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Bohr Thru: a Chemistry-Themed Mobile Game from NLM’s Specialized Information Services

Bohr ThruThe Bohr Thru video game, developed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), is designed to teach the Bohr model of the atom, by using a 3-match game style to collect protons, neutrons, and electrons to create the first 18 elements on the periodic table. The model describes how protons and neutrons form an atom’s nucleus, surrounded by electrons in orbit at different energy levels. Element structures are further reinforced during bonus rounds where players that successfully build Bohr models earn “power-ups” to use in the 3-match game. Atom, the game’s mascot, travels along with you and provides fun and interesting facts about the chemical elements. The game supports entry level chemistry curricula. Short (five-minute), meaningful, in-class game sessions are possible.

Bohr Thru was crafted under the technical lead of SIS computer scientist Ying Sun, working with SIS intern Wendy Sparks and the SIS K-12 team, who partnered with Xin Wu, a graduate student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute majoring in Interactive Media and Game Development. Bohr Thru is freely available for iPhone and iPad devices, and can be downloaded from iTunes.

NLM Releases New Research Resource for Domestic Violence

The National Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released a new health services research resource on domestic violence, to complement the new NLM exhibition, Confronting Violence, Improving Women’s Lives. The new resource can be found on the Web portal, Health Services Research Information Central (HSR Info Central). It is intended to support health services researchers, policymakers, administrators, and practitioners involved in detection, prevention and treatment services for this underserved and often unnoticed community. The scope of this “topic page” includes Intimate Partner Violence, Reproductive and Sexual Coercion, Child Abuse and Maltreatment, and Elder Abuse.

The Domestic Violence topic page assists researchers, both novice and advanced, by providing detailed search queries for key NLM databases: PubMed, PubMed Health, HSRProj (Health Services Research Projects in Progress), and HSRR (Health Services and Sciences Research Resources). These searches will enable users to readily discover relevant published medical literature, clinical effectiveness research, ongoing HSR projects, and related datasets, instruments and other tools. In addition, the resource identifies important guidelines, assessment instruments and measures, and includes a structured query for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s National Guidelines Clearinghouse.

Change to Subject Headings in Distributed NLM CATLINE and SERLINE Products

In June 2015, NLM proposed discontinuing distribution of its bibliographic records with artificially reconstructed subject strings in CATLINE and SERLINE products, as detailed in the NLM Technical Bulletin article Discontinuing Distribution of Cataloging Bibliographic Records with Artificially Reconstructed Subject Strings—Comment by August 31, 2015. This proposal was sent to the Regional Medical Libraries, MEDLIB, and MEDCAT discussion lists, as well as to subscribers of the NLM MARC21 files. Responses to the proposal were unanimously in favor of discontinuing the distribution of subject strings and having the records in the distributed files match the records as they appear in LocatorPlus and the NLM Catalog.

Therefore, NLM is pleased to announce that beginning with the December 2015 distribution of new records in CATFILE and SERFILE, NLM subject terms will be distributed with topical subjects recorded in 650 $a or 650 $a $x; geographic subjects recorded in 651 $a or 651 $a $x; and publication type/genre terms record in 655 $a. In January 2016, the entire CATFILE and SERFILE databases will be released with these updates made to all the records. Libraries that want their data to be consistent with the NLM files are encouraged to download the full update.

NLM Resource Update: TOXMAP Has Updated Per Capita Personal Income Data

Per capita personal income data is now complete for 1988-2013 in the National Library of Medicine’s TOXMAP beta resource. To overlay income data, navigate to the “Income” tab of the “US Census & Health” window, accessible via the Welcome window or the toolbar at the top of the page, and then select a year from the list. The United States Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is part of the US Department of Commerce. It produces “economic accounts” statistics that enable government and business decision-makers, researchers, and the American public to follow and understand the performance of the nation’s economy. To do this, the BEA collects source data, conducts research and analysis, develops and implements estimation methodologies, and disseminates statistics to the public. TOXMAP is a Geographic Information System (GIS) from the Division of Specialized Information Services of the NLM that uses maps of the United States to help users visually explore data from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and Superfund Program, as well as some non-EPA datasets.

Apply Now to Host NLM “Native Voices” Traveling Exhibition!

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The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, on behalf of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), invites applications for Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, a traveling exhibition to U.S. libraries. The exhibit explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. Stories drawn from both the past and present examine how health for Native People is tied to community, the land and spirit. Through interviews, Native People describe the impact of epidemics, federal legislation, the loss of land and the inhibition of culture on the health of Native individuals and communities today.

This opportunity is open to public libraries, academic libraries, tribal libraries, tribal college libraries and special libraries. Libraries serving Native populations are especially invited to apply, and partnerships between libraries and Native-serving organizations are encouraged. The exhibition will tour from February 2016 through June 2020 at up to 104 institutions for six-week periods. For full guidelines and exhibit specifications, visit the online application site. Applications are due by November 6!

Selected sites will receive:

  • the traveling exhibition for a six-week loan period;
  • a $250 programming grant;
  • training through a required project webinar and online project support materials; and
  • a publicity kit to help with local promotion.

The traveling exhibit requires 35 linear feet of display space and comprises six standing banners, six iPads pre-loaded with video content, and six iPad stands. No internet connection is required, but an electrical connection is needed. Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness was displayed at the NLM from 2011 to 2015. Visit the site to learn more about content from the exhibition.

MEDLINE/PubMed Year-End Processing Activities During Fall 2015

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 and subheadings as well as Supplementary Concept Records that standardize names and associated numbers for chemicals, protocols, and diseases that are not main headings. The MeSH edits include maintaining existing MEDLINE citations to conform with the 2016 version of MeSH, and other global changes.

Important Dates

  • November 18, 2015: NLM expects to temporarily suspend the addition of fully-indexed MEDLINE citations to PubMed. NLM will continue to add Publisher-supplied and in process citations.
  • Mid-December 2015: PubMed MEDLINE citations, translation tables, and the MeSH database will have been updated to reflect 2016 MeSH.

For details about the impact on searching from November 19 to mid-December, see: Annual MEDLINE/PubMed Year-End Processing (YEP): Impact on Searching During Fall 2015. For background information on the general kinds of changes made annually, see: Annual MEDLINE/PubMed Year-End Processing (YEP): Background Information.

New NLM Resource for Nursing Standards and Interoperability

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released a new web page, Nursing Resources for Standards and Interoperability. The page is a resource for nurses, students, informaticians, and anyone interested in nursing terminologies for systems development. It describes the role of SNOMED CT and Laboratory Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) in implementing Meaningful Use in the United States, specifically for the nursing care domain.

NLM has provided this resource in response to the position statement released by the American Nurses Association (ANA) that reaffirms support for use of recognized terminologies in coding nursing problems, interventions and observations (SNOMED CT), and in nursing assessments and outcomes (LOINC). In addition to SNOMED CT and LOINC, the Nursing Resources for Standards and Interoperability page provides information about other highly utilized nursing terminologies. The resource page provides a new two-minute video tutorial that describes how to use the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) Metathesaurus Browser to find Concept Unique Identifiers (CUIs) and extract concept-level synonyms between SNOMED CT and other nursing terminologies. Additionally, links to other NLM Terminology resources and helpful resources are provided.

NLM welcomes feedback on the Nursing Resources for Standards and Interoperability page. Please send comments to NLM Customer Service.

NLM Announces New Traveling Exhibition!

Banners from the NLM Traveling Exhibition The Exhibition Program at the National Library of Medicine has announced its newest traveling exhibition, Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives, that is now available for six-week booking periods. The exhibition explores the story of nurses and activists who during the late 20th century worked with passion and persistence to reform a medical profession that overwhelmingly failed to acknowledge violence against women as a serious health issue. Beginning in the late 1970s, nurses were in the vanguard as they pushed the larger medical community to identify victims, adequately respond to their needs, and work towards the prevention of domestic violence. To book this exhibition or learn more about other available traveling exhibitions, visit the NLM Exhibition Program web site.

The online adaptation of the exhibit incorporates a Digital Gallery of videos about domestic violence from the NLM’s collection. Education resources are also featured in the online exhibition, including K-12 lesson plans, a higher education module; an online activity and a robust selection of resources including K-12 suggested readings. In addition, the web feature, Related Resources at NLM, includes a selection of published articles on domestic violence and forensic nursing available through PubMed Central.

Class of 2015 Association of Health Care Journalists-NLM Fellows Announced

The 2015 Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ)-National Library of Medicine (NLM) Fellows class features nine reporters and editors representing diverse media backgrounds. Now in its seventh year, the program brings journalists selected by AHCJ to NLM for four days of training to better use some of NLM’s health information resources, such as PubMed, PubMed Health, Genetics Home Reference, TOXMAP,, and MedlinePlus. This year’s Fellows class will be at NLM September 28-October 1. The 2015 AHCJ-NLM Fellows also will receive briefings about health care issues, such as the adoption of electronic health records by patients and health care providers, as well as consumer health resources provided by the National Cancer Institute. For the second year, the Fellows will meet with the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute to learn more about comparative clinical effectiveness research.

The 2015 AHCJ-NLM Fellows are:

  • Parker Brown, staff writer, MedPage Today
  • Kay Colby, health producer, WVIZ/PBS, WCPN/NPR, ideastream
  • Andrea King Collier, independent journalist, Lansing, MI
  • Alison Fitzgerald, correspondent, National Public Radio
  • Lisa Gillespie, reporter, Kaiser Health News
  • Marlene Harris-Taylor, medical editor/health writer, The Toledo (Ohio) Blade
  • Matthew Perrone, health reporter, Associated Press
  • Rebecca Shannonhouse, editor in chief, Bottom Line/Health
  • Alexander Smith, health/science reporter, KCUR-Kansas City / Heartland Health Monitor

“Citing Medicine: The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers” Has Over 40 New Examples!

Over forty new examples have been added throughout Citing Medicine, the NLM style guide for authors, editors, and publishers. New references are for datasets, data repositories, ahead-of-print articles, and more. Corrections and clarifications were made based on user feedback or our own quality assurance efforts. Almost every chapter and two of the appendixes were edited and a new foreword was added. The full list of changes is available in the Content Updates appendix.