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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

PubMed for Librarians coming soon online to a website near you!

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine Training Center will be offering PubMed® for Librarians (PML) in December 2015. Just think…it will be cold then! PML is a series of five, independent, online classes. The classes are free. Each class meets online for 90 minutes and is worth 1.5 MLA CE credits.

Follow the links below to read the descriptions and register for the sessions that interest you.

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed – December 7, 2015
http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=519

PubMed for Librarians: MeSH – December 8, 2015
http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=521

PubMed for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) – December 9, 2015
http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=523

PubMed for Librarians: Building and Refining Your Search – December 10, 2015
http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=527

PubMed for Librarians: Customization – My NCBI – December 11, 2015
http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=525

Questions? Email the NTC at: ntc@utah.edu

PubMed for Trainers in Chicago in September, 2015

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Would you like to gain new search skills and brush up on existing PubMed skills?  Then join the National Library of Medicine Training Center for PubMed for Trainers at the University of Illinois in Chicago. PubMed for Trainers offers an in-depth, behind the scenes look at PubMed.

What is PubMed for Trainers?
PubMed for Trainers is a 4-part series of classes; 3 online and 1 in-person class.

When is PubMed for Trainers?
The series of classes is scheduled for the following dates (attendance in all sessions is required):

  • Session One (online): September 3, 2015 10am-11:30am CT; optional 30 minute instructional design component immediately after PubMed content
  • Session Two (online): September 10, 2015 10am – 11:30am CT; optional 30 minute instructional design component immediately after PubMed content
  • Session Three (online): September 17, 2015 10am – 11:30am CT; optional 30 minute instructional design component immediately after PubMed content
  • Session Four (in-person): September 25, 2015 9:00am – 4:30PM CT

(This class will be held at the Library of the Health Sciences, Room 303; University of Illinois at Chicago).

What is the format of the class?
The series of classes consist of 3 online webinars, in-person presentations, group discussion, exercises, plus approximately 2-3 hours of independent homework.

How many MLA CE Credits will I get?
When you complete the PubMed portion of the class, you will receive 13 MLA CE credit hours.
If you also complete the optional instructional design module, you will receive an additional 3 MLA CE credit hours.

For a complete description, go to: http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=359

To register, visit: https://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/register.html?schedule_id=3455

NLM Tools for EHR Certification and Meaningful Use

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Did you know that the National Library of Medicine provides free access to vocabulary standards, applications, and related tools that can be used to meet US EHR certification criteria and to achieve Meaningful Use of EHRs? Resources either created by or supported by NLM can be used for providing patient-specific education materials, e-prescribing, and creating, exchanging, and interpreting standardized lists of problems, medications, and test results. Value Set Authority Center (VSAC), RxNorm, SNOMED CT® – Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine – Clinical Terminology®, and
LOINC® – Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes are all linked from the URL: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/healthit/meaningful_use.html.

PubMed Journal Searching Trifold Brochure

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

A new brochure has joined the PubMed pantheon!

PubMed Journal Searching: http://nnlm.gov/training/resources/journalstri.pdf

Explore the three different ways to add journals to any PubMed search.  These are: adding individual journals,  applying a filter, and using a journal search created in the NLM Catalog. Share this brochure with your patrons and at exhibiting events. Enjoy!

This brochure, as are all of our NN/LM trifold brochures, is available in three formats: pdf, doc, and docx. To access a different format, simply alter the URL.

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Why Use MedlinePlus Connect? What Key Informants Say

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Health care is undergoing a virtual information revolution, fueled by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which permits reimbursement incentives for eligible professionals and hospitals that meet criteria for becoming “meaningful users” of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology. The current focus on the Affordable Care Act has taken away some of the thunder from MedlinePlus Connect,  a free service that supports health professionals’ ability to provide health information to their patients. See how MedlinePlus Connect may be valuable to you and your organization.

“Meaningful use” is defined, in part, as using EHRs to improve and demonstrate the quality of care, such as e-prescribing, electronic exchange of health information, and submission of quality measures to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) [http://www.himss.org/meaningfuluse?navItemNumber=13303]. CMS has set standards to meaningful use that are to be met in stages. Organizations are currently working on Stage 1 implementation; Stage 2 implementation starts in 2014 [http://www.amednews.com/article/20121022/business/310229969/5/]. (more…)

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

NLM’s DIMRC Apps and Mobile Web Pages

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
The National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center webpage of Disaster Apps and Mobile Web Pages was redesigned using responsive web design, which provides an optimal view across a range of devices – PC, tablet or smartphone. The content on the page automatically resizes and adjusts its content to fit the user’s device. NLM also used responsive design for its Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites page.
NLM Gallery of Mobile Apps:  http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mobile/index.html