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February NIH News in Health Now Available

Friday, February 5th, 2016

NIH News in Health: A monthly newsletter from the National Institutes of Health, part of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services





Check out the February issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research: To search for more trusted health information from NIH, bookmark


Technologies Enhance Tumor Surgery
Helping Surgeons Spot and Remove Cancer
NIH-funded researchers are developing new technologies to help surgeons figure out exactly where cancerous tumors end and healthy tissue begins. Read more about technologies for cancer surgery.










Focusing on Fibromyalgia
A Puzzling and Painful Condition
Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition marked by pain and fatigue. It can be hard to diagnose, but treatment can help. Read more about fibromyalgia.





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Does Content Syndication Work?

Friday, February 5th, 2016

You may have heard some discussions about syndication but thought, “This sounds good, but does it really work?”

Digital Gov shares insights and provides real examples of how a public library or a .org resource center are using NIH syndicated content on their websites. “Using NIH web content saves you time and money; you don’t need to write your own health content or worry about updating web pages. Browse and choose from topics in the catalog and then simply add the related code to your web page. The end result: NIH content will populate on your web page with your websites existing look and feel!”

Read the full article here.

The Digital Gov article also links to an additional article where you’ll find 3 easy steps for getting NIH syndicated content on your website.

NLM is currently syndicated NIH Senior Health.

South and Southeast Regional Three-day Genomics Hackathon in March!

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

From March 21st to 23rd, NCBI will assist Louisiana State University (LSU) in hosting a regional genomics hackathon in Shreveport, LA, focusing on advanced bioinformatics analysis of next generation sequencing data and metadata. This event is for students, postdocs and investigators or other researchers already engaged in the use of pipelines for genomic analyses from next generation sequencing data or metadata*. Researchers and/or data scientists from the South and Southeast United States are especially encouraged to apply, but the event is open to anyone selected for the hackathon, and able to travel to Shreveport. Working groups of 5-6 individuals will be formed into five or six teams. These teams will build pipelines and tools to analyze large datasets within a cloud infrastructure. The potential subjects for this iteration are Network Analysis of Variants, Structural Variation*, RNAseq, Streaming Data and Metadata*, and Neuroscience/Immunity, and command line user-interface design*. Please see the application for specific team projects.

* Some projects are available to other non-scientific developers, mathematicians or librarians

After a brief organizational session, teams will spend three days analyzing a challenging set of scientific problems related to a group of datasets. Participants will analyze and combine datasets in order to work on these problems. This course will take place at the Louisiana State Health Sciences Center – Shreveport in Shreveport, Louisiana and is hosted by the two LSU institutions in town: LSU Health Sciences Center and LSU Shreveport.

Datasets will come from the public repositories housed at the NCBI. During the course, participants will have an opportunity to include other datasets and tools for analysis. Please note, if you use your own data during the course, we ask that you submit it to a public database within six months of the end of the event.

All pipelines and other scripts, software and programs generated in this course will be added to a public GitHub repository designed for that purpose ( A manuscript outlining the design and usage of the software tools constructed by each team will be submitted to an appropriate journal.

To apply, complete this form (approximately 10 minutes to complete). Applications are due February 2/19/16 by 5 pm ET. Participants will be selected from a pool of applicants based on the experience and motivation they provide on the form. Prior students and applicants are encouraged to reapply. Accepted applicants will be notified on 2/22/2016 by 2 pm ET, and have until 2/26/2016 at 9 am to confirm their participation. If you confirm, please make sure it is highly likely you can attend, as confirming and not attending bars other data scientists from attending this event. Please include a monitored email address, in case there are follow-up questions.

Note: Participants will need to bring their own laptop to this program. A working knowledge of scripting (e.g., Shell, Python) is necessary to be successful in this event. Employment of higher level scripting or programming languages may also be useful. Applicants must be willing to commit to all three days of the event. No financial support for travel, lodging or meals is available for this event. Also note that the course may extend into the evening hours on Monday and/or Tuesday. Please make any necessary arrangements to accommodate this possibility.

Please contact with any questions.

If you are interested in having NCBI facilitate a regional hackathon hosted at your institution, please fill out this form.

Resource Guides on Recent Public Health Incidents

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) recently developed resource lists for three public health emergencies affecting both local and global communities. An incident Web page was created to gather resources on the emerging health issues arising from the Zika Virus. Two PDF documents on recent chemical incidents have been updated.  Links to these lists are included below and also can be found on our NLM Disaster Health home page.

Please share these resources freely!

These resource lists link to a variety of sources such as:

  • Local, state, federal and international agencies and organizations
  • Database searches for the health information issues around the incidents
  • Social media resources for situational awareness

To keep up-to-date on these and other Disaster Health resources, please sign-up for our email updates.

Zika Virus Health Information Resources

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

We have all been hearing more about Zika virus disease transmitted by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. The National Library of Medicine has gathered together these resources to assist public health departments, health care providers, librarians, and others seeking authoritative information on the virus and disease.

General Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

World Health Organization (WHO)

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), World Health Organization

National Institutes of Health (NIH), NIH Director’s Blog

National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH)

 National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), National Institutes of Health

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

 Public Health England

U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) – PubMed Citations

GenBank, National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM)

Pregnant Women and Zika Virus

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization

National Library of Medicine – PubMed Citations

Information on Zika for Health Care Providers

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization

National Library of Medicine – PubMed Citations


World Health Organization and Pan American Health Organization

Laboratory Detection and Diagnosis of Zika Virus

Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization


World Health Organization

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

Surveillance and Control of Mosquito Vectors

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Resources on Zika virus infection in Portuguese

Portal da Saúde

World Health Organization/Organização Mundial da Saúde

Resources on Zika virus infection in Spanish

Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization


Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

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