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What the Hack?

NCBI Hackathons Produce Multiple Software Products Start with a group of data scientists. Divide them into teams of about five. Give each team specific research questions and goals. Tell them to collaborate and be prepared to make their results publicly available. Then lock the doors for three days. That’s basically a hackathon NCBI-style—except the part…

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What Is Health Literacy?

The National Library of Medicine’s health literacy resources span a spectrum for health literacy practitioners, researchers, and consumers. A relatively new concept, health literacy’s relevance to better health care was deepened by a 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy report, which found 88 percent of Americans either had below basic, basic, or an intermediate understanding…