Open Science: The Transparency Revolution

April 14, 2014

Stream lectures from last week’s Open Science Festival, presented by the NIH.

The primary goal of the festival is to explore the open science movement through presentations on open access, open systems/software, and open data. As the government strives for transparency and engagement, the NIH also seeks to enhance reproducibility in research. The open science movement holds that transparent science is better science. By sharing data early on, rather than post-publication, researchers have a huge opportunity for collaborative models of discovery. The festival will feature presentations by subject matter experts from government agencies, academia, and non-profit organizations.

January 15, 2014

Healthy People 2020 Structured Evidence Queries

With one click you can find citations and some full text for targeted research questions. The National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, have worked together to develop preformulated search strategies (structured evidence queries) that search high-quality, peer-reviewed scientific literature to identify research evidence for selected Healthy People 2020 objectives.

And remember, Library & Knowledge Services staff are always available to help with your expert searching and full text needs.

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Finding Consumer Health Materials in Spanish

January 10, 2014

There are many authoritative agencies, organizations, and associations that are now providing bilingual information in Spanish and English. In the past, this page provided dozens of listings from associations, foundations, government organizations and more. However, long lists of links are difficult to maintain; what follows is a collection of government sites as a good starting point. Here are some tips for finding quality online health information in Spanish. Visit NNLM for links or call on the medical librarians for assistance.

Helping Colorado with Health Care Coverage

January 9, 2014

The Colorado Health Institute (CHI) offers HealthWords to help navigate the many terms and acronyms that are part of Colorado’s health care discussions. These definitions come from CHI staff, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. HealthWordsforWeb

The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing administers the Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus programs as well as a variety of other programs for Colorado’s low-income families, the elderly and persons with disabilities.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has recommendations on best practices for individuals to protect themselves from fraud in the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Connect for Health Colorado Metrics

January 9, 2014

This data reflects the number of people who have signed up for coverage. Enrollments are not final until payment is received by carriers. Numbers will adjust based on payment status to carriers and changes made by customers. Here are the Connect for Health Colorado metrics:


Lung Cancer Trends from MMWR

January 9, 2014

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most commonly diagnosed cancer (excluding skin cancer) among men and women in the United States. Efforts to prevent lung cancer emphasize tobacco control because 80%–90% of lung cancers are attributed to cigarette smoking and secondhand smoke.

See Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) for the latest news on lung cancer incident trends.

Free Temporary Access to Biomedical Literature

November 13, 2013

If you are working with an organization involved in relief efforts in the Philippines or other affected areas, please let them know of this service.

The Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) is a partnership of the National Library of Medicine, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, and the Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers and other publishers. EAI provides temporary free access to full text articles from major biomedicine titles to healthcare professionals, librarians, and the public affected by disasters.

Access to biomedical literature through the Emergency Access Initiative is only available to those affected by the disaster and for those providing assistance to the affected population. Other users should contact their local medical library or the National Network of Libraries of Medicine by calling 1-800-338-7657 for biomedical literature.


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