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HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project Recipients

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

AIDS ribbon

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) funded 13 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects in September 2012 in the 19th round of the program. NLM has continued its HIV/AIDS-related outreach efforts to community-based organizations, patient advocacy groups, faith-based organizations, departments of health, and libraries. This program provides support to design local programs for improving information access for HIV/AIDS patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers. Emphasis is on providing information or access in a way meaningful to the target community. Projects must involve one or more of the following information access categories: information retrieval, skills development, Internet access, resource development, and document access.

Congratulations to the two recipients located in the South Central Region:

The Alliance of Border Collaboratives (ABC), El Paso TX
“Promovision – Capacity Building Assistance Project”
ABC seeks to expand its Promovision outreach project that improves access to HIV/AIDS related health information by patients and affected community, caregivers and the general public. Increased utilization of NLMs HIV/AIDS resources in El Paso, Texas will be achieved through skill development via training and tutorials as well as development of resources that provide meaningful information about HIV/AIDS, prevention, services and NLM HIV/AIDS resources.

University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
AIDS InfoNet
Albuquerque, NM
The AIDS InfoNet is an internationally recognized online HIV/AIDS information resource to facilitate access to factsheets on the treatment of HIV/AIDS and related information written in nontechnical language and translated into several languages. The Web site enables users to easily download and print regularly updated factsheets at no cost. In addition, the Web site contains hyperlinks to authoritative HIV/AIDS resources to facilitate individual research. Based on the continued high utilization of the factsheets, AIDS InfoNet will provide ongoing maintenance of existing factsheets and develop new factsheets based on user suggestions.

PubMed Central Gets a New Moniker

Monday, August 6th, 2012

PMC image

What’s in a name? PubMed Central, a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Library of Medicine, has shortened its name to PMC in order to avoid confusion with PubMed. What’s also new is PMC’s look and feel, which has been updated to conform to NCBI’s new standards for page design. This redesign allows for a cleaner and more uniform presentation across PMC’s site as well as its article, issue and journal archive pages.

More information on this and other PMC changes is available in the NLM Technical Bulletin.

Drug Information Portal Goes Mobile

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Screenshot of the mobile drug information portal site

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) recently launched a mobile version of the Drug Information Portal.

The mobile interface provides access to information for over 31,000 drugs. Names, usage, and structures are displayed, as well as search links to key NLM and government sites, using their mobile version when available. Spell checking and auto-suggest are also used during input.

Smartphone devices will be automatically redirected to the mobile version of the Drug Information Portal. Learn more about the Drug Information Portal from the June 25 NLM Technical Bulletin announcement.

Find out more about mobile sites from the NLM by visiting the Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites.

Limits Change in PubMed

Friday, May 11th, 2012

PubMed website

As of Wednesday, PubMed has made a change of how limits are accessed.  Instead of a separate page, limits will be a sidebar down the left side of the results page.  The previous Limits page was not intuitive to most users.  Making the filters more prominent should bring greater attention to this feature.

For more about the change, read Canese K. PubMed Filters Sidebar Replaces the Limits Page. NLM Tech Bull. 2012 May-Jun;(386):e3.  A Y0u-Tube video is also available.

PubMed Improvements

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

From the NLM Technical Bulletin:

A new FAQ, Article Versions and MEDLINE/PubMed Citations, is now available. A version is a subsequent publication of a previously published article that incorporates new data or findings using a publishing practice designed specifically for rapidly communicating scientific results.
Article Versions and MEDLINE/PubMed Citations FAQ. NLM Tech Bull. 2012 Mar-Apr;(385):b11.

The PubMed Send to menu was updated to include a “Citation manager” selection.
Canese K. PubMed Results and Citation Manager Software. NLM Tech Bull. 2012 Mar-Apr;(385):e5.

The PubMed Abstract display now includes a “Save items” portlet that will provide users with an easy way to add items of interest to a My NCBI collection. My NCBI users that are signed in may click the Favorite button, which will turn blue when selected, to add the citation to a new My NCBI collection, Favorites.
Canese K. PubMed and the My NCBI Favorites Collection Feature. NLM Tech Bull. 2012 Mar-Apr;(385):e6.

Redesigned NIHSeniorHealth Now Available

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

NIHSeniorHealth new banner

The National Library of Medicine and National Institute on Aging have released their redesigned version of NIHSeniorHealth, the National Institutes of Health website for older adults http://nihseniorhealth.gov.  The redesign improves usability and modernizes the appearance throughout the site. Changes incorporate user feedback about the site as well as results from usability testing of proposed designs with seniors.

NIHSeniorHealth left column graphic

Buttons in the new banner allow you to link directly to over 50 health topics and 150 videos.  Once you click on a health topic, the bar along the left side allows you to to go straight to a particular section of the health topic page (“In this topic”); find quizes and videos (“Learn More”), and go to related topics in NIHSeniorHealth (“Related Topics”) and in the National Institute on Aging’s website.

For more information, go to the NLM Technical Bulletin article about the redesign http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/ma12/ma12_seniorhealth.html.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Showcase of NLM API, Free Webinar

Monday, March 26th, 2012

NLM APIs

Software developers are invited to join National Library of Medicine (NLM) data experts as they showcase NLM APIs and provide valuable information on how to find, use, and incorporate medical literature, drug, clinical trial, consumer health information, molecular biology, and other data into novel products.

The free webinar, NLM API Showcase: Using NLM APIs for Product Development, will be held April 10, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (ET). To attend join via Adobe Connect. The webinar will be available to the first 500 people. There will be opportunity to submit questions. If you are unable to attend, the webinar will be recorded and archived at Adobe URL: http://webmeeting.nih.gov/nlmapis.

For more details, see Potash S. Showcase of NLM APIs – Free Webinar. NLM Tech Bull. 2012 Mar-Apr;(385):e1.

New Clinical Advisory

Monday, September 19th, 2011

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) issued a new Clinical Advisory on September 19, 2011:

Secondary Prevention of Small Subcortical Strokes Trial: NINDS Stops Treatment with Combination Antiplatelet Therapy (Clopidogrel plus Aspirin) Due to Higher Risk of Major Hemorrhage and Death 

NINDS has stopped the combination antiplatelet intervention in the Secondary Prevention of Small Subcortical Strokes (SPS3) trial. This was a randomized, multicenter clinical trial conducted throughout North America, Latin America and Spain, to learn about preventing a second stroke in patients who had a subcortical stroke and to learn how to prevent cognitive problems after a stroke.

New Clinical Advisory Issued by National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). NLM Tech Bull. 2011 Sep-Oct;(382):e6.

New NLM Blog: ReferencePoint

Monday, August 29th, 2011

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has a new blog, ReferencePoint, targeting health sciences library staff in the U.S. and abroad. The blog will be used to increase the awareness of NLM products and services, inform about health sciences resources outside of NLM, and promote dialogue and learning exchanges between NLM staff and staff at other libraries.

Burke C. NLM Launches ReferencePoint Blog. NLM Tech Bull. 2011 Jul-Aug;(381):e14.

 

 

 

 

 

New Look for PubMed Central

Monday, July 18th, 2011

PubMed Central (PMC) is the latest database from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to receive a facelift. The PMC interface update is similar to recent updates done to PubMed and Bookshelf  and provides for a more consistent design of the resource and navigation features.

PubMed Central Interface

Specific improvements include:

  • A revamped homepage, which offers better navigation through the site as well as direct access to resources such as the Users’ Guide and NIH Public Access information
  • Redesigned Advanced Search and Limits pages
  • An updated search results format
  • Direct access to images in PMC articles
  • A new organization and updated appearance for PMC’s informational pages, including drop-down menus for navigation links

For more information about the redesign, including screenshots of the various improvements please refer to the NLM Technical Bulletin article.