PubMed Labs is a responsive Web site that can generate different display options depending on a user’s device size, e.g., mobile phones. Mobile device users that access PubMed Labs will soon notice a slightly updated homepage and logo. Additionally, the “What is PubMed Labs?” question will be replaced by “What’s new for PubMed Mobile?” The production PubMed Mobile ad to PubMed Labs will also be modified to encourage users to try the new PubMed Labs mobile design.
PubMed Labs is under active development and new features and functionality are regularly added. Please note the absence of a PubMed feature in PubMed Labs does not mean it is planned for elimination. To submit comments, questions, or concerns, use the Labs Feedback button. For further details, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.
This week’s theme for National Preparedness Month is Learn Life-Saving Skills. The first person on the scene is the first responder, even if they are not a professional. There are several ways to learn basic lifesaving skills:
- First Aid Training (American Red Cross)
- You are the Help Until the Help Arrives (Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA))
- Stop the Bleed (Department of Homeland Security (DHS))
- Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) (FEMA)
If you are already a trained medical responder, check out resources for first aid and other live-saving skills in Disaster Lit® to earn continuing education (CE) credit while renewing your skills.
Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.
Registration is available for a new National Library of Medicine five-week interactive webinar series, Clinical Information, Librarians and the NLM: From Health Data Standards to Better Health. Sessions will focus on the roles and products of the NLM related to applied medical informatics, particularly as applied to electronic health records (EHRs) systems and clinical research. The series is specially designed for health sciences librarians and other health information specialists seeking to serve more active roles in their health IT team and better support clinical researchers.
Dates and times will be Thursdays at 9:00 AM PDT, beginning September 6. Webinars will consist of brief presentations, activities, and Q&A and will run about 30 minutes. The first session of the series will touch on terminology standards, including the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) and its vocabularies (including ICD-10, SNOMED CT, RxNorm, and LOINC), and tools such as the Value Set Authority Center (VSAC) and the Common Data Elements (CDE). Overall goals of the series are for participants to be able to:
- Use the jargon associated with health IT to be able to communicate effectively with IT staff and administrators.
- Name relevant health data standards and describe how they are used.
- Describe NLM products and services that enrich and inform EHRs and other health data systems.
- Identify roles for librarians on the health IT team and in the research process.
The first weekly theme provided by NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center for this National Preparedness Month is Make and Practice Your Plan. Ready.gov provides tips for putting together your family/household plan. Don’t forget to plan for your pets, property, and critical documents. Commuters should also have a plan in case a disaster occurs while they are traveling between work and home. At the National Library of Medicine, National Preparedness Month also means that responders and healthcare workers should review and update their plans. Responders can start by packing their Digital Go Bag. Save valuable time with tools on your laptop or smart device for responder safety, surveillance and alerts, psychological health, and medical and health information.
Pro tip: internet access may be slow or nonexistent in a disaster. Check the offline functionality of your apps ahead of time by turning on Airplane mode on your device.
Is your organization building or revising its disaster playbook? You will find over 3,000 exercises and plans in the Disaster Lit® database. If your plan is up to date, learn how NLM is developing virtual reality tools to plan and run collaborative exercises and training. Lastly, there are two webinars this week of interest:
- Preparedness and Response for Public Health Emergencies, the Mission of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, hosted by the NNLM Southeastern Atlantic Region on September 6. Speaker: Dr. George Korch, Senior Science Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), US Department of Health and Human Services
- How to Save a Life – Administering Naloxone 101, hosted by the NNLM New England Region on September 5. Speakers: Bonnie White EdD, MSN, RN, CNE, CCM, Interim Assistant Dean, MCPHS University, Worcester, MA; AND Francis Melaragni, MBA, CMA, Director of Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Business Program, MCPHS, Boston, MA
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:
- Breathe Easier: Dealing with Bad Air Quality
Even though you can’t see it, the air you breathe can affect your health.
- Smelling Sickness: Body Odor May Be A Sign of Disease
Most breath and body odors are normal, but some signal a health problem.
- Health Capsule: Prevent Lead Exposure
Lead is toxic and no amount is safe. The more you have in your body, the worse its effects.
- Health Capsule: Preventing Shingles
Shingles most commonly occurs in adults over 50, but it can appear at any age. There are now two shingles vaccines approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that can help prevent shingles or lower the extent of the effects it may cause.
- Health Capsule: Weight Loss Helps Knee Arthritis
Recent research shows that people who are overweight can reduce their symptoms of knee arthritis by losing at least 20% of their weight.
- Featured Website: Safe Disposal of Prescription Drugs
Teens who misuse prescription drugs most often get them from friends and family. An interactive website shows you how to get rid of expired, unwanted, or unused prescription drugs.
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!
On June 20, NNLM PSR hosted Highlights from the FORCE11 Scholarly Communications (SC) Institute for the Midday at the Oasis monthly webinar. The session presented highlights from six participants who attended the FORCE11 training course at the University of California, San Diego, on July 30 to August 3, 2018. Featured speakers included Andrea Lynch, Anneliese Taylor, Mary Linn Bergstrom, Allegra Swift, Bethany Myers and Martin Brennan. To view the webinar, visit the Midday at the Oasis page or click on the YouTube video player below.
As noted during the webinar, the FORCE2018 Conference will be held in Montreal, Canada, on October 11 & 12, 2018. Details of the conference and registration information can be found in a NewsBits posting.
Registration is available for the FORCE2018 (The Future of Research Communications and e-Scholarship) conference, a different kind of meeting where stakeholders come to the table for a discussion on an open future for scholarly communications and changing the ways scholarly and scientific information is communicated, shared and used. It looks beyond publication, to the needs of all involved in the research enterprise, including the producers and the users of research.
FORCE2018 is organized by FORCE11, a community of scholars, librarians, archivists, publishers and research funders, that has arisen organically to help facilitate the change toward improved knowledge creation and sharing. Individually and collectively, the overall aim is to bring about a change in modern scholarly communications through the effective use of information technology. Talks on this year’s program cover many themes, including:
- Open Data, Open Source and Open Scholarship
- Research classification and interdisciplinary research
- New ways to share research results
- Community outreach and impact
The FORCE2018 Conference will be held in Montreal, Canada, on October 11 & 12, 2018, at the New Residence Conference Center at McGill University. Pre-conference workshops will be held on October 10. With its 11 universities and a vibrant tech sector, the academic-business connection is strong and thriving in Montreal. Artificial intelligence, high tech, gaming, neuroscience, data-hosting and shared services are just some of the businesses that have made a home in the largest French-speaking city outside France.
On September 1, the NNLM Evaluation Office (NEO) will launch the opportunity to learn basic evaluation methods for community and user assessment, project and evaluation planning, and basic data collection and evaluation techniques through an on-demand series of classes. This is especially useful to anyone responsible for designing and implementing evaluation of projects or services.
There are four EvalBasics courses. NEO recommends taking them in order but it is not required. Each class takes approximately one hour to complete and is worth one (1) Medical Library Association Continuing Education credit, so a total of four credits is possible for the entire series:
- EvalBasics 1: Learn a three-step process for conducting community assessment for program development
- EvalBasics 2: Identify desired objectives and create an outcomes-based project plan using logic models
- EvalBasics 3: Develop strong evaluation tools such as questionnaires by following three key principles
- EvalBasics 4: Understand how to set standards, analyze data, and make judgments about a program’s value in order to make decisions about its future
You can also register by visiting the NNLM Training Schedule and then scroll down to the “Classes On Demand” section.
The National Library of Medicine has announced the release of four new MedlinePlus health topic pages on the subject of opioids:
- MedlinePlus: Safe Opioid Use
- MedlinePlus: Opioid Abuse and Addiction Treatment
- MedlinePlus: Opioid Overdose
- MedlinePlus: Pregnancy and Opioids
Check them out!
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I am excited to join the All of Us team at the NNLM PSR as the Project and Outreach Assistant, and look forward to working on this research and outreach program.
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Apply Now for NNLM Online Course: Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians!
Health sciences librarians are invited to apply for the online course, Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians, offered by the NNLM Training Office (NTO). The course is a free, 7-week online class with engaging lessons, practical activities and a final project. The course runs from October 15 – December 14, with a week off for the Thanksgiving holiday. Enrollment is limited to 40 participants.
The goal of this course is to provide an introduction to data issues and policies in support of developing and implementing or enhancing research data management training and services at your institution. This material is essential for decision-making and implementation of these programs, particularly instructional and reference services. Course topics include an overview of data management, choosing appropriate metadata descriptors or taxonomies for a dataset, addressing privacy and security issues with data, and creating data management plans.
On August 21, 2018, Hawaii Governor David Ige signed an emergency proclamation in advance of the arrival of Hurricane Lane. The emergency proclamation allows the state to be proactive by pre-positioning state assets to support county emergency responders. On August 22, the President approved Governor Ige’s request for presidential disaster declaration to provide appropriate assistance for emergency measures to save lives and protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the designated areas.
With assistance from NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), we have compiled many hurricane resources including information guides with curated, reliable information from vetted federal, state, and local governments and organizations.
Key National Resources
- Hurricanes: Health Information Guide – from NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC)
- MedlinePlus Hurricanes Topic Page
- PHE Hurricane Lane page – Public Health Emergency (PHE)
Key Hawaii Resources
- Hawaii Emergency Management Agency
- NOAA/Central Pacific Hurricane Center
- National Weather Service Honolulu
- HR Situation Report
- Open Street Map
- Map of Open Pharmacies
- Highway Updates
- Airport Updates
- Humanity Road – has a nice summary of evacuation centers, alerts, etc.
- FEMA Happening Now
- Hawaii Emergency Management Agency
- Hashtags: #HurricaneLane, #Hawaii, #hurricane, #hiwx