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BMC: Free Full Text Resource

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]

Launch of MedlinePlus Facebook Pages

M+FacebookThe National Library of Medicine has launched MedlinePlus Facebook in English and MedlinePlus Facebook in Spanish. NLM will post the latest information on diseases, condition, and wellness issues here. Please help promote this launch by liking MedlinePlus on Facebook and posting on Twitter and Facebook. /ch

PMC Manuscript Collection Available for Text Mining

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

NLM’s Medical Movies on the Web: “The English Disease”

Die englische Krankheit (The English Disease) is a black-and-white health education film produced in Germany during World War II. Opening with Nazi war propaganda, the movie goes on to educate the German public on the treatment and prevention of rickets, which was a common problem in the 1940s. To learn more about this film and its historical context, visit the Circulating Now blog.  /cm

Transform Tox Testing Challenge: Innovating for Metabolism

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:


Free Online Training Opportunity: Teaching Topics

Join members of the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) for a free, hour-long presentation that covers three teaching topics.

1. Jessi Van Der Volgen will discuss tips and tools for creating video tutorials.
2. Cheryl Rowan will talk about including audience culture and diversity in your training sessions.
3. Rebecca Brown will demonstrate how to use Zaption in your online training to add interactivity to videos.

Where: Online
When: February 19, 2016 at 10:00 am PT, 11:00 am MT, noon CT, 1:00 pm ET

Discover NLM Resources & More – January 27, 2016

Discover National Library of Medicine Resources and More: Rural Health
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 – 1 PM MT/2 PM CT
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Residents of rural communities, both consumers and health professionals, face challenges when seeking access to health information. Yes—people in rural communities are part of the underserved population too! This webinar will feature reliable resources available to assist rural populations with their health information needs. The session will highlight common characteristics of rural areas and their demographics, and identify some helpful resources specific to the needs of those in rural settings. Presentation will include hands-on exercises.

Instructions to connect to the webinar audio will show up once you’ve logged in. No registration required. Captioning will be provided and the sessions will be recorded. One Medical Library Association Continuing Education (MLA CE) credit is available. To receive the credit, those viewing the live session or the recording, must complete within three weeks of the original event, 1) the evaluation for the class, and 2) the personal information. Questions to

Breezing Along with the RML – January 20, 2016

Don’t miss the first Breezing Along with the RML of the new year!

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Want ideas of how to partner with your hospital regarding patient education or patient empowerment?  Jean Shipman, Director of the NN/LM MCR and the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library will share details about three projects that the Library is currently working with at the University of Utah. These three projects include installing an app and wearable device bar in the consumer library, inventorying patient education materials and creating a database of them, and organizing a student health video competition.  Come hear the good, the bad and the ugly about these three projects’ implementation.

What can you get out of social media? Claire Hamasu, Associate Director of the NN/LM MCR will describe the benefits of selecting social media to follow. We’re all interested in health information and both NLM and NIH have invested in social media. She will enlist participants as consultants to share their experience about social media institutional policies. What do participants have access to? Have participants had to negotiate that access? What assistance is out there for participants who don’t have access and now want it?

Instructions to connect to the audio will show up once you’ve logged in. No registration required. Captioning will be provided and the session will be recorded. One Medical Library Association Continuing Education (MLA CE) credit is available for each Discover class. To receive the credit, those viewing the live session or the recording, must complete within three weeks of the original event, 1) the evaluation for the class, and 2) the personal information. Questions to

Plain Language: Getting Started or Brushing Up

For all of us who write reports, put content up on the web, post messages, or communicate in any way. Plain language is grammatically correct language that includes complete sentence structure and accurate word usage. Plain language is not unprofessional writing or a method of “dumbing down” or “talking down” to the reader. Writing that is clear and to the point helps improve communication and takes less time to read and understand. Clear writing tells the reader exactly what the reader needs to know without using unnecessary words or expressions. NIH’s Plain Language: Getting Started or Brushing Up is a handy tool to learn about using plain language in your work.  Plain Language: Getting Started or Brushing Up: /ch

Annette Parde-Maass Joins RML Staff

The NN/LM MCR staff is delighted that Annette Parde-Maass has joined our team as our Health Information Literacy Coordinator. She is based at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.  Annette will be working closely with Dana Abbey who co-coordinates the health information literacy project area and with Christian Minter who is also based in Omaha.  Annette came to us from Midland University where she supported the nursing program. She has extensive programming experience in the museum environment. We’re sure you’ll enjoying meeting and working with Annette in the region. /ch