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Esther Sternberg, MD, Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona, Appointed 2017-18 Chair of the NLM Board of Regents!

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2017-09-26 17:57
Esther SternbergEsther Sternberg, MD

The newest person to chair the NLM Board of Regents is Dr. Esther Sternberg, who is featured in NLM’s Changing the Face of Medicine, which honors the lives and achievements of women in medicine. In addition to her appointment as a professor of medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Dr. Sternberg founded the University of Arizona Institute on Place and Wellbeing. Prior to her work at the University of Arizona, she served as chief of the section on neuroendocrine immunology and behavior at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and as director of the NIH-wide Integrative Neural Immune Program. Renowned for her discoveries in brain-immune interactions and the effects of the brain’s stress response on health, Dr. Sternberg wrote Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being and The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions. In 2014, after moving to the University of Arizona, she received an invitation to join NLM’s Board of Regents, and in August of 2017, she became the chair.

Dr. Sternberg began working with NLM about 20 years ago, when she was with the National Institute of Mental Health, and needed a place to hold a reception for an international conference on neuroimmunomodulation, the science of brain-immune connection. She found the answer at the foyer of NLM’s Lister Hill building. Over the years, Dr. Sternberg has provided advice on NLM’s exhibitions. She worked with the then newly arrived head of NLM’s History of Medicine Division, Elizabeth Fee, PhD, on the Library’s first exhibition, Emotions and Disease, which opened in 1996. It used an historical approach to explain the meaning and relevance of scientific developments linking neurophysiology to the functioning of immune systems. Dr. Sternberg noted that: “The exhibition was written up in The Washington Post as ‘Best in Washington,’ which provided a vehicle to highlight the conference reports in The Washington Post’s health section.” Beyond the exhibition program, she served on the Literature Selection Technical Review Committee (LSTRC), which reviews journal titles and assesses the quality of their content.

Dr. Sternberg is excited about NLM’s ongoing strategic planning process, in which the Board is a prominent player, and she is also eager to enrich outreach efforts. Dr. Sternberg sums up her philosophy this way: “In my mind, the Library’s main mission is public health through public information.”

The NLM Board of Regents was established in 1956 by the same Act that created the National Library of Medicine. Since then, the Board of Regents has served as the advisory body to the secretary of Health and Human Services, the director of NIH, and the director of NLM on important aspects of policy regarding the Library. In addition, the Board is the final review body for NLM’s extramural grant program. It meets three times a year in February, May, and September.

Categories: PSR, RML Blogs Updated with More Changes to Improve Usability!

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2017-09-25 18:35

Today the National Library of Medicine (NLM) released updates to as the next phase in an ongoing effort to enhance the functionality of the database. For a review of this project, visit First in a Series of Changes to Improve Usability for Stakeholders. Following are highlights of key features in the latest release. These changes were informed by user research with end-users representing various stakeholder groups as part of a continuing partnership between NLM and 18F, a federal government digital services consultancy. Additional changes to are planned and information about these changes will be provided in future NLM Technical Bulletin notices. is an NLM-maintained resource that provides patients and their families, healthcare professionals, researchers, and members of the public with information about clinical studies and expanded access to investigational drugs (or “compassionate use”). Information listed on is provided and updated by the study sponsor or investigator. Listing does not reflect endorsement by the National Institutes of Health. Currently, contains information on 255,000 studies and expanded access across the United States and around the world. homepageRedesigned homepage

Updated Homepage and Disclaimer Text

The homepage has been simplified. Modified text containing important messages for users, including that listing of a study on does not mean the study has been reviewed by the U.S. Federal Government, is displayed on the homepage and at the top of each study record page.

Enhanced Search Results Page

New features on the Search Results page are intended to provide users with additional feedback on what was searched and help users discover study records of interest more quickly. Study records first made available on (or “posted”) during the past 30 days are identified by the “New” icon in the “Status” column on the List tab. Synonyms of terms used by the search engine are summarized at the top, and both search terms and synonyms appearing on the Search Results page are highlighted. Up to three entries can be displayed as a bulleted list in a column; the number of any additional entries is indicated in a fourth bullet. The “Locations” column for displaying study facility information is a new option in the “Show/Hide Columns” panel on the Search Results page.

Changes to Record Date Fields

The Last Updated field was renamed to “Last Update Submitted” and a new field titled “Last Update Posted” is now available. “Last Updated” was defined as the most recent date on which changes to a study record were submitted to That is, the date on which the most recent updates to a study record were made by the study sponsor or investigator and provided to However, delays sometimes occur between the “Last Updated” date (submitted date) and the date on which that updated study information is first accessible on The new Last Update Posted field is defined as the most recent date on which changes to a study record were posted on; when updated study information is publicly available. The Last Update Posted field is displayed on study records and appears in the following key features:

  • Advanced Search” for creating a focused query using any number of search fields, including “Last Update Posted”
  • Subscribe to RSS” on the Search Results page under the List tab for creating an RSS feed for a specific search to receive study records that were first added or for which updates were posted in the last 14 days
  • Show/Hide Columns” on the Search Results page under the List tab for choosing which study characteristics, including “Last Updated Posted,” to display for retrieved study records

Note: Saved searches and RSS feeds created before September 25, 2017, will continue to function, but will use the new Last Update Posted field rather than “Last Updated” (now named “Last Update Submitted”). As explained previously, this change may affect the results of a saved search and RSS feed because delays sometimes occur between the time study information is submitted to and when it is available to the public.

The “First Received” and “Results First Received” date fields have been renamed “First Submitted” and “Results First Submitted,” respectively. Their definitions remain the same. The name changes are intended to clarify that these dates indicate when study information was first submitted to, not when it was first “posted.”

Coming Soon to

Additional enhancements to are still under development and include, but are not limited to:

  • Searching for U.S. studies by city and radius in miles
  • Tools for more easily accessing Glossary content
  • Updating the study record layout to make the most relevant information more prominent

Comments, questions, and suggestions are welcome! To contact NLM, click on “Customer Support” in the footer of the web site, which will take you to the NLM Customer Support page. Then click on Contact NLM at the top of the NLM Customer Support page.

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Comments Requested by October 31 for Proposed Changes to Indicators for Some Subject Fields in MARC Records

PSR News - Mon, 2017-09-25 15:03

As part of NLM’s efforts to prepare cataloging data for a linked data environment, it has been determined that some of the MARC coding for the subject fields is not accurate and will not create true triple statements in an RDF environment. Historically, all MARC 6XX fields used in NLM bibliographic records have been assigned a second indicator of “2” defined as Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). This is true for data in the 650, 651, and 655 fields which are all taken from the MeSH vocabulary. However, data in the 600, 610, 611, and 630 fields does not come from MeSH, it comes from the National Authority File (NAF). Therefore, coding these fields with a second indicator of “2” is erroneous information. A second indicator of “0” (Library of Congress Subject Headings) would also not be correct. Although Library of Congress uses the NAF form for these subjects, LCSH practices for construction of name and title access points allow additions to these fields that NLM does not permit.

To accurately portray these subject fields, the second indicator should be “7” (Source specified in $2) with an accompanying $2 naf added to the 6XX field. NLM would like to make these changes in its files. NLM recognizes that some libraries may rely on the second indicator in the 6XX fields for internal processing. Before making changes to the records, NLM is asking for community input on the impact to your organization or institution if indicators on the 600, 610, 611, and 630 fields were updated from “2” to “7” with the addition of a $2 naf. There may be positive as well as negative impacts. Libraries that are already converting MARC data into triples or have plans to do this in the near future will find that having accurate indicators in the records will more likely allow link resolvers to automatically find the correct data.

Comments about this proposed change to NLM records should be sent to Diane Boehr, Head, Cataloging and Metadata Management Section, by October 31. No changes to cataloging records will be made until the comments are reviewed. Ample notification will be provided before any MARC changes are made. 

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NLM Webinar on October 18, “LinkOut for Libraries: From Icons to Full Text and Everything in Between”

PSR News - Thu, 2017-09-21 14:47

On Wednesday, October 18, 10:00-11:00 AM PDT, join NLM staff for a LinkOut for Libraries Webinar and get answers to the following questions:

  • Have you wondered why you see duplicate icons on citations in PubMed? Or why you don’t see icons where you expect?
  • Are you switching vendors and don’t know how that will affect your service?
  • Were you suddenly given the responsibility for your library’s LinkOut account and don’t know where to start?

The session will cover the basics of LinkOut, as well as an inside look at the three NLM linking services; LinkOut, Outside Tool, and LinkOut Local, and how they differ. Learn why multiple icons display on citations in PubMed and how to see only the ones you want. Following a 30-minute presentation, LinkOut experts will be available to answer questions.

After the live presentation, a recording will be available on the LinkOut for Libraries Training and Educational Resources Web page and in the Learning Resources Database.

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NLM and NIA Resources for Falls Prevention Awareness Day

PSR News - Thu, 2017-09-21 13:40

September 22 is Falls Prevention Awareness Day, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) offer many resources related to fall prevention for older adults from both the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Check out the following resources in multiple languages, videos related to fall prevention and balance problems in older adults, and instructions for fall-proofing the home:

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NLM VSAC Publishes Updated Electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) Value Sets for 4th Quarter 2017

PSR News - Tue, 2017-09-19 14:50

On September 15, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Value Set Authority Center (VSAC), in collaboration with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), published an addendum to the eCQM annual update specifications originally published in April 2016. This addendum updates eCQM value sets for the 4th quarter of the 2017 reporting period for Eligible Hospitals (EHs) and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). These changes affect electronic reporting of eCQMs for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program (IQR) and for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program for EHs and CAHs.

  • All changes to the 4th Quarter 2017 Reporting Period eCQM value sets are available through the NLM VSAC in the Download tab. The value sets and all their accompanying terminology codes are available as a complete set, as well as value sets per measure.
  • eCQM addendum materials are available in the eCQI Resource Center for Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals.
  • Measure implementers should review these changes to ensure their submissions comply with the updated requirements.

CMS revised the value sets based on updates from the following terminology code systems:

  • International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision – Clinical Modification and Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-CM/PCS)
  • Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC®)
  • RxNorm

CMS has made no changes to the measure logic, the Health Quality Measure Format (HQMF) specifications, the value set object identifiers (OIDs), or the measure version numbers for 2017 eCQM reporting.

Access to the VSAC suite of tools requires a free Unified Medical Language System® Metathesaurus License. Send questions regarding the addendum or content of eCQM value sets to the ONC CQM Issue Tracker. For information about eCQM specifications and supplemental materials, visit the eCQI Resource Center. For VSAC functionality or questions about downloading eCQM value sets from VSAC, please Contact NLM. Additional information is available on the NLM web site.

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Online Health Newsletters, Reports, and Magazines with Current Health News

PSR News - Tue, 2017-09-19 14:36

Many government health organizations release quarterly or monthly consumer health publications, freely available online, with articles on current important health topics, tips for staying healthy, and even interviews with famous public figures sharing their health stories. For example, check out these four online publications:

  • NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine: This quarterly magazine from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) shares information on a variety of health conditions, heath stories from celebrities, healthy living tips, and recent NIH research highlights. A version of the magazine is available in Spanish, and you can also subscribe to a print version of the magazine for free (within the U.S.).
  • NIH News in Health: This monthly newsletter from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) explores common health conditions, healthy living tips, and featured health websites. Offices, clinics, community centers and libraries in the U.S. can request free print copies of the newsletter.
  • CDC Vital Signs: This multimedia report (also available in Spanish) from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) focuses on one important health topic each month, and each issue include a printable fact sheet and multimedia resources (videos, podcasts, and infographics).
  • FDA Consumer Updates: These multimedia reports (some also available in Spanish) are published multiple times a month by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and include health information and safety tips related to food, medications, dietary supplements, and other consumer products.
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NLM and Publishers Launch Emergency Access Initiative for Libraries Impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

PSR News - Fri, 2017-09-15 15:48

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has activated the Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) in response to Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, which devastated Florida and several Caribbean islands, as well as parts of South Carolina, Texas, and Louisiana. The EAI is a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text from more than 650 biomedical journals and more than 4,000 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. It serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster. The access period will be September 15 through October 14, 2017.

EAI is not an open access collection. It is only intended for those affected by the disaster or assisting the affected population. If you know of a library or organization involved in healthcare efforts in response to the hurricanes in the southeastern United States and Caribbean, please let them know of this service. This is the eighth time the EAI has been activated. Previously, support was provided following the earthquake in Haiti; flooding in Pakistan; the cholera epidemic in Haiti; the earthquake & tsunami in Japan; the typhoon in the Philippines; the Ebola outbreak in West Africa; and the earthquake in Nepal.

NLM thanks the numerous participating publishers for their generous support of this initiative: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, American Society for Microbiology Press, B.C. Decker, BMJ, Cambridge University Press, EBSCOHost, Elsevier, FA Davis, Mary Ann Liebert, Massachusetts Medical Society, McGraw-Hill, Merck Publishing, Oxford University Press, People’s Medical Publishing House, Springer, Taylor & Francis, University of Chicago Press, Wiley and Wolters Kluwer.

Resources on Hurricanes and Flooding

NLM has several other resources that will be helpful for people working on disaster response:

For questions regarding these resources, please visit NLM Customer Support or call 1-888-346-3656 in the United States, or +1-301-594-5983 internationally.

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Announcing the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program Class of 2017-2018!

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2017-09-14 19:38

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) have announced the five members of the 2017-2018 class of the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program. The jointly sponsored program matches fellows and mentors in a one year leadership development program. Since the program began in 2002, 49% of fellow graduates have assumed director positions.

The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program prepares emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries. The program provides a combination of in-person and virtual learning experiences for fellows and offers the opportunity to work collaboratively with the cohort of participants. Fellows are paired with mentors who are academic health sciences library directors. Mentors work closely with their fellows throughout the year, and host their fellow’s visit to their library. The candidate pool for fellows and demand for the program remain strong. Selection is competitive and recognition of a substantial record of leadership accomplishment and potential for a director position. The cohort fellows and their mentors will begin their work together at the November AAHSL meeting in Boston.

  • Amy Allison, MLS, Associate Director, Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
    Mentor: Cynthia Robinson, MA, AHIP, Associate Dean for Library and Information Services, Director, Harrell Health Sciences Library: Research & Learning Commons, Penn State Health, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA
  • Robin Champieux, MLIS, Research Engagement and Open Science Librarian, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR
    Mentor: Janice Jaguszewski, MSLIS, Associate University Librarian and Director, Health Sciences Libraries, University of Minnesota, Bio-Medical Library, Minneapolis, MN
  • Deidre (Dede) Rios, MS, PhD, Director of Optometric & Clinical Library Services, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX
    Mentor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, PhD, Professor and Director of Libraries, Augusta University, Augusta, GA
  • Linda Van Keuren, MLS, AHIP, Senior Associate Director for Resources & Access Management, Dahlgren Memorial Library, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC
    Mentor: Barbara Bernoff Cavanaugh, Associate Director, STEM Libraries; and Director, Biomedical Library, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Philip Walker, MLIS, MSHI, Interim Director, Annette & Irwin Eskind Biomedical Library, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
    Mentor: Teresa L. Knott, MLS, MPA, AHIP, Associate University Librarian, Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries, and Director, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences
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ALA Libraries Transform Health Literacy Toolkit Now Available!

PSR News - Tue, 2017-09-12 13:59

Health Literacy Month is coming up in October, and ALA’s Public Awareness Office has partnered with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) on a pilot program to create a Libraries Transform toolkit for showcasing the many ways libraries promote health literacy in their communities. The free toolkit includes health literacy data, key messages and talking points sourced through NNLM, as well as nine “Because” statements that speak to some of the varied health literacy issues that libraries address. Each statement comes with downloadable graphics including posters, social media images and more. The toolkit also includes ideas for libraries to use these tools for promoting their own services and programming.

NNLM is hosting a webinar on September 14 for library advocates to learn more about the toolkit. Anyone wishing to view the full toolkit will need to log in, or sign up, for the Libraries Transform campaign.

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NLM Announces Important Dates for MEDLINE/PubMed Year-End Processing Activities

PSR News - Tue, 2017-09-12 13:47

The National Library of Medicine is currently involved in MEDLINE year-end processing (YEP) activities. These include changing the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) main headings and subheadings as well as Supplementary Concept Records that standardize names and associated numbers for chemicals, protocols, and diseases that are not main headings. The MeSH edits include maintaining existing MEDLINE citations to conform with the 2018 version of MeSH, and other global changes.
Important Dates:

  • November 14, 2017: NLM expects to temporarily suspend the addition of fully-indexed MEDLINE citations to PubMed. NLM will continue to add Publisher-supplied and in process citations.
  • Late November 2017: PubMed MEDLINE citations, translation tables, and the MeSH database will have been updated to reflect 2018 MeSH.

For details about the impact on searching from November 15 to late November, visit Annual MEDLINE/PubMed Year-End Processing (YEP): Impact on Searching During Fall 2017. For background information on the general kinds of changes made annually, visit Annual MEDLINE/PubMed Year-End Processing (YEP): Background Information.

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NLM Resources in Multiple Languages for National Suicide Prevention Week

PSR News - Tue, 2017-09-12 13:07

According to MedlinePlus, suicide is the tenth most common cause of death in the United States. National Suicide Prevention Week is September 10-16, and the National Library of Medicine offers patient resources in multiple languages to assist with suicide prevention. Check HealthReach for multilingual documents, audio, and video related to suicide awareness and prevention, such as:

  • How to Help Someone Thinking of Suicide (10 languages): This one-page handout educates people about ways they can be of help to someone thinking of suicide. It identifies signs, symptoms, and behaviors of someone who may be thinking of suicide.
  • Protecting Your Child from Suicide (11 languages): This three-page booklet educates parents and caregivers about suicide prevention in children. It identifies warning signs in a child’s behavior and activities, and discusses ways parents can talk with their children about suicide.
  • Suicide (An Introduction) (4 languages): This one-page handout with accompanying audio and video educates people about suicide. It discusses its relation to serious depression, substance abuse, or stressful events. It identifies those persons at highest risk, and explains what to do if someone talks about suicide. Adapted from the text of the MedlinePlus Health Introduction.
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New NCBI Director Appointed: James M. Ostell

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2017-09-12 12:45
James OstellDr. James Ostell

National Library of Medicine Director Patricia Flatley Brennan, R.N., Ph.D., has appointed James M. Ostell, Ph.D., as the director of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a division of NLM at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Ostell has been with NCBI since it was established by Congress in 1988, and has helped shape it into one of the most widely used biomedical resources in the world. NCBI  supports and maintains a series of biomedical databases, including PubMed, GenBank, BLAST, Entrez, RefSeq, dbSNP, PubMed Central and dbGaP. It also provides researchers with access to analysis and computing tools to better understand genes and their role in health and disease.

“We are fortunate to have Dr. Ostell as director of NCBI,” said Dr. Brennan. “He brings a wealth of insight and experience, as well as vision, creativity, and a deep commitment to public service. He holds the respect of the entire NCBI workforce, and has shepherded NCBI into a model organization that embraces discovery and excellence in technical development. His appointment will ensure the continued preeminence of NCBI and maintain its outstanding record of achievement.”

Prior to his appointment as NCBI Director, Dr. Ostell served as chief of the NCBI Information Engineering Branch. In that role, he was responsible for designing, developing, building and deploying production resources at NCBI. In 2007, Dr. Ostell was elected to the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine). In 2011, he was named an NIH Distinguished Investigator, an honor reserved for NIH’s most distinguished senior investigators at the highest level of career accomplishment. Dr. Ostell earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Before joining NCBI, he developed commercial molecular biology software.

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National Preparedness Month and NLM Disaster Resources

PSR News - Fri, 2017-09-08 19:28

September is National Preparedness Month, with the overarching theme, Disasters don’t plan ahead. You can. As hurricane season continues, Hurricane Harvey recovery is overlapping with Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Katia. Meanwhile, wildfires are raging in the western US, and an earthquake just struck Mexico. The National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) has resources to help you prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. 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. Find reliable resources in these information guides to current disasters:

National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Support

The NNLM focuses on continuity of operations for library and health information services, such as access to biomedical information and DOCLINE interlibrary loan. The South Central Region of the NNLM provided on the ground support for libraries affected by Hurricane Harvey and created a webpage for the impacted areas. The Southeastern/Atlantic Region now is preparing to do the same for libraries affected by Hurricane Irma.

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September 2017 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

PSR News - Fri, 2017-09-08 15:06
Illustration of family reading with child

Check out the September 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:

Parents have an important job. Raising kids is both rewarding and challenging. Being sensitive, responsive, consistent, and available to your kids can help you build positive, healthy relationships together.

People deal with difficult feelings in all sorts of ways. Some may feel an urge to hurt themselves when distressed. Finding healthy ways to cope can help you get through difficult times.

Each year, millions of people nationwide catch the flu. The best way to protect yourself is to get a flu vaccine every year. But only about 6 out of 10 children and 4 out of 10 adults got the 2015–2016 flu vaccine.

When you’re searching online for answers to your health questions, you may feel overwhelmed by the number of websites you come across. Health information, whether in print or online, should come from a trusted, credible source.

Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. Learn about symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. Caregivers can also find advice on how to provide everyday care, make the home safer, and respond to changes in communication and behavior.

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!

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NNLM Webinar on September 20: Five Clinical Questions You Can Answer Using the NCBI Databases

PSR News - Thu, 2017-09-07 19:39

Registration is available for the one-hour webinar, Five Clinical Questions You Can Answer Using the NCBI Databases, on September 20, 10:00-11:00 AM PDT. The instructors will be Peter Cooper and Bonnie Maidak, from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).

In this Webinar you will learn about the NCBI databases Genetic Testing Registry, ClinVar, and MedGen and how to use them to answer the following questions:

  1. How do I locate tests for a clinical feature, gene or disease?
  2. How do I locate records for a specified list of symptoms or clinical features (e.g., aortic aneurysm)?
  3. How do I find specific disease-causing variants?
  4. How can I get information about the reliability or reproducibility of a reported relationship between a disease and a genetic variation?
  5. What are the differences between the NCBI medical genetics databases regarding searching for phenotypes / clinical features?

A basic familiarity with genetics vocabulary will be helpful in understanding this webinar. For a review, visit The New Genetics, an educational booklet by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS).

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NLM Announces Future Plans of 2016-2017 Associate Fellows

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2017-09-07 19:32

The National Library of Medicine has announced the future plans of its 2016-2017 class of Associate Fellows. The Associate Fellowship Program is a one-year postgraduate training program with an optional second year. This competitive program provides Associates with a broad foundation in health sciences information services and prepares librarians for future leadership roles in health sciences libraries and health services research. This group of Associate Fellows recently ended the first year of their fellowship. Three of the four will continue on for a second year of the Associate Fellowship Program in libraries in New York, Georgia, and Maryland. The fourth Associate Fellow is continuing her career in North Carolina.

Kendra GodwinKendra Godwin

Kendra Godwin will complete her second year of the NLM Associate Fellowship at the NYU Health Sciences Library, serving as a research and data librarian and working with their Data Services and Research, Education, and Clinical Support teams. As a first-year NLM Associate Fellow, Godwin developed and recorded a video guide to companion programming for the NLM traveling exhibition Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives, delivered a usability status report on bioCADDIE’s data discovery index prototype DataMed, and produced an introductory framework for the Office of the Director on the meaning, benefits, and applications of open science.

Godwin received her MLIS from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2016. Before arriving at NLM, she worked as a medical education and reference library assistant at the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library. As a graduate student, she interned at the USC Norris Medical Library, the NNLM Pacific Southwest Region, and the UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library. She holds her BA in English from Lewis and Clark College.

Tyler MosesTyler Moses

Tyler Moses will spend the second year of the NLM Associate Fellowship at the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, as a visiting Librarian focusing on assessing the library’s products and services. During her first year at NLM, Moses assessed the information needs of residents of the Children’s Inn, a hospitality home at NIH. She also worked on an email marketing campaign with the MedlinePlus staff to explore what content changes can increase subscriber engagement.

Moses received her MLS and MS in health studies from Texas Woman’s University in 2016. While completing her degree, she worked as a writing tutor at Palo Alto Community College in San Antonio. As a graduate student, she did her practicum with the Collection Development department of the Dolph Briscoe Jr. Library at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio and volunteered at the John Igo Library branch of the San Antonio Public Library system. Moses holds a BA in English from Texas A & M University-San Antonio.

Candace NortonCandace Norton

Candace Norton will spend the second year of the NLM Associate Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Library in Bethesda, MD as a biomedical librarian with a focus on bibliometrics. During her year at NLM, Norton worked with the Lister Hill Center to investigate the impact of NLM resources using bibliometric analysis. She also collaborated with an FDA librarian to enhance adverse-event search filters used in pharmacovigilance.

Norton received her MLS from Texas Woman’s University in 2015. While completing her degree, she worked as a solo librarian at Evidera, Inc., a pharmaceutical and life sciences consulting company headquartered in Bethesda, MD. Norton earned a BA in women’s studies from Hollins University in Roanoke, VA.

Megan FrattaMegan Fratta

Megan Fratta will continue her research with NLM’s Deputy Director to identify and track legislation that impacts NLM. She will also volunteer for Maryland AskUsNow! as a virtual reference librarian while pursuing a career in training and outreach in medical libraries in North Carolina. During her year at NLM, Fratta created documentation on using NLM’s terminology resources to support the nursing informatics community. She also worked with the PubMed Training Team to assess the PubMed training needs of cancer researchers and with the NLM Deputy Director to improve the process of identifying and tracking legislation relevant to the Library.

Fratta received her MLS from the University of Maryland College Park in 2016. While completing her degree, she worked as the graduate assistant for teaching and outreach at University of Maryland’s McKeldin Library. She also interned at the National Library of Medicine and the Health Sciences and Human Services Library at University of Maryland, Baltimore. She earned a BA in health administration and policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month!

PSR News - Fri, 2017-09-01 15:54

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and the National Library of Medicine provides access to health information for patients in multiple languages about prostate cancer and the importance of prostate cancer screening. Find multilingual prostate cancer resources on MedlinePlus and HealthReach:

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NIH “All of Us” Program Seeks Public Input to Inform Plans for Child Enrollment

PSR News - Fri, 2017-09-01 15:47

The Child Enrollment Scientific Vision Working Group of the All of Us Advisory Panel is seeking public input on the pediatric research that the NIH All of Us Research Program may be uniquely positioned to enable through the enrollment of children. Specifically, the group is inviting comments on the following questions:

  • What are the most significant short- (0–5 years), medium- (5–10 years), and long-term (more than 10 years) precision medicine research questions that could be addressed by the inclusion of pediatric populations in the All of Us Research Program?
  • What are the key gaps in current pediatric study designs that might be appropriate for All of Us to address through the enrollment of children (for example, preconception studies, sibling studies, etc.)?
  • What are the research resources that the inclusion of children into the All of Us Research Program could potentially generate (for example, innovative algorithms, methodologies, etc.)?

All responses must be submitted via web form by September 12, 2017, for the working group members to consider during the development of their report. For more details, visit the NIH Request for Information NOT-PM-17-004. Inquiries may be sent to

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NLM Webinar: PubMed Journal Selection & the Changing Landscape of Scholarly Communication on October 6, 2017

PSR News - Fri, 2017-09-01 15:42

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) staff is presenting the webinar, “PubMed Journal Selection and the Changing Landscape of Scholarly Communication,” on October 6, 2017, between 10-11am PDT. Participants may receive one MLA continuing education credit. This webinar is intended for librarians and other information specialists who work with PubMed. By the end of this Webinar, participants should be able to:

  • Describe some issues and concerns surrounding the current publishing landscape.
  • List the roles and responsibilities of NLM in collecting and providing access to biomedical literature.
  • Explain what is referenced in the PubMed database.
  • Find the complete list of journals in MEDLINE and in PubMed.
  • Describe the selection criteria for the different components of the PubMed database.
  • Find additional resources for authors and librarians on assessing publication quality.
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