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NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine Summer 2015 Issue Available Online!

NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine Summer 2015 CoverThe Summer 2015 issue of NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine features topics including living with anxiety disorders, sports and concussion, healthcare communication, adult vaccinations, sleep disorders, and animal-assisted therapy for patients undergoing treatment at NIH Clinical Center. The cover features Doug Flutie, the Hall of Fame, Heisman Trophy winning quarterback at Boston College and former star quarterback in the National, Canadian, and U.S. football leagues. He discusses concussions and brain trauma associated with sports like football, soccer, cycling, and others.

The magazine also includes remarks by NIH Director Francis S. Collins on the retirement of Donald A.B. Lindberg as Director of the National Library of Medicine. Dr. Lindberg created programs that changed fundamentally the way biomedical information is collected, shared, and analyzed. He introduced numerous landmark projects, such as free Internet access to MEDLINE via PubMed, MedlinePlus for the general public, the Visible Human Project,, the Unified Medical Language System, and many more.

NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is the free, trusted consumer guide to the vast array of authoritative online health and medical information at MedlinePlus. Published four times a year, the magazine showcases the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) latest medical research and healthcare information. NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is freely available as a print subscription, e-mail alerts, and online.

Updated AIDSinfo HIV/AIDS Glossary and Companion App Now Include Images

AIDSinfo has announced the release of the 8th edition of the AIDSinfo Glossary of HIV/AIDS-Related Terms and a redesign of the corresponding glossary app! This update features the addition of images and infographics highlighting select glossary terms. With definitions for more than 700 HIV/AIDS-related terms in English and Spanish, the glossary—whether online, in print, or as an app—offers a comprehensive guide to the vocabulary of HIV.

The free glossary app, available for iOS and Android devices, has been redesigned with an updated look and feel. The app includes several new features that make it easy to save frequently referenced terms and share favorite terms on Facebook or Twitter or by e-mail or text. The app also includes an audio feature to hear terms correctly pronounced in English and Spanish and a toggle button to switch between English and Spanish terms and definitions.

RxMix: Three New Tutorials Available

The National Library of Medicine has announced three new tutorials featuring RxMix, a Web application that allows users to combine functions from the RxNorm, NDF-RT (National Drug File – Reference Terminology), RxTerms and RxImageAccess APIs to create custom applications that can be run interactively or in a batch mode.

Using RxMix to Retrieve NDCs for an Ingredient: Interactive Mode” describes major interface elements and functionalities of RxMix, and the process of building a multi-step workflow. The use case is retrieving National Drug Code identifiers (NDCs) for a given drug ingredient using the application” interactive mode, as opposed to the batch mode that is also available for retrieving larger datasets.

Using RxMix to Retrieve NDCs for an Ingredient: Batch Mode” expands on the subject of the first tutorial by explaining how the same workflow can run in the batch mode. Results from batch mode are downloaded through a Web link that RxMix provides via e-mail.

Pre-Built Workflows in RxMix. Finding Drugs that May Treat a Disease” features the library of pre-defined workflows in RxMix. These workflows are created by RxMix experts based on frequently occurring use cases. The tutorial shows how to return a list of RxNorm drugs that may treat a disease by utilizing a two-step workflow. The first workflow function queries an NDF-RT component of RxNorm for a matching disease concept name and the second workflow function finds related “reverse-role” NDF-RT concepts, i.e., drugs related to the matched disease concept.

New Mobile App Connects HIV Providers, Advocates, and People Living with HIV/AIDS to NLM HIV-Related Websites

Logo for Go2NLM Mobile App

HealthHIV, in partnership with the National Library of Medicine (NLM), has announced the launch of the Go2NLM mobile application. Building on its Navigate to Learn More publication, HealthHIV created the Go2NLM app to provide information about and direct access to NLM’s authoritative HIV-related websites to HIV providers, advocates, and people living with HIV/AIDS. The app features dynamic content, including updates about new and highlighted HIV technical assistance and capacity building tools and resources promoted by NLM.

The websites featured on the Go2NLM app are:

The application will soon be available for download from HealthHIV, as well as the Apple and Google app stores. For more information about the Go2NLM project, please contact HealthHIV.

Applications Now Being Accepted for NLM’s 2015-2016 “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” Bioinformatics Course

Librarians in the United States who specialize in health and related sciences are invited to participate in the next offering of the bioinformatics training course, A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, NLM Training Center (NTC). The course provides knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons use online molecular databases and tools from the NCBI. Prior knowledge of molecular biology and genetics is not required. Participating in the Librarian’s Guide course will improve your ability to initiate or extend bioinformatics services at your institution. Instructors will be NCBI staff and Diane Rein, Ph.D., MLS, Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology Liaison from the Health Science Library, University at Buffalo.

The two parts to A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI are Part 1: Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching, an online (asynchronous) course, October 26-December 11, 2015, and Part 2: A 5-day in-person course offered on-site at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, MD, March 7-11, 2016. Applicants must complete both parts. Participants must complete the pre-course with full CE credit (Part 1) in order to advance to attend the 5-day in-person course (Part 2).

Applications are open to librarians in the United States who specialize in health science or related sciences. Applications will be accepted both from librarians currently providing bioinformatics services as well as from those desiring to implement services. Enrollment is limited 25 participants. There is no charge for the classes. Travel, lodging and meal costs for the in-person class are at the expense of the participant. The application deadline is September 14, 2015 and acceptance notification will be on or about October 5, 2015. Once you complete the Application Form, you will be directed to download the Supervisor Support Statement. This is to be filled out and signed by your immediate supervisor. This statement describes your current and/or future role in bioinformatics support at your institution and confirms your availability to attend the course if selected. Provide your current curriculum vitae (CV). Please use the suggested CV model as a guideline for the type of information desired. Your application is not complete until both your CV and the Supervisor Support Statement are received, in addition to the Application Form.

New PubMed Link: “Articles Frequently Viewed Together”

PubMed has introduced a new type of link called “Articles Frequently Viewed Together” to assist with locating important articles on a given topic. For some PubMed abstracts, this feature will appear in the “Related Information” section in the right column. Currently, only 1.3 million out of the 24 million records in PubMed have this link. The calculation is based on anonymous click data for the last year, so older articles will be especially underrepresented. To find all articles with these relationships, search PubMed with the query “pubmed_pubmed_alsoviewed[filter]” and add additional terms to narrow the focus to your area of interest.

Updates for NLM’s Tox Town City Neighborhood

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Tox Town City neighborhood now has updated graphics with a new photorealistic look. The City, Town, and Southwest scenes are now in HTML 5. Location and chemical information remains the same, but the new graphics allow users to better identify with real-life city locations. Tox Town can be accessed on a variety of personal electronic devices, including iPads, iPad minis, and tablets. Regardless of where you live, check out the updated Tox Town City neighborhood and learn about potential environmental health risks!

NLM Hosting 2015 DailyMed/RxNorm Jamboree Workshop on September 24!

Registration and agenda information for the National Library of Medicine’s third annual DailyMed/RxNorm Jamboree Workshop is now available. The Jamboree is a free public meeting to be held on September 24, 2015, 9:30 am to 4:15 pm EDT, at the Lister Hill Auditorium on the NLM campus in Bethesda, MD. The session will also be webcast and archived for future viewing. Registration is required for attendance. Since 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of DailyMed, the meeting will feature a retrospective look at how industry has made use of DailyMed during that time.

Featured speakers will include representatives from the federal government, industry, academia and non-profit sectors. Speakers from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention, and Avalere Health will talk about biosimilars naming. Ed Millikan, representing the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, will present an extended look at Risk Evaluation and Mediation Strategies. The meeting emphasis is on practical and novel ways to use and understand this free drug information, which is produced and consumed by a number of federal agencies.

Toxicology and Environmental Health Highlight: Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology (DART)

The National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology (DART) is a bibliographic resource on NLM’s Toxicology Data Network (TOXNET). It covers teratology and other aspects of developmental and reproductive toxicology and includes more than 200,000 references to literature published since the early 1900s. DART may be searched using MeSH terms/keywords, title words, chemical name, Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Number (RN), and author. Search results are displayed in relevancy ranked order, but may also be sorted by publication date, entry month, author, or title.

DART was initially funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the National Center for Toxicological Research of the Food and Drug Administration, and NLM. Some meeting abstracts and non-MEDLINE literature are historically included in DART; however, new citations come only from PubMed, based on a search strategy profile. New references are added weekly.

MedlinePlus Health Topic Category and Subcategory Changes

MedlinePlus currently has over 950 health topics in both English and Spanish. These health topic pages contain collections of vetted links to consumer health resources. The links are organized into categories, such as Basic, Learn More, and Research; and subcategories, such as Start Here, Prevention/Screening, and Related Issues. A table of contents is included at the top of the pages to help users find the most useful information.

In response to feedback from usability testing and use patterns, MedlinePlus has made changes to the subcategories for the health topic pages. On Tuesday, June 23, 2015, subcategories were consolidated and reduced, with the goal of presenting better organized content and a better user experience. For a detailed description on how subcategories were combined or renamed, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.

Asthma health topic page with new, revised subcategories:
2Asthma Table of Contents with New Categories