NNLM All of Us CEN Newsletter - September 2020

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September 2020

PubMed at the Public Library - MCR Webinar Series

The new version of PubMed.gov makes accessing this research easier than ever for the general population, with automatic term mapping, best match searching, and better webpage layouts and features. PubMed is already a popular tool in life sciences libraries, because students will always have access to it while they have an internet connection.

This session if geared primary towards public librarians who might have questions about using PubMed and helping their patrons use the website as well. In this session we will:

  1. Describe the areas of research covered in PubMed
  2. 2. Describe the content and the history of the MEDLINE database
  3. 3. Create a My NCBI account that customizes the PubMed experience
  4. 4. Create a search alert

About the Presenter:Jacob White is a librarian in the Research and Learning Department of A.R. Dykes Library at KU Medical Center. Prior to becoming a life sciences librarian Jacob worked in public libraries and non-profits around the Kansas City area. Outside the library, Jacob enjoys spending time at the lake and playing board games. Learn more and register

Class Date:
Sep 15, 2020
2:00PM - 3:00PM MT

Yoga Class

It's National Yoga Month

September is National Yoga Month. Find out about yoga and health with these NCCIH resources:

  • On September 29 at 12 p.m. ET, join us on Facebook or Twitter for a livestream on the practice and science of yoga. #NationalYogaMonth
  • Read our Yoga for Health eBook for a quick overview of what the science says about yoga and health, including its use by special population groups such as children and older adults.
  • Check out our yoga fact sheet for more details on the potential health benefits of yoga and how to practice yoga safely.
  • See new NCCIH-funded research results on Kundalini yoga and generalized anxiety disorder.

New Genetics Information in MedlinePlus

MedlinePlus now has easy-to-understand information on more than 1,300 health conditions with a genetic basis. Learn about the signs, symptoms, and cause of inherited genetic conditions.

Help Me Understand Genetics is an introduction to understanding human genetics, and includes illustrations and basic explanations of genetics concepts. Learn about cells and DNA, how genetics affects human traits, genetic testing, genetic consultations, and precision medicine. Explore more in MedlinePlus Genetics.

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Health Insurance Literacy:
How Libraries Can Help

Thursday, September 17, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm CT 

For those with lower levels of health insurance literacy, the ability to procure appropriate levels of coverage may be limited, which can have dire effects on individuals’ health statuses. Addressing this critical information need, Emily Vardell, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University, will offer practical strategies that public librarians can use when answering questions about health insurance and the Affordable Care Act.

Dr. Vardell earned her PhD from the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017 and her Master of Library Science degree from Texas Woman’s University in 2007. Her first book, The Medical Library Association Guide to Answering Questions about the Affordable Care Act (Rowman & Littlefield) has been called “impressively accessible” and “an important book for librarians in all types of settings.

Updated NIH Scientist Launch Game® App Propels Students into Health Research 

Just in time to help students get back into science safely, the NIH Center for Scientific Review has updated the NIH Scientist Launch Game® STEM app. We’ve also released a new video that shows how students aged 10 and up can use the app to experience the challenges and excitement being a researcher and advancing science and health. Along the way, players learn more about various diseases, experimental design, and the life of a successful scientist.” 

Parents, students, teachers and homeschoolers are encouraged to download the free app, which is available in both iOS and Android formats. 


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NIH News in Health

the September 2020 issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. Download a PDF version for printing.

ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers

October 19, 2020 - November 15, 2020

Consumers need access to information and resources about genetic information in an understandable manner. Libraries have a role in providing reliable health information resources so patrons can be more knowledgeable about health conditions that may have a genetic factor as well as be better informed about the role of genetics in their health and its effect on society.

This class provides an opportunity to become better equipped with the resources you need to address the genetic health information needs of your community. Learn more and register!

Community Resources

The Network of the National Library of Medicine and All of Us Research Program have developed new resources to help community members expand their digital health literacy skills. These resources will teach people how to find health information online and apply that knowledge to address specific health programs. The new suite of resources included a curriculum guide for libraries and a series of online modules for the public.  For more information and links to these resources, please visit the  “Learn Internet Skills” module (available in both English and Spanish).

In addition, All of Us is interested in assisting finding out how the Coronavirus Pandemic has affected people’s lives, like health, housing and job security. The All of Us Research Program has initiated three new scientific activities to help us better understand COVID-19 and inform current and future pandemic responses: antibody testing, the COVID-19 Participant Experience (COPE) Survey, and electronic health record (EHR) integration.

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NEW COVID-19 Scientific Activities infographic

The All of Us Research Program is engaging in a number of ways to address and aid in the understanding of COVID-19.  At the request of our engagement partner organizations, a new infographic has been created by the program. Click Here to download the PDF file and share it with your communities.

Explore Environmental Health in September

Your health is a product of your genetics, lifestyle and environment. This month the NNLM Reading Club examines the third component of that critical trio.

Environmental health plays a role in a host of social issues facing our society, from how to ensure drinking water is safe, to what kinds of risks we should take in our pursuit of fossil fuels, to how much we should rely on plastic as a cheap and convenient answer for logistical problems. September’s Reading Club selections will spur conversations on environmental health with reliable and provocative information.

What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Mona Hanna-Attisha tells the story of the water crisis in Flint, Mich., from the perspective of an Iraqi-American pediatrician who battled her government to expose the truth. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold recounts how the fracking boom played out in a small Pennsylvania town and in the life of a mother whose children suffered from mysterious illnesses.  Plastic: A Toxic Love Story by Susan Freinkel provides insight into a substance that touches upon every aspect of our lives, whether we want it to or not, and will require us to make tough choices in the future.

Visit the NNLM Reading Club to learn more about these titles and to find information on environmental health from the National Library of Medicine and other authoritative sources.

September Book Titles

A Message from Dr. Anthony Fauci

All of Us Research Program participants received a message this week from Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. His message called for continued participation in critical research studies and focused on the nationwide effort to develop and test vaccines for COVID-19.  His message appears below.   


Dear All of Us participants,

We are all working together to defeat the worst pandemic in more than 100 years. As a participant in the All of Us Research Program, you understand the role that research can play in improving health. That is why I am reaching out to you about the opportunity to volunteer in another essential research activity: the nationwide effort to develop and test vaccines for COVID-19. Medical research has never been more urgent than it is right now. By having people from all backgrounds—race, origin, sexual orientation, life circumstances—included in this research, we can ensure that everyone will benefit from its outcomes.

I hope you will visit the COVID-19 Prevention Network to learn more. If you are interested, you can provide your name and contact information to allow the research team to follow up with you about any studies taking place in your area. The researchers will provide you all the information you need to decide whether you want to join a study. You can also check out the Frequently Asked Questions page to find out more.

If we pull together, I know we can meet the challenge of developing safe and effective vaccines against COVID-19. Thank you for your continued partnership in research. 

Anthony S. Fauci, M.D.
Director- National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases