Join the NLM and NNLM Training Office for two upcoming training events in January, introducing you to 2018 MeSH and how to adjust to MeSH changes in PubMed searches and alerts.
NLM Webinar: 2018 MeSH Highlights
Date and time: Friday, January 5, 2018, 10:00 am PST
Join NLM staff for a highlights tour of the 2018 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). A 20-minute presentation will feature will be followed by questions and answers.
NNLM Class: MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching
Date and time: Friday, January 19, 2019, 10:00 am PST
Every year, the Medical Subject Headings are updated. Find out how this affects your PubMed searches.
Recordings of both sessions will be posted after the events.
December 3-9 is National Influenza Vaccination Week, and the National Library of Medicine offers resources to learn about the flu vaccine on MedlinePlus and through resources available in multiple languages on HealthReach. Materials about flu vaccines on HealthReach include illustrated handouts to educate people about the seasonal flu, a poster in multiple languages on how to fight the flu, and vaccine information statements about the flu vaccine:
- Influenza (10 languages) – This six-page illustrated handout educates people about influenza, also called the flu or seasonal flu, which is an infection that starts in the nose, throat, and lungs, and is caused by a number of viruses. It explains how the flu virus is spread, and describes its signs and symptoms.
- Fight the Flu Poster (19 languages) – This poster uses illustrations to educate people about four steps they can take to stop the spread of flu. It shows covering a cough, hand washing, staying at home when sick, and getting vaccinated.
- Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) — Influenza (Flu) Vaccine (Inactivated or Recombinant): What You Need to Know (38 languages) – This two-page Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) educates people about the inactivated or recombinant influenza (flu) vaccine, which is injected.
- Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) — Influenza (Flu) Vaccine (Live, Intranasal): What You Need to Know (23 languages) – This two-page Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) educates people about the live attenuated influenza (flu) vaccine (LAIV), which is sprayed into the nose and may be given to healthy, non-pregnant people ages 2 through 49.
The National Library of Medicine Value Set Authority Center (VSAC) has announced a new user interface that displays program releases of value sets on the VSAC homepage. Additionally, the page has a sleek new look and intuitive filters for program-related value sets. All functionality and underlying data remain the same. The new user interface displays current program releases, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) Value Sets and Health Level Seven International Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (HL7 C-CDA) Value Sets, and introduces the newest program release of value sets, CMS Hybrid Value Sets. Core Clinical Data Elements and Hybrid Measures use a set of core clinical data elements, clinical variables from electronic health records (EHRs), that are routinely collected and can be extracted for use in risk-adjusted hospital-level hybrid outcome measures.
Learn more about creating a program release of your value sets in VSAC, display your published value sets in a program release on the front page of VSAC, and enable easy search and download for your value set consumers! Send any questions and feedback to NLM Customer Support.
NIH Request for Information (RFI) on the Tribal Health Research Office (THRO) Strategic Plan (FY 2018-2022)
A Request for Information (RFI) has been issued to invite comments and suggestions on the first National Institutes of Health (NIH) Tribal Health Research Office (THRO) Strategic Plan, to solicit input from stakeholders, including members of the scientific, tribal, advocacy, and patient communities; basic, clinical, and translational scientists; as well as other interested members of the public. Feedback is requested on five strategic priorities under consideration for the first THRO Strategic Plan. These themes are intended to stimulate new research areas, priorities, and approaches to help put science to work to improve the health of tribal communities.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) seeks to improve, promote and strengthen communication between NIH and American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities, as well as communication among its Institutes, Centers and Offices (ICOs), on Indigenous health research and discoveries. The development of culturally-driven practice and research is vital to improve AI/AN health, build trust in the relationships between NIH and AI/AN communities, and facilitate further integration and collaboration among the AI/AN communities and the NIH ICOs as they develop research that will be accepted by and useful to AI/AN communities.
Responses should be submitted by January 8, 2018. Responses will be acknowledged with receipt of an electronic confirmation. All submissions will be considered but will not be confidential. Responses to this RFI are voluntary. Do not include any proprietary, classified, confidential, trade secret, or sensitive information in your response. The responses will be reviewed by NIH staff, and individual feedback will not be provided to any responder. Inquiries should be directed to the Tribal Health Research Office.
NLM’s MedlinePlus team has announced the release of an enhancement that allows users to choose what they want to print from a health topic web page: just the summary text, or the full page including the summary and all links. Users need to click the grey printer button on the page to choose an option:
A dialog will open allowing the choice of “Topic Summary only” or “Full topic including all links.” This feature is available on both English and Spanish health topics.
NOTE: The browser File menu > Print option will print the full page without giving the user these options. This feature is only available via the grey Print button on the MedlinePlus web page.
In September, 2016, the National Library of Medicine began a new web archiving effort to identify and collect web content on the topic of HIV/AIDS. On World AIDS Day 2017 NLM began sharing its HIV/AIDS web archive collection with the public, making available an initial set of websites and social media archived to document HIV/AIDS in the early 21st century. More content will be added over time. The archive represents a snapshot of the current social, cultural, and biomedical world around HIV/AIDS, as it is represented on the Internet, so that future researchers can use this collection as a primary source to understand HIV/AIDS in the early 21st century.
Highlights of the collection include the organizational response to HIV/AIDS, including pages of state public health departments in the United States, which often post current HIV surveillance and epidemiological data. Federal sites in the collection include HIV-related pages at the Department of Health and Human Services, such as NIH, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Veteran’s Administration, as well as the PEPFAR site (the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, started by George W. Bush, which provides funding for HIV treatment in resource-limited settings around the world). The collection also includes websites for local and regional nonprofit HIV/AIDS service organizations across the country. Many of these organizations originated in the 1980s-1990s AIDS activist era, when groups like ACT UP demanded better clinical care for opportunistic infections caused by their impaired immune systems and faster progress toward effective drugs against the HIV virus itself. Most of the collection focuses on the United States, but there are some international resources, such as international clinical trials groups, informational sites from the United Kingdom, the United Nations’ HIV/AIDS pages, and a few blogs from outside the U.S.
For additional information about the archive, visit NLM’s Circulating Now blog.
Check out the December 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:
- Managing Diabetes: New Technologies Can Make It Easier
Scientists are finding ways to automate technologies to help control diabetes and keep you healthy.
- Battling a Bulging Hernia: Don’t Ignore Your Groin Pain
Is standing, coughing, or jumping causing pain in your lower abdomen? It may be a hernia.
- Health Capsule: Your Family’s Health History
Get to know your family better this holiday season by talking about health. Knowing your family’s health history can help your health care team provide better care for you.
- Health Capsule: How Do Medical Scans Work?
NIH has a free app called “Understanding Medical Scans” to help answer questions about various medical scans: MRI, CT, ultrasound, PET, and X-Ray.
- Featured Website: Know the Science of Health
Know the Science has tools to help you better understand complex scientific topics that relate to health research so that you can be discerning about what you hear and read and make well-informed decisions about your health.
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 January 10-12, 2018, the NCBI will help with a bioinformatics hackathon hosted by San Diego State University. The hackathon will focus on advanced bioinformatics analysis of next generation sequencing data, proteomics, and metadata. This event is for researchers, including students and postdocs, who have already engaged in the use of bioinformatics data or in the development of pipelines for bioinformatics analyses from high-throughput experiments. Some projects are available to other non-scientific developers, mathematicians, or librarians. The event is open to anyone selected for the hackathon and willing to travel to SDSU. Applications are due Monday, December 11th, by 3:00 pm PST. For additional information, refer to NCBI Insights.
In the next NCBI Minute session on Wednesday, December 6th, 9:00-9:30 PST, NCBI staff will show you the most important ways to get notified of updates and changes at NCBI and the most efficient ways to find help with using NCBI resources effectively. 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.
As part of an effort to develop the NIH-wide Strategic Plan for Women’s Health Research, the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) has announced a new Women’s Health Seminar Series, debuting December 7. This program will feature speakers presenting the latest information on scientific topics important to the health of women across the life span. The inaugural seminar will highlight the timely issue of pain and the opioid epidemic:
- Sex and Pain: What’s the Story?
- Date/Time: Thursday, December 7, 2017, 10am-1pm PST
- Location: Building 10, Masur Auditorium, Clinical Center, NIH Main Campus
- Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jeff Mogil, McGill University
MeSH is the National Library of Medicine (NLM) controlled vocabulary thesaurus that is updated annually. NLM uses the MeSH thesaurus to index articles from thousands of biomedical journals for the MEDLINE/PubMed database and for the cataloging of books, documents, and audiovisuals acquired by the library.
Overview of Vocabulary Development and Changes for 2018 MeSH:
- 474 Descriptors added
- 106 Descriptor terms replaced with more up-to-date terminology
- 7 Descriptors deleted
- 1 Qualifier (Subheading) deleted
Totals by Type of Terminology:
- 28,939 MeSH Descriptors
- 79 Qualifiers
- 116,909 Total Descriptor Terms
- 244,154 Supplementary Concept Records
Changes of Note for 2018:
The following changes are detailed in MEDLINE Data Changes—2018.
- The MeSH qualifier (subheading) /contraindications was deleted.
- Three new Publication Types are available for 2018; Adaptive Clinical Trial, Equivalence Trial, and Expression of Concern. Three new related MeSH headings were added; Adaptive Clinical Trials as Topic, Equivalence Trial as Topic, and Proof of Concept.
- Expanded and updated terminology areas include Isotopes and Radioisotopes, Smoking, Sugars, Viruses and new Supplementary Concept Record (SCR) class for Organisms.
On August 3, 2017, the NNLM New England Region (NER) sponsored the one-hour session Misperceptions and the Misused Language of Addiction: Words Matter, the first of four webinars in the Substance Use Disorders webinar series. In the webinar, Dr. Richard Saitz, Professor and Chair of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine at Boston University, discussed how terminology used in both layperson and scientific publications is often inaccurate and stigmatizing. Efforts are underway to encourage the use of terminology that can improve accuracy, reduce stigma, and even improve patient care. You can view the webinar by visiting the NNLM NER Repository page or by clicking on the YouTube video player below.
The 30-minute online course, HIV/AIDS Information Resources from the National Library of Medicine, is designed to provide valuable health information resources from NLM and other reliable sources to increase awareness of the abundance of treatment information and educational materials that are available online. Resources covered inclue AIDSource, AIDSinfo®, ClinicalTrials.gov, MedlinePlus®, PubMed®/MEDLINE®, and Public Health Partners.
To receive a course certificate of completion, register for a free account and enroll using the following steps:
- Click Register Now
- Complete all information, using National Library of Medicine as the partition
- Click Register Account at the bottom right of the page
- Re-sign in to the system and select Enroll Now
- The HIV/AIDS Information Resources course will be highlighted, with a Launch button to the left
After finishing the course, complete the post-course survey.
NIH’s All of Us Research Program Partners with NNLM to Reach Target Communities Through Local Public Libraries
The NIH All of Us Research Program and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) have teamed up to raise awareness about the program, a landmark effort to advance precision medicine. Through this collaboration, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has received a $4.5 million award to support community engagement efforts by public libraries across the United States and to improve participant access. According to Eric Dishman, director of the All of Us Research Program: “We want to reach participants where they are. For many people in the country, including those with limited internet access, one of those places is the local library. We’re excited to work with the National Library of Medicine to make more people aware of All of Us and the opportunity to take part.”
The partnership is a three-year pilot program, running through April, 2020. Program objectives include:
- To increase the capacity of public library staff to improve health literacy.
- To equip public libraries with information about the All of Us Research Program to share with their local communities.
- To assess the potential impact of libraries on participant enrollment and retention.
- To highlight public libraries as a technology resource that participants can use to engage with the program, particularly those in underserved communities affected by the digital divide.
- To establish an online platform for education and training about All of Us and precision medicine, with resources for members of the public, health professionals, librarians and researchers.
- To help identify best practices in messaging and outreach that lead to increased public interest and engagement in the program.
The All of Us Research Program aims to build one of the largest, most diverse datasets of its kind for health research, with one million or more volunteers nationwide who will sign up to share their information over time. Researchers will be able to access participants’ de-identified information for a variety of studies to learn more about the biological, behavioral and environmental factors that influence health and disease. Their findings may lead to more individualized health care approaches in the future.
Amanda J. Wilson, head of NLM’s National Network Coordinating Office (NNCO), and Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D., chief engagement officer of the All of Us Research Program, will lead the new partnership. Each NNLM region’s funding includes one FTE for an All of Us Point of Contact. Kelli Ham, formerly NNLM PSR Consumer Health Librarian, will fill the role in the Pacific Southwest Region. Her new title will be Community Engagement Librarian. Over the course of the pilot program, Kelli will focus her outreach efforts on various designated target geographic areas in the region, beginning with Sacramento, CA.
The All of Us Research Program is currently in beta testing. To learn more, sign up to receive updates. Precision Medicine Initiative, All of Us, the All of Us logo, and “The Future of Health Begins with You” are service marks of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
NLM’s end-of-year activities are now complete, and daily MEDLINE updates to PubMed have resumed. MEDLINE/PubMed may be searched using 2018 MeSH vocabulary. For details on data changes, visit MEDLINE Data Changes — 2018. PubMed/MEDLINE citations and the MeSH translation tables have been updated to reflect 2018 MeSH with full searching functionality for Supplementary Concept Record (SCR) data and mapping in place. Citations newly indexed with 2018 MeSH since November 13 are now available for searching in PubMed.
Other pertinent articles:
The National Library of Medicine has announced the 2018 recipients of the Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine:
Divyansh Agarwal, MS
MD/PhD Trainee, Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Research Project: The DeBakey Method for Today’s Aspiring Surgeon-Scientist
Susan Crawford, PhD
Professor and Director Emeritus
Biomedical Communications Center
Washington University School of Medicine
Research Project: Biomedical Communication: The Evolution of a Paradigm
Alyssa F. Gabay
Undergraduate, Senior, Class of 2018
History Honors Program
University of Maryland, College Park
Research Project: Understanding Dr. DeBakey’s Development and Implementation of His Aneurysm Repair Methods and External Ventricular Assist Devices
Sanders Marble, PhD
U.S. Army Center of History and Heritage
Research Project: Uncovering Michael DeBakey’s War Years
Over the course of the next year, these fellows will undertake their research projects onsite in the History of Medicine Division of the Library, primarily in the Michael E. DeBakey papers which reflect the vast range of subjects from Michael E. DeBakey’s professional career—from surgery to health care policy, medical libraries and expanding access to medical information, medical technology to medical ethics, military medicine to veteran health, humanitarianism to international diplomacy in the medical arena. The Library’s Michael E. DeBakey papers contain correspondence, administrative records, diaries, transcripts, publications, speeches, conference and awards material, subject files, photographs, and audiovisual media, which reflect the vast expanse of Dr. DeBakey’s life, achievements, and interests as a world-renowned medical statesman, innovator, and champion of humanitarianism and life-long learning. The NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine is made possible through a generous gift from The DeBakey Medical Foundation. The NLM is authorized to accept donations in support of its mission.
For World AIDS Day on December 1st, share educational materials in multiple languages about HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, treatment, and living with the condition. HealthReach, a resource created by the National Library of Medicine that offers reliable health information in many languages and formats, includes multilingual HIV/AIDS patient materials. Vist the eight-part HIV/AIDS 101 training series, which includes handouts, video, and audio in four languages (English, Chinese, Korean, and Spanish). In addition, explore the following HIV/AIDS patient education materials:
- What is HIV? – HIV/AIDS 101 – This one-page handout with accompanying video and audio recording educates people about human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which is the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS.
- I have HIV. Does that mean I have AIDS? – HIV/AIDS 101 – This one-page handout with accompanying video and audio recording educates people about the difference between human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), which is the late stage of HIV infection.
- Find Support – Newly diagnosed with HIV – This one-page handout with accompanying video and audio recording educates people who are newly diagnosed with HIV about ways to find support through emotional and physical issues.
- What does a positive HIV test result mean? – HIV testing – This one-page handout with accompanying video and audio recording educates people about what happens if an HIV test result is positive.
- HIV – Low risk sexual behaviors – Sexual risks – This two-page handout with accompanying video and audio recording educates people about sexual behaviors that carry low risk for spreading HIV.