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Archive for the ‘TOXNET and Beyond’ Category

REMM: New Design with Significant Content Updates

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015
Capture_REMM Update_Oct2015The Radiation Emergency Medical Management Team is proud to announce the first major redesign of its site since REMM was launched in 2007. The redesign includes a more modern banner, a new color palette and font style, and a new navigation system.

There are now six content groups on the new home page and an easy-to-use navigational menu has been added with sections for:
• Interactive Clinical Tools
• Diagnosis and Treatment
• Reference and Data
• Overview of REMM and
• Links to downloading the REMM app for various mobile devices
One of the most popular features, the Multimedia Library in carousel form, remains on the home page, with several categories of multimedia assets.

Many significant content updates have been added to the website, including: new references in several sections, updates to a number of pages, a new email update system, and more.

All prior URLs have been retained. Users who have previously visited REMM pages may need to refresh (reload) the page to see the new design.

REMM is included as one of the resources in the NTC modular course “Discovering TOXNET.”

Retrieve Chemical Info from HSDB while in PubMed

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Set up
1) If you don’t already have a free MyNCBI account, create one
2) At the bottom of the Filters window on your MyNCBI account page, click the “Manage filters” link
3) Click on LinkOut from the “Select Category” option
4) Type in HSDB and click on Search
5) Check the two boxes next to HSDB (filter and icon). This will save these options.

Run a search
1) While logged into your MyNCBI account
2) Run your search in PubMed
3) On the upper right side of the results page look for “Filter your results”
4) Click on the HSDB link. You are now viewing all citations with a link to the HSDB database
5) Click on a result
6) Click on the HSDB icon on the upper right. The link takes you to the HSDB record for chemical/s mentioned in the article.

NTC Tutorials & Recordings Anytime

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Did you know that you can view our tutorials and recordings at any time that’s convenient for you? If you have a few extra minutes, check out one of our self-paced tutorials or recorded webinars to learn something new or brush up on one of your most-used resources. Here are a few you might take a look at:


There’s a Permalink for That!

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

TOXNET now includes a feature for many of the databases that are part of the TOXNET suite which allows you to share a permanent link to a particular record.

View a 49 second video to see a demo of the new feature.
To watch the video in HD, click on the gear that appears below the video once you start to watch and then choose the HD option.

Drawing a Chemical Structure

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

In the ChemIDplus Advanced search interface, you can draw a structure and search for similar substances. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to use the drawing feature of ChemIDplus.

New LactMed Video

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

LactMed is part of the suite of TOXNET databases and provides information on drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. With the new TOXNET interface, it was also updated. Check out this updated video from the National Library of Medicine to learn more about LactMed.


Now Available in Wide Release: Searching the Hazardous Substances Data Bank

Monday, September 15th, 2014

A new how-to video called: Basics of Searching the Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB) has been released by SIS featuring the newly updated TOXNET interface.

ChemIDplus Updated

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

ChemIDplus, one of the resources available via TOXNET, has a new interface and updated functionality. ChemIDplus is a dictionary of over 400,000 chemicals with links NLM databases and other resources.

In the Advanced Search, a  new “3D” button on search results pages provides calculated three dimensional structure models for over 300,000 chemicals and 645,000 variations.  Users can adjust the rotation speed, the image type (ball and stick, space fill, wireframe), and 3D angle of viewing; dragging the image changes its orientation. Right clicking on the structure box provides other control options such as color, style, measurements, and computation.

To see the changes, visit ChemIDplus, or read more about the changes in the NLM Technical Bulletin.

To learn more about ChemIDplus, watch for our updated tutorials on our Tutorials & Recordings page.

New TOXNET Class

Friday, July 18th, 2014


New class, new format!

Discovering TOXNET is our new class that allows you to customize your learning experience of TOXNET and other NLM environmental health databases. The class is asynchronous and organized into 13 modules. All but one of the modules are optional, so you complete the segments that are of most interest to you. Each module consists of guided interactive online tutorials and/or tutorial videos as well as discovery exercises. Instructors will be available to answer questions and provide assistance throughout the course. The class runs over the course of 4 weeks and at the end of the course, you will receive MLA continuing education credit based on the number of modules you completed, up to 12 MLA CE hours. 

The modules are:

  1. Introduction to TOXNET: 0.5 hour (Required)
  2. TOXLINE: 1.0 hour
  3. ChemIDplus: 2.0 hours
  4. Integrated Risk Information System & Risk Assessment: 1.0 hour
  5. Hazardous Substances Databank: 1.5 hours
  6. Toxic Release Inventory: 1.0 hour
  7. TOXMAP: 1.5 hours
  8. Household Products Database: 0.5 hour
  9. LactMed: 0.5 hour
  10. Haz-Map: 0.5 hour
  11. WISER & CHEMM: 1.0 hour
  12. REMM: 0.5 hour
  13. LiverTox: 0.5 hour

Register at 

For questions or to let us know what you think of the new format, contact us at


What I’m Reading

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Man with laptop drinking coffee in a cafe

It can be such a challenge to keep up with the literature, blogs, books, and other sources that help you to stay updated in your field. Here’s a short list of what I’ve been reading lately that you might also be interested in.

  • The Accidental Instructional Designer: Learning Design for the Digital Age, by Cammy Bean. I attended a presentation by Ms. Bean at the American Society for Training & Development TechKnowledge conference in January. (You can read a post about her presentation here). Her new book has great tips for both the novice and experienced designer of instruction, with a focus on e-learning. You can read a chapter of the book for free here.
  • Database Resources of the National Center for Biotechnology Information . This 2014 article by the NCBI Resource Coordinators provides updates on the suite of NCBI resources as well as a bit of background on the resources.
  • Fatal Victorian Fashion and the Allure of the Poison Garment,” by Allison Meier on the Hyperallergic blog. Interesting read on the dangers of style for both the wearers and the makers. And you can learn more about the toxicity of substances mentioned in the new TOXNET interface.
  • Getting Started with File Naming Conventions,” by Jake Carlson on the e-Science Community Blog. Very useful advice for someone like me who has been guilty of using “final” in a file name.

What interesting things are you reading lately? Let me know on Twitter @nnlmntc or Facebook!