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Archive for February, 2011
The new MeSH® interface announced two weeks ago is now active. See it at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/mesh.
See the full NLM Tech Bulletin announcement at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/jf11/jf11_pm_mesh_db.html If it looks familiar, it is the same streamlined interface that both PubMed® and the NLM® Catalog have had for some time.
From the NLM Technical Bulletin:
PubMed® subject subset strategies are reviewed each year to determine if modifications are necessary. Modifications may include revisions due to changes in MeSH® vocabulary, adding or deleting terms, and changing parts of a strategy to try to optimize retrieval. The following subset strategies were revised on February 9, 2011:
See the complete list of subset strategy definitions at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/pubmed_subsets.html
Both NLM and MAR offices will be closed on Monday, February 21 in observance of Presidents’ Day.
Crouse Hospital Library recently partnered with the Visiting Nurse Association of Central New York to provide online resources and training for PubMed and MedlinePlus for their nursing, rehabilitation and administrative staff. The VNA of CNY provides home health care services to a variety of patients, from newborns to the elderly, for well care to acute and chronic care. In order for this agency to keep pace with advances in patient care, the staff need access to current medical and nursing information. As Lynne Bird, Director of Education at the VNA of CNY stated, “Staff need access to information immediately, at their fingertips, so that they can utilize current health information to ensure quality patient care.” Unfortunately, due to budget constraints, the VNA of CNY has been unable to keep pace with access to needed current information.
This partnership provided resources needed to utilize evidence based best practice protocols, patient education resources, and continuing education materials. Additionally, the grant offered access to the Library and Librarians who offered research expertise.
My awareness of the products and services offered has improved greatly…I have increased my use of these products as a result of taking the class. It was great. I never knew so much information was out there for me to utilize. I am very appreciative of the opportunity.
Ellen Owens, MLS, BS, RN
Crouse Hospital Library
This is a new review article presenting 28 third-party tools to help manage and organize PubMed® results. It is by Zhiyong Lu of NCBI:
And this is a finding aid to help determine which of the tools mentioned in the article (including PubMed® itself) should be used for various tasks:
The February issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research, is now available! In this edition:
Time To Try It?
Scientists have found that acupuncture can help with certain conditions, such as back pain, knee pain, headaches and osteoarthritis. But how it works is something of a mystery.
Read more about acupuncture.
When Words Get Stuck
An Update on Stuttering
Stuttering affects more than 3 million people in America and another 60 million worldwide. Scientists are working to uncover the genes and other factors that lead to this speech disorder.
Read more about stuttering.
Click here to download a PDF version for printing.
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