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Archive for the ‘TOXNET and Beyond’ Category

Did you know? Toxics Release Inventory (TRI)

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Owners or operators of facilities that have 10,000 pounds or more of materials designated in the regulations as “hazardous chemicals,” including propane, or smaller quantities1 of “highly hazardous substances,” as designated and specified in the regulations, must prepare and file annual reports with the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), and affected local emergency response agencies, such as fire departments, prior to March 1 each year.

Join Us in Chicago on April 4 for TOXNET® and Beyond In-Person Class!

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

There is still time to register for the TOXNET® and Beyond in-person class to be held in Chicago, IL on April 4, 2012.  This is a free class and comes with 6 MLA CE credits.

This course is designed to convey the basics of searching the NLM’s TOXNET, a Web-based system of databases in the areas of toxicology, environmental health, and related fields. The course will also teach students how to utilize NLM’s environmental health and toxicology portal which provides resources beyond the TOXNET databases. Participants will learn the content and structure of files covering toxicology data, toxicology literature, toxic releases, and chemical nomenclature. Among the databases highlighted will be TOXLINE, the Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB), the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI), and ChemIDplus. The course will be conducted in a computer lab and includes lectures, online demonstrations, and hands-on exercises.

Register today!

Can’t find the vital information you need all in one place?

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Search for the information, build a resource, and then share it

There was yet again another interesting article in the New York Times that relates to toxicology and environment health. It seems that every day in this newspaper I read about something that relates to the subject matter of a National Library of Medicine (NLM) resource. Because I am one of quite a few trainers providing instruction on TOXNET, a suite of NLM resources covering toxicology and environmental health, I find something pertinent on a regular basis. The latest article of interest to me is in the February 2, 2012 New York Times Home Section titled “To Help Make Sure Your Home Is Healthy, an Ingredients List”.

The author, Fred A. Bernstein interviewed two architects who out of the need to be informed about building materials that are free of known and suspected carcinogens had to conduct their own research. Because they did not find the product information they needed for many of their potential building materials they ended up gathering the data and finally creating their own database. It is available to anyone at

Upon consultation with one of my colleagues at Specialized Information Services (SIS) division of NLM she suggested that two TOXNET resources would provide similar information. Haz-Map® is an occupational toxicology database and HSDB® focuses on the toxicology of potentially hazardous chemicals. All of the NLM web resources are free.

For two architects with a focused need it is amazing to me what they did out of need. I laud them for their generosity in deciding to share their efforts with everyone.

Do my socks put me at risk?

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

I love my Asics Kayano socks for jogging because they are very comfortable, and moisture wicking. But really it is the color scheme that reminds me of puffins that led me to my first purchase.  As I read my newspaper this morning an article motivated me to look up the product ingredients of my beloved socks.  Just as I suspected, one of the products listed is “NanoGlidea”.

I first become aware and eventually very interested in nanotechnology several years ago because I am involved in the training of the use of the National Library of Medicine’s TOXNET – a collection of databases on hazardous chemicals, toxic releases, and environmental health.

The article I am referring to in the January 26, 2012 issue of the New York Times by Cornelia Dean tells us that an expert panel of the National Academy of Sciences says that not enough is known about the potential health and environmental risks of nanomaterials. The panel has called for more research.  What might be the motivation for concern?  Dean goes on to say that in 2009 product sales from the nanotechnology market was $225 billion.  Who was the motivator for the study? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requested the National Research Council (NRC), the research arm of the National Academy of Science to convene the panel.  The report was issued by the NRC on January 25, 2012 and is available right now for $42.30 in the form of a “Prepublication PDF”

The website Nanowerk offers a fine summary of the report at:


The National Library of Medicine Training Center Needs Your Input!

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

The National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) will be creating web based self-paced tutorials related to PubMed®, TOXNET®, and NCBI databases.

We need your input in order to inform topics, length, and format of the tutorials we will develop.  Please visit to complete a short questionnaire.  The questionnaire should take 10-15 minutes to complete.

Please complete the questionnaire by close of business on Friday, February 17, 2012.

Questions may be directed to Sharon Dennis, Assistant Director of the NTC, at


New Neighborhood Added to Tox Town

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Tox Town has a new neighborhood located in the U.S. Southwest. The new scene highlights locations associated with environmental health concerns impacting the Navajo and others living in the Southwest region of the United States. Visit the following link to learn about the issues addressed in the new neighborhood.

Spring Classes Open for Registration

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Registration is now open for NTC spring classes! The NTC will be teaching PubMed® for Trainers in Houston, TX; Chapel Hill, NC; and Chicago, IL. TOXNET® and Beyond will be taught in Houston and Chicago. See the NTC class schedule and register now!

Los Angeles, CA Classes Open for Registration

Friday, September 30th, 2011

The PubMed® for Trainers and TOXNET® and Beyond classes will be offered at UCLA in Los Angeles, CA in February 2012. PubMed for Trainers is a hybrid class with both online and in person sessions; it will be offered February 6-22, 2012, with the in-person session held at UCLA on February 14. TOXNET and Beyond will be offered in-person at UCLA on February 15. Register now!

In-Person Fall Classes

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Join us for in-person PubMed® and TOXNET® and Beyond classes this fall in the following cities: Seattle, WA (September 15-16); St. Louis, MO (September 20); Worcester MA (October 6); Bethesda, MD (October 21); and New York, NY (October 27-28). To register for the classes, visit the class schedule page.