Archive for the ‘National Library of Medicine’ Category
Monday, October 27th, 2014
The Refugee Health Information Network (RHIN) was a national collaborative partnership whose principal focus was to create and make available a database of quality multilingual/multicultural, public health resources to professionals providing care to resettled refugees and asylees.
In October 2014, the Specialized Information Services division of NLM broadened the scope of RHIN by rebranding it HealthReach (You’ll notice that the website moved from a .org to a .gov URL). This was done to better meet the needs of the diverse non-English and English as a second language speaking audiences.
HealthReach continues to recognize the importance of providing refugee and asylee specific information while expanding the information provided to meet the needs of most immigrant populations. Over the next several months we will be adding new resources and reaching out to stakeholders.
You can follow the new resource on Twitter: @NLM_HealthReach
You can find the new website at: http://healthreach.nlm.nih.gov
Monday, October 20th, 2014
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is currently involved in MEDLINE year-end processing (YEP) activities. These include changing the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) main headings as well as Supplementary Concept Records that standardize names and associated numbers for chemical, protocols, and diseases that are not main headings. The MeSH edits include existing MEDLINE citations to conform with the 2015 version of MeSH, and other global changes.
November 19, 2014: NLM expects to temporarily suspend the addition of fully-indexed MEDLINE citations to PubMed. Publisher-supplied and in process citations will continue to be added.
Mid-December 2014: PubMed MEDLINE citations, translation tables, and the MeSH database will have been updated to reflect 2015 MeSH.
For details about the impact on searching from November 20 to mid-December, see: Annual MEDLINE/PubMed Year-End Processing (YEP): Impact on Searching During Fall 2014.
For background information on the general kinds of changes made annually, see: Annual MEDLINE/PubMed Year-End Processing (YEP): Background Information.
Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
One question we’re often asked in our classes is how to keep up with changes to PubMed and other NLM Resources. There are lots of changes, but there are several resources as well. Whether your interest is PubMed, History of Medicine, disaster medicine, or NCBI databases, you can find a blog, Facebook page, Twitter account, or even Pinterest board to follow. For the full list of ways to connect with NLM, see their social media page.
In addition to the NLM accounts, you can also follow the social media of your National Network of Libraries of Medicine Region or one of the Centers (like us, the National Library of Medicine Training Center).
Finally, we always recommend subscribing to the National Library of Medicine Technical Bulletin. You can be among the first to know about changes to PubMed and other important information that may impact your use of NLM resources. They also have a searchable archive that can be useful for finding when particular changes occurred. For example, you can search for “bolded” to learn that PubMed began making your search terms appear in bold in 2011.
Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
What do nuns, surgeons, and transplant recipients have in common?
No, it’s not the beginning of a joke — they’re all new MeSH terms for 2015!
I mentioned last week that I love exploring the newly released MeSH terms. Here are a few more highlights.
In the information science branch, Common Data Elements, Data Curation, Datasets as Topic, and Printing, Three-Dimensional have all been added to the vocabulary.
Social Norms, Social Skills, Courage, and Craving have been added to the behavior branch, and I’m glad to see the addition of Military Family as well.
Several forms of elimination and absorption have been added, including Intramuscular Absorption and Lacrimal Elimination.
Palliative Medicine, Electronic Cigarettes, Culturally Competent Care, and Grounded Theory also made it into the MeSH vocabulary this year.
Want to make a suggestion for next year? Send it to NLM!
Monday, September 29th, 2014
The National Library of Medicine’s DailyMed site is the official provider of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) label information a.k.a package inserts. The site contains approximately 66,000 drugs. The drug label information found on DailyMed is the most recent information submitted to the FDA and currently in use. Click here to visit the DailyMed site.
The website update includes a responsive design, which formats itself to a variety of devices (smart phones, tablets, laptops, etc.) and many changes that improve usability and navigation.
You can set up an RSS alert to receive updates for a particular drug or for all DailyMed updates in the past seven days. Click here to setup an alert.
Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
I don’t know about anyone else, but I always look forward to seeing what new terms have made it into MeSH for the coming year. New MeSH for 2015 has been released, and I recommend taking a look by tree subcategory. You can find changed descriptors and deleted descriptors as well.
A couple highlights from my first look a the new MeSH:
In the Diseases branch of the MeSH tree, Rhinitis, Allergic, Chikungunya Fever, Allesthesia, Corneal Injuries, and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder are some of the new additions.
New Investigative Techniques include Bioprospecting, Controlled Before-After Studies, Health Information Exchange, Historically Controlled Study, Non-Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic, Patient-Specific Modeling and Protective Factors.
Frankincense has been added as MeSH heading. And in case you’re wondering, Gold is already a MeSH heading, and myrrh oil is a supplementary concept. High Fructose Corn Syrup was also added, which is one that I would have guessed to already be in MeSH.
In the diagnostics and therapeutics categories, Diving Reflex, Fluorine-19 Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Diet, Paleolithic, Robotic Surgical Procedures have all been added.
Enjoy exploring the new MeSH terms, and share with us on Twitter or Facebook your favorite new MeSH term!
Monday, August 18th, 2014
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) has been activated to support healthcare professionals working on the Ebola public health emergency in West Africa.
The EAI is a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text from over 650 biomedical journals and over 4,000 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. It serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster.
EAI is not an open access collection. It is only intended for those affected by the disaster or assisting the affected population. If you know of a library or organization involved in healthcare efforts in response to the Ebola outbreak, please let them know of this service.
EAI has been activated four times in the past, including following the earthquake and subsequent cholera epidemic in Haiti, flooding in Pakistan and the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
NLM thanks the numerous participating publishers for their generous support of this initiative: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, ASM Press, B.C. Decker, BMJ, EBSCOHost, Elsevier, FA Davis, Mary Ann Liebert, Massachusetts Medical Society, McGraw-Hill, Merck Publishing, Oxford University Press, People’s Medical Publishing House, Springer, University of Chicago Press, Wiley and Wolters Kluwer.
Resources on Ebola
NLM has several other resources that will be helpful for people working on Ebola:
• Articles in PubMed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=ebola
• Ebola (for the general public): http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ebola.html
• International health (for the general public): http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/internationalhealth.html
For questions regarding these resources, please e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1.888.346.3656 in the United States, or 301.594.5983 internationally.
Monday, August 11th, 2014
Work your way through this updated tutorial to view tips to help you effectively search for drugs, chemicals and other substances in PubMed.
There are nine brief modules with video demonstrations. You’ll find guidance on substance-related Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), using the MeSH Database, searching with pharmacological action terms, converting special characters in systematic names, and using tags in searching.
When you’re done, there’s a quiz. You can find the tutorial at this URL: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/disted/drugs/intro.html
Monday, July 28th, 2014
Take a walk down memory lane (all the way back to 1998) and watch a 40 second video of Dr. Michael DeBakey (world renowned heart surgeon) in a public service announcement about access to MEDLINE. Notice the PubMed interface which became available to the public in 1996.
Watch the short video here: