Announcements

National Public Health Week is April 4-11

National Public Health Week (NPHW) is April 4-10.  This year’s theme is “Safety is NO Accident,” and the focus of the week will be on educating citizens about preventing injuries at home, at work, and in the community.

The American Public Health Association (APHA), organizer of NPHW, develops a national campaign to educate the public, policy-makers and practitioners about issues related to each year’s theme. APHA creates comprehensive planning, organizing and outreach materials that can be used to raise awareness.

The National Public Health Week Web site encourages assessment of home, workplace, and community spaces for easily-remedied hazards such as:

  • Maintaining fire alarms
  • Changing burnt-out light bulbs
  • Covering electrical outlets in homes with small children
  • Understanding national and state laws on workplace safety
  • Joining the neighborhood watch association.

The Libraries have created an exhibit showcasing the public health programs offered at the UT Health Science Center.  The exhibit is currently on display outside the Briscoe Library on the Long Campus.

Lydia Fletcher
Outreach Library Assistant

New consumer website: NIH Clinical Research Trials and You

The National Institutes of Health has created a new website, NIH Clinical Research Trials and You (http://www.nih.gov/health/clinicaltrials/) to help people learn more about clinical trials, why they matter, and how to participate.

NIH Clinical Research Trials and You

http://www.nih.gov/health/clinicaltrials/


 
Clinical trials are essential for identifying and understanding ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. Research has shown that among the greatest challenges to recruitment of volunteers is the lack of general knowledge about what trials involve, where they are carried out, and who may participate.

Visitors to the website will find information about:

  • The basics of clinical trial participation
  • First hand experiences from actual clinical trial volunteers
  • Explanations from researchers
  • Links on how to search for a trial or enroll in a research matching program

In addition, health care professionals can read about evidence-based strategies for talking with patients about trials, print audience-tested posters to help promote trials in clinics and offices, and find other educational materials.

NIH supports clinical research trials across the country and throughout the world. NIH’s ongoing effort to raise awareness about clinical research and educate potential clinical trial participants about the option of a clinical trial is vital to developing public support and understanding for how clinical research drives medical discovery and improves health outcomes.

New library search features: Drop down search box

 

Librarians have  been hard at work trying to find new ways to improve your experience with the UT Health Science Center Libraries website. Starting in January the library rolled out a new website with an improved search interface on the homepage. From a search box on the homepage, it is now possible to search PubMed, Google Scholar, E-Journals, E-Books, Print Materials, and Databases.

Not settling with a search of these features on just the library homepage, the library’s Web Team has enhanced searching capabilities by creating a dropdown in the top right corner of the library’s website. This search feature is now on every library web page, and allows a search of the library’s website, PubMed, Google Scholar, E-Journals, E-Books, Print Materials, and the University site.

The library Web Team is always looking for students, faculty, and staff to participate in usability testing for the libraries website. If you have not participated before, and would like to sign up, please contact Kelley Minars, Web Services Librarian, minars@uthscsa.edu.

 

Library Search box screenshot

New looks for the Web sites of the National Library of Medicine and the Department of Health and Human Services

In January, the National Library of Medicine® (NLM) released a newly designed main Web site (www.nlm.nih.gov). Among the features of the new design: a  homepage featuring site-wide navigation in the header and easy access to NLM’s most-used resources such as PubMed/MEDLINE, MeSH (the database of medical subject headings), ClinicalTrials.gov, MedlinePlus, TOXNET, and all other NLM databases.  The homepage also includes a  “Share” feature that allows users to send content to friends, colleagues and themselves via social bookmarking and networking. 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently unveiled its new 10-year goals and objectives for health promotion and disease prevention, Healthy People 2020.  Details about the initiative can be found on the redesigned Healthy People Web site at www.healthypeople.gov.

Subscribe to the Healthy People E-mail Updates                    

Follow Healthy People on Twitter @GoHealthyPeople

New resources from the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus ConnectMedlinePlus Connect links EHR users to consumer health information

The National Library of Medicine recently announced the debut of MedlinePlus Connect (http://medlineplus.gov/connect), a free service that allows electronic health record (EHR) systems to link users to MedlinePlus.  MedlinePlus is an authoritative up-to-date health information resource for patients, families and health care providers, and delivers information about conditions and disorders, medications, and health and wellness. MedlinePlus has hundreds of health topic pages that bring together information from the National Institutes of Health, other US government agencies and authoritative health information providers.

General information about MedlinePlus Connect can be found at

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/connect/overview.html.

Technical support for MedlinePlus Connect can be found at

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/connect/technical.html.

 

Photo- John Shaw Billings

John Shaw Billings, c. 1870s

 

Online exhibit: “Building a National Medical Library on a Shoestring: 1872, the First Year

The National Library of Medicine recently mounted a new online exhibition, “Building a National Medical Library on a Shoestring: 1872, the First Year.” The exhibition may be found at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/buildingnlm/index.html.

The exhibition focuses on the dramatic 1872 change in the library’s mission. Founded in 1836 as the office library for the Army Surgeon General, the library came under the stewardship of Army Major John Shaw Billings in 1865. Seven years later, the library embarked on a venture to acquire the most complete set possible of medical books and journals. Billings and his work set the course for the library’s identity today as the world’s largest medical library.

The core of the exhibition is found in the stories, difficulties, and situations that Billings encountered as he began building a comprehensive collection as quickly and frugally as possible. The exhibition also shows the library’s early years, exploring the practical uses that the limited collection then supported.

The online exhibit includes a full bibliography of published materials by and about John Shaw Billings, including articles and pamphlets, reports, books and monographs, and speeches.

 

NLM offers History of Medicine volunteer internship program

The National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Division in Bethesda, MD, welcomes applications for its volunteer internship program from undergraduate students in any discipline, current graduate students in library science or information studies, archival studies, cultural studies, film studies, history of medicine and science, museum studies, preservation, public heath, or related programs.  The program is open to qualified individuals of any age and background who would wish to offer their experiences and skills.

For further information, visit the website of the National Library of Medicine:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/about/volunteer-intern.html

P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library to be closed May 6 through 10

Nixon LibraryThe P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library will be closed to users  from May 6 through 10.  Representatives of the School of Medicine will be meeting with the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Monday through Wednesday, and will require the use of the Howe Conference Room and the Special Collections Reading Room.

An appraisal of the collection of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library is scheduled for May 9 and 10.

Users needing materials from the history of medicine collection should plan to schedule their visits at another time, as retrieval of rare books and archives will not be available during the LCME site visit and the appraisal of the collection that will follow.

For more information, contact Anne Comeaux, comeaux@uthscsa.edu or Mellisa DeThorne, dethorne@uthscsa.edu.
 

 

Patrick Lemelle joins the staff of the Briscoe Library

Photograph of Patrick Lemelle

Patrick Lemelle works in outreach services in the Briscoe Library.

Patrick Lemelle is the new coordinator and contact person for Circuit Librarian Health Information Network (CLHIN), outreach services at the Briscoe Library.

Before coming to the Briscoe Library, Patrick was employed in the library at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures.  He assisted in  organization and sales for the photo archives and coordinated the ordering, scheduling and delivery of a variety of library services. Patrick has more than 20 years of experience at the UTSA library, as well as at other private library facilities.

A San Antonio native, Patrick earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Holy Redeemer College, in Waterford Wisconsin and pursued an elementary teaching certification from The University of Texas at San Antonio.

The Libraries welcome Patrick to the CLHIN team!

Red Cross releases mobile hurricane and first aid apps

Two new apps from the American Red Cross provide access to hurricane tracking and first aid information.

The American Red Cross has developed a hurricane app and a First Aid app.  With the hurricane app it possible to monitor local conditions based on NOAA alerts, to locate Red Cross shelters, to develop a checklist for preparation, find help, and let others know you are okay, even if there is a power outage.

To download the hurricane app via a link, call “**REDCROSS” (**73327677).    You can also download the hurricane app from the iTunes or Google Play app stores.

The First Aid app provides access to information needed to handle the most common first aid emergencies. Videos, animations and interactive quizzes are included along with safety tips. Content is pre-loaded so Internet access is not necessary.