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BMC: Free Full Text Resource

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

BioMed Central (BMC) is a collection of peer-reviewed free full-text articles  in biology, clinical medicine and health. The collection has nearly 300 titles published by BMC with immediate access to articles. Authors have copyright protection under a Creative Commons license allowing re-use without restriction. Use their simple search interface  to find articles. [jh]

PMC Manuscript Collection Available for Text Mining

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

NIH-supported scientists have made over 300,000 author manuscripts available in PMC. Now NIH is making these papers accessible to the public in a format that will allow robust text analyses.

You can download the PMC collection of NIH-supported author manuscripts as a package in either XML or plain-text format at The collection encompasses all NIH manuscripts posted to PMC that were published in July 2008 or later. While the public can access the manuscripts’ full text and accompanying figures, tables, and multimedia via the PMC website, the newly available XML and plain-text files include full text only. In addition to text mining, the files may be used consistent with the principles of fair use under copyright law.

Please note that these author manuscript files are not part of the PMC Open Access Subset.

The NIH Office of Extramural Research developed this resource to increase the impact of NIH funding. Through this collection, scientists will be able to analyze these manuscripts, further apply NIH research findings, and generate new discoveries.

For more information and instructions, please visit the PMC author manuscript collection webpage. /ch

Transform Tox Testing Challenge: Innovating for Metabolism

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

From the NLM Toxicology and Environmental Health Listserv:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), and the NIH’s National Toxicology Program (NTP) have announced a challenge that will award up to $1 million to improve the relevance and predictivity of data generated from automated chemical screening technology used for toxicity testing.

Out of thousands of chemicals in use today, very few have been fully evaluated for potential health risks. A majority of in vitro high-throughput screening (HTS) assays used to test chemicals for potential toxicity lack metabolic competence. While existing technologies could help fill this gap, these technologies are not currently adapted to allow metabolic transformations in HTS systems (i.e. cell-based assays).

The goal of this challenge is to develop a practical design that will turn existing, commonly used in vitro chemical screening assays into tests competent enough to produce physiologically relevant metabolites within cell-based HTS assays which will evaluate both parent chemical and metabolite effects in the assay responses.

The successful design will offer information that can be used to review and evaluate HTS assay results, and will also ensure better quality data, transparency, and overall confidence in assay results.

Entries are due on April 8, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST. For more information on the Tox Testing Challenge:


EHR Update – Clinical Decision Support tools

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Clinical Decision Support (CDS) tools are technologies used to support clinical decision-making. For examples of a CDS in action, view this PDF from HIMSS. has a good overview of the benefits of CDS and an implementation guide.  Healthcare IT News argues that now is the time to implement these tools. /al

Webinar: “2016 MeSH Highlights”

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

On January 20, 2016, join National Library of Medicine staff for a highlights tour of the 2016 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). A 30-minute presentation will feature a MeSH tree clean-up project; a new Clinical Study publication type; changes to the trees for diet, food and nutrition; restructuring in pharmacology and toxicology; and new terms in psychology and health care. Following the presentation, Indexing and MeSH experts will be available to answer your questions.

Date and time: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 10:00 am MT/ 11:00 am CT.

To register: Go to

A recording of the presentation will be posted following the event.

For more information about 2016 MeSH, see What’s New for 2016 MeSH and the Introduction to MeSH – 2016.


Emergency Resources for Libraries

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

If and when your library has an emergency and you need assistance you are encouraged to contact your state coordinator by calling the RML’s toll-free number, 1-800-DevRoks (338-7657) or consulting our  contact  web page or the staff directory

A couple of helpful resources are available online. The first is from the NLM and contains information about responding to water emergencies  and the second is helpful in preparing for any kind of emergency from the NN/LM Disater Ready Initiative .



EHR Update – Improving UX to Improve Patient Outcomes

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes), an open access peer reviewed journal, has a special issue devoted to looking at the challenges of using evidence in the daily workflow. The articles focus on UX (the user experience), EHRs, and other Health Information Technologies used in the treatment of patients.

Volume 3, Issue 2 (2015) Evidence into Action: Improving User Interface to Improve Patient Outcomes


SAVE the DATE! March 7, 2016 Symposium: Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes – A Cross-Regional Symposium

On March 7, 2016 the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental (MCR) and Pacific Northwest Regions (PNR) are sponsoring an event that will provide an overview of current and potential uses of patient data to improve patient safety, quality of care and evidence-based practice.

Librarian participants in Seattle and Salt Lake City will have the opportunity to explore how they can contribute to the use of clinical data as evidence and what skills they can develop to support health care organizations in the use of data.

NN/LM PNR Professional Development Awards have been designated to bring in members from other parts of the region to attend the Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes.

More information coming soon!

EHR Update – Predictions for 2016

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

As we begin 2016, you may be interested in reading some of the Health IT predictions for the new year. CIO, Healthcare DIVE, and Healthcare IT News all have varied takes on where the future will bring us. No matter what happens, the prognosis is that this will be an interesting time for Health IT and everyone involved.

MedlinePlus Connect Changes URLs

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Hello, MedlinePlus Connect users!
MedlinePlus Connect is changing its base URLs from http to https.

The new base URL for the web application is

The new base URL for the web service is

If you are using either of our APIs with http, please update your code to use https by December 31, 2015. After that date, http access will be disabled.

As before, the documentation for MedlinePlus Connect is on

Thanks for using MedlinePlus Connect! (bbj)