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April NLM Express Recording Now Available!

On April 14, NN/LM PSR presented Effective Use of PubMed for the NLM Express webinar series. Terry A. Jankowski, Assistant Director for User Experience, Health Sciences Library, University of Washington, provided some tips and tricks for challenging or difficult PubMed searches.You can view the webinar by visiting our Distance Learning page or by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Lit Database Observes a Milestone

This month, the National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Lit database added its 10,000th record on the clinical and public health aspects of natural disasters, human-caused disasters, terrorism, disease outbreaks, and other public health emergencies. Disaster Lit describes and links to reports, webinars, training, conferences, factsheets and other documents that are not commercially published. Disaster Lit complements the journal literature in PubMed and the resources for the public in MedlinePlus. Materials are carefully selected by NLM medical librarians and subject experts from nearly 1,000 approved sources and provide current awareness for health professionals, first responders and emergency planners who have disaster health responsibilities.

New content is sent daily to nearly 14,000 subscribers via RSS, Twitter, email subscriptions, and the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB listserv. Disaster Lit plays a key role in collecting the earliest available trusted medical guidance soon after a disaster event or disease outbreak, often long before the same guidance can be published in peer-reviewed medical journals.

Disaster Lit supports other federal disaster information programs by providing the:

The Disaster Lit collection of grey literature was started in 2002 by the New York Academy of Medicine, with funding from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) National Information Center for Health Services Research (NICHSR). In 2010, the database moved to the then-new Disaster Information Management Research Center, Specialized Information Services (SIS) Division, NLM. The database continues to grow with funding support from SIS, NICHSR and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Questions or comments may be sent to the Disaster Information Management Research Center.

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.

April 2016 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

Illustration of a woman in her apartment watering her plants outside her windowCheck out the April issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:

  • Plants: Partners in Health?
    Is there anything more delicious and nutritious than vine-ripened tomatoes, just-harvested peaches and corn, or fresh herbs and spices? Growing your own edible plants—whether in a backyard garden or a few pots on your windowsill—can be fun, rewarding, and healthful. If you share your garden’s bounty with friends and neighbors, you might even expand your social connections and spread the health around.
  • Block the Buzzing, Bites, and Bumps
    Summer can be a bummer if outdoor fun is interrupted by the irritating buzz of mosquitoes. Their bites not only create itchy red bumps on your skin; they also carry the risk of disease. NIH-funded scientists are working to find better ways to diagnose, treat, and prevent mosquito-borne illnesses. And we can all take simple steps to avoid getting bit by those blood-sucking insects.
  • Testosterone Therapy Tested in Older Men
    As men age, they often produce less testosterone than they did in their youth. Testosterone is a chemical signal that contributes to male characteristics, such as a deep voice, facial hair, and muscle growth. Men with low levels of testosterone may have symptoms such as fatigue, decreased sexual desire, and difficulty walking.
  • Sidestep Sports Injuries
    Many people seem to be listening to their doctor’s advice to get active to improve their health. Playing sports can be a fun way to start moving. But a downside of getting in the game can be injuries.

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Additionally, you can get trusted, up-to-date health information from NIH News in Health added directly to your site via NIH content syndication. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!

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.

April is National Minority Health Month 2016!

On April 1 the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) launched the annual observance of National Minority Health Month. The theme this year, Accelerating Health Equity for the Nation, will promote the extraordinary efforts underway by HHS and the Obama Administration to reduce disparities, advance equity, and strengthen the health and well-being of all Americans. The OMH invites everyone across the nation to join together to raise awareness of the health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities and to work together to accelerate health equity.

The observance of the 30th anniversary of the HHS Office of Minority Health will also begin during National Minority Health Month. Since its establishment in 1986, the OMH has served as the HHS lead agency for improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs to help eliminate health disparities. On April 7 there will be a live broadcast of the HHS Equity Forum at 10:30 am PDT. Join OMH for the HHS Health Equity Forum webcast in observance of National Minority Health Month and the 30th anniversary of the HHS Office of Minority Health!

New Specialized Database Added to NCBI Zika Virus Resource Page

The NCBI Zika virus resource page has been updated with a specialized database. This database uses pipelines to annotate genes, proteins and mature peptides, and standardize sample metadata. Using this database, you can:

  • Find sequences easily using standardized annotations and normalized metadata terms.
  • Construct alignments and phylogenetic trees using a suite of online tools.
  • Download sequences and metadata in a variety of formats and create customized titles/description lines (deflines) for FASTA file downloads.

The NCBI Zika virus resource, part of the Virus Variation family of NCBI resources, provides users with a unique, metadata-driven search interface that leverages advanced data management pipelines.

Healthy People 2030 Advisory Committee Seeks Nominations: Apply by April 18!

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) is seeking membership nominations for the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030. They are looking for a diverse group of nationally known experts in fields related to disease prevention and health promotion to help develop the vision, framework, and structure of Healthy People 2030. Nominations must be submitted by April 18. For more information on the nomination process, visit the Federal Register notice.

ICMJE Proposal for Sharing Clinical Trial Data: Submit Your Feedback by April 18!

The Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) is seeking feedback on proposed requirements for sharing clinical trial data from any interested stakeholder, including clinical trial participants, librarians, patients, editors, and researchers. Read the editorial published in Annals of Internal Medicine, “Sharing Clinical Trial Data: A Proposal from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors” and submit your comments by April 18! You can also check out previously posted comments. Submitted comments will be posted within one business day.