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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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ClinicalTrials.gov Updates Procedures for Quality Control and Posting Procedures

Wed, 2020-01-29 16:44

On January 1, the National Library of Medicine implemented updates to ClinicalTrials.gov procedures for posting results information submitted for applicable clinical trials (ACTs). ClinicalTrials.gov is a resource maintained by NLM that provides the public with standardized, up-to-date information from sponsors and investigators about their ongoing and completed clinical studies and results. Listing of a study on ClinicalTrials.gov does not reflect endorsement by the National Institutes of Health.

Consistent with 42 CFR Part 11, the updated procedures allow NLM to publicly post submitted results information within 30 days of submission, regardless of whether the quality control (QC) review process has been completed. Only studies meeting the following criteria are posted under these updated procedures:

  • Is an applicable clinical trial
  • Has a study start date that is on or after January 18, 2017
  • First submitted results information on or after January 1, 2020

Posted study records with results information that have not completed the QC review process are identifiable by a prominent note on the study record and brief QC review comments indicating the location where there may be apparent errors, deficiencies, or inconsistencies. These submissions with QC review comments are accessed from the Results Submitted tab of the study record. When the QC process has concluded, the study record is posted without the note and QC review comments.

All previously posted versions of the study record are available through the ClinicalTrials.gov Archive, including versions with QC comments. The Archive can be accessed through the History of Changes link on a study record. The Results Submitted field has been added to the Advanced Search page, allowing searchers to find study records based on whether the study sponsor or investigator has submitted summary results information and if submissions with QC comments are available.

For further information, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.

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New NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) System Released!

Mon, 2020-01-27 16:12

As promised last month, reflecting its ongoing commitment to public access support at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and beyond, the National Library of Medicine has released a new NIHMS system. The new system streamlines the submission process, ensures the continued quality of manuscripts made publicly accessible, and gives authors and investigators more transparent options for avoiding processing delays. Anyone familiar with the former NIHMS system will find the basic steps of submitting, reviewing, and approving manuscripts for inclusion in PMC unchanged in the new system. There will be an updated user interface that simplifies the login process for returning users; provides contextual help throughout; and offers user-friendly options for importing article metadata, requesting corrections, and taking over the Reviewer role for stalled submissions. Check out this four-minute video with highlights of the new system’s features. For questions, contact the NIHMS help desk.
NIH Manuscript Submission System Homepage

NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS)

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NLM Offers Resources on 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan, China

Mon, 2020-01-27 14:35

The World Health Organization International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee met last week and determined that the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak did not constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) at that time. They continue to closely monitor the situation and may meet again soon. In recognition of the public’s great interest in learning what is currently known about the virus and outbreak, NLM suggests the following information resources:

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New Request for Public Comment (RFC) on Draft Desirable Characteristics of Data Repositories: Respond by March 6!

Fri, 2020-01-24 15:20

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has issued a Request for Public Comment on Draft Desirable Characteristics of Repositories for Managing and Sharing Data Resulting from Federally Funded Research on behalf of the multi-agency Subcommittee on Open Science of the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Science. The proposed set of desirable characteristics is part of the Subcommittee’s efforts to improve the consistency of information that Federal agencies provide to the scientific community about the long-term preservation of data resulting from Federally funded research. The characteristics could apply to repositories operated by government or non-governmental entities.

Feedback will help the Subcommittee refine and develop a common set of characteristics that Federal research funding agencies can use to support ongoing efforts to improve the management and sharing of data from Federally funded research. To ensure consideration of comments, submit responses before 11:59 PM EST on Friday, March 6.

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NLM Adds New MeSH Supplementary Concept Record for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan, China

Fri, 2020-01-24 15:01

On January 14, a new MeSH Supplementary Concept Record (SCR Class 4-Organism) was added to the 2020 MeSH Browser in response to health updates issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) for an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China:

  • Wuhan coronavirus
    2019 novel coronavirus (entry term)
    2019-nCoV (entry term)
    Wuhan seafood market pneumonia virus (entry term)

The SCR first appeared in the MeSH export file available on January 15. The SCR was updated on January 23. Note that the SCR has a heading mapped to the MeSH descriptor Betacoronavirus. Citations about the viral infection also will be indexed with Coronavirus Infections.

Here is a suggested interim PubMed search strategy to retrieve citations, including ahead-of-print citations, on the 2019 novel coronavirus:

2019-nCoV

The complete annotated genome sequence of the 2019 novel coronavirus is available now in GenBank. For more information on this outbreak and coronavirus infections, visit these resources:

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New in NLM Digital Collections: Fully-Digitized Manuscript Collections

Tue, 2020-01-21 18:34

The National Library of Medicine has announced the release of an initial six fully-digitized manuscript collections, complete with finding aids, in NLM Digital Collections. These collections encompass more than 43,500 pages and represent a milestone in the evolution of NLM’s digitization capacity. Moreover, this release achieves the goal of providing remote, unmediated access to manuscript collections in alignment with one of the cornerstones of the NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027, to reach more people through enhanced dissemination and engagement.

These six collections include:

This initial release represents three themes in digitization prioritization: external third-party digitization partnerships with the NLM which have yielded substantial digitized content; high-patron usage/copy order requests; and support of NLM exhibitions and related programs designed to raise public awareness of and engagement with the NLM’s collections and related resources. These newly-available manuscript collections represent a sample of the breadth and depth of NLM’s archival and modern manuscript collections held by its History of Medicine Division. Look for more online archival collections as NLM continues to expand its offerings in this area serving researchers around the world!

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NIH MedlinePlus Magazine Winter 2020 Now Available Online!

Fri, 2020-01-17 15:04

woman smiling for the camera

The Winter 2020 issue of NIH MedlinePlus Magazine is now available! Featured in the issue is recording artist and Broadway actress Jordin Sparks, who wants more people to talk about sickle cell disease. After losing her stepsister to the disease, Jordin works to remove the stigma and give more patients a voice. In addition, the issue features articles on heartburn, improving endometriosis diagnosis through research and awareness, finding self-confidence with vitiligo, and more.

NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is the free, trusted consumer guide to the vast array of authoritative online health and medical information in MedlinePlus. Published four times a year, the magazine showcases the National Institutes of Health’s latest medical research and healthcare information. To receive a print version, use the order form to have the magazine delivered to your home or office. It ships four times a year and is free to subscribers.

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January 2020 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

Fri, 2020-01-03 11:30

illustration of a person putting cream on their armCheck out the January 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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Recording for the Midday at the Oasis Webinar on Libraries, Utilities and Medical Vulnerability Now Available!

Thu, 2019-12-19 19:56

On December 18, NNLM PSR hosted Libraries, Utilities and Medical Vulnerability for the Midday at the Oasis webinar series. In this session, Gabriela Sandoval, PhD, Research Director for The Utility Reform Network’s Addressing the Health Impacts of Utility Shutoffs project, and Lana Adlawan, Division Manager, Public Services, Sonoma County Library, address the health impacts of utility shutoffs and the programs in place to protect medically vulnerable individuals in the path of natural disasters. To view the webinar, visit the Midday at the Oasis page or click on the YouTube video player below.

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Library LinkOut Outside Tool Update

Thu, 2019-12-19 18:14

In March 2019, NLM announced that the three existing LinkOut services (LinkOut via Submission Utility, LinkOut Local, and Outside Tool) are being consolidated into one program, Library LinkOut using Outside Tool (visit LinkOut Consolidation Announcement and Library LinkOut Transition FAQs for more information).

As of February 28, 2020, LinkOut via Submission Utility and LinkOut Local services will be discontinued. Library icons will continue to display in legacy PubMed, but holdings data will not be updated after February 28. To register for Library LinkOut using Outside Tool, libraries will need to set up a working link resolver that directs users to the full text of an article or to the library’s Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service. Complete information on the registration process can be found in the online help. Please direct any questions about this process to the NLM Support Center.

Libraries that participate in Library LinkOut using Outside Tool can activate their library icon in the new PubMed using the URL https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?otool=nameabbr where nameabbr is the name abbreviation for your library. Use a comma separated list to activate up to five library icons, for example: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?otool=nameabbr1,nameabbr2,nameabbr3. The new PubMed will become the default in spring 2020 and will ultimately replace the legacy version. NLM will continue to run the legacy system in parallel for a period of time after the new PubMed is the default. These dates will be announced in advance via banners on PubMed.

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Newly Maintained MEDLINE for 2020 MeSH Now Available in PubMed

Wed, 2019-12-18 16:49

NLM has completed its end-of-year maintenance activities. As of December 16, MEDLINE/PubMed citations and the MeSH translation tables were updated to reflect 2020 MeSH with full searching functionality for Supplementary Concept Record (SCR) data and mapping in place. The citations newly indexed with 2020 MeSH since December 4 are available in PubMed for searching and MEDLINE/PubMed may be searched using 2020 MeSH vocabulary. NLM has resumed daily MEDLINE updates to PubMed.

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NLM RFI on the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS)

Mon, 2019-12-16 16:25

The National Library of Medicine is conducting a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit public input on future research and program directions for the NLM Unified Medical Language System (UMLS). Created in 1986, the National Library of Medicine’s Unified Medical Language System integrates and distributes key terminology, classification and coding standards, and associated resources to promote creation of effective and interoperable biomedical information systems and services, including electronic health records.

Through this RFI, NLM seeks stakeholder input on how to improve the UMLS. Additionally, NLM will conduct at least one public informational webinar that presents proposed ideas for improving UMLS. The input received from these efforts will be considered by NLM in the development of future versions of the UMLS. RFI Comments should be submitted electronically by January 11.

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A New NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) System Coming in 2020!

Mon, 2019-12-16 16:16

Reflecting the National Library of Medicine’s ongoing commitment to public access support at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and beyond, a new NIHMS system will be released in early 2020. This new system aims to streamline the submission process, ensure the continued quality of manuscripts made publicly accessible, and give authors and investigators more transparent options for avoiding processing delays. Anyone familiar with the current NIHMS system will find the basic steps of submitting, reviewing, and approving manuscripts for inclusion in PMC unchanged in the new system. There will be an updated user interface that simplifies the login process for returning users; provides contextual help throughout; and offers user-friendly options for importing article metadata, requesting corrections, and taking over the Reviewer role for stalled submissions. A video with details of these updates and more is available.

By investing in NIHMS, the goal is to continue to ensure the public has access to publicly and privately funded research results. Please contact the NIHMS help desk if you have any questions. Further updates will be provided as an official release date becomes available. The NIH developed the NIHMS system to facilitate the submission of peer-reviewed manuscripts for inclusion in PubMed Central (PMC) in support of the NIH Public Access Policy. NIHMS has been operated by the NLM since its inception in 2005 and has processed over 725,000 submissions in that time. In the ensuing years, it has expanded to support the public access policies of numerous other funding organizations and government agencies.

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The National Institute of Mental Health Issues Request for Information (RFI) for its 2020 Strategic Plan for Research Update

Fri, 2019-12-13 18:26

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is updating its Strategic Plan for Research to guide the Institute’s research efforts and priorities over the next five years. It has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for public comment to assist with this process. The draft Strategic Plan will be publicly available for review during the comment period. Responses will be accepted through January 2.

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