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March NIH News in Health is Available

Monday, March 9th, 2015

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 March issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research:

 

peopleBe a Partner in Clinical Research
Help Others, Help Yourself

Whether you’re healthy or sick, young or old, male or female, you’re probably eligible to participate in clinical research. Your participation may help to improve medical care. Read more about volunteering for clinical research.

 

 

 

 

 

colonBetter Check Your Bowels
Screening for Colon and Rectal Cancer

No matter how busy you feel, if you’re age 50 or older you should make time to talk with your doctor about getting screened for colorectal cancer. Read more about colorectal cancer screening.

 

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MedlinePlus Tutorials

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

After Thursday, MedlinePlus is no longer providing a library of interactive tutorials. This is based on trends the National Library of Medicine (NLM) observed from users and NLM’s desire to provide information that most closely aligns with user needs. NLM welcomes your feedback about how you think MedlinePlus information should be presented and what type of content is missing. Please send your suggestions or feedback to the National Library of Medicine through the Contact Us form.

NCBI webinar on February 25th: The Next Generation of Access to Sequencing Data

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

NCBI Webinar: The Next Generation of Access to Sequencing Data: Using NCBI’s SRA Toolkit to Access Data from dbGaP and SRA

Next Wednesday, February 25, 2015, NCBI staff will present a webinar on the SRA Toolkit, a system for accessing the approximately 3.4 Petabases of next-generation genomic and expressed sequence data housed in the NCBI Sequence Read Archive (SRA). As data sets become larger, mining information and performing comparisons directly from structured databases becomes increasingly necessary. The SRA Toolkit is not only capable of dumping the data out as a fastq or sam file, but also provides direct analysis and comparison from specific genomics regions across hundreds or thousands of samples.

In the webinar, we will show examples of configuration and use of the Toolkit for both public SRA and controlled access data associated with studies in the Database of Genotypes and Phenotypes (dbGaP).

To register for this webinar, please go here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2847950984085163009

Request for Information: Strategic Vision of the National Library of Medicine

Friday, February 13th, 2015

As Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg retires as director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, has convened a “Working Group to Chart the Course for the NIH National Library of Medicine” to articulate a strategic vision for the NLM. The groups charge and members can be found here: http://www.nih.gov/about/director/02032015_working-group_nlm.htm.

Today, the working group posted a Request for Information (RFI) http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-067.html. This Request for Information (RFI) seeks input regarding the strategic vision for the NLM to ensure that it remains an international leader in biomedical data and health information. In particular, comments are being sought regarding the current value of and future need for NLM programs, resources, research and training efforts, and services (e.g., databases, software, collections) – collectively referred to in this RFI hereafter as “NLM elements”.

We hope you’ll consider responding to this RFI. Please note that responses for this RFI are due March 13, 2015.

Free Online TOXNET® Class Offered By the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC)

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) is offering an online, asynchronous class called “Discovering TOXNET” from March 2-27, 2015.

Discover TOXNET® and other NLM environmental health databases through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises. The class is taught online in thirteen independent modules.

TOXNET is a web-based system of databases covering hazardous chemicals, environmental health, toxic releases, chemical nomenclature, poisoning, risk assessment and regulations, and occupational safety and health. The independent modules cover TOXLINE, ChemIDplus, TRI, TOXMAP, Hazardous Substances Data Bank, IRIS, Haz-Map, LactMed, WISER, CHEMM, REMM, LiverTox, and more.   You’ll learn about the resources through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises.

Who should take the class?

Health sciences librarians and health or environmental sciences professionals interested in unlocking the information in TOXNET and the other environmental health and toxicology resources.

How much time?

You will work on your own time over a period of 4 weeks to complete the modules that are of interest to you. There is one required module; the remaining modules are optional. This class is offered for variable MLA Continuing Education credit. Each module will be offered for 0.5 to 2.0 credit hours, for a total of up to 12 hours. Credit will not be awarded for partial completion of a module. Total credit awarded will be based on completed modules with a minimum of 1.0 credit hours.

What happens during the class?

This course is offered asynchronously through Moodle; you will work at your own pace. Each module consists of guided interactive online tutorials AND/OR tutorial videos as well as discovery exercises. Instructors will be available to answer questions and provide assistance throughout the course.

The modules are:

  1. Introduction to TOXNET: 0.5 hour (Required)
  2. TOXLINE: 1.0 hour
  3. ChemIDplus: 2.0 hours
  4. Integrated Risk Information System & Risk Assessment: 1.0 hour
  5. Hazardous Substances Databank: 1.5 hours
  6. Toxic Release Inventory: 1.0 hour
  7. TOXMAP: 1.5 hours
  8. Household Products Database: 0.5 hour
  9. LactMed: 0.5 hour
  10. Haz-Map: 0.5 hour
  11. WISER & CHEMM: 1.0 hour
  12. REMM: 0.5 hour
  13. LiverTox: 0.5 hour

How do I register?

Space in the class are limited, so don’t delay!  Register now at:

http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=809

For questions, contact the NTC at ntc@utah.edu.

Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

Funded by the National Library of Medicine under contract HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the Health Sciences and Human Services Library of the University of Maryland