Searchers & Health Videos

A marketing research group recently surveyed over 6,500 people about their attitudes and behaviors on seeking pharmaceutical information online – especially as it relates to health-related videos.  One result found that YouTube was not the place they searched for videos.  Instead, it seemed that searchers used videos as they found them on general health sites and news sites.  Unfortunately, more details are not available and the full report requires a subscription to their marketing research ($$$). For details, see the news release.

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National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy

The United States Department of Health and Human Services recently released The National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy.  From the press release, “According to research from the U.S. Department of Education, only 12 percent of English-speaking adults in the United States have proficient health literacy skills.”   The overwhelming majority of Americans have difficulty understanding and using health information from the media, health care providers, medication labels, etc.  This action plan lays out a series of goals and steps from providing better health literacy skills early in education, as well as ways that health care providers can ensure consumers understand their care and their health.

Full document (PDF, 73 pages)

Summary (PDF, 7 pages)

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My NCBI Tool to Replace eRA Commons for Bibliography Management

As of 7/23/10, NIH PIs must use NCBI’s “My Bibliography” to list their publications, instead of adding them through the eRA Commons.  As of 10/22/10, the Commons will no longer display any citations a PI previously entered into the Commons manually.  Once a PI has established a “My NCBI” account, and linked it to the Commons, Commons users will be able to propose, confirm, or reject grant-paper associations; associate their “My Bibliography” citations with an eSNAP (electronic Streamlined Non-competing Award Process) progress report in Commons; and designate delegates to maintain their professional bibliographies in “My Bibliography”.

Please see the complete NIH notice (NOT-OD-10-103) for details (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-10-103.html).  NIH has also provided step-by-step instructions for using NCBI and “My Bibliography” on their recently re-designed eRA web site (http://era.nih.gov/).

Note that the references that are currently in an eRA Commons account can not be automatically transferred to My Bibliography – they have to be manually entered in My Bibliography by the PI or a delegate.  For assistance with setting up a My NCBI account and entering references into My Bibliography, contact Nancy Stimson at nstimson@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-6321.

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New Community Health Data Initiative from HHS

The U.S Dept of Health & Human Services is launching a new Community Health Data initiative which will make community-level health data freely available for developers to use in creating new and innovative applications to help inform health related decision making for consumers, providers and researchers. The initiative was launched today at a forum held at the Institute of Medicine. Video from the forum, data sets and documentation are available from http://www.hhs.gov/open/datasets/communityhealthdata.html

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Active Living Research Database

Active Living Research is a grant funded project combining public health, environment,  & policy with urban planing.   It has a particular  interest in reversing the rise of childhood obesity.

Among the many tools available at their web site is a hand-curated database of articles.  The database, Active Living Research Literature or ALR,  is populated with articles found in multiple resources (e.g., PubMed, Web of Science, SPORTDiscus) providing one-stop searching for articles in this cross-discipline area.

The focus of the collection is research that looks at  “the relationship between environment and policy with physical activity and obesity.”  The database offers some very helpful ways to structure your search, not only by the typical author, title, journal, and type of study, but also by geographic locations, population characteristics, type of environmental assessment, or type of physical activity measurement.

Check out ALR.

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Crude Oil Spills and Health

The recent BP/Transocean offshore oil spill is an ecological disaster.  The National Library of Medicine has gathered together a resource page on the incident focusing on health effects.

Link: http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/oilspills.html

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Chronic Disease & the Internet

A new Pew report has data that seems contradictory — only 62% of people with chronic disease access the internet (unlike the average of 81%), yet, those with chronic disease on the internet are very involved in blogs, discussions, and other activities.

The difference is simply one thing – access to the internet.  Those with chronic conditions who have internet access are very involved the study found.  In fact, it was a “significant increase” in involvement when someone on the internet had a chronic disease diagnosis.   So that makes, on average, nearly 20% fewer people (than the average) who are possibly interested but unable to participate.

The study found that users with chronic conditions were using the internet as a communication tool (not as an “information vending machine”) to look up blog posts, participate in ongoing discussions, reviews of hospitals and doctors as well as a variety of user-generated health content (e.g., podcasts).

Chronic Disease and the Internet, Pew Report March 2010

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Farewell, Old Friend

Last week the Biomedical Library lost an old friend, Dr. Helen M. Ranney.  Dr. Ranney, an ardent library supporter for many years, was well known for her landmark research which helped show the link between genetic factors and sickle cell anemia.

She was also well-known for her many achievements as a “pioneering” woman in medicine.  Among her many “firsts,” she was the first woman to chair a Department of Medicine (here at UCSD), the first woman president of the Association of American Physicians, and the first woman to be selected as a Distinguished Physician of the Veterans Administration.  She was a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Read more about Dr. Ranney on her National Library of Medicine “Changing the Face of Medicine” profile.  The “Changing the Face of Medicine” site honors the achievements of women in medicine from the 19th century to the present.

We will miss seeing Dr. Ranney around the library.  Goodbye, old friend, and thanks for everything.

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Is PubMed a Little Confusing Now?

Don’t stress – come to our next PubMed workshop, Tuesday November 3rd at 11 am. Our “PubMed Beyond the Essentials” workshop will introduce you to the new PubMed interface and help you locate you favorite PubMed tools. Along the way, learn some new tips and tricks for getting PubMed to give you even better, more focused results.  Just stop by the Computer Classroom Tuesday.

Our next “Essential PubMed” workshop will be Thursday, December 10th at 11:30 am.  To register, see our Instruction web page.

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EthicShare – a new free tool

EthicShare.org is a free resource that provides one place to search for articles, newspaper stories, books, case reports, and more related to bioethics.  EthicShare is created from data in PubMed, WorldCat, and newsfeeds.  Simple keyword searches or more advanced searches of specific fields or using boolean operators are possible.  Establish an account to participate more fully with all the site’s tools.  It will automatically recognize your IP address (when on campus) and has a tool “Find in a Library” that will lead to a UC-eLinks screen.

EthicShare has also taken advantage of a couple of the latest trends in social media with space for group discussions and comments on the literature, a community calendar, tagging of records, and plans to add collaborative working capabilities.

EthicShare was created by and is hosted at the University of Minnesota.

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