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2015 Special Edition Issue of NIH MedlinePlus Salud the Magazine

cover of magazine with former U.S. surgeon general Dr. Richard CarmonaThe 2015 Special Edition issue of NIH MedlinePlus Salud features timely information on osteoarthritis and how it impacts the Hispanic community. The cover features former U.S. surgeon general, Dr. Richard Carmona, who suffers from osteoarthritis. The issue provides insight into this degenerative joint disease and tips on managing joint pain, including maintaining a healthy diet and exercise.

According to a 2011 CDC research study, approximately 3 million Hispanics in the U.S. reported arthritic conditions but they have consistently had the highest gaps in – and least access to – health care, compared to non-Hispanic/Latino population groups. The demographic changes that are anticipated over the next two decades increase the importance of addressing health disparities within this community. One of the goals of NIH MedlinePlus Salud is to increase the health literacy among the fast-growing Hispanic population across the U.S. Its purpose is to present the best in reliable, up-to-date health information and bring the latest breakthroughs from NIH-supported research, featuring people from all walks of life talking about how they’ve handled their health challenges. It is a free bilingual publication, with articles in both English and Spanish.

Print subscriptions are available at no charge for those who prefer to read a physical magazine. Additionally, visit MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español, for more free, reliable, up-to-date health information.

NLM VSAC Publishes Updated Electronic Clinical Quality Measure Value Sets for 2017 Reporting

On April 6 the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Value Set Authority Center (VSAC), in collaboration with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), published the 2016 annual update for the electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) value sets for eligible hospitals and eligible professionals. Providers will use these updated eCQM value sets to electronically report 2017 quality data for CMS quality reporting programs. CMS updates these electronic reporting specifications annually to improve alignment with current clinical guidelines and code systems so that they remain relevant and actionable within the clinical care setting. CMS has re-specified all of the updated measures using Quality Data Model (QDM) 4.2 based-HQMF version R 2.1.

Access to the VSAC suite of tools requires a free Unified Medical Language System® Metathesaurus License.

  • Application Programming Interface (API): Programmatically retrieve value sets. Find VSAC API documentation in the VSAC Support Center.
  • VSAC Web Page: Browse and download specific eCQM value sets. Filter by specific CMS eMeasure ID, QDM Category, or Meaningful Use Measure type (EH or EP). Accessible from the Search Value Sets tab on the VSAC Web page.
  • Data Element Catalog: Data element names (value set names) required for capture in electronic health record (EHR) technology certified under the 2014 Edition of the ONC Standards and Certification Criteria.
  • VSAC Collaboration Tool: Interactive and centralized collaboration among VSAC authors and collaborators. Find VSAC Collaboration documentation in the VSAC Support Center.

The updated eCQM measure specifications are available in the CMS eCQM Library and the Electronic Clinical Quality Improvement (eCQI) Resource Center.

National Public Health Week: April 4-10, 2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) salutes National Public Health Week, from April 4-10, 2016, an initiative of the American Public Health Association. NLM is working with PHPartners: Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce to promote their mission of helping the public health workforce find and use information effectively to improve and protect the public’s health.

The Outreach and Special Populations Branch of NLM provides a variety of reliable information resources to help improve public health information access, including:

For other health information resources directed towards specific populations, visit the NLM Outreach and Special Populations Branch homepage.

Public Access Expansion and PMC

Last month marked the third anniversary of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) memorandum directing Federal agencies with more than $100 million in annual research and development (R&D) expenditures to develop plans for increasing public access to the results of the research they support, including scholarly publications. As a result of this directive, in 2015, PMC started providing support as a public access repository for funding agencies beyond the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).

As of March 2015, the following additional agencies are using the NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) system to facilitate the deposit in PMC of peer-reviewed manuscripts that fall under their public access policies:

  • Agency for Healthcare Research Quality (AHRQ/HHS)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC/HHS),
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA/HHS),
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Additionally, the following additional HHS and other federal agencies have announced public access plans and committed to using PMC as the repository for agency-funded publications:

  • Administration for Community Living (ACL/HHS)
  • Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR/HHS)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

PMC will continue to update the list of participating funding agencies at Public Access and PMC as these agencies begin implementation of their policies.

More information about the current status of public access expansion as a result of the OSTP memo can be found on the White House blog.

NLM Lends Books and Images to Jewish Museum of Maryland Exhibition

The National Library of Medicine has announced that selected items from its collection are included in a new exhibition, Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America, which opened March 13, 2016, and will run through January 16, 2017, at the Jewish Museum of Maryland in Baltimore. Beyond Chicken Soup uncovers the often-overlooked cultural history embedded in a scientific enterprise. It probes questions important to all Americans: how do medical categories shape identity; what are the impacts of medical authority; where did our current health care institutions come from; and how does culture influence the medical construction of biological difference.

Focusing on the Jewish experience in the United States, Beyond Chicken Soup demonstrates how the field of medicine has been a vehicle, by turns, for discrimination, acculturation, and strengthening Jewish identity. The experiences of Jews, as both practitioners and patients, offer a case study in the formative impact of medicine on cultural and social identity, as well as the impact of cultural values on medicine.

Among the NLM collection items featured in Beyond Chicken Soup are:

  • Ma’aseh Tuviyah, [The Acts of Tobias], by Tobias Kats (1652?–1729), published in Italy, likely Venice, in 1708 and representing one of the earliest attempts to compare graphically the healthy human body to a well-functioning physical structure: in this case, a properly-run house;
  • Sefer otzar hahayim [Book of the Treasures of Life], by Jacob ben Isaac Zahalon (1630–1693), published in Venice in 1693, and
  • Ueber das Lehren und Lernen der medicinischen Wissenschaften an den Universitäten der deutschen Nation [On the teaching and learning of the medical sciences at the universities of the German nation], by the famous surgeon Theodor Billroth (1829–1894), published in Vienna in 1876.

NLM will also be providing the museum with selected images from its collection, including an image from Isaac ben Solomon’s Opera Omnia [Complete Works], published in 1515, and from the Zwerdling Collection of Postcards on the History of Nursing. NLM joins a number of prominent organizations in loaning items to the Jewish Museum of Maryland for this important exhibition, including the American Philosophical Society, National Library of Israel, and Peabody Museum of Archeology & Ethnology at Harvard Univeristy. NLM loans items from its history of medicine collections for display in public exhibitions to qualifying institutions on a case by case basis. Details about this loan program, and loans which the NLM has arranged since 2012, are available on the NLM web site.

February Midday at the Oasis Recording Now Available!

On February 17, NN/LM PSR presented Copyright Roundup for the Midday at the Oasis monthly webinar. Marty Brennan, UCLA’s Copyright and Licensing Librarian, provided highlights of the latest developments in copyright law and the intersecting library issues. He explained everything you need to know about recent copyright court decisions, Open Access, Creative Commons, and Fair Use. You can view the webinar by visiting the Midday at the Oasis Archives page or by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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PubMed Subject Filter Strategies Updated for 2016

PubMed subject filter strategies are reviewed each year to determine if modifications are necessary. Modifications may include revisions due to changes in Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) vocabulary or MEDLINE journals, adding or deleting terms, and changing parts of a strategy to optimize retrieval. The following subset strategies were recently revised:

  • AIDS
  • Bioethics
  • Cancer
  • Complementary Medicine
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Space Life Sciences
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Toxicology

Registration Available for NTC Online Class “Discovering TOXNET” March 7 – April 6

Sign up now for the Spring session of Discovering Toxnet, a four-week online Moodle class conducted by the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) March 7 through April 6. The course provides an introduction to TOXNET and other NLM environmental health databases through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises. The purpose of this class is to enhance familiarity with reliable environmental health and toxicology information from the National Library of Medicine and other reliable sources. Skills and knowledge acquired from this course will enable attendees to access, utilize and refer others to online environmental and toxicology information.

Zika Virus Content Syndication

The National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center has been updating the Zika Virus Health Information Resources incident topic page as new guidance documents and resources are published. Starting today, you can embed the National Library of Medicine Zika Virus page on your Web site by creating a free account on the HHS Content Syndication Storefront. Once you have an account, search for the NLM Zika page to access the code used to embed the webpage on your Web site. Each time we update our Web page, your page will also be updated.

NLM Receives Generous Gift from The DeBakey Medical Foundation

Donald A.B. Lindberg, National Library of Medicine Director from 1984 to 2015, and Michael DeBakey, celebrating DeBakey’s 90th birthday in the rotunda of the NLM Building, October 7, 1998.The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has received a generous gift from The DeBakey Medical Foundation to support development, expansion, and enhanced public access to the NLM’s collection of Michael E. DeBakey archives and associated collections, and to develop related programs in the history of medicine. Initial activities will include digitizing the bulk of the DeBakey archives and making them more readily available for study and analysis, as well as the establishment of Michael E. DeBakey Fellowships in the History of Medicine and a related lecture series.

Michael E. DeBakey, MD (1908–2008), was a legendary American surgeon, educator, and medical statesman. During a career spanning 85 years, his work transformed cardiovascular surgery, helped to develop the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH), raised medical education standards, and informed national health care policy. He pioneered many operative procedures, including aneurysm repair, coronary bypass, endarterectomy, which routinely save thousands of lives each year. He performed the first successful implantation of a left ventricular assist device and some of the first heart transplants. His inventions included the roller pump (a key component of heart-lung machines), as a medical student, as well as artificial hearts and ventricular assist pumps. Among innumerable other contributions, Dr. DeBakey was a visionary supporter of the NLM, playing a pivotal role in its transformation from the Armed Forces Medical Library in the 1950s, in the establishment of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine in the 1960s, in launching NLM’s outreach initiatives in the 1990s, and in promoting the digitization of its indexes to pre-1960s journal articles. A video profile of Dr. DeBakey is available on the NLM Web site.

The NLM’s collection of Michael E. DeBakey archives dates from the early 1900s to 2009. Containing correspondence, administrative records, diaries, transcripts, publications, speeches, conference and awards material, subject files, photographs, and audiovisual media, the collection reflects the vast expanse of Dr. DeBakey’s life, achievements, and interests as a world-renowned medical statesman, innovator, and champion of humanitarianism and lifelong learning. NLM has already digitized selected items from the DeBakey archives for the Michael E. DeBakey Profiles in Science site. Materials in the DeBakey archives have rich connections to the archives of other individuals and organizations, including NLM’s own archives, as well as to many published works in the NLM collection.

Details of the expanded access to the Michael. E. DeBakey archives held by the Library, as well as the Michael E. DeBakey Fellowships in the History of Medicine and an associated annual Michael. E. DeBakey Lecture in the History of Medicine, will be announced later this year.