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Archive for November, 2010

PubMed, NLM Gateway, and ClinicalTrials.gov Training

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Now that you’ve read the PubMed News Roundup, are you ready for lasso lessons to improve your searching?

The Riverpoint Campus Library in Spokane, WA is sponsoring the National Library of Medicine’s National Training Team on

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 8:30am to 5pm – PubMed®

Thursday, April 28, 2011 8:30am to Noon – NLM Gateway and Clinical Trials Service

To register for one or both of these classes, please go to this link: http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/register.html

Fill out the personal info, and from the pull-down menus, select April 27, 2011, or April 28, 2011, for the appropriate class.  Unless you can travel elsewhere, ignore the “second choice” pull-down.

If the class is full, please get in touch with Bob Pringle at rpringle@wsu.edu about a waiting list.  Further details about the classes are:

PubMed®: a full-day class designed to improve use of PubMed®, including MEDLINE citations; Medical Subject Headings (MeSH®), and their importance to searchers; expert searching. For health professional students, faculty, researchers, practitioners – nurses, pharmacists, physicians, & more.

NLM Gateway & ClinicalTrials.gov: a half-day class to teach use of the NLM Gateway. Also discusses and demonstrates ClinicalTrials.gov.

NLM Gateway: search simultaneously in multiple NLM retrieval systems with a single search interface. Includes full text biomedical books, toxicology, genetics, images, health services research projects, and more.

ClinicalTrials.gov: a registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials in the U.S. and around the world. Info about a trial’s purpose, participants, locations, and contact details.

PubMed News Roundup

Monday, November 29th, 2010

PubMed logo with lasso

It’s been a busy fall at the National Library of Medicine. NLM and the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) have implemented or are working on several enhancements to PubMed and related databases. Some of the highlights are listed below. Details about any of these enhancements can be found in the NLM Technical Bulletin.

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Rendezvous: When the Best Plans Fail: Disaster Recovery Services

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Outdoor shrubbery labyrinth
Zigzag by MarcelGermain

What do keys, labyrinths and tow trucks have to do with responding to a flood or similar disaster at your company?

Find out on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 1pm Pacific (2pm Mountain, noon Alaska) a free webcast will be held at https://webmeeting.nih.gov/rendezvous about disaster recovery services. We invite you to view a recording of the presentation that will be available on an update to this post and at the Rendezvous website as well.

Our presenters are from Belfor USA, a property restoration and disaster recovery included among the many resources of the Pacific Northwest Region Emergency Preparedness webpage at http://nnlm.gov/pnr/services/emergency_preparedness.html.

As part of our Federal agency services regarding electronic and information technology resources being accessible to people with disabilities, closed captioning is available on this and future RML Rendezvous webcasts.

For more information please visit How do I connect to the Rendezvous? to test your computer connection as a recent Flash update may be needed. We look forward to seeing you at the webcast!

MedlinePlus Connect Now Available

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Screenshot of MedlinePlus Connect information for knee replacement

NLM announces MedlinePlus Connect (http://medlineplus.gov/connect), a free service that allows electronic health records (EHR) systems to link users to MedlinePlus (http://medlineplus.gov), an authoritative up-to-date health information resource for patients, families and health care providers. MedlinePlus provides information about conditions and disorders, medications, and health and wellness.

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FLink: A New Way to Save PubMed Search Results

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Flink logo

Those who search PubMed regularly have often wished for a way to import search results into a a program such as Excel. It’s here! A new tool called FLink (Frequency-weighted Links) is now accessible from the NIH National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI): http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/Structure/flink/docs/flink_about.html. FLink allows PubMed search results to be saved as a CSV, or comma-separated value, file which can be imported into a program like Excel.

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NLM’s Emergency Access Initiative Activated In Response to Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

Friday, November 5th, 2010

NLM’s Emergency Access Initiative, http://eai.nlm.nih.gov, is now available through November 20 for access to resources usually available only by subscription. Publishers are providing access only for those affected by the cholera outbreak in Haiti and for those providing assistance to the affected population. (more…)