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Announcing 1st Ever America’s PrepareAthon!

Friday, April 18th, 2014

America’s PrepareAthon! is a national and community-based campaign for action designed to increase emergency preparedness and resilience.  The overarching goal of the campaign is to increase the number of people who understand the hazards most relevant to their community, know the steps to take to protect themselves and their families and practice these steps.

America’s PrepareAthon! builds on existing preparedness campaigns by providing free downloadable materials including step-by-step implementation guides for workplaces, schools, houses of worship, community-based organizations, and the whole community to learn the steps people should take to be ready should a disaster occur.  Actions include signing up for mobile alerts and warnings, holding a preparedness discussion and conducting a drill so people are familiar with what to do beforehand.

Throughout the year, organizations can organize community days of action to encourage individuals to discuss, practice, and train for relevant hazards.  Twice a year, in the spring and fall, America’s PrepareAthon! will hold two national days of action.  The national day of action is April 30, 2014 and will focus on preparing organizations and individuals for tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, and wild fires.  The second national day of action year will be September 30, 2014.

To learn more about America’s PrepareAthon!, its supporters and to register your activity, visit www.ready.gov/prepare.  Follow the latest preparedness conversation on Twitter @PrepareAthon using #PrepareAthon.  If you have any questions, please send your comments to PrepareAthon@fema.dhs.gov.

PubMed for Librarians: Free Online Classes in May Open for Registration

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Short on time but want to brush up on your PubMed skills?  Join the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) for the free online class “PubMed for Librarians.”  Spaces still are available for the May 2014 series.

The PubMed for Librarians class is divided into five segments (90 minutes each).  Each segment is a synchronous online session that includes hands-on exercises and is worth 1.5 hours of MLA CE credit.  Participants can choose any or all of the 5 segments that interest them.

The segments are as follows:

May 1, 2014, 3 pm – 4:30 pm ET – Introduction to PubMed: Attend this class to learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a PubMed search, assess your search retrieval, analyze search details, customize with My NCBI, discover and employ three ways to search for a known citation, and use the Clinical Queries search tool.

May 5, 2014, 3 pm – 4:30 pm ET - MeSH (Medical Subject Headings): Attend this class to learn about the NLM Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database. We discuss the 4 different types of MeSH terms and how searchers can benefit from using MesH to build a search. We also investigate the structure of the MeSH database and look at the components of a MeSH record.

May 7, 2014, 3 pm – 4:30 pm ET - Automatic Term Mapping (ATM): Attend this class to learn about Automatic Term Mapping (ATM), the process that maps keywords from your PubMed search to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database. Learn why searching with keywords in PubMed can be an effective approach to searching. We also look at the explosion feature, what is and is not included in Search Details, and how PubMed processes phrases.

May 12, 2014, 3 pm – 4:30 pm ET - Building and Refining Your Search: The class focuses on using some of the tools and features built into PubMed that are designed to help you search more effectively. We explore the Filters Sidebar and topic-specific subsets. We also use History, tools in the NLM Catalog, and the Index to build searches and explore topics.

May 14, 2014, 3 pm – 4:30 pm ET - Customization – My NCBI: Attend this class to learn about the advantages of creating a My NCBI account, managing and manipulating your My NCBI page content, identifying and differentiating available filters on PubMed’s filter sidebar, selecting and setting up to 15 filters, and creating a custom filter.

Can’t make the May dates?  Classes are also available in August and December 2014.  For more information and to register, visit http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/schedule.html.

Questions? Contact Sharon Dennis, Assistant Director, National Library of Medicine Training Center, at Sharon.dennis@utah.edu or (800) 338-7657, press 2.

Terrence Sejnowski to Give the 2014 Joseph Leiter NLM / MLA Lecture

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Terrence Sejnowski, PhD, will give the 2014 Joseph Leiter NLM / Medical Library Association (MLA) Lecture on Thursday, June 12, 2014, at 1:00 pm (ET) in the Lister Hill Center Auditorium at the National Library of Medicine. The lecture will be recorded and broadcast live on the Web at http://videocast.nih.gov.

More details:  http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/ma14/ma14_mla_leiter.html

NIH News in Health

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Stamp Out Smoking

Tobacco-Free Living
Researchers have found effective ways to help people quit smoking—or prevent them from starting in the first place. The tricky part is putting these tools to use.

The Sting of Shingles
Vaccine, Treatments Reduce Risks
If you’ve ever had chickenpox, you may be at risk for a painful disease called shingles as you grow older. Fortunately, you can take steps to prevent shingles or ease its serious effects.

Health Capsules:

ICD-10 Delayed Until October 2015

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

MedlinePlus Connect Now Supports ICD-10-CM

Friday, April 4th, 2014

We are pleased to announce that MedlinePlus Connect now supports queries using ICD-10-CM codes. Upon receiving a problem code request with an ICD-10-CM code, MedlinePlus Connect returns relevant, patient-friendly health information from MedlinePlus http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/, Genetics Home Reference http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/, and other reliable health resources. We will continue to support ICD-9-CM and SNOMED CT codes for problem code requests.

As you may have read in the news, the use of ICD-10 as a required standard might be delayed. Even so, many users have asked for MedlinePlus Connect to support ICD-10 so they can start testing it with their systems, so we are excited to release this enhancement.

Learn more:

Web application documentation: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/connect/application.html

Web service documentation: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/connect/service.html

Try it out:

Web application demonstration page: http://apps.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/services/demo.html<http://apps2.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/services/demo.html

Web service demonstration page: http://apps.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/services/servicedemo.cfm

Rex Robison, PhD, MLS, AHIP
MedlinePlus
National Library of Medicine
rexr@nih.gov

PubMed Links Trial Studies to Systematic Reviews

Friday, April 4th, 2014

http://info.hsls.pitt.edu/updatereport/?p=7305

April is National Sarcoidosis Awareness Month

Friday, April 4th, 2014

April 1st begins National Sarcoidosis Awareness Month.  The lack of awareness about Sarcoidosis was the stimulus to establish the National Sarcoidosis Society.  According the MedlinePlus Sarcoidosis Health Topic Web page, “Sarcoidosis is a disease that leads to inflammation, usually in [the] lungs, skin, or lymph nodes.”  Furthermore, “No one is sure what causes sarcoidosis.  It affects men and women of all ages and races.  It occurs mostly in people ages 20 to 50, African Americans, especially women, and people of Northern European origin.”

Often sarcoidosis “is found in patients with visible physical signs who have an abnormal chest x-ray.”  An examination is often preceded by physical ailments such as: Chest pain, dry cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, fever, weight loss, among other symptoms.  For a more detailed description of symptoms, prognosis, treatment options and more see the MedlinePlus Sarcoidosis Encyclopedia Web page.  For the latest news, health check tools, interactive tutorials and research sign up for alerts from the sarcoidosis Health Topic page

I invite you to visit the embedded Web links and learn more about this perplexing disease.  Also please visit the National Library of Medicine home page for access to more quality health information resources.

Measuring the Impact of Research Symposium

Friday, March 21st, 2014

How is research impact measured? How does an institution demonstrate the value of research? And what is the role of universities in facilitating research and economic development?

To address these questions, the Health Science and Human Services Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and Elsevier Publishing are hosting a half-day symposium, Research Impact: A Discussion from Institutional, Economic, and Researcher Perspectives. The event will bring together stakeholders for a rich discussion about the impact of research. Representatives from UMB, other research institutions, funding agencies, economic development organizations, and Elsevier will examine the evolving expectations, solutions, and best practices in evaluating research impact.

The symposium will be held at the SMC Campus Center, Elm Ballroom, on Monday, March 31st, 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. To register and to see a complete list of speakers, view the program online.

The Future of Biomedical Research

Friday, March 21st, 2014

The Future of Biomedical Research

03/21/2014 11:45 AM EDT

In an interview with ASCO Post, Dr. Collins explains how NIH is focusing on working within its resource constraints to try to keep the engine of discovery moving forward. ASCO Post.