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NLM: Genetics/Genomics Information subject guide

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

NLM released a new Genetics/Genomics Information subject guide  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 –

Library Statistics –

Drug Information –

Conference proceedings, abstracts, papers, and posters –

We will develop more subject guides as needed.

We welcome your comments, questions, and suggestions about all of our guides at:

NLM Search Hint: Searching for Ebola in PubMed

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:

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).
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.

For complete information on these updates, see the “What’s New on CHEMM?” section of CHEMM.

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

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!


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):

Hospice Care (MedlinePlus):

End of Life (NIHSeniorHealth):

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:

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.

RHIN becomes HealthReach

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

The Refugee Health Information Network (RHIN) was a national collaborative partnership whose principal focus was to create and make available a database of quality multilingual/multicultural, public health resources to professionals providing care to resettled refugees and asylees. In October, 2014, NLM (SIS) broadened the scope of RHIN by rebranding it HealthReach. This was done to better meet the needs of the diverse non-English and English as a second language speaking audiences. HealthReach continues to recognize the importance of providing refugee and asylee specific information while expanding the information provided to meet the needs of most immigrant populations. Over the next several months we will be adding new resources and reaching out to stakeholders. Please use the new Twitter hand @NLM_HealthReach and use the new URL . We will be transferring from the .org to .gov site in the next several months. You will notice there isn’t much change between the old RHIN and the new HealthReach – this was intentional to help with the continuity of service through the transition. We appreciate any feedback you have!

Visit the new site here:

New MedlinePlus Mobile sites in English and Spanish

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Today, MedlinePlus released new versions of the MedlinePlus Mobile sites in English and Spanish. The mobile site URLs are and

Like the original versions of the mobile sites, the redesigned sites are optimized for mobile phones and tablets.  Unlike the original mobile sites that contained only a subset of the information available on MedlinePlus, the new sites have all of the content found on MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español.  They also have an improved design for easier use on mobile devices.

The key features of the redesigned mobile sites are:

  • Access to all the content available on MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español
  • Improved navigation using “Menu” and “Search” menus to access search and major areas of the sites
  • Enhanced page navigation with the ability to open and close sections within pages
  • Updated look and feel with a refreshed design

This new version of MedlinePlus Mobile is the first step in redesigning MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español to behave responsively.  Responsively designed Web sites automatically change their layouts to fit the screen of the device on which they are viewed, whether that is a desktop monitor or a mobile touchscreen.

In 2015, the MedlinePlus team will release a fully responsive version of MedlinePlus to provide a consistent user experience from the desktop, tablet, or phone. This will remove the need for a separate mobile site. Users will then have one destination for MedlinePlus ( when using any device.

Until then, try out this first offering of MedlinePlus’s responsive design on your smartphone at and  Send us your feedback and comments about the new site via the Contact Us link that appears on every page.

NLM Information Resources for the 2014 Ebola Outbreak

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Several resources at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) are available to those who need access to health information related to the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Resources include:

  • a continually updated resource guide from the Disaster Information Management Research Center
  • links to the Emergency Access Initiative
  • a specialized database that provides an easy way to search and retrieve protein and nucleotide sequences related to Ebolavirus
  • MedlinePlus Health Topic Page: Ebola in English and Spanish
  • a PubMed search

NLM Ebola resources: