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April 2020 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

Fri, 2020-04-03 13:07

illustration of an adult showing a child flashcards of smiley facesCheck out the April 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:

  • Health Capsule: Opioid Facts for Parents
    Parents can have an open conversation with their child about the risks of opioids by knowing the facts and also better able to spot signs of a problem. NIH has developed a guide to help begin the conversation.

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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DOCLINE Update: New “Print Resources Available” Filter Now Available!

Fri, 2020-04-03 13:06

The National Library of Medicine’s DOCLINE Team has released DOCLINE, version 6.2.8! To assist libraries in locating lenders that have access to their print collection, DOCLINE’s Search Libraries now offers a Print Resources Available filter.

screenshot of DOCLINE's filter function

Libraries Search Filters display in DOCLINE 6.2.8

When selected, this filter shows only libraries that have indicated physical collection access. The Libraries Search filter uses a new checkbox, added to the DOCLINE Library Profile which allows lenders to indicate whether they have access to their print collection. NOTE: The DOCLINE Routing Algorithm has NOT been updated to include “Print Resources Available.”

This indicator is presently set to NO for all DOCLINE libraries. If you have physical collection access and can ‘fill from print,’ please update your DOCLINE Library Profile.

To update your “Print Resources Available” status:

  1. From the Libraries menu, choose Manage Library.
  2. Scroll to Lend Information>Loaning Policies and click Edit.
  3. Check Print Resources Available and click Update Library.

screenshot of DOCLINE's print availibility

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Public Health Foundation Offers COVID-19 Training Opportunities

Thu, 2020-04-02 14:58

The Public Health Foundation’s TRAIN Learning Network has created search tools to locate various training opportunities related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). TRAIN is a national learning network that aggregates training opportunities for public health, healthcare, and preparedness professionals from thousands of training providers.

The searches are live and will update as new training is added to TRAIN. Currently, specific opportunities are available focusing on COVID-19, personal protective equipment, and crisis and emergency risk communication. An additional search on infection control in long-term care facilities will be added shortly.

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NLM Adopts New Library Services Platform

Fri, 2020-03-27 17:33

As part of the modernization of NLM’s infrastructure, it will replace the Voyager Integrated Library System with the Library Services Platform, Alma. Voyager was implemented at NLM in 1998 for library management operations, including acquisitions, cataloging, collection management, circulation, and preservation. For enhanced integration of, and public access to, the NLM collection, NLM will also replace WebVoyage Classic (LocatorPlus) and SFX OpenURL link resolver with PrimoVE. NLM will begin the migration to these products in March 2020 and expects the process to take 12-15 months. The decision to modernize infrastructure, consolidate systems, and streamline workflows aligns with the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Strategic Plan 2017-2027.

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Publishers Continue Commitment to Combat COVID-19 by Extending Access to Resources

Mon, 2020-03-23 16:26

Sharing the worldwide concern about the spread and impact of COVID-19, publishers recognize the crucial role they can play in supporting the response to this crisis and advancing the research that will be critical in combating the virus. In immediate response to the epidemic announcement by the World Health Organization, members of the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM) moved to:

  • Provide immediate free access to all relevant peer-reviewed publications to ensure that for the duration of the outbreak, research and data quickly reaches the widest possible audiences. More than 32,000 articles, chapters, and other resources related to COVID-19, other coronaviruses, and related epidemics have already been made available in this manner;
  • Accelerate the review and publication of articles that are relevant to researchers currently addressing the crisis;
  • Enable the use of artificial intelligence and other tools to analyze the freely available research content through open, interoperable systems such as Crossref and other aggregated solutions; and
  • Continue to offer researchers the full range of publisher systems and solutions to enhance their abilities to address the global health crisis.

STM is now announcing further steps that have been taken by its members to enhance the use of these resources, to ensure that these will available for additional analysis and reuse, including by machine tools and artificial intelligence. Participating publishers will:

  • Ensure that publications related to COVID-19, other coronaviruses, and related epidemics are available in both human- and machine-readable formats, with rights to enable text and data mining, re-use and secondary analysis;
  • Work to support others – including the US National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine and the World Health Organization (WHO) – who are creating centralized collections of these resources for researchers’ use, by making publisher resources available through these portals including PubMed Central (PMC) and other repositories; and
  • Ensure that data related to publications are also available, where possible.
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National Health Service Corps Scholarship Applications Available!

Thu, 2020-03-19 14:20

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) has released the 2020 Application and Program Guidance for the NHSC Scholarship Program. The application cycle closes on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 4:30 PM PDT. The NHSC Scholarship Program provides scholarships to health profession students pursuing careers as primary care providers in exchange for their commitment to serve in high-need, underserved communities. The scholarship includes tax-free payment of tuition, required fees, other reasonable educational costs, and a taxable monthly living stipend. After completion of graduation/training, recipients fulfill their service commitment at one of more than 20,000 NHSC-approved sites throughout the nation and its territories. Each scholar serves for a minimum of two years and receives one year of financial support (up to four years) for each year of service at an NHSC-approved site found on the Health Workforce Connector.

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NLM Acquires the Papers of Louis W. Sullivan, MD

Thu, 2020-03-12 15:16

The National Library of Medicine has announced the acquisition of the papers of Louis W. Sullivan, MD, former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services. This is the first collection of papers from a former HHS Secretary acquired by the NLM and will be part of the archival collections of the world’s largest medical library. Dr. Sullivan is an African American physician who served as secretary of HHS from 1989-1993 and as dean and president of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) from 1975-1989 and from 1993-2002. The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at NIH was first established as an Office under the NIH Director through Secretary Sullivan in 1990 and was elevated to an Institute in 2010.

The Louis W. Sullivan Papers consist of his HHS chronological correspondence, action/briefing files, daily calendars, speeches, news clippings, White House memorabilia, event photographs, and honorary degrees and awards. The collection documents Secretary Sullivan’s efforts to educate the public on the dangers of tobacco use, including stopping the introduction of Uptown, a cigarette designed for marketing to minority communities; introduce new and improved food labels; initiate a $100 million minority male health and injury prevention initiative; and increase the National Institutes of Health budget over $5 billion.

Dr. Sullivan earned his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College in 1954 and his medical degree in 1958 from Boston University School of Medicine. After holding positions at Harvard Medical School, Seton Hall College of Medicine, Boston University Medical Center, and Boston City Hospital, Dr. Sullivan returned to Morehouse College in 1975 to serve as dean and director of the Medical Education Program. Under his leadership, the Medical Education Program became independent from Morehouse College in 1981 and was renamed Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM). Dr. Sullivan served as president and dean of MSM prior to and following his tenure as secretary of HHS. He was also chair of the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities from 2002-2009 and was co-chair of the President’s Commission on HIV and AIDS from 2001-2006.

Dr. Sullivan is chairman of the Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions and is the founding president of the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools (AMHPS). He is the author of The Morehouse Mystique: Becoming a Doctor at the Nation’s Newest African American Medical School (with Marybeth Gasman, 2012, Johns Hopkins University Press) and his autobiography Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine (with David Chanoff, 2014, University of Georgia Press).

The NLM History of Medicine Division houses the papers of prominent public health leaders, including other officials of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (and its predecessor the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare), including Faye Abdellah, Edward Brandt, Emery Johnson, and June Osborn; the papers of NIH Directors Harold Varmus, Bernadine Healy, Donald Fredrickson, James A. Shannon, Robert Marston; and the papers of Surgeons General Regina Benjamin, Jocelyn Elders, C. Everett Koop, Antonia Novello, Julius Richmond, and Luther Terry. Information about Dr. Sullivan’s papers and the hundreds of other manuscript collections held by the NLM History of Medicine Division is available through NLM’s online finding aids, detailed research guides to manuscript collections.

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Register Now to Attend the Healthy People 2030 Launch on March 31!

Mon, 2020-03-09 15:01

On March 31, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will unveil the latest edition of Healthy People! The event is at the George Washington University, and registration is available to attend the event via webcast. Healthy People 2030 is a set of science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving health and well-being in the United States. At the event, the new Healthy People 2030 goals and objectives will be highlighted. The session will also feature a panel discussion showcasing how select organizations and communities have successfully used Healthy People to promote health and address the social determinants of health, health equity, and well-being.

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Now Available: New Quick Tours and On-Demand Class for the “New” PubMed

Fri, 2020-03-06 16:31

PubMed Essentials is intended for students, health care professionals, and researchers looking for quick training on the new PubMed. In a series of nine brief, interactive lessons, PubMed Essentials covers the basics of using PubMed. This series of tutorials, listed below, is available in three formats:

What is in PubMed? 3 min(s) PubMed: Find articles on a topic 1 min(s) PubMed subject search: How it works 4 min(s) PubMed: Find articles by author 2 min(s) PubMed: Find articles from a citation 2 min(s) PubMed: Find articles by journal 2 min(s) PubMed: Find the latest treatments for a disease or disorder 2 min(s) PubMed: Get the full text for an article 2 min(s) PubMed: Save searches and set e-mail alerts 2 min(s)
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April 2 Training Webinar for the #citeNLM Spring 2020 Event!

Thu, 2020-03-05 15:00

The next NNLM #citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon will take place on April 30, focusing on articles related to Preventive Health and Wellness. During the all-day online event, you are invited to add citations and content to Wikipedia articles using trusted National Library of Medicine resources such as MedlinePlus, PubMed, and Genetics Home Reference. Participants can follow the hashtag #citeNLM on Twitter throughout the day to ask questions, post photos, and share personal experiences. Librarians, educators, and other aspiring Wikipedians can also join the spring campaign by hosting an event for their students, faculty, or communities.

Participate in the hands-on training on April 2 to learn more!

Date and time: Thursday, April 2, 2020, 11:00AM – 12:00PM PDT

In this one-hour webinar, presenters will review:

  • The role of Wikipedia and the importance of edit-a-thons
  • Participating in the #citeNLM Virtual Edit-a-thon by joining the event dashboard
  • How to become a Wikipedia editor
  • Citing NLM resources and best practices for editing articles on medical and health topics
  • Hosting your own in-person event anytime in April using the #citeNLM Guide for Organizers

For more information about #citeNLM and to join the spring 2020 campaign, visit the project page.

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March 2020 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

Mon, 2020-03-02 12:16

illustration of man lifting weights with a personal trainer assisting himCheck out the March issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:

  • Health Capsule: Improving Care Through Telehealth
    Technology can be especially valuable for people in remote areas or places with few medical professionals. Using portable devices, health care providers can test and treat patients without them coming into the office.
  • Featured Website: Asian-Language Resources
    Get information about conditions that affect your bones, joints, muscles, and skin in several Asian languages. NIH has free, easy-to-read information in Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese.

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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Fewer Journals Now Required to Participate in DOCLINE!

Wed, 2020-02-26 14:26

NLM’s DOCLINE Team has announced revised DOCLINE Eligibility Guidelines and Library Responsibilities. The most significant change is the number of journals required to join DOCLINE, which has been reduced from twenty-five to ten, enabling more libraries to participate.

Interested libraries meeting the new eligibility criteria can sign up using the application form. DOCLINE web pages have been updated to reflect this change.

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NLM Welcomes Applications to the Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine for 2021

Mon, 2020-02-24 18:19

The National Library of Medicine has announced the opening of the application period for the 2021 Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine, supporting research onsite at the NLM in its historical collections. The NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine provides up to $10,000 to support onsite research in the historical collections of the National Library of Medicine, which span ten centuries, encompass a variety of digital and physical formats, and originate from nearly every part of the globe. The collections also include the Michael E. DeBakey papers, representing the diverse areas in which Dr. DeBakey made a lasting impact, such as surgery, medical education, and health care policy, along with the papers of many other luminaries in science and medicine.

Anyone over the age of eighteen, of any academic discipline and status, who has not previously received this Fellowship may apply. Non-U.S. citizens may apply. Group applications should be submitted under the name of a single principal researcher. To apply for the Fellowship, visit the online application portal. To receive consideration, all required materials must be submitted to the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES), via the online application portal, by midnight EDT, September 25, 2020. Selected fellows will be notified and awards will be announced in December.

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Save the Date for #citeNLM Spring 2020 on April 30!

Wed, 2020-02-19 19:21

NNLM’s Spring Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon will take place on Thursday, April 30, and this year’s topic is Preventative Health & Wellness. Kelsey Cowles, NNLM Middle Atlantic Region Academic Coordinator, and Liz Waltman, NNLM Southeastern/Atlantic Region Education and Communications Coordinator, will host a training webinar on April 2, from 11am-12pm PDT. Sign up for the training webinar to learn more about the editing process and hosting your own in-person event and edit with us on the #citeNLM Outreach Dashboard!

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NIH Issues Request for Information Seeking Public Input on the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-2025

Tue, 2020-02-18 19:25

In order to advance its mission and fulfill a request from Congress, NIH developed the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan, Fiscal Years 2016–2020: Turning Discovery Into Health. This plan outlines a vision for biomedical research to capitalize on new opportunities for scientific exploration and address new challenges for human health. Now NIH seeks public input on the framework for the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-2025 through a Request for Information issued February 12. This request invites public feedback via the RFI submission site. The deadline to respond is March 25.

The framework articulates NIH’s priorities in the following key areas:

  • Biomedical and Behavioral Science Research
  • Scientific Research Capacity
  • Scientific Integrity, Public Accountability, and Social Responsibility in the Conduct of Science

Your input is vital to ensuring that the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-2025 puts biomedical research on a promising and visionary path!

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NLM Classification 2020 Winter Edition Now Available

Wed, 2020-02-12 16:14

The 2020 MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) vocabulary was evaluated for inclusion in the Classification index. Several additions and changes were made to the Index and Schedules based on this review. All main index headings are now linked to the 2020 vocabulary in the MeSH Browser. A mini-systematic review of the W 775-867 Medicolegal Examination section was conducted. Additional minor updates were made to the Index and Schedules.

Summary Statistics for the 2020 Winter Edition

  • 59 index main headings added (49 from 2020 MeSH)
  • 155 index entries modified
  • 5 index headings deleted
  • 11 class numbers added (visit Class Numbers Added and Canceled (Current Edition))
  • 338 class number captions or notes modified
  • 3 schedule range headers modified
  • 2 class numbers canceled

More detailed information about the scope of the 2020 winter edition is available. The 2020 summer version will be published in mid-to-late August 2020. It will encompass the systematic review of the WD (Disorders of Systemic, Metabolic or Environmental Origin, etc.) and WO (Surgery) schedules and other miscellaneous updates. The PDF version will be published annually in the fall.

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New NNLM On-Demand Class Available Through April 30, “Introduction to Health Reference: Ethics and Best Practices”

Mon, 2020-02-10 15:09

Registration is now available for the new NNLM on-demand class, Introduction to Health Reference: Ethics and Best Practices, which will be open through April 30, 2020. The class is approved for 4 MLA CE credits and qualifies for CHIS Level 1 and Level 2. Learn how to conduct a health reference interview using ethical and effective communication strategies in this 4 credit/4 module asynchronous online class. Through interactive, self-paced tutorials, discussion forums, and a synthesis exercise, users will learn:

  • What is a health reference interview
  • How the library can protect patrons’ health privacy and confidentiality using ethical guidelines from library associations
  • Effective communication strategies to identify the health information needs of patrons
  • Simple methods for evaluating online health information that can be easily explained to patrons
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February 2020 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

Mon, 2020-02-03 17:35

illustration of a stomach saying no to different unhealthy foodsCheck out the February 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:

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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Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Sequence Data on NLM’s GenBank®

Fri, 2020-01-31 16:06

NLM, through its GenBank® sequence database, is providing the biomedical community free and easy access to genome sequences from the novel coronavirus associated with the recent outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan, China. The outbreak was declared a global health emergency on January 30, and GenBank® continues to rapidly release data associated with this outbreak as it comes in and welcomes sequence data submissions as well.

GenBank® is the world’s largest collection of publicly available annotated nucleotide sequences. It supports essential open access to the data necessary to facilitate the massive collaborative effort required to understand this novel pathogen and inform public health interventions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a new human infectious virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. GenBank®, the U.S. member of the International Nucleotide Sequence Database Collaboration (INSDC), is a repository of annotated sequence data from all domains of life and is an essential resource for the research community during infectious disease outbreaks.

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Upcoming NNLM Course for Public Library Staff: Libraries as Partners in Healthy Communities

Wed, 2020-01-29 17:01

WebJunction is collaborating with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to design a series of courses for public library staff related to health topics. In March, the free, two-week, instructor-led course, Libraries as Partners in Healthy Communities, will be presented in two live, online sessions, on March 3 and 10, from 11:00 am-12:00 pm Pacific Time, with two additional hours of readings and assignments for learners to complete on their own. Participants will also be encouraged to share ideas and learning with others enrolled in the course through active discussion forums. The course will explore how libraries can actively partner to promote the health of their communities through responsive programs and services, and how to incorporate this focus into the library’s strategic plan. Enroll today!

Public libraries around the country are magnifying the role they play as key contributors to community health. By understanding the health needs and challenges specific to their communities, libraries are able to respond with relevant services and programming, often created in collaboration with local agencies and health providers.

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