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April 1st webinar: “A Practical Guide to Using NCBI BLAST on the Web”

Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 1st, the NCBI will present a webinar on the NCBI BLAST service. The webinar will highlight important features and demonstrate the practical aspects of using NCBI BLAST, the most popular sequence similarity service in the world.

We will also show you how to use other important sequence analysis services associated with BLAST including Primer-BLAST, iGBLAST, and MOLE-BLAST, a new tool for clustering and providing taxonomic content for targeted loci sequences (16S, ITS, 28S). These aspects of BLAST provide easier access and results that are more comprehensive and easier to interpret.

For more details about this webinar, see the latest story on NCBI News. Information on upcoming webinars, as well as summaries, recordings via YouTube and related materials from past webinars, is available on the NCBI Webinars page.

• Register for this webinar:

• NCBI News:

• NCBI Webinars:

• NCBI webinars on YouTube:

The above announcement can from the ncbi-announce mailing list. For information, go to:

Re-forming Health Care: Changes that Impact Patients, Health Systems, and Librarians

From the NN/LM GMR:

The NN/LM Greater Midwest Region held the symposium “Re-forming Health Care: Changes that Impact Patients, Health Systems, and Librarians” on March 12, 2015. There were three talks; one on patient communication, one on the Affordable Care Act and the need for information,  and  one on evidence based practice at the organizational level. It was fascinating to hear them talk together in the last part of the symposium. The symposium was recorded and accessible from the GMR web site.   <>

People who register can receive 4 hours of MLA CE for listening to the program. /ch

Progress Being Made in Infection Control in U.S. Hospitals, Continued Improvements Needed

Your institution may be one that is working on reducing its infection rate and could use your help. Most Americans entering a hospital for care hope to leave healthier than when they arrived. But in some cases, hospital patients acquire health care-associated infections as part of their stay – and even die from them. Progress has been made in the effort to eliminate infections that commonly threaten hospital patients such as Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections and Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infections (deadly diarrhea). The report relating this progress and the status of each state in addressing this issue  is available on the CDC web site. <> /ch


Webinar: Emergency Preparedness for Clinicians – From Guidelines to the Front Line

You and emergency planners at your institution may be interested in this CDC webinar.

  • March 26, 2015
  • 12:00-1:00 pm MT, 1:00-2:00 pm CT

During this call, participants will learn about suggestions that focus on the management of multiple critically ill patients during a disaster or pandemic and the importance of collaboration among front-line clinicians, hospital administrators, professional societies, and public health or government officials. More information is available here.  <> /ch

Responsive Design for DIMRC Resource Guide

Stacey J. Arnesen, Branch Chief, Disaster Information Management Research Center at the National Library of Medicine announced today that the Disaster LitTM: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health is now in responsive design so it’s easy to search and display records on your mobile device.  This resource keeps you current with the latest guidelines, reports, and more from your phone or tablet.

You can test the responsive design by checking out the resources added in the last week here.  [jh]

Quick Health Data Online Shuttered

After many years of hosting Quick Health Data Online, the Office of Women’s Health has decided to close the website March 31, 2015. You will be able to download information up until that time from resources such as:


Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care

Think Cultural Health, a project of the U.S. Office of Minority Health, is dedicated to advancing health equity at every point of contact. They provide the “Physician’s Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care” which is a self directed training course offering free CME for physicians and physician assistants, and contact hours for nurse practitioners. The course offers participants the ability to explore engaging cases and learning about cultural competency in health care:

St. Patrick’s Day Disease?

Shamrock imageWhat happens when a young boy consumes too many Shamrock shakes? Read on: /da

NCBI homepage now has 6 new buttons to better access content

Hello NCBI users –

The NCBI homepage now has 6 new buttons on it: Submit, Download, Learn, Develop, Analyze, and Research. Each of these leads to an action page devoted to a particular set of services. These action pages will allow you to easily access the pages and resources you need to complete tasks. For instance, you can:
* Find information about the Entrez API,
* Find an upcoming NCBI webinar,
* Find an NCBI tool that designs PCR primers,
and much more.

On the new action pages, you’ll also see 6 categories in the header: Literature, Health, Genomes, Genes, Proteins, and Chemicals. These category pages highlight useful databases, tools and resources for each of the topics all in one place. If you follow us on LinkedIn, these categories will be familiar to you – we’ve used them as showcase pages to group our news stories and announcements by topic.

We’ve also included a blue Feedback button on the left side of the Download, Learn, Develop, and Analyze pages so that you can tell us what you think. We look forward to hearing your comments. Stay tuned to NCBI News and to our blog, NCBI Insights, for more information about the new homepage.

* NCBI homepage:
* NCBI News:
* NCBI Insights:

The above is a direct post distributed from the ncbi-announce mailing list on March 12, 2015.


One More Professional Development Award Left

Congratulations to Peggy Cruse from National Jewish Health who was just approved to attend the Research Data Access and Preservation Summit in April. The NN/LM MCR has one more award for a member who wants to attend an event to improve her/his skills in supporting researchers (e.g., e-science event). You could be the one! The event must take place by the end of April 2015. For more information and to apply you can go to our funding page or talk to your state coordinator. /ch