Archive for the ‘National Library of Medicine News’ Category
Monday, February 16th, 2015
How has the work of the National Library of Medicine affected your work? Do you use resources such as MedlinePlus and PubMed? Has the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and BHIC provided information that is valuable to your practice? In anticipation of long-time NLM Director Donald Lindberg’s retirement, the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD) Working Group on the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has put out a Request for Information.
Your comments can include but are not limited to the following topics:
- Current NLM elements that are of the most, or least, value to the research community (including biomedical, clinical, behavioral, health services, public health, and historical researchers) and future capabilities that will be needed to support evolving scientific and technological activities and needs.
- Current NLM elements that are of the most, or least, value to health professionals (e.g., those working in health care, emergency response, toxicology, environmental health, and public health) and future capabilities that will be needed to enable health professionals to integrate data and knowledge from biomedical research into effective practice.
- Current NLM elements that are of most, or least, value to patients and the public (including students, teachers, and the media) and future capabilities that will be needed to ensure a trusted source for rapid dissemination of health knowledge into the public domain.
- Current NLM elements that are of most, or least, value to other libraries, publishers, organizations, companies, and individuals who use NLM data, software tools, and systems in developing and providing value-added or complementary services and products and future capabilities that would facilitate the development of products and services that make use of NLM resources.
- How NLM could be better positioned to help address the broader and growing challenges associated with:
- Biomedical informatics, “big data”, and data science;
- Electronic health records;
- Digital publications; or
- Other emerging challenges/elements warranting special consideration.
Responses are due March 13, 2015
Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
Unidentified and misidentified prescription pills present challenges for individuals and professionals. Unidentified pills can be found by family members, health professionals, educators, and law enforcement. The nine out of 10 US citizens over age 65 who take more than one prescription pill can be prone to misidentifying those pills. This PIR RFI is a pilot for a forthcoming PIR Challenge whose goal is to develop smart phone apps that individuals can use to take pictures of prescription pills and then search for and retrieve pill images and associated data of likely matches in an NLM database. NLM anticipates that respondents will include professionals and students, individually or in teams, in computer vision and computer graphics working on content-based image retrieval.
The RFI for the PIR Pilot is at: http://1.usa.gov/16M1qFi
Instructions for responding to the RFI are at: http://1.usa.gov/16M1Ifm
The deadline for submissions to this RFI is Monday, April 27, 2015.
Questions and comments are welcome at:
Friday, February 6th, 2015
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Specialized Information Services division works with teachers and scientific experts to provide FREE reliable resources to help introduce, reinforce, and supplement education programs.
The K-12 Science and Health Education Directory contains resources on topics including biology, environmental health science, chemistry, forensics and medical technology, genetics, HIV/AIDS, and more!
Additionally, a new NLM Twitter stream with resources for K-12 science educators can be found at: @NLM_K12.
K-12 Science and Health Education Directory: http://1.usa.gov/1Iifk3x
@NLM_K12 Twitter: http://bit.ly/1DIboTg
Friday, December 19th, 2014
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) TOXMAP new Flash-based beta now includes 2013 coal emissions data published by the US EPA Clean Air Markets program.
Data was obtained from the Air Markets Program Data (AMPD) tool, a publicly-available data system for searching and downloading data collected as part of EPA emissions trading programs. In 2013, about 2.1 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions were attributable to electricity generated from coal.
For additional information, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin: http://1.usa.gov/1AlClwz
Thursday, December 4th, 2014
NLM released a new Genetics/Genomics Information subject guide http://1.usa.gov/1zWNIZp as the latest update in the NLM subject guide series. These guides, based on our most frequently asked questions, are starting points for health professionals, researchers, librarians, students, and others. Other published guides in our series are about finding:
Health Statistics – http://1.usa.gov/1CK9JjP
Library Statistics – http://1.usa.gov/1vmiab6
Drug Information – http://1.usa.gov/1ySlxLM
Conference proceedings, abstracts, papers, and posters – http://1.usa.gov/1CK9SDU
We will develop more subject guides as needed.
We welcome your comments, questions, and suggestions about all of our guides at: http://1.usa.gov/1vmikiN
Friday, November 14th, 2014
From the National Library of Medicine:
The simple PubMed search of:
retrieves all citations indexed with any of the Ebola MeSH headings as well as citations that have not yet been indexed but have that root string as a text word. Please be aware that truncation turns off Automatic Term Mapping and explosions in PubMed; however, with this search none of the Ebola MeSH headings have narrower terms at this time in their MeSH hierarchy, so nothing is lost by truncation.
To see the complete NLM Technical Bulletin: http://1.usa.gov/1zUXXki
Friday, November 14th, 2014
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released a new version of Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM). http://chemm.nlm.nih.gov/
New or updated content in CHEMM includes:
1) updated and enhanced content on Decontamination Procedures, Discovering the Event, and Training and Education
2) an NIH CounterACT program funded database with information on twenty-two medical countermeasures (including efficacy, relevant publications, research in progress, FDA and other global regulatory status information)
3) content for how emergency responders can recognize and handle events dealing with toxic gases generated by the combinations of consumer products or common household chemicals
CHEMM is a Web-based resource that can be downloaded in advance to Windows and Mac computers to ensure availability during an event if the Internet is not accessible.
CHEMM’s content is also integrated into the NLM Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER), which is Web-based and downloadable to Windows computers. CHEMM’s content is also available in WISER’s iOS and Android apps. The new CHEMM content will be incorporated into the next release of WISER. http://wiser.nlm.nih.gov/index.html
For complete information on these updates, see the “What’s New on CHEMM?” section of CHEMM. http://1.usa.gov/1xosJkB
Thursday, November 6th, 2014
We here at BHIC absolutely LOVE to see our posts shared. We encourage everyone to take our posts and share them with a broader audience either over social media, email list serves, or even just sending a post to someone you know who would be interested.
To make it easy to share BHIC posts, you can use the AddThis widget to send the post by email, or post it on social media accounts. AddThis is available on every post, just below the text. For example, the previous post for DiversityDataKids website at http://nnlm.gov/bhic/2014/11/06/diversitydatakids-website/
Here is an image of the page, but with an arrow pointing to AddThis.
Please make liberal use of AddThis to share all of the great content from BHIC!
Thank you for being a reader!
Monday, November 3rd, 2014
November is National Hospice Palliative Care Month. The National Library of Medicine has a number of resources for patients and caregivers.
Palliative Care (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1rSazQ5
Hospice Care (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1wrOSwI
End of Life (NIHSeniorHealth): http://1.usa.gov/1xSJe4Y
Friday, October 31st, 2014
Recently, NLM launched the redesign of DailyMed, the official provider of FDA label information. In addition to responsive design, the new design also includes the following new features:
- Enhanced Search Results to include displaying of NDC Codes, Pill Images, and Package Label Images on the search result page. The information will help users easily identify the drug label. The thumbnail images of drugs, magnification feature, accordions, etc. provides a more user friendly experience.
- Improved user interface by displaying an accordion-style data presentation, so users don’t have to scroll through the entire label.
To visit the new DailyMed and read about these changes and more, visit the DailyMed website: http://1.usa.gov/1wNZINp