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Disaster Information Management Research Center
The Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) releases a Hurricane Sandy web page
The Hurricane Sandy page provides links to overviews, state specific sites, cleanup and recovery information, mental health information, multi-language resources, social media information, apps and widgets, and more.8/13/2012
New page on Droughts and Health available
The page focuses primarily on human health effects of drought conditions as experienced in the United States. It is intended to grow as new materials become available on this topic.8/13/2012
Deadline extended for Disaster Health Information Outreach contract proposals
The deadline for applications for the “Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2012” funding is extended to Monday, August 20, 2012. NLM must extend the deadline due to a required change in a classification code used on this contract to describe the nature of the work. There are NO OTHER CHANGES to this solicitation. The code change is a technicality that will not require any change in the content of proposals. If you have already submitted an application, the NLM Office of Acquisitions will contact you with instructions.7/10/2012
NLM Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects 2012
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery. NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships that include at least one library and at least one non-library organization that has disaster-related responsibilities, such as health departments, public safety departments, emergency management departments, prehospital and emergency medical services, fire/rescue, or other local, regional, or state agencies with disaster health responsibilities; hospitals; faith-based and voluntary organizations active in disaster; and others. The deadline for proposals is Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 2 pm ET.
Environmental Health & Toxicology
New resource page on laboratory safety availableDrug Information Portal is now available for mobile devices
Laboratory Safety has links to information for clinical, academic and school laboratories, including resources for handling chemical, biological and nanotechnology safely. Also included are links to regulations and policy, hazard analysis, MSDS, waste management, and preformulated TOXNET and PubMed searches.11/19/2012
New NLM Resource for Toxicologists
Especially for Toxicologists is a guide to NLM resources on environmental health, toxicology, and chemical information for toxicologists.6/22/2012
Drug Information Portal is now available for mobile devices
This mobile optimized web site covers over 32,000 drugs and provides descriptions, drug names, pharmaceutical categories, and structural diagrams. Each record also features information links to 19 other resources including NLM PubMed, NLM LactMed, and Drugs@FDA. The mobile version of a resource is used when available.6/12/2012
Redesigned web and mobile versions of Haz-Map released
The new Haz-Map design adapts to web browsers on desktop computers, laptops, tablets, as well as mobile browsers on smart phones, such as iPhones, Android and Blackberry phones.
NIH Launches Dietary Supplement Label Database
The Dietary Supplement Label Database, free of charge and hosted by the National Institutes of Health, provides access to the ingredients listed on the labels of about 17,000 dietary supplements
The Dietary Supplement Label Database provides product information in one place that can be searched and organized as desired. It offers these features: 1) Quick Search: Search for any ingredient or specific text on a label; 2) Search for Dietary Ingredients: An alphabetical list of ingredients is also provided; 3) Search for Specific Products: An alphabetical list of products is also provided; 4) Browse Contact Information: Search by supplement manufacturer or distributor; and 5) Advanced Search: Provides options for expanding a search by using a combination of search options including dietary ingredient, product/brand name, health-related claims, and label statements.
For consumers, the My Dietary Supplements (MyDS) app from ODS is already available. The app is an easy way to keep track of vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other products you take, and has science-based, reliable information on dietary supplements.12/4/2012
Tox Town Adds Methane to Chemical List
Methane, a colorless, odorless gas is the primary component of natural gas. Methane is also a major greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. To learn more about methane and how it can affect your health, visit the new Tox Town Methane pages in English and Spanish.11/8/2012
Discovering the Connection: Your Environment, Your Health an afterschool science club curriculum for middle school students
Lessons and activities of the curriculum combine research on the Tox Town Web site with hands-on experiments and communication and social action activities. The objective is to introduce middle school students to environmental health issues in their everyday life, emphasizing the relevance of science to informed citizenship. The curriculum was developed as collaboration between NLM, University of Maryland College of Education, and an inter-disciplinary group of middle school teachers. It is based on National Science Education Standards and is grounded in problem-based learning approach that promotes in-depth understanding and critical thinking.10/25/2012
Tox Town Releases Drought Location Page
Tox Town’s new Drought location page has information on why drought is a concern, how it is related to climate change, and possible health affects related to drought.9/12/2012
NLM released GeneEd, a new educational resource
GeneEd is a collaboration with the National Human Genome Institute (NHGRI), teachers and experts in genetics and genetic counseling. It's a resource for students and teachers in grades 9 – 12 to explore topics such as Cell Biology, DNA, Genes, Chromosomes, Heredity/Inheritance Patterns, Epigenetics/Inheritance and the Environment, Genetic Conditions, Evolution, Biostatistics, Biotechnology, DNA Forensics, and Top Issues in Genetics. 3D images, illustrations and text from the NHRGI provide vivid imagery to reinforce genetic concepts. Text varies from easy-to-read to advanced reading levels. There are Teacher Resources and Labs and Experiments.
REMM - Radiation Emergency Medical Management
TOXNET and Beyond Class
WISER - Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders
The National Library of Medicine WISER for iOS 3.1, a universal app for Apple iOS devices, is now available. Here’s what’s new:
- WISER now fully integrates content from the Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) website. This integration includes
- New hospital provider and preparedness planner profiles
- Acute care guidelines for 6 known mass casualty agents/agent classes
- The addition of a wealth of CHEMM reference material
- The new CHEMM Intelligent Syndrome Tool (CHEMM-IST), a help identify tool designed to diagnose the type of chemical exposure after a mass casualty incident
- Emergency Response Guidebook data is now updated to the ERG 2012; WISER for the iPhone includes a custom ERG 2012 tool
- WISER for Android 1.1, which includes the same CHEMM integration and ERG 2012 updates detailed above
- Updates to our Windows and WebWISER platforms to include CHEMM integration, ERG 2012 data, and more WISER for Android 3.1, which adds Help Identify Chemical and protective distance mapping to this popular platform
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