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General interest items edited by Janice Flahiff

Human Health Project is an online social network for medical professionals to discuss difficult medical cases,

From the Web site

The Human Health Project is an online social network for medical professionals to discuss difficult medical cases, free of charge. HHP seeks to integrate medical expertise from around the world, including doctors, surgeons, nurses, alternative medicine practitioners, dietitians, and counselors. Cases may be submitted by members (medical professionals and patient advocates) and commented on by other members. Outcomes will be collected from case submitters and rated through an evidence-based grading system. These cases will be incorporated into a knowledge database that will be available to both members and the public.

Check out the Blog link for past discussions (by date and recent posts)

The Human Health Project is also available through Facebook and Twitter


July 13, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Oncology [Cancer Related Health/Medicine] and Web 2.0 on Webicina.Com



Overwhelmed by the increasing number of oncology (cancer related) Web sites?

The folks at have selected quality relevant resource in these cancer related social media and Internet sites.


Just click on an icon (as Oncology Community Sites, FaceBook Groups and Forums       [community] to get links to trusted related resources.

Here is the listing of current types of information

July 13, 2011 Posted by | Consumer Health, Finding Aids/Directories, Health Education (General Public), Librarian Resources | Leave a comment

Energy-Efficient Buildings Can Be Hazardous To Health


From the Harvard School of Public Health press release

Buildings that are being weatherized and made energy-efficient and air tight can be hazardous to one’s health, according to a new Institute of Medicine (IOM) report. The report, “Climate Change, the Indoor Environment, and Health,” prepared by a committee chaired by Harvard School of Public Health’s (HSPH) John Spengler, recommends that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ensure that building weatherization and energy-efficiency efforts not generate new indoor health issues or worsen existing air quality. Among concerns cited are energy-efficiency updates (retrofits) of older buildings, use of untested or risky upgrades, and other alterations that could generate mold-causing dampness, poor ventilation, excessive temperatures, and emissions from building materials that may contribute to health problems.

“America is in the midst of a large experiment in which weatherization efforts, retrofits and other initiatives that affect air exchange between the indoor and outdoor environments are taking place, and new building materials and consumer products are being introduced indoors with relatively little consideration as to how they might affect the health of occupants,” Spengler, Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation at HSPH, said in an IOM press release. “Experience suggests that some of the effects could be negative. An upfront investment to consider the consequences of these actions before they play out and to avoid problems where they can be anticipated will yield benefits in health and in averted costs of medical care, remediation, and lost productivity.”

The report was written at the request of the EPA, which asked the IOM to summarize current scientific understanding of the effects of climate change on indoor air and public health, and to offer priorities for action.

Read the Institute of Medicine Report

Read the story

July 13, 2011 Posted by | Consumer Health, Consumer Safety, Public Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management – An Online/Offline Professional Resource

Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management

Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management

From an email alert by Holly Burt at NN/NLM GMR (National Network of Libraries of Medicine/Greater Midwest Region)

The National Library of Medicine has released Chemical Hazards EmergencyMedical Management (CHEMM) .

Chemical emergencies are high risk events that require first responders to quickly make a series of complex decisions to minimize the risk of injury to their patients and themselves. The tools in CHEMM provide a comprehensive resource to help responders make safer decisions and provide them with the right information when it is needed most.

CHEMM enables first responders and other healthcare providers and planners to plan for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of mass-casualty incidents involving accidental or terrorist chemical releases.

CHEMM enhances and builds on the successes of the suite of Emergency Medical Management tools that began with the Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM; web-based resource, which provides information for health care providers about clinical diagnosis and treatment of radiation and other injuries anticipated following radiological and nuclear emergencies.

CHEMM is a web-based resource that is downloadable in advance so that it is available during an event if the Internet is not accessible. It provides evidence-based information and guidance on a wide variety of topics, including quick chemical identification, acute patient care guidelines, and initial event activities.

CHEMM and REMM are the result of collaborative efforts between the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) – Office of Preparedness and Emergency Operations (OPEO), the National Library of Medicine – Division of Specialized Information Services (NLM/SIS), as well as many medical, emergency response, toxicology, industrial hygiene, and other experts.

July 13, 2011 Posted by | Librarian Resources, Professional Health Care Resources | , , , , | Leave a comment

Environmental Public Health Tracking Program: Description and Current Uses


From an email alert by Max Anderson through

The CDC’s National Environmental Public Health Tracking program provides
national data for environment and health topics at
The data are displayed in maps, charts, and tables for state and county
data. These topics include:


•Birth defects


•Carbon monoxide poisoning

•Childhood lead poisoning

•Heart attacks

•Population characteristics

•Reproductive and birth outcomes

The website is targeted at researchers, health professionals, elected
officials, and people who are interested in learning more about population
health. More information is available in a fact sheet (
and Youtube video (

Additionally, the National program funds 24 states and a city to create
their own website with environment and health data. One example of a
grantees website is in Wisconsin ( The website
provides additional measures and the ability to compare a county’s progress
on a time series chart.

July 13, 2011 Posted by | Public Health | , , | Leave a comment


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