Each month, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine provides free professional development opportunities for public health professionals and librarians. In November 2017, NNLM course offerings include evaluation of health information in the news, exploration of nutrition information resources, partnerships with community health workers, and more. Check out the following five classes and webinars designed to meet your training needs:
- Health Issues in the Headlines: Learning to Read Between the Lines (November 1-November 30, 2017) – Often the first place library patrons will hear about health issues is in the media. This interactive, hands-on CE course will introduce participants to the environment of health reporting. Participants will learn about how health is reported in the news as well as how to evaluate the accuracy and validity of science and health stories.
- Discovering TOXNET (November 6-December 18, 2017) – Discover TOXNET and other NLM environmental health databases through videos, guided hands-on tutorials, and discovery exercises. TOXNET is a web-based system of databases covering hazardous chemicals, environmental health, toxic releases, chemical nomenclature, poisoning, risk assessment, regulations plus occupational safety and health.
- Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources (November 6-December 1, 2017) – Join this self-paced course on nutrition information resources available through government resources such as the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Library of Medicine (NLM).
- Partnering with Community Health Workers (Nov 8, 2017, 8:00-9:00AM PT) – Community Health Workers (CHWs) play a crucial role in improving the health literacy of their communities. They have a unique understanding of those they serve and can facilitate communication and trust. By partnering with CHWs, libraries can improve the effectiveness of their community health outreach initiatives. Learn more about the role that CHWs play in their communities and how to develop fruitful partnerships.
- HRSA’s Resources and Initiatives for Native American Communities (November 15, 2017, 1:00-2:00PM PT) – The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Office of Regional Operations for Region 10 will share some of its initiatives and activities within the Native American community as it pertains to behavioral health, chronic disease, education, human trafficking and substance abuse.
Are you interested in learning about biomedical and health research data management? Would you like more information on a specific area of data science/data management?
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Data Management Working Group is interested in feedback on NNLM members’ training needs on data science and data management. This field is broad in scope; encompassing a wide variety of areas including the generation, characterization, management, storage, analysis, visualization, integration, and use of data relevant to biomedical and health research. Participation in this training needs assessment will provide direction for future NNLM educational opportunities. Please respond by November 30, 2017!
October 22-28 is Respiratory Care Week 2017, and the National Library of Medicine offers patient handouts in multiple languages on prevention and care for asthma and other lung diseases through HealthReach. Multilingual resources related to asthma include handouts on asthma triggers, nebulizer treatments, peak flow meter, and more:
- Asthma (12 languages) – This six-page handout educates people about asthma, a chronic disease that affects your airways, making it hard to breathe. It describes signs of asthma and lists things that can trigger an attack. It discusses things you can do to take care of yourself if you have asthma and recommends ways to prevent asthma attacks.
- Asthma Triggers (English and Spanish) – This one-page poster educates people about asthma triggers. The document identifies ten major asthma trigger, including cigarette smoke, pollen, animals, and indoor mold, and offers advice to reduce exposure to them.
- Peak Flow Meter (7 languages) – This four-page illustrated handout educates people about how to use a peak flow meter, which is a device that measures air flow out of the lungs to show how well a person’s asthma is under control. It provides step by step instructions for using a peak flow meter.
- Nebulizer Treatments (6 languages) – This eight-page illustrated handout educates people about nebulizer treatments, which are also called breathing treatments, aerosol treatments, or med nebs. It provides step by step instructions for how to take a nebulizer treatment with a mask or mouthpiece, and identifies those symptoms for which treatment should be stopped. The document contains instructions for preparing medicine, as well as for cleaning the nebulizer equipment to prevent infections.
Users can now search DailyMed by unique ingredient identifier (UNII) for an active ingredient and an active moiety. Instead of relying on drug or chemical names, which vary across countries and regions, searching by UNII allows DailyMed to retrieve drug product records by ingredient using a common global identifier. To illustrate, a common active ingredient in anti-allergy medications is diphenhydramine hydrochloride with UNII TC2D6JAD40. Searching “TC2D6JAD40” in DailyMed retrieves over 1500 drug product records. Diphenhydramine with UNII 8GTS82S83M is the active moiety of diphenhydramine hydrochloride. Searching “8GTS82S83M” retrieves over 1600 records as of October 2017.
A UNII is a globally used, non-proprietary, free, unique, unambiguous, non-semantic, alphanumeric identifier based on a substance’s molecular structure and/or descriptive information. The joint Food and Drug Administration (FDA) / United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Substance Registration System (SRS) assigns a UNII to a substance when enough information is collected.
The Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) is updating the trans-NIH Strategic Plan for Women’s Health Research. NIH is soliciting input from basic, clinical and translational scientists, as well as advocacy and patient communities on topics under consideration for the next strategic plan. This Request for Information (RFI) seeks feedback on three cross-cutting themes and goals under consideration for the next trans-NIH strategic plan for women’s health research:
- Theme 1: Expand the Exploration of Sex as a Biological Variable (SABV) in NIH Research.
- Theme 2: A Multidimensional Approach to the Science of Women’s Health.
- Theme 3: Quality of Life and Disease Burden over the Life Course.
These themes will stimulate new research areas, priorities, and approaches to help put science to work for the health of women. ORWH seeks your thoughts on the following:
- What are some ways that the scope of each theme might be expanded or more narrowly focused to address the most important areas in research on women’s health?
- What topics would you recommend adding to the list of cross-cutting themes for research on women’s health?
- What big idea or audacious goal to improve women’s health through research should be pursued by the NIH?
Responses no longer than 300 words should be submitted by November 10, 2017. You will see an electronic confirmation acknowledging receipt of your response. All submissions will be considered and will not be considered confidential. Do not include any proprietary, classified, confidential, trade secret, or sensitive information in responses. The responses will be reviewed by NIH staff, and individual feedback will not be provided to any responder. The Government reserves the right to use any submitted information on public NIH websites, in reports, in summaries of the state of the science, in any possible resultant solicitation(s), grant(s), or cooperative agreement(s), or in the development of future funding opportunity announcements.
NLM needs your input as it experiments with a new PubMed search algorithm, as well as a modern, mobile-first user interface. You can try out these elements at PubMed Labs, a website created for the very purpose of giving potential new PubMed features a test drive and gathering user opinions. The key elements being tested include:
- A new search algorithm for ranking (ordering) the best matches to your query
Based on analysis of data obtained from anonymous PubMed search logs, a new algorithm has been developed that NLM believes does a much better job of sorting search results by their relevance, or “best match,” to a query. This new algorithm incorporates machine learning to re-rank the top articles returned. This algorithm is already implemented in PubMed, but it is still experimental and NLM would appreciate hearing what you think. You can read more about the specifics of the algorithm in the NLM Technical Bulletin.
- Mobile-first, responsive design with modern user interface
PubMed Labs is designed to make searching and reading articles fast and easy, whether you are using a phone, tablet, laptop or desktop.
- Snippets from PubMed abstracts & highlighted search terms/synonyms
The search results page in PubMed Labs includes highlights (“snippets”) from the article abstract, when available, that are identified based on their relevance to the user query. Search terms and their synonyms are highlighted in both the title and the snippet.
Tell NLM what you think about these features! You can comment via this blog post, as well as leave feedback via the PubMed Labs site.
For 24 years, since the creation of the cutting edge, week-long NLM Biomedical Informatics Course in 1992, its instructional staff offered an immersion into an initially new, yet still rapidly growing research area that blended library, engineering, computer, and biomedical sciences and had real-life applications, such as clinical decision support. But after a quarter century of progress, NLM is re-imagining the course’s future and envisioning new ways to educate librarians and informaticists, considering the Library’s increasing work with data science and biomedicine.
When the course began, there were few options for people interested in the nexus of health and computing. Recognizing the gap, Donald A. B. Lindberg, MD, then-director of the National Library of Medicine, conceived the course, bringing together professionals to learn about medical informatics from experts in the field. Initially offered once a year, the course later expanded to two times each year to accommodate growing interest. It was first hosted by the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and then moved to Young Harris, Georgia, in 2014, where it was hosted by the faculty and staff of Augusta University.
Over the years, NLM and its partners introduced more than 1,600 participants—librarians, physicians, nurses, dieticians, and educators—to biomedical informatics. The course altered participants’ career directions, expanded their ability to impact their own institutions, and changed the field of biomedical informatics itself. One study found the course influenced participants’ engagement with information technology-related activities, such as selection and training; shaped their development of undergraduate and graduate informatics curricula; and encouraged their own continuing education. Participants also found their own credibility in the field changed for the better at their home institution.
Over two decades, an established biomedical informatics community took root, with formal coursework, self-study, continuing education, and other professional development options, largely due to the seeds planted by the course and other NLM training efforts. Now Rex Robison, head of the Training and Outreach Unit in Library Operations at NLM, is leading a group to shape a successor to the NLM Biomedical Informatics Course. The restructuring process will take into account NLM’s strengths and goals, as well as the needs of the biomedical library and informatics communities.
The group is looking forward to developing the next iteration of this legendary course, while preserving at least one of its key characteristics. Robison, a 2013 alumnus of the course, hopes to maintain its collegial aspects so students can establish connections with each other and with NLM.
How would you like to see the course evolve? To submit comments and feedback, visit this NLM in Focus posting.
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region (NNLM PSR), sponsored seven sites for MLA’s recent webcast, Helping Patients and Health Care Consumers Understand Precision Medicine.
If you weren’t able to attend the live session and would like to view a recording of the event, please click here to complete a brief survey. Once your request has been approved, you will be e-mailed a code that will provide access to resources, an evaluation, and a certificate to claim 1.5 MLA CE contact hours. Please note: Codes will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and preference will be given to NNLM PSR members until November 1, 2017.
A total of 86 people viewed or registered to view the webcast:
Central Arizona Biomedical Libraries (CABL)
Host: Harold Bright
University of Arizona (Arizona Health Sciences Library)
Host: Maribeth Slebodnik
University of California at Irvine
Hosts: Alison Regan and Linda Murphy
University of California at San Francisco (Parnassus Ave. Library)
Host: Peggy Tahir
University of Southern California (Norris Medical Library)
Host: Jin Wu
Tripler Army Medical Center
Host: Mabel Trafford
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Health Sciences Library)
Host: Dana Thimons
Thanks to all the location hosts who made it possible for members from our region to attend!
Following President Trump’s major disaster declaration for California, Acting Health and Human Services Secretary Eric D. Hargan has declared a public health emergency in California due to wildfires burning across ten Northern California counties and threatening the lives of tens of thousands of people. A public health emergency declaration extends to HHS a variety of legal actions to assist in response efforts, including waiving or modifying certain Medicare, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule requirements. The public health emergency declaration is effective retroactively to October 8.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) has compiled resources to assist with response and and recovery from the California wildfires. Information guides on disaster topics and the Disaster Lit® database provide access to curated, reliable information from vetted federal, state, and local governments and organizations.
Key National Resources
- NLM Fires and Wildfires Information Guide (Updated September 2017)
- Content Syndication (Embed the content of this page on your own Web page to get automatic updates and new resources)
- NLM Coping with Disasters, Violence and Traumatic Events (Updated September 2017)
- HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response 2017 California Wildfires
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Disaster Distress Helpline
- Call 1-800-985-5990 toll free 24/7
- Text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
Key California Resources
- California Office of Emergency Services Wildfires Resource & Information
- California Statewide Fire Map
- Sonoma County Complex Fires
- Bay Area Air Quality Map
- Search NLM Disaster Lit® database:
- NIOSH Tips: Wildland Fire Fighting Hot Tips to Stay Safe and Healthy
- Cascading Effects and Escalations in Wide-Area Power Failures
NLM has released the following DOCLINE quarterly statistical reports for July-September 2017:
- Summary DOCLINE Borrower Statistics (Reports 1-1A, 1-11A, 1-1AT)
- Summary DOCLINE Lender Statistics (Report 1-1B)
- Detailed DOCLINE Borrower Statistics (Reports 1-2A, 1-22A)
- Detailed DOCLINE Lender Statistics (Report 1-2B)
- Resource Library Quarterly Report – Fill Rate (Report 2-14)
- Loansome Doc Detailed Lender Statistics (Report 5-1A)
- Loansome Doc Summary Statistics Report (Report 5-1B)
DOCLINE quarterly statistical reports are available by going to Requests, then Reports in the DOCLINE menu. Request reports are not archived and should be saved quarterly by libraries who wish to have a historical record of statistics. Instructions for downloading and printing reports may be found in the “Request Reports” section of the online manual (click the Help link at the top of the DOCLINE screen) or in NLM’s Knowledgebase website.
The Fall 2017 issue of NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is now available! Featured in the issue is Rashad Jennings, National Footbal League (NFL) player and reigning champion of the TV show, Dancing with the Stars. Jennings battled childhood asthma and has partnered with the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America to raise awareness about the widespread condition. The issue also features articles on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), celiac disease, hearing loss, and other health news.
NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is the free, trusted consumer guide to the vast array of authoritative online health and medical information in 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 available online in both HTML and PDF format. You can also receive a print subscription or e-mail alerts.
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO) has several opportunities for anyone wishing to contribute to shaping a new data management training experience specifically for librarians. This training is an 8-week online class with engaging lessons and practical activities, starting in January 2018. Students will complete a capstone project at the end of the course and the experience will culminate in a Capstone Summit at NIH on April 10-11, 2018. Modules for the course may include, but are not limited to the following core research data management (RDM) areas:
- Data Lifecycle and RDM Overview
- Data Documentation
- Data Wrangling
- Data Standards, Taxonomies, and Ontologies
- Data Security, Storage, and Preservation
- Data Sharing and Publishing
- Data Management Plans
- RDM at Your Institution
Experienced data librarians are needed to participate in this project as module reviewers, co-teachers, and/or mentors. Volunteers may (and are encouraged to) apply for more than one role, and for more than one module. Applications must be submitted via online form by October 20.
- Reviewers: Critique module content, test exercises, make suggestions, add resources. Deliverable: written report of findings. (Due Nov 30) Paid $250.
- Co-Teachers: Assigned to one or more modules. Work with course facilitator to create a case study related to module topic (due Nov 15). Provide feedback on student assignments and answer questions for your module(s) in a timely manner during the course (Jan-March 2018). Deliverables: Case study by deadline, written report of suggestions for class improvement (due April 2, 2018). Paid $750.
- Mentors: Participate in class discussions, sharing expertise as needed, during the course (January – March 2018). Provide at least 2 mentoring sessions to each assigned student (4-5) for completing the Capstone project, attend and participate in the Capstone Summit. Deliverables: written report of experience as mentor, suggestions for program improvement and sustainability of project. Paid $1250, and travel support to Capstone Summit up to $1250.
All reviewers, co-teachers, and mentors will be required to submit a W-9. Those receiving $1000 or more will also be required to complete a contract with the University of Utah. For questions, please contact Shirley Zhao, Training Development Specialist.
Register now for a free, online class offered by the NNLM Training Office (NTO) to discover TOXNET and other National Library of Medicine environmental health resources through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises. The class is taught online using the Moodle platform, over a 6-week period, in 13 independent units. Complete only the units that interest you; there is only one required unit, the others are optional. The dates of the class are November 6 — December 18. Resources covered include TOXLINE, ChemIDplus, TRI, TOXMAP, Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB), IRIS, Haz-Map, Household Products Database, LactMed, WISER, CHEMM, REMM and the Drug Information Portal.
You will work at your own pace over a period of 6 weeks to complete the units that are of interest to you. This class is offered for variable MLA Continuing Education credit. Each unit carries anywhere from 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 units. Each unit consists of guided interactive tutorials AND/OR tutorial videos, and discovery exercises. Instructors will be available to answer questions and provide assistance throughout the course.
Use Tox-App, a free mobile app for iOS users from the National Library of Medicine, to search for industrial facilities that reported releasing certain chemicals into the environment (based on data from the US EPA TRI program). Tox-App includes a subset of about 100 TRI chemicals for the most current TRI year. You can download Tox-App from the Apple App Store. Tox-App is based on the National Library of Medicine online tool TOXMAP and provides some of the basic TOXMAP functions, including:
- Search for reporting facilities by name or state
- Browse for facilities by chemical, state, or county
- View locations of reporting facilities on an interactive map
NLM Request for Information on Next-Generation Data Science Challenges in Health and Biomedicine: Respond by November 1!
The National Library of Medicine seeks community input through a Request for Information (RFI) on new data science research initiatives that could address key challenges currently faced by researchers, clinicians, administrators, and others, in all areas of biomedical, social/behavioral, and health-related research. The field of data science is broad in scope, encompassing approaches for the generation, characterization, management, storage, analysis, visualization, integration, and use of large, heterogeneous data sets that have relevance to health and biomedicine. Data science undergirds the broad and interdependent objectives of the NIH Strategic Plan. Information about data science research directions that could lead to breakthroughs in any or all NIH interest areas is welcomed, whether applicable across wide swaths of health and biomedicine, or focused on particular research domains.
NLM requests information on the three focal areas listed below:
- Promising directions for new data science research in the context of health and biomedicine. Input might address topics such as Data Driven Discovery and Data Driven Health Improvement.
- Promising directions for new initiatives relating to open science and research reproducibility. Input might address topics such as Advanced Data Management and Intelligent and Learning Systems for Health.
- Promising directions for workforce development and new partnerships. Input might address topics such as Workforce Development and Diversity and New Stakeholder Partnerships.
Responses to this RFI must be submitted by November 1, 2017. Responses should be provided in a narrative form of up to three pages per topic, with links to pertinent supplemental information if needed. No attachments will be accepted. No proprietary, classified, confidential, or sensitive information should be included in responses. For inquiries, contact Valerie Florance, PhD, NLM, 301.496.4621.
More than 19 million teens and adults in the US have symptoms of depression. October 5 is National Depression Screening Day®. The National Library of Medicine offers depression and mental health resources for a range of special populations to promote depression awareness and options for seeking diagnosis and treatment. Use these resources to locate information about depression for the general public, individuals who speak languages other than English, and Native American communities:
- General Public: Check the MedlinePlus Health Topics page on depression for links to resources for the general public, including information on symptoms, treatment, living with depression, health check tools, videos, and handouts for different populations. MedlinePlus Magazine features articles on depression in its Winter 2017 issue.
- Multiple Languages: Find information on depression in multiple languages through MedlinePlus or HealthReach. On HealthReach, find resources such as the patient handout Feeling Sad (in 14 languages) or Postpartum Depression (in 4 languages).
- Native Americans and Alaska Natives: The American Indian and Alaska Native Health portal offers a page of resources on mental health issues in Native American communities, including depression. Find personal narratives, information for researchers and health professionals, organizations and programs supporting Native American mental health, and health information specific to Native American communities.
Check out the October 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:
- Coping With Grief: Life After Loss
Losing someone you love can change your world. There’s no right or wrong way to mourn. Finding healthy ways to cope with loss can help you make it through tough times.
- Spotlight on Brain Tumors: Do You Know the Symptoms?
A tumor in the brain isn’t like tumors in other parts of your body. Learning about the possible symptoms of brain tumors can help you know when to tell a doctor about them.
- Health Capsule: Robotic Device Helps Kids With Cerebral Palsy
NIH researchers have been developing a robotic device to help improve the way children with cerebral palsy walk.
- Health Capsule: Prevent Your Teen From Distracted Driving
Teens aren’t experienced drivers. They’re still developing good judgment behind the wheel. As a parent, it’s your role to set the rules for your teen driver. Be your teen’s role model for good driving.
- Featured Website: Aging Information
Looking for advice about healthy aging? You can find what you need on the recently redesigned website from NIH’s National Institute on Aging (NIA).
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!
The HHS Draft Strategic Plan for FY 2018 – 2022 is provided as part of the strategic planning process under the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010 (GPRA-MA)(P.L. 111-352) to ensure that stakeholders are given an opportunity to comment on the plan. The strategic planning consultation process is an opportunity to refine and strengthen the HHS Strategic Plan FY 2018 – 2022. Public comments may be provided for each goal and objective, and should be submitted by October 27, 2017, through one of the following methods:
- using the comment box shown at the bottom of each page of the draft strategic plan
- emailing HHSPlan@hhs.gov
- faxing to (202) 690-5882
- sending mail to: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Strategic Planning Team, Attn: Strategic Plan Comments, 200 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 415F, Washington, DC 20201.
The National Library of Medicine has added new material to the online toxicology tutorial, ToxTutor, a self-paced tutorial covering key principles of toxicology. The new sections cover Basic Physiology, Introduction to Toxicokinetics, Absorption, Distribution, Biotransformation, Excretion, and Cellular Toxicology. New animations were created including From a Gel to a Cell, which follows the journey of a chemical from a theoretical shower gel product through several membranes and ultimately into a cell. The tutorial also has a glossary of more than 300 toxicology-related terms.
For nearly 20 years, students and others have used ToxTutor to explore the fundamental principles of toxicology. The tutorial is written in plain language and includes helpful illustrations. It provides users of toxicology resources, including NLM chemical and toxicological databases, with a basic understanding of the subject. Users can complete the tutorial through NLM’s free learning management system if a certificate of completion is needed.
Next NCBI Minute Webinar on October 4: Create, Link, and Share Your Bibliography — PubMed Tools and ORCID Identifiers for Authors
On October 4, 9:00-9:30 AM PDT, National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) staff will present a Webinar on author disambiguation and the advantages of using an ORCID identifier. Disambiguating common author names is tough in any field, but if your published research is cited in PubMed, this session will help you find your citations, create a bibliography, and share your publication list with others. You will also learn about the advantage of quickly registering for a free, unique identifier that will remain constant — even if your name changes.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about attending the Webinar. After the live presentation, the Webinar will be uploaded to the NCBI YouTube channel. You can learn about future Webinars on the Webinars and Courses page.