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Zika Virus in MeSH and on Resource Guides

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

It is predicted that the Zika virus will spread deep into the United States.  National Institutes of Heath (NIH) director included a powerful map by Kramer, et al (2015) on the NIH Director’s Blog at: http://directorsblog.nih.gov/2016/01/26/zika-virus-an-emerging-health-threat/.

This virus has been known for a long time, but its apparent dangerous effects have only very recently come to light.  The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has taken two immediate steps to help address this threat. First, in a rare move, PubMed has immediately added two new terms to MeSH:

Because these terms are so new, search PubMed using zika[tw] to catch citations with the new MeSH headings, older articles on this topic, and to exclude citations by authors named Zika.

Second, an incident Web page was by the created by the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center to gather resources on the emerging health issues arising from the Zika Virus:

This resource list links to a variety of sources such as:

  • Local, state, federal and international agencies and organizations
  • Database searches for the health information issues around the incidents
  • Focused resources for pregnant women and for health care providers
  • Social media resources for situational awareness

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New FDA Database: AccessGUDID

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

What’s new? The FDA Global Unique Device Identification Database

Medical devices cover a wide range of products, from implants, CT scanners and surgical instruments to contact lenses, wheelchairs and blood glucose tests. Currently, very few medical devices  have a unique identifier that clearly distinguishes one product from another. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), has developed a Unique Device Identifiers (UDI) system, standardizing the identification of medical devices from distribution to patient use.

The Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID – pronounced “Good ID”) contains information submitted to the FDA on medical devices that have Unique Device Identifiers (UDI). Use AccessGUDID (http://accessgudid.nlm.nih.gov/) to search for specific medical devices. You can also download some or all of the GUDID data. (more…)

Updated MedlinePlus Connect Documentation

Monday, November 16th, 2015

MedlinePlus Connect recently updated the documentation for its users. Revised pages are the overview, technical information and the users page. New pages include How MedlinePlus Connect Works and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). With these pages, commonly asked questions are answered, and a few new graphics are added.

If you experience problems with ICD-10-CM queries to MedlinePlus Connect, please check that your query is correct and includes this string: mainSearchCriteria.v.cs=2.16.840.1.113883.6.90

AIDSource: a Redesigned, Mobile-Optimized HIV/AIDS Information Website

Monday, September 28th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine’s web portal for HIV/AIDS information has been redesigned
and given a new name. The new website, AIDSource, offers access to a comprehensive
collection of HIV/AIDS-related information resources that are reviewed and selected by expert
information specialists and librarians.
Visitors to AIDSource will now be able to view the website content on their mobile device. The
website is now automatically optimized for display across all device types, including desktop
computers, tablets, and smartphones. The new design of the website was constructed by user
feedback received through a website survey in 2014. In addition to responsive design, the new
AIDSource design also includes the following new features:

  • Addition of a slider feature that highlights resources of interest
  • Addition of images for topics
  • Improvements in website navigation, including a menu on all pages of the website that provides access to all topic areas

The mission of AIDSource is to serve as a reliable source for access to HIV/AIDS-related
information from federal and non-federal sources. Resources included on the AIDSource website
are organized by both topic of interest and audience, and information is available in English and
Spanish.

NLM welcomes your feedback on the AIDSource website. Please send your comments to: tehip@teh.nlm.nih.gov.

NAL Unveils New Search Engine for Published USDA Research

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

The National Agricultural Library (NAL) has unveiled PubAg, a user-friendly search engine that gives the public enhanced access to research published by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. NAL is part of USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS).

PubAg, which can be found at PubAg.nal.usda.gov, is a new portal for literature searches and full-text access of more than 40,000 scientific journal articles by USDA researchers, mostly from 1997 to 2014. New articles by USDA researchers will be added almost daily, and older articles may be added if possible. There is no access fee for PubAg. (more…)

Saying Goodbye to a Leader and Friend

Friday, February 14th, 2014

ruffinAngela B. Ruffin, Ph.D. is retiring at the end of this month, marking the end of remarkable career.  Angela has been the Head of the National Network Office (NNO) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) since the summer of 2000 and is the primary administrator of the contracts awarded to the eight regions of the NN/LM, including the contract to the UIC Library of the Health Sciences which funds the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) office and programs.

During her 14-year tenure as the Head of NNO, Angela has been a friend and adviser to the GMR staff, calmly guiding us through the process of implementing our programs and services and making sure that we meet our contractual obligations.  We will miss her greatly.  She has provided strong leadership to the NN/LM during a period of significant change for the role of health information professionals within the health care delivery environment and the health sciences education and research arenas.

Before her appointment as NNO Head, she had 10 years of successful experience in coordinating outreach programs for the NN/LM Office. In fact, she spearheaded the first round of 30 Grateful Med outreach projects conducted by hospital libraries nationwide, including six at libraries in the Greater Midwest Region.

Prior to coming to NLM in 1990, she taught at several Schools of Library and Information Science and served as media coordinator for the Durham City Schools. Angela received her B.A. from Spelman College, her M.S.L.S. from Atlanta University (now Clark-Atlanta University), and her Ed.M in educational psychology from Boston University. She then received her Ph.D. in Information and Library Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Please join us in congratulating Angela on her career and her well-deserved retirement!

Michael E DeBakey Award Nominations due February 21

Monday, January 13th, 2014

The Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award for outstanding service to rural or underserved communities was established by the Friends of the National Library of Medicine (FNLM) to recognize the contributions to medical education and librarianship by Michael E. DeBakey and to honor a practicing health sciences librarian who serves such a community. The deadline for nominations is February 21. Please submit nominations by email to Ronica Lu  (ronica.lu at fnlm.org) or via fax to 301.657.1296.

NLM Biomedical Informatics Training Course

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has posted a Request for Proposals to select a host institution for the NLM Biomedical Informatics Training Course.  For more information, please see Professional Services in Support of NLM’s Outreach & Training Efforts in Biomedical Informatics, Solicitation Number: NIHLM2013877. Response Date: Oct 09, 2013 1:00 pm Eastern.

Genetics Home Reference Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) launched the Genetics Home Reference (GHR) Web site on April 25, 2003 as a new consumer health information resource focused on human genetics. The creation of GHR coincided with the completion of the Human Genome Project, a 13-year international effort to map the entire human genome.

For more information, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin article at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/ma13/ma13_ghr.html

Open-i – The New Image Search Engine

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Have you visited the National Library of Medicine’s new Open-i yet? http://openi.nlm.nih.gov/.  This project “aims to provide next generation information retrieval services for biomedical articles from the full text collections.”  Although still in Beta format, this Open Access Biomedical Image Search Engine promises to change the way we search for and access images. Examine the initial 600,000 images from PMC (PubMed Central). View your results as a citation list or as an image grid. Search with words or search with AN IMAGE. Limit to image type (e.g. MRI or chart), to subsets, or to specialties.  Stop by and visit today!