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NIH News in Health

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Sun and Skin: The Dark Side of Sun Exposure

Sunlight is essential to many living things, but it also has a dangerous side. The good news is you can take simple steps to protect your skin from sun damage

Fight Off Food Poisoning: Food Safety for Warmer Weather

It can be hard to keep foods safe to eat during warmer weather. Learn how to handle food properly to avoid the misery of food poisoning.

Health Capsules:

WHO Joins PubMed Central

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Global health authority, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced the launch of a new open access policy in January 2014 to ensure the widespread dissemination of scientific research. The policy, which applies to all WHO-authored or WHO-funded research published in external journals and books, kicked into action on July 1, 2014.
There are many drivers behind the open access movement: to accelerate the pace of scientific research, discovery and innovation; increase the visibility, readership and impact of authors’ works, as well as to enhance interdisciplinary research, to name but a few. All factors point to one ultimate goal, the advancement of knowledge, which both researchers and publishers know, can only be reached by sharing results and making them as accessible as possible.

Effective January 1, articles authored or co-authored by WHO staff or WHO funding recipients will have to be published in an open-access journal or a hybrid open-access journal (a subscription journal with some open access articles). The research must be published under the terms of the standard Creative Commons licence or in a subscription journal that allows for the depositing of the article in Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC) within 12 months of the official publication date.

WHO will become the 26th funding member of the open access repository Europe PMC; the most widely used biomedical bibliographic database service. It provides free access to nearly 3 million full-text biomedical research articles, over 23 million abstracts from PubMed and 4 million biological and patent records. It is the same barrier-free and peer reviewed repository that BioMed Central publishes with, to ensure all its articles are immediately made freely available.

WHO will be joining 25 other life sciences and biomedical research funders at a time when providing free access to research outputs continues to be championed at the highest levels.

NLM VSAC Publishes Annual Update for 2014 Eligible Professional CQM Value Sets

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

The National Library of Medicine Value Set Authority Center (VSAC), in collaboration with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), has published the annual update for the 2014 Eligible Professional Clinical Quality Measure (CQM) Value Sets. The update includes revised value sets to address deleted and remapped codes in the latest terminology versions, as well as new codes for addressing CQM logic corrections and clarifications. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) update these electronic reporting specifications annually to ensure that the specifications align with current clinical guidelines and terminologies, and that they remain relevant and actionable within the clinical care setting.

The VSAC offers a Downloadable Resource Table, accessible from the Download tab on the VSAC Web page, that provides prepackaged downloads for the most recently updated and released 2014 CQM Value Sets, as well as for previously released versions. Access to the Value Set Authority Center requires a free Unified Medical Language System® Metathesaurus License. NLM also provides the Data Element Catalog that identifies data element names (value set names) required for capture in electronic health record technology certified under the 2014 Edition of the ONC Standards and Certification Criteria. The NLM update of the VSAC coincides with the CMS posting of the official updated 2014 Eligible Professional Clinical Quality Measures.

The following resources are available to help health care providers and vendors navigate the 2014 CQMs:

NLM: Value Set Authority Center (VSAC) Provides downloadable access to all official versions of vocabulary value sets contained in the 2014 Clinical Quality Measures.

AHRQ: United States Healthcare Knowledge Database (USHIK) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Web site with 2014 eCQMs and other health information technology resources. This site provides a number of formats for viewing, downloading, and comparing versions of eCQMs and their value sets.

CMS: eCQM Library Guidance for understanding and using Eligible Hospital and the Eligible Professional Clinical Quality Measures.

ONC: Clinical Quality Measure Feedback System ONC encourages the EHR technology developer and user communities to provide feedback regarding the implementation, structure, intent, and data elements pertaining to CQMs.

Questions? Contact NLM Value Set Authority Center Help.

A Call to Action for a Nationwide Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has announced the release of Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A 10-Year Vision to Achieve an Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure.

“This paper describes ONC’s broad vision and framework for interoperability and is an invitation to health IT stakeholders – clinicians, consumers, hospitals, public health, technology developers, payers, researchers, policymakers and many others – to join ONC in developing a defined, shared roadmap that will allow us to collectively achieve health IT interoperability as a core foundational element of better care, at a lower cost and better health for all.” The ONC welcomes your feedback on this paper and will offer several opportunities over the coming months to provide your feedback. Stay tuned for future details.

NIH launches 3D Print Exchange

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently launched the NIH 3D Print Exchange, a public website that enables users to share, download, and edit 3D print files related to health and science. These files can be used, for example, to print custom laboratory equipment and models of bacteria and human anatomy. The NIH 3D Print Exchange also provides video tutorials and additional resources with instruction on 3D modeling software to enable users to customize and create 3D prints.

“3D printing is a potential game changer for medical research,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. “At NIH, we have seen an incredible return on investment; pennies’ worth of plastic have helped investigators address important scientific questions while saving time and money. We hope that the 3D Print Exchange will expand interest and participation in this new and exciting field among scientists, educators and students.”

NIH uses 3D printing, or the creation of a physical object from a digital model, to study viruses, repair and enhance lab apparatus, and help plan medical procedures. The 3D Print Exchange makes these types of files freely available, along with video tutorials for new users and a discussion forum to promote collaboration. The site also features tools that convert scientific and clinical data into ready-to-print 3D files.

The 3D Print Exchange is a collaborative effort led by NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). “3D printing is helping to advance science at NIAID and beyond,” said NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. “The ability to design and print tangible models of pathogens, for example, can give researchers a fresh perspective on the diseases they study and open new and promising lines of investigation.”

Additional support is provided by other NIH components, including the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Library of Medicine. The 3D Print Exchange is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through its Ignite External Web Site Policy and Ventures External Web Site Policy programs, which help support innovation within the agency.

NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program 2014-2015: Call for Applications

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) has announced the 2014-2015 opportunity for the leadership program jointly sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and AAHSL, with an application deadline of August 1, 2014. The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries. Fellows will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in a variety of learning settings, including exposure to leadership in another environment. They will be paired with mentors who are academic health sciences library directors. In addition to the individual relationship with their mentors, fellows benefit from working collaboratively with other fellows and mentors. Experienced program faculty and mentors will provide content and facilitation for the cohort. The program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning community to minimize disruption to professional and personal schedules. The sponsors will provide financial support for a small cohort of fellows and will underwrite travel and meeting expenses. Sixty-one fellows have participated in the program since its inauguration in 2002. To date, twenty-six fellows have been appointed to director positions.

The one-year program design is multi-faceted, involving three in-person leadership institutes; attendance at an Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) annual meeting; a yearlong fellow/mentor relationship; webinars and discussions on issues related to library leadership; and two weeks of site visit to the mentor’s home library. Candidates for fellow should have a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries, as well as significant management experience. Applications are welcomed from professionals working in academic health sciences libraries, hospital libraries, or other library-related settings. Details about the program design, schedule, and application process are available in the program brochure.

National Library of Medicine Planning Blog

Friday, June 27th, 2014

The U.S. National Library of Medicine will soon be initiating development of its next long-range plan and, in so doing, welcomes public feedback through its recently-launched “Voyaging to the Future” blog, located at: http://nlmvoyagingtothefuture.org/
Thank you for your feedback, and for sharing this information with interested colleagues and friends.

Stephen J. Greenberg, MSLS, PhD
Coordinator of Public Services
History of Medicine Division
National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
Department of Health and Human Services
Bethesda, MD
greenbes@mail.nih.gov

MLA 2014: NLM Update PowerPoint Presentations

Friday, June 27th, 2014

PowerPoint presentations from the NLM Update at the Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association in Chicago, IL on May 20, 2014: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/mj14/mj14_mla_nlm_update.html

Check with NLM Before Discarding Journals

Friday, June 27th, 2014

NLM’s Journal Donation System makes it possible for libraries to determine whether NLM needs any volumes of the print journals they plan to discard.  The system can be used by DOCLINE and non-DOCLINE libraries to offer any title, including titles not owned by NLM.   The system can be accessed at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/journaldonation/ or by searching “Journal Donation System” on NLM’s home page.   In the system, click on “Help” for detailed instructions.  For additional assistance, contact NLM at (301) 496-0081 or NLMJournalDonation@mail.nlm.nih.gov.   NLM will pay shipping for volumes we need. To donate pre-1871 journal volumes to the History of Medicine Division, see http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/about/donate.html.

Since the beginning of the online donation system in April 2009, over 10,000 gifts have been added to the collection.  With the help of libraries planning to discard journal volumes, NLM can build on the success achieved to date.

Karen Sinkule

Preservation and Collection Management Section

Journal Donation Unit

National Library of Medicine

8600 Rockville Pike

Bethesda, MD 20894

sinkulek@mail.nlm.nih.gov

NLM e-Clips (June 2014)

Friday, June 27th, 2014

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

AIDSinfo and infoSIDAWeb Sites Now Optimized for Display on Mobile Devices

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/aidsinfo_optimized.html

 

Clinical Advisory: Randomized, Multi-Center, Phase III Study of Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation Comparing Regimen Intensity in Patients with Myelodysplastic Syndrome or Acute Myeloid Leukemia (BMT CTN 0901)

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/databases/alerts/2014_nhlbi_bmt_ctn.html

 

Daily MEDLINE/PubMed Updates

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/mj14/mj14_daily_medline_pubmed_updates.html

 

MLA 2014: NLM Theater Presentations

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/mj14/mj14_mla_theater_presentations.html

 

National Library of Medicine Announces 2014-2015 Associate Fellows

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/associates_2014_2015.html

 

NLM Announces Biomedical Informatics Course, in Partnership with Georgia Regents University

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/biocourse.html

 

NLM Issues Request for Information in Preparation for 2016-2021 Contract Award of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM)

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/nnlm_contract_2016_2021.html

 

NLM Mourns William G. Harless, PhD, Creator of the First Natural Language Computer Patient Simulation Model

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/william_harless_death.html

 

NLM VSAC Publishes Annual Update for 2014 Eligible Professional CQM Value Sets

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/cqm_value_sets.html

 

Terrence Sejnowski to Give the 2014 Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lecture, June 12, 2014

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/leiter_lecture_sejnowski.html

 

NLM DIRECTOR’S PODCASTS

 

Child Mental Health and Brain Development

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript061614.html

 

Chronic Kidney Disease Mystery in Central America

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript060214.html

 

Mammography Counseling Challenges

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript051914.html

 

NIH MedlinePlus Magazine Spring 2014

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript052714.html

 

NLM’s Past 30 Years and Future

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript062314.html

 

Treating Prescription Opioid Overdose

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript060914.html

 

NLM IN THE NEWS

 

Civil War exhibit on display at Gundersen [La Crosse, Wisconsin]

http://www.news8000.com/news/civil-war-traveling-exhibit-on-display-at-gundersen/26416912

 

Exhibit on Native health will open in Anchorage today

http://www.newsminer.com/features/health/exhibit-on-native-health-will-open-in-anchorage-today/article_f708ea04-efa5-11e3-b944-001a4bcf6878.html

 

Former Baylor center Isaiah Austin diagnosed with career-ending condition

http://tracking.si.com/2014/06/22/isaiah-austin-marfan-syndrome/

 

Greek Envoy Helps Plant ‘Hippocrates Tree’ at NIH

http://www.washdiplomat.com/PouchArticle/cms/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=193

 

How popular is the STEM degree?

http://techpageone.dell.com/industries2/education/how-popular-is-the-stem-degree/

 

Magic comes to campus: Laupus Library [Greenville, NC] brings in Harry Potter exhibit

http://theeastcarolinian.com/?p=33661

 

Making drug information smart and open

http://developmentseed.org/blog/2014/05/23/pillbox-launches-on-github/

 

National Library of Medicine Announces 2014-2015 Associate Fellows

http://technews.tmcnet.com/news/2014/06/20/7886468.htm

 

National Library of Medicine: Past, Present, and Future

http://informaticsprofessor.blogspot.com/2014/06/national-library-of-medicine-past.html

 

“Native Voices” Exhibit in Anchorage, Available on iTunes

http://kdlg.org/post/native-voices-exhibit-anchorage-available-itunes

 

“Native Voices” Traveling Exhibition Visits Anchorage

http://www.scf.cc/newsletter/2014MayJunANN.pdf

 

Open digital signage journal gains users

http://opensource.com/life/14/6/open-digital-science-journal-gains-users

 

Traveling exhibition explores Native peoples’ concepts of health and illness

http://thearcticsounder.com/article/1424traveling_exhibition_explores_native_peoples

 

Visiting Exhibit Explores Link Between Traditional, Modern Medicine

http://www.ktuu.com/news/news/visiting-exhibit-explores-link-between-traditional-modern-medicine/26428782

 

NEW IN NLM IN FOCUS

 

A Close Look at Openi

http://infocus.nlm.nih.gov/2014/05/a-close-look-at-openil.html

 

NLM Honored at Medical Library Association Meeting: NLM Resource Updates Available Online

http://infocus.nlm.nih.gov/2014/06/nlm-at-mla-14-medical-library.html

 

Regional Medical Libraries Making a Difference: Focus on MidContinental Region

http://infocus.nlm.nih.gov/2014/05/regional-medical-libraries-mak-3.html

 

Training Future Leaders in Informatics Research

http://infocus.nlm.nih.gov/2014/05/training-future-leaders-in-inf.html

 

NEW OR UPDATED MEDLINEPLUS TOPICS AND FEATURES

 

Agrandamiento de la próstata

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spanish/enlargedprostatebph.html

 

Enlarged Prostate (BPH)

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/enlargedprostatebph.html