March 2014 News to Know…bytes and bits from around the social web

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This is the March installment of News to Know…bytes and bits from around the social web.

APHA gets ready for National Public Health Week 2014

Public Health News Wire The month in review: Public health research roundup

NACCHO report shows status of local health departments.

Health Affairs Blog – The Payment Reform Landscape: Pay-For-Performance.

HIV/AIDS Medical Practice Guidelines Accessible From Mobile Devices.

Health Affairs Blog: The ACA and People with HIV: The ACA’s Impact and the Implications of State Choices.

Report on teaching information literacy at Penn State.

Statistics Done Wrong is a guide to the most popular statistical errors and slip-ups committed by scientists every day, in the lab and in peer-reviewed journals..

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M-Health and Information Innovations

Dear ICS friends,

We are delighted to have such an engaging section program for MLA 2014 to enhance celebrations of our section’s 25th anniversary. The program is co-sponsored by the Public Health/Health Administration Section and the Educational Media and Technologies Section.

See below for program information. For details (i.e. program theme, presentation abstracts and additional information) please see the attached PDF document.

Gurpreet Rana (2014 Program Chair/Chair-Elect)

ICS section programming – M-Health and Information Innovations: Making an Impact in Global Health (#16)

1. Contributed paper presentation

Title: Unfettered and Untethered: Internet access in the hands of under connected community based organizations
Presenter: John Bramble, Technology Coordinator, Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah

2. Invited presentation

Title: Capacity Building and Sustainability: The Role of Mobile Apps
Presenter: Elizabeth Norton, Disaster Information Management Research Center, National Library of Medicine

3. Invited presentation

Title: From one small satellite to gadgets galore: what’s health got to do with it?
Presenter: Julia Royall, Global Health Consultant

4. “Mini” Open Forum: mHealth and Innovation

A discussion with presenter panel and participants
This will provide a time for the presenter panel members and participants to share further experiences on the use of mHealth and technology in improving health outcomes and empowerment in low-resource communities. This will also provide an opportunity for participants to discuss mHealth, ask questions, share personal experiences and consider opportunities for future involvement.

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February 2014 News to Know……bytes and bits from around the social web

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This is the February installment of News to Know…bytes and bits from around the social web.

Health Affairs has compiled a list of their top 15 blog posts from 2013.

Human geography is a branch of the social sciences that studies the world, its people, communities and cultures, with an emphasis on relations of and across space and place (1). The National Geographic Society (NGS) has a wonderful AP Human Geography page, in case you want to know more about this exciting field of geography. The focus of this page is preparing students to take the Advanced Placement Human Geography (APHG) test. However, the NGS has done a great job of curating resources on this topic.

National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) early release data focuses on health insurance coverage. The data focuses on Health insurance coverage status for adults aged 18-64 by year and quarter 2010 – June 2013.

The always fabulous Beth Kanter has a great blog post on “How To Think Like An Instructional Designer for Your Nonprofit Trainings.” Beth’s focus is on the non-profit sector; however, I always learn something new from her blog.

The Public Health Accreditation Board releases updated standards.

SciDev.Net has a post focusing on the importance of including disabled people in all phases of data gathering.

Nonprofit Tech for Good provides some tips for using YouTube for curating nonprofit videos on your channel.

From Health, Tom Frieden outs himself as a Data Wonk.

From Edudemic, a list of web tools that allow you to Remix Web Pages

If you would like to guest-blog for one of our News to Know posts, please let us know.

Resources cited in this post

Johnston, Ron (2000). “Human Geography”. In Johnston, Ron; Gregory, Derek; Pratt, Geraldine et al. The Dictionary of Human Geography. Oxford: Blackwell. pp. 353–360

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Update from the National Library of Medicine, Division of Specialized Information Services

NLM HSDB record created for West Virginia Elk River chemical

A Hazardous Substances Data Bank record was created for 4-Methylcyclohexanemethanol (Chemical Abstracts Service registry number (CASRN) of 34885-03-5), the chemical found in the January, 2014 West Virginia Elk River chemical spill.

Other terms for the spilled substance are “MCHM” or “crude MCHM” or “4-Methylcyclohexane methanol.”


New Dietary Supplement Label Database available

Researchers, health care providers, and consumers can now investigate the ingredients listed on the labels of about 18,000 (and growing) dietary supplements. The Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD) is free of charge. It is hosted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is the result of collaboration between the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM), with input from federal stakeholders.

Dietary supplements, taken regularly by about half of U.S. adults, can add significant amounts of nutrients and other ingredients to the diet. Supplements include vitamins, minerals, herbals and botanicals, amino acids, enzymes, and more. They come in many different forms, including tablets, capsules, and powders, as well as liquids and energy bars. Popular supplements include vitamins D and E; minerals like calcium and iron; herbs such as echinacea and garlic; and specialty products like glucosamine, probiotics, and fish oils.

Hundreds of new dietary supplements are added to the marketplace each year; others are removed. Product formulations are frequently adjusted, as is information on labels. The DSLD provides product information that can be searched and organized as desired.


Household Products Database

The Household Products Database (HPD) now provides information on over 13,000 products with over 7,130 Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) links.

HPD links consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets provided by manufacturers and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients. The database is designed to help answer the following typical questions:

  • What are the chemical ingredients and their percentage in specific brands?
  • Which products contain specific chemical ingredients?
  • Who manufactures a specific brand? How do I contact this manufacturer?
  • What are the acute and chronic effects of chemical ingredients in a specific brand?
  • What other information is available about chemicals in the toxicology-related databases of the National Library of Medicine?

NLM TOXMAP Interface Update

An updated version of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) TOXMAP will be available later this year.  It will provide an improved map appearance and interactive capabilities as well as a more current GIS look-and-feel. This includes seamless panning, immediate map refresh when zooming to a given location, collapsible side panels for maximum map size, and automatic size adjustment with window size. The new TOXMAP will have improved Census layers and availability by Census Tract (2000 and 2010), Canadian National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) data, U.S. nuclear power plants and improved and updated congressional district boundaries.


TOXMAP is an interactive web site that shows the amount and location of reported toxic chemicals released into and present in the environment on maps of the United States. The site allows users to visually explore information about releases of toxic chemicals by industrial facilities around the United States as reported annually to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, Federal law requires facilities in certain industries, which manufacture, process, or use significant amounts of toxic chemicals, to report annually on their releases of these chemicals to the EPA TRI Program.


Notice of data change for licensees of CRISP data distributed via the National Library of Medicine Data Distribution Program

The CRISP sub-file of toxicology-related research projects has been removed from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) TOXNET version of TOXLINE.   (

NLM will now pull these projects directly from the NIH RePORTER system (, a searchable database of federally funded biomedical research projects conducted at universities, hospitals, and other research institutions, maintained by the NIH, and a replacement for CRISP. The TOXLINE sub-file name has been changed to RePORTERTOX.

CRISP data is now available in complete form from NIH RePORTER. NLM will no longer make this data available in XML. Potential licensees wanting this toxicology-related grant and project information will be able to access more frequently updated versions of the records directly on the NIH system. In addition, users can easily select additional information from the NIH site.


WISER for Windows 4.5 is now available

This new version of WISER fully integrates Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) content and updates the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) content to 2012.

Full integration of CHEMM content includes:

  • New hospital provider and preparedness planner profiles, along with a customized home screen for all WISER profiles
  • Acute care guidelines for six known mass casualty agents/agent classes
  • The addition of a wealth of CHEMM reference material
  • CHEMM Intelligent Syndromes Tool (CHEMM-IST), a new help identify tool designed to diagnose the type of chemical exposure after a mass casualty incident.

ERG content is now updated to the 2012 release. This includes the full ERG 2012 tool.

WISER for Windows 4.5 can be downloaded directly from the WISER website.


National Library of Medicine Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM)

Key changes to REMM include:

  1. REMM Multimedia Library: highlights
  2. Update to the Isotopes of Interest table
  3. “Other Audiences” section has 2 new groups
  4. New pages on REMM
  5. Significant updates to key pages
  6. Updated Prototype for Medical Orders
  7. Updated fever and neutropenia information
  8. REMM YouTube Channel updated
  9. Improved REMM bibliography  

New on Mobile REMM

  1. Updates to Isotopes of Interest
  2. Links to REMM YouTube videos  


Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda: Health-Related Information Resources”

Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda: Health-Related Information Resources,” is now available from the United States National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Research Center. The resources on this page may be of value to international responders and response planners as well as to U.S. friends and family of people in the Philippines.


New Agents and Fields added to Haz-Map

481 agents that cause occupational asthma were added to Haz-Map in Feb 2014, bringing the total number of chemical and biological agents to over 9000.

Three new fields were also added:

  1. Dangerous When Wet under TIH (Toxic Inhalation Hazard) in Exposure Assessment
  2. NTP (National Toxicology Program) Carcinogen
  3. ACGIH (American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists) Carcinogen

Haz-Map® is an occupational health database designed for health and safety professionals and for consumers seeking information about the adverse effects of workplace exposures to chemical and biological agents. The main links in Haz-Map are between chemicals and occupational diseases. These links have been established using current scientific evidence.


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