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TOXNET gets a Facelift!

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine’s TOXNET (TOXicology Data NETwork) resource – http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov - is a group of databases covering chemicals and drugs, diseases and the environment, environmental health, occupational safety and health, poisoning, risk assessment and regulations, and toxicology.  Recently the TOXNET interface was updated and features:

  • Improved appearance
  • Intuitive interactive capabilities
  • Improved multi-database search
  • Easy selection of item to save in “My List”
  • More accessible menus and pull-downs
  • Type-ahead Browse
  • Hover-over Help

Information in the TOXNET databases covers:

  • Specific chemicals, mixtures, and products
  • Chemical nomenclature
  • Unknown chemicals
  • Special toxic effects of chemicals in humans and/or animals
  • Citations from the scientific literature

TOXNET also provides links to PubMed and to additional sources of toxicological information.  A mobile version of TOXNET is available as well: http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/pda/

MLA2014 DOCLINE presentation now available

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

All,

The DOCLINE presentation given at MLA 2014 is now available to view from the DOCLINE presentations page at:  http://www.nlm.nih.gov/docline/doclinepresentations.html. The presentation includes speaker notes.

The “MLA 2014 DOCLINE Update” includes information about past and future development for DOCLINE, and provides an update on the print retention program, MedPrint. The presentation also covers NLM’s plans based upon our investigation into the future of resource sharing and the results of the national survey of DOCLINE libraries.

We invite libraries to share their thoughts on DOCLINE, and any insights into your future needs regarding obtaining biomedical literature for health professionals and other library patrons.  You can send comments to NLM by clicking Contact Us in DOCLINE or at https://docline.gov/docline/help/contact_nlm/help_page.cfm, or discuss your ideas and needs with your Regional Medical Library.

Also available are the NLM Theater presentation recordings at:

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

 

– Maria

 

DOCLINE Customer Service

National Library of Medicine

US: 1-888-FINDNLM (press 2)

Intl: 301-594-5983 (press 2)

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/docline

WISER for Android 3.1 now available

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Here’s a look at what’s new in this release:

 

WISER’s Help Identify Chemical capability is now available on the Android platform. Identify and validate an unknown chemical based on the following criteria:

o    physical properties of the substance gathered by observation or sensors

o    signs and symptoms of victims of exposure

o    the ability to categorize a substance, such as a substance used in a meth lab or a flammable substance

o    hazard values from NFPA 704 placards

o    transportation identification, including DOT placards, type of road trailer, and type of rail car

  • Use WISER’s protective distance mapping feature on your Android device. Visualize the areas likely to be affected during the first 30 minutes after a substance is spilled or released on a live map. The Department of Transportation’s Emergency Response Guidebook serves as the source of WISER’s protective distance data.

 

WISER for Android can be downloaded and installed directly from the Google Play Store:

https://market.android.com/details?id=gov.nih.nlm.wiser

 

Coming Soon

Look for these exciting additions in the coming months:

  • WISER for iOS and WISER for Android 4.5, which adds chemical reactivity, triage procedures, and WISER’s full set of radiological tools to these mobile platforms

WISER 4.6, which will add many new substances to WISER and update much of WISER’s backend data, including its HSDB (Hazardous Substances Data Bank) substance data

New and Improved TOXMAP

Monday, May 19th, 2014

The NLM Specialized Information Services recently released a new TOXMAP website.  The new TOXMAP links to the beta version of the new Flash-based TOXMAP, and to the previous version of TOXMAP, renamed TOXMAP classic.  It also has a refreshed FAQ, News, Glossary, and video tutorials.

TOXMAP is a National Library of Medicine website that uses maps of the United States to show locations and information of toxic chemicals released by industrial facilities and declared hazardous waste sites.  The data is from the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and Superfund Program.  The maps can display demographic overlays such as population density, racial/ethnic groups, age groups, income data, and health data (cancer and disease mortality).

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