from the RML for Outreach (thank you, RML!), the local City of Hillsboro for educational chats on health topics partnering with public libraries, Tuality’s Foundation for bankrolling the public portion of the library, local Librarian organizations for speaking and teaching opportunities (thank you OHSLA, PNC, Oregon State Library Association, Washington County Public Libraries and Tuality!).  I’ve had the opportunity to share my knowledge with doctors, nurses, public reference librarians, teachers, students, and members of the public, both in the library and outside of it.

Several people stand out.

  • There was a young man who came in having received a devastating diagnosis.  Together, we found information about his rare disease and talked about some surgical options in the area.  He returned months later to say thank you because I was the first person who had given him any hope that he would have a future.
  • There was a young mother who came in on the day she was having diagnostic tests to determine why she was ill.  The second visit was to look for possible treatment information about a specific diagnosis, the third to search for information about dealing with side effects, and the fourth to return all the borrowed materials.  Treatment was over and she was well.
  • The grandfather trying to help the teenage granddaughter who had just come to live with him.  The new mother researching heart surgery treatment for her baby born with congenital heart defects (an article about the successful series of surgeries appeared in a local paper months later).  The pharmacist who needed the latest drug dosages to treat a patient in 10 minutes.   The nurse working on protocols to update nursing staff.   The request from a surgeon friend in Africa wanting to know if his treatment of a disease was really still the best way to do it.  Designing a CME series of four classes and discovering that yes, we had data to prove that the education had improved patient outcomes.

My philosophy has been to say “yes” whenever possible.  That helped me to stretch into new ideas and skills, and made the library a place to find answers and help, and not be turned away.   That means I am a proctor of tests, publicist of classes, book editor, instructor, CME coordinator, grant writer, data analyzer, mentor to library school student volunteers, library page, and oh, yes, researcher.

It’s been a great adventure.   Thank you to everyone in the region who helped make it possible.  The support in the Pacific Northwest has made this a GREAT region to work with.

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