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National Library of Medicine Announces Pill Image Recognition Request for Information

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:
pir@nlm.nih.gov

NLM Launches New Twitter Stream For K-12 Science Educators

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

TOXMAP Now Includes EPA Coal Plant Emissions Data

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

NLM: Genetics/Genomics Information subject guide

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

NLM Search Hint: Searching for Ebola in PubMed

Friday, November 14th, 2014

From the National Library of Medicine:

The simple PubMed search of:

ebola*

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

National Library of Medicine Resource Update: Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM)

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

PSA: Sharing BHIC content

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Hello Readers!

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.

 

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Please make liberal use of AddThis to share all of the great content from BHIC!

Thank you for being a reader!

 

November is National Hospice Palliative Care Month

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

Newly Redesigned DailyMed from NLM

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

Project SHARE Curriculum

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

University of Maryland/Health Sciences and Human Services Library: New resource.Project SHARE Curriculum. This program aims to empower high school students as community health advocates and promote improved health in communities. The curriculum includes downloadable lesson plans, assignments, handouts and experiential learning activities. http://bit.ly/1tUr4BV