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Newsletter of the Hospital Library Services Program
Long Island Library Resources Council
Get to know All of Us
Volume 31, Number 4
The All of Us Research Program seeks to extend precision medicine to all diseases by building a national research cohort of one million or more U.S. participants. Many factors have converged to make now the right time to begin a program of this scale and scope.
Americans are engaging in improving their health and participating in health research more than ever before, electronic health records have been widely adopted, genomic analysis costs have dropped significantly, data science has become increasingly sophisticated, and health technologies have become mobile.
All of Us is a participant-engaged, data-driven enterprise supporting research at the intersection of human biology, behavior, genetics, environment, data science, computation and much more to produce new knowledge with the goal of developing more effective ways to treat disease.
To learn how to participate or for more information visit: allofus.nih.gov
Save the Date!
Hospital Library Services Program Annual Conference Moved to April!
Cold Spring Harbor Labratory
3D Printing Away Blindness?
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ClinicalTrials.gov is a Web-based resource that provides patients, their family members, health care professionals, researchers, and the public with easy access to information on publicly and privately supported clinical studies on a wide range of diseases and conditions. The Web site is maintained by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Searching ClinicalTrials.gov does not require registration or personal identification. Each ClinicalTrials.gov record presents summary information about a study protocol and includes the following:
Disease or condition
Intervention (for example, the medical product, behavior, or procedure being studied)
Title, description, and design of the study
Requirements for participation (eligibility criteria)
Locations where the study is being conducted
Contact information for the study locations
Newcastle University. "First 3D-printed human corneas." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 29 May 2018. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/18052922 3312.htm>.
Percentage of Registered Studies by Location (as of September 04, 2018) Total of 283,303 studies
Researches from Newcastle University have had a major breakthrough in the battle against blindness. By creating "bio-ink" (a mixture of stem cells, alginate, and collagen) and using a 3D printer to turn the substance into artificial corneas, researches believe they can cure blindness in as many as 15 million people. Currently there is a shortage of human corneas that can be transplanted to patients in need, but with this new development a 3D printer can print a cornea in about 10 minutes. For more information please visit the link in the citation below.
How Libraries Can Help to Address the Opioid Crisis?
There's no shortage of news and statistics about the depth of America's opioid crisis. There were 72,000 drug overdose deaths estimated by the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2017 which is almost 200 deaths per day. Employees in their prime working years, ages 25 to 54, had the highest rates of drug overdose deaths in 2016.
According to a recent Newsday article “Opioid epidemic takes a toll on Long Island's businesses and workers,” law enforcement and medical examiner officials estimated that 600 people on the Island died last year from overdoses, up from the previous record high of 555 in 2016.
Libraries have a long history of meeting public demand for consumer health information and we are a key contributor to community health. A recent IMLS study showed that an estimated 37 percent of library computer users (28 million people) use library computers and seek assistance from librarians for health and wellness issues, including learning about medical conditions, finding health care providers, and assessing health insurance options.
Check out the CDC’s Understanding the Epidemic for more statistics and WebJunction’s Opioid Crisis Responses from Public Libraries for news, events and resources. The National Library of Medicine’s Division of Specialized Information Services has released a new portal for Opiate Addiction and Treatment. You may use these resources and attend an in-person workshop to learn more about the opioid crisis and find a way to help to address it.
Opioid and Substance Abuse Prevention Resources
Presented by Outreach Services of the Suffolk Cooperative Library System
October 10, 2018 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
This program will offer an overview of legal and illegal drugs, the dangers associated with substance use, recognition of the signs of drug use among youth, with encouragement of healthy behaviors and open family communication. Information about finding and utilizing prevention services, treatment, and recovery services available in Suffolk County will be provided.
For further information, please contact: Valerie Lewis (Administrator for Outreach Services) at (631) 286-1600 x1354 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register, please send an email to email@example.com if your library is not a member of SCLS.
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