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PubMed Update

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Join us this Wednesday July 22nd, to hear about recent changes in PubMed. Rebecca Brown, a trainer with the National Library of Medicine Training Center, will demonstrate PubMed features and interface changes from the last six months, such as the removal of the Citation Status Tag in the Summary view and database “rescues”. Bring your questions! NN/LM NER July 22, 2015 at 2 PM Eastern.

To attend go to and login as a Guest, using your own name.  Once logged into the web meeting, a pop-up box allows you to put in your phone number and the program will call you. If this does not happen, just call the 800 number and use the participant code that appears in the Notes box on the screen.

If you are unable to tune in live, we invite you to view a recording of the webcast, posted to the NER website later.

The NER webcast sessions are eligible for 1 hour of Medical Library Association continuing education (MLA CE) for attending the webcast or listening to the recording. A brief online evaluation form link will be offered at a website that is provided during the end of the webcast. Upon completion of the survey, you will be able to download the certificate.

Climate Change and the Health of Americans

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015
[Guest post by NLM Outreach and Special Populations Branch]The July 2015 issue of The Nation’s Health features a cover story on the link between climate change and health, new U.S. government initiatives aimed at protecting communities from the health impacts of climate change, and the effort to reframe climate change as an urgent public health issue.“Health officials and scientists warn that a changing climate is leading to more extreme heat, poorer air quality, heavier rainfall, and more frequent and intense natural disasters — all of which have serious consequences for human health. And because children are so susceptible to environmental change, they stand to bear the brunt of climate-related disease and stress.”

The article identifies the need for government, health professionals, and people to act preventatively. It examines recent initiatives from President Barack Obama that relate to understanding, communicating and mitigating the health effects of climate change, including the April 6, 2015 White House Climate Change and Health Summit, and a new toolkit designed to help health care facilities prepare for climate change.

These initiatives are meant to help Americans understand climate change as not just an environmental issue, but also an important health issue.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) provides many sources of information to assist health professionals with the knowledge and resources they need to assess who is most vulnerable to the health effects of climate change, and teach patients how to minimize the impacts.

The Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) Arctic Health website is a central source for information on diverse aspects of the Arctic environment and the health of northern peoples. The site gives access to evaluated health information from hundreds of local, state, national, and international agencies, as well as from professional societies and universities. For example, the Arctic Health Climate Change page provides links to websites, publications, and multimedia presentations covering the impacts of climate change on the health, activities, and well-being of people in the Arctic. It includes climate-change observations from both the scientific-research and the traditional-knowledge points of view.

The SIS Environmental Health and Toxicology website features Enviro-Health Links – Climate Change and Human Health. This page provides a wealth of environmental health-related web resources from the U.S. government and other trusted sources focused on climate change and health. Resources include links to information about specific impacts on agriculture, extreme weather, general health, infectious disease, population displacement, preparedness and security, and water quality and scarcity. In addition to topic-related searches of NLM resources, the page offers overview materials, glossaries, information on law, policy, and regulation, links to blogs, news, podcasts and video, and educational material such as the NLM’s Environmental Health Student Portal.

WISER updates

Monday, June 1st, 2015

New releases of WISER are available for every current platform.  See the details below to investigate what’s new for the WISER platform of your choice.


WISER for Android 4.6

  • A new, interactive chemical reactivity capability based on NOAA’s CRW reactivity data
  • New tools (Radiation Unit Converter, Radiation Dose Estimator, and two triage algorithms) have been added to WISER’s toolbox.
  • Added new biological synonyms, including Ebolavirus


WISER for iOS 4.0

  • A new, interactive chemical reactivity capability based on NOAA’s CRW reactivity data
  • Added new biological synonyms, including Ebolavirus


WISER for Windows 4.6

  • Upgraded the chemical reactivity feature to match NOAA’s latest CRW 3.0 data
  • Added new biological synonyms, including Ebolavirus


WebWISER 4.6

  • Added new biological synonyms, including Ebolavirus


Coming Soon


Look for these exciting additions in the coming months:

  • WISER for iOS 4.6, which adds triage procedures and WISER’s full set of radiological tools to the iPad and iPhone platforms
  • WISER 4.7, which will add many new substances to WISER and update WISER’s backend data, including its HSDB (Hazardous Substances Data Bank) substance data


International Hazardous Materials Response Teams Conference


Look for us at the International Hazardous Materials Response Teams Conference that takes place from May 28th – May 31st at the Hilton Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland.  Visit the National Library of Medicine booth (#405) and join us at the following session:


206: WISER: Sharing in the Age of Outbreaks & Incidents

Learn about the latest improvements to WISER including additions of new substances (including biologicals), sharing capabilities & timeliness during outbreaks (Ebola), etc. Bring your devices – run through scenarios & make sure we’re getting the right information to you quickly & efficiently.

PubMed for Trainers: UMass Boston

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Would you like to gain new search skills and brush up on existing PubMed skills?  Then join the National Library of Medicine Training Center for PubMed for Trainers in Boston. PubMed for Trainers offers an in-depth, behind the scenes look at PubMed. You will:

  • Fill any gaps in general knowledge you might have about MEDLINE and PubMed.
  • Enhance your knowledge of the MEDLINE database
  • Identify what the National Library of Medicine considers good background information.
  • Improve your PubMed search technique.
  • Improve your ability to analyze and implement Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)
  • Employ the features and functions of PubMed for use in searching and training
  • Experience peer collaboration and learning


What is the format of PubMed for Trainers?

PubMed for Trainers is a 4-part series of classes; 3 online plus 1 in-person class.

When is PubMed for Trainers?

The series of classes is scheduled for the following dates (attendance in all sessions is required):

Session One (online): August 5, 2015 10am-11:30am ET; optional 30 minute instructional design component immediately after PubMed content

Session Two (online): August 12, 2015 10am – 11:30am ET; optional 30 minute instructional design component immediately after PubMed content

Session Three (online): August 19, 2015 10am – 11:30am ET; optional 30 minute instructional design component immediately after PubMed content

Session Four (in-person): August 25, 2015 9:00am – 4:30PM ET (This class will be held at University of Massachusetts-Boston, Healey Library).


What should I expect from the class?

The classes consist of lectures, individual exercises, group work and discussions, plus approximately 2-3 hours of independent homework.

How many MLA CE Credits will I get?

When you complete the PubMed portion of the class, you will receive 13 MLA CE credit hours.

If you also complete the optional instructional design module, you will receive an additional 3 MLA CE credit hours.


For a complete description, go to:

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