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MeSH On Demand

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

MeSH on Demand is a new tool announced in this month’s NLM Technical Bulletin and is available online for use: http://ii.nlm.nih.gov/Interactive/MeSHonDemand.shtml. This is one of the Natural Language Processing tools being developed in the Cognitive Science Branch of the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, a division of the NLM. The on Demand tool analyzes chunks of text (up to 10000 characters) and identifies potentially related MeSH terms. From the MeSH on Demand page a user simply pastes in a piece of text, hits the “Find MeSH Terms” button, and a new page will be generated with suggested MeSH terms listed below the inputted text. According to the Technical Bulletin article, the tool will find “MeSH Headings, Publication Types, and Supplementary Concepts, but not Qualifiers (Subheadings).”

A disclaimer appears on the tool’s page that the results are generated via an automated, machine logic driven system which is meant to emulate human indexer thought. One can deduce from the disclaimer that we shouldn’t expect the underlying algorithms to understand all of the same textual nuances that a seasoned indexer would and it notes that “results will undoubtedly differ from any human-generated indexing.” This got me wondering though about how much the tool’s generated terms would differ from human-generated ones. To evaluate, I pasted in an abstract from an article on Computerized Provider Order Entry systems causing medication errors.  This was by no means meant as a methodical and thorough evaluation of MeSH on Demand.  Rather, this was simply meant to address personal curiosity and this particular article was selected using a “convenience sampling” technique (it was already open in a different tab).  This article had previously been indexed for MEDLINE with the following MeSH terms: (more…)

National Network Of Libraries Of Medicine RFI

Monday, May 12th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine has developed a Request for Information (RFI) to offer health sciences and public libraries, health professionals, public health workers, community organizations, the general public, and other interested individuals and entities the opportunity to recommend effective approaches to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (http://nnlm.gov).

NLM will use the information submitted in response to this RFI for planning purposes and is not obligated to comment or respond to any responder’s submission. However, responses to the RFI may be reflected in futures solicitations. The information provided will be analyzed and may appear in reports.

Comments will be collected until the closing date of June 26 at  3pm (ET).

 

 

Voyaging to the Future with NLM

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

NLM has put together a symposium entitled “Voyaging to the Future” reflecting on the past 30 years at NLM and looking towards its future.  This all day event addresses important topics such as training future leaders, providing access to literature and reaching the undeserved.  The full program is available at http://nlmvoyagingtothefuture.org/present/.  The event will be streamed live on May 14 from 8:30AM – 5:00PM EST and a captioned recording will be made available online after. Tania Bardyn, in her role as Director of NN/LM PNR, the OERC and Web-STOC will be in attendance.  (more…)

New NLM Funding Opportunity: Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2014

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces a funding opportunity for  small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships in the U.S. that include at least one library and at least one organization that has disaster-related responsibilities, such as health departments, public safety departments, emergency management departments, pre-hospital and emergency medical services, fire/rescue, or other local, regional, or state agencies with disaster health responsibilities; hospitals; faith-based and voluntary organizations active in disaster; and others.
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Prevention is Power

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

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April is National Minority Health Month.This year’s theme, “Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity” emphasizes the critical role of prevention in reducing health disparities, according to the U.S. Office of Minority Health. Graphics, toolkits, and ideas for working with the community are offered on their webpage.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) also has several free health information resources that support eliminating minority health disparities. These resources include multicultural health Web sites, minority health information handouts, and HIV/AIDS information and funding. To find these resources, click on the links below:

NLM Asian American Health Web Portal

NLM American Indian Health Web Portal

NLM Arctic Health Web Portal

Refugee Health Information Network (RHIN)

NLM HIV/AIDS Information: African Americans

NLM HIV/AIDS Information: Hispanics/Latinos

NLM Minority Health Information Handouts

NLM AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects

NLM MedlinePlus “Health Disparities” Health Topic

And, funded in part by the NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region, Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center provides the EthnoMed website, specializing in medical and cultural information about immigrant ans refugee groups specific to the Puget Sound area.

EthnoMed: Integrating Cultural Information Into Clinical Practice

Classroom Activities and Lesson Plans for “Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness”

Friday, February 28th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Division of Specialized Information Services K-12 Workgroup has released classroom activities and lesson plans to supplement the Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness website.  For grades 6-12, these classroom activities and lesson plans familiarize students to the health and medicine of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.  The activities and lesson plans are available at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices/resources/lesson-plans-list.html.

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