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Recent PubMed Enhancements Support Searching for Systematic Reviews

Thu, 2019-03-14 18:23

The National Library of Medicine recently added new terminology about systematic reviews to the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). In addition, the PubMed search filter for systematic reviews has been updated. To learn more about these and related changes to MeSH, MEDLINE, and PubMed, visit:

  • 2019 MeSH Highlights: This webinar, presented in January 2019, explained the changes in MeSH for 2019, including the introduction of the publication type “Systematic Review” and subject heading “Systematic Reviews as Topic.” A recording of the webinar is available.
  • MEDLINE Data Changes—2019: This article details the MEDLINE data changes implemented with the 2019 MeSH. NLM added the publication type “Systematic Review” retrospectively to appropriate existing MEDLINE citations. With this re-indexing, you can retrieve all MEDLINE citations for systematic reviews and identify systematic reviews with high precision.
  • PubMed Updates February 2019: NLM updated the search strategy for the Systematic Reviews filter to focus retrieval on citations to systematic reviews. The Systematic Reviews filter was originally introduced in PubMed in 2002 (New PubMed Filter: Systematic Reviews).
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Join the New NLM Traveling Exhibition Listserv!

Wed, 2019-03-13 17:17

Are you interested in the latest news on NLM traveling exhibitions, as well as current happenings and information about NLM health information resources that can enhance hosting of a traveling exhibit? If so, then join the new Making Exhibition Connections listserv, just launched by NLM Traveling Exhibition Services. You can also share experiences about hosting an exhibition!

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Open-Access Book Based on 2018 “Viral Networks” Workshop Now Available

Tue, 2019-03-12 18:34

The new open-access book, Viral Networks: Connecting Digital Humanities and Medical History, comprising a collection of research papers, is now available from VT Publishing and NLM Digital Collections. The book is the product of the January, 2018, Viral Networks: An Advanced Workshop in Digital Humanities and Medical History, hosted by the National Library of Medicine, History of Medicine Division, supported by the Office of Digital Humanities of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and organized by Virginia Tech, and was a collaborative outcome of NLM’s ongoing collaboration with the NEH. To mark the publication of the book, the free public program Viral Networks, Reconnected: A Digital Humanities/History of Medicine Research Forum, will be videocast via global livestream on Thursday, April 4, at 11:00 am PDT, and archived for later viewing.

This volume of original essays explores the power of network thinking and analysis for humanities research. Contributing authors are all scholars whose research focuses on a medical history topic, spanning fourteenth-century France to twentieth-century Alabama. The chapters involve a variety of situations in which scholars must determine if network analysis is right for their research, and what the possibilities are for implementation. Practical tips are offered on identifying an appropriate network to analyze, finding the best way to apply network analysis, and choosing the right tools for data visualization. The result is a highly original and practical volume for scholars in all fields of historical study who might be considering network analysis for their own research.

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NLM’s GeneEd Resource Will Retire March 31!

Mon, 2019-03-11 14:54

GeneEd, a resource of genetics education materials for grades 9 to 12, will retire on March 31, 2019. Selected content has been integrated into Genetics Home Reference (GHR), in the “Classroom” section, to create a single access point at the National Library of Medicine for consumer level genetics information. The determination of what content to add to GHR was based on a survey of GeneEd users and on an analysis of usage metrics. For questions or comments about this change, contact NLM customer support.

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New NLM Exhibition Opens March 18 to Celebrate Women’s History Month!

Wed, 2019-03-06 19:13

The National Library of Medicine has announced the launch of Rise, Serve, Lead! America’s Women Physicians, a banner exhibition and companion online adaptation. The exhibition opens March 18, in commemoration of Women’s History Month. Rise, Serve, Lead! highlights the lives and achievements of over 300 women physicians who have made a difference through their medical practice and research, work as activists, service as administrators, and mentorship to the next generation of physicians. It presents a selection of the physician biographies featured in the 2003 NLM exhibition, Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians, showcasing the work of these doctors to connect to a contemporary audience.

The online adaptation of Rise, Serve, Lead! includes an education component featuring a new K-12 lesson plan and a digital gallery of works from NLM Digital Collections. These books and journal articles were authored by some of the doctors profiled in the exhibition and give a view into both their scientific research and experiences in a male-dominated field. The banner exhibition will be on display through the month of March in the Rotunda of the first floor of the NLM Building 38 on the Bethesda campus of the NIH.

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March 2019 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

Wed, 2019-03-06 18:00

Illustration of a woman and child eating a healthy dinnerCheck 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:

  • Q&A: Dr. Ronald Krauss on Dietary Fat
    NIH News in Health has a conversation with Dr. Krauss, an NIH-funded researcher who studies dietary fat, blood cholesterol, and heart disease risk at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland.
  • Featured Website: NIH Social Media
    Follow NIH on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and more! You can also sign up for health newsletters that interest you to keep up with the latest. Or, watch videos and listen to podcasts on our YouTube and iTunes channels.

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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New Tools Available for First Responders Involved with Mass Decontamination

Thu, 2019-02-28 14:54

First responders and emergency managers in the United States now have a science-based chemical decontamination decision tool and updated guidance on how best to decontaminate a massive number of people after chemical exposure. This second edition of the guidance, called Primary Response Incident Scene Management or PRISM, incorporates new scientific evidence on emergency self-decontamination, hair decontamination, the interactions of chemicals with hair, and the effects of a combined decontamination strategy referred to as the “triple protocol.”

PRISM introduces the triple protocol, comprised of disrobing and conducting dry decontamination, wet decontamination using the ladder pipe system with high volume/low pressure water deluges from fire trucks, and technical (or specialist) decontamination. The clinical research showed that, taken together, the three steps of the triple protocol remove 99.9% of chemical contamination. To further aid first responders and emergency managers, experts from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) collaborated with University of Hertfordshire researchers to devise a decision-support tool called ASPIRE or the Algorithm Suggesting Proportionate Incident Response Engagement. The tool helps responders determine which decontamination approaches will work best in a given situation.

ASPIRE and the guidance are integrated into the Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) web-based resource created by ASPR and NLM as part of a suite of preparedness and emergency response tools that includes the CHEMM Intelligent Syndromes Tool (CHEMM-IST), Dermal Exposure Risk Management and Logic for Emergency Preparedness and Response (DERMaL eToolkit), and now ASPIRE. The guidance and ASPIRE also are incorporated into the latest edition of the WISER CHEMM mobile app, expected to be available soon.

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GeneEd Going Away End of March!

Wed, 2019-02-27 14:01

The GeneEd website is scheduled to be retired on March 31, 2019. Selected GeneEd content will be transferred to Genetics Home Reference, another online resource from the National Library of Medicine.

NLM is interested in feedback from regular users of GeneEd as we determine how best to make this transition. Please share your thoughts in a brief survey.



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Recording for the Midday at the Oasis Webinar on Citizen Science Day 2019 Now Available!

Mon, 2019-02-25 17:51

On February 20, NNLM PSR presented Citizen Science Day 2019: Add Real Scientific Research to Your Library Programming for the Midday at the Oasis monthly webinar. Featured speakers included Darlene Cavalier, School for the Future of Innovation in Society at ASU; SciStarter, Dan Stanton, Arizona State University Library; SciStarter, and Pietro Michelucci, PhD, Executive Director, Human Computation Institute. The webinar discusses how your library can get on board with citizen science activities and plan a Stall Catchers Megathon for Citizen Science Day. You can view the webinar by visiting the Midday at the Oasis page or by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

The webinar featured resources about Citizen Science Day.  Here’s just a few:

Also, are you interested in playing Stall Catchers before the Megathon on April 13? Join “Thursday Night League” every Thursday, 7PM-9PM PT.  There are weekly challenges to help you participate and ease into the game. Instructions are available on the Thursday Night League blog page.

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NLM Launches “Medicine on Screen: Films and Essays from NLM”

Thu, 2019-02-21 19:37

The National Library of Medicine has announced the launch of Medicine on Screen: Films and Essays from NLM, which replaces Medical Movies on the Web, which debuted in 2013, to expand NLM’s engagement with researchers from a variety of disciplines who use the medium of film and video to study the human condition. Responding to feedback from these and other patrons, Medicine on Screen offers a fresh design, new essays placing selected titles from the Library’s world-renowned audiovisuals collection in historical and health contexts, and enhanced functionality.

NLM holds one of the world’s largest collections of medical films and videos, spanning over a century, numbering nearly 40,000 titles total, and including among them an estimated 8,000 cataloged titles deemed to be historically significant. Many of these titles are rare or unique, with NLM sometimes holding the only surviving copy. More than mere windows onto health and disease, these collections are important artifacts of the times and places in which their creators produced them for a variety of audiences. Visitors to Medicine on Screen will discover substantial and insightful essays by researchers from a variety of disciplines and institutions, including Zoe Beloff, artist at Queens College of the City University of New York; Cynthia Connolly, Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and expert on children’s health care policy; Miriam Posner, professor of information studies at the University of California, Los Angeles; Edmund Ramsden, historian of medicine and science at Queen Mary University of London; and Michael Sappol, historian of medicine at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study.

Through its curation by these and other researchers, reflecting their own extensive engagements with the collection while encouraging new ones, Medicine on Screen complements NLM Digital Collections and the NLM History of Medicine YouTube playlist. On Thursday, February 28, Medicine on Screen essayist Dr. Oliver Gaycken of the University of Maryland will deliver the first lecture of the 2019 NLM History of Medicine Lecture Series, entitled “Fantastic Voyages Through the Historical Audio-Visual Collections at the National Library of Medicine.” Dr. Gaycken is the author of “Informative Beauty,” an essay about the film Anatomical Animation by medical illustrator Frank Armitage. Dr. Gaycken’s lecture is free, open to the public, and will be live-streamed globally and subsequently archived on NIH Videocasting.

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PubMed Subject Filter Strategies Updated for 2019

Thu, 2019-02-21 19:23

PubMed subject filter strategies are reviewed each year to determine if modifications are necessary. Modifications may include revisions due to changes in Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) vocabulary or MEDLINE journals, adding or deleting terms, and changing parts of a strategy to optimize retrieval. The following filter strategies were recently revised:

The Systematic Reviews filter strategy was updated in December, 2018. For more information about that change, visit PubMed Updates February 2019.

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Changes Coming to NCBI My Bibliography Interface in 2019!

Wed, 2019-02-20 17:49

As previously announced in October, a new NCBI My Bibliography is coming soon! All users are encouraged to preview the new service and submit feedback. It is safe to try out this new version without affecting anything in existing My Bibliography accounts.

The clean, new interface will make managing collections a breeze, and the new pages layout will make it easier to manage very large bibliographies. You will also be able to search within bibliographies for keywords, author names, and grant numbers to quickly filter views to only the most relevant citations. Even though the interface will change, basic functions will remain in place. The link between My Bibliography and eRA Commons for NIH grant reporting will not be interrupted. My Bibliography will also continue to interface with SciENcv just as it does now, and the public URLs for Bibliographies will not change.

Try out the new My Bibliography and let NCBI know what you think!

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NLM and Wellcome Complete Partnership to Provide Free Access to Hundreds of Years of Medical Research!

Tue, 2019-02-19 16:26

The National Library of Medicine and Wellcome have completed their partnership to make thousands of full back issues of historically-significant biomedical journals freely available through the National Institutes of Health life sciences repository PubMed Central (PMC), and through its European counterpart, Europe PMC. The NLM and Wellcome are pleased to report that over two dozen additional titles are now freely available, spanning three centuries and encompassing hundreds of thousands of pages. In total, the collaboration has increased PMC by over 650,000 pages and tens of thousands of individual articles.

The newly-available titles are free to read, download, text mine, and re-use via the PMC Text Mining Collections, which includes the PMC Open Access Subset and the Historical OCR Collection. License terms vary by title; visit PMC Back Issue Digitization for more details. For a complete list of available titles, visit the NLM web site.

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Recording for the NNLM Resource Picks Webinar on DOCLINE 6.0 Now Available!

Wed, 2019-02-13 16:53

The archived recording of the January 30 session for the NNLM collaborative webinar series, NNLM Resource Picks, is available. The topic is DOCLINE 6.0 Update. Erin Latta, National DOCLINE Coordination Office Coordinator, provides an overview of the changes in the redesigned DOCLINE 6.0 and explains the Google sign-in process. View the webinar by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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PubMed Enhancements February 2019

Wed, 2019-02-06 14:38

The National Library of Medicine has announced several updates to enhance PubMed:

  1. Plain Language Summaries: PubMed will display plain language summaries when these summaries are supplied by the publisher. The plain language summary will appear below the abstract. They will also appear in the XML in the field and in the MEDLINE display with the label OAB.
  2. Reference Lists: In the past, reference lists have been included only in citation data coming from PubMed Central (PMC) articles. NLM now accepts reference lists supplied by publishers. Like the PMC reference lists, the publisher-supplied references will be available in the citation XML and they will display in PubMed Labs.
  3. Systematic Review [Publication Type]: Systematic Review [PT] was added to the 2019 MeSH vocabulary. NLM applied this publication type retrospectively to systematic review citations in PubMed as part of the annual MeSH update in December 2018. The search strategy for the Systematic Review filter was also updated to focus retrieval on citations to systematic reviews. This filter no longer retrieves other article types including meta-analyses, reviews of clinical trials, evidence-based medicine, consensus development conferences, or guidelines. This change is a response to user requests for a Systematic Review filter that returns only citations to systematic reviews. Users can apply the Systematic Review filter to a search from the left sidebar or by including systematic[filter] in the search. This filter is also used for Systematic Review retrieval in PubMed Clinical Queries.

    Please note: The Systematic Review filter will retrieve broader results than searching for systematic review[pt]. The filter strategy also retrieves systematic review citations that have not been assigned the publication type; for example, citations that have not yet undergone MEDLINE indexing.

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February 2019 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

Mon, 2019-02-04 12:02

Illustration of a man getting a flu shotCheck 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:

  • Health Capsule: Vaping Rises Among Teens
    A new survey found an alarming rise in the number of American teens who tried vaping last year. The study suggests that vaping may be driving an increase in nicotine use for teens.
  • Health Capsule: Wellness Tips in Spanish
    “Su Versión Más Saludable” is part of the NIH Spanish Health Information Portal. The portal captures Spanish materials from across dozens of NIH websites.

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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NLM Webinar on March 7: Introduction to the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS)

Thu, 2019-01-31 18:12

Register now to Join David Anderson from NLM on Thursday, March 7, at 11 a.m. PST for a brief overview of how researchers and organizations can use the rich collection of terminology data in the UMLS to enhance interoperability and discoverability in research and clinical applications. The Unified Medical Language System is a set of files and software available from the National Library of Medicine that brings together many biomedical vocabularies and standards for drugs, disorders, procedures, lab tests, medical devices, organisms, anatomy, genes, and more.

This session is the latest in the webinar series, Clinical Information, Librarians and the NLM: From Health Data Standards to Better Health. The goals of the series for participants include:

  • 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 electronic health records (EHRs) and other health data systems
  • Identify roles for librarians on the health IT team and in the research process
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NLM Informatics and Data Science Lecture Series Continues on March 6

Thu, 2019-01-31 10:38

On Wednesday, March 6, 1:00-2:00 PM PST, Samantha Kleinberg, PhD, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stevens Institute of Technology, will deliver the presentation From Data to Decisions: Large-Scale Causal Inference in Biomedicine, part of the NLM Informatics and Data Science Lecture Series, at the Lister Hill Center Auditorium. The event will be broadcast live and archived through NIH Videocasting. The talk will cover new methods to automatically extract causal relationships from data and how these have been applied to gain new insight into stroke recovery. Another focus of the presentation will be recent findings in cognitive science to assist in better use of causal information for decision-making.

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New NLM Video Offers Information on the Opioid Crisis!

Wed, 2019-01-30 17:12

NIH has made the opioid epidemic a priority, launching a multi-institute effort to find scientific solutions to the crisis. NLM is doing its part by getting the word out about the life-saving medication naloxone. Recently, MedlinePlus partnered with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to produce a five-minute animated video about the treatment. MedlinePlus offers additional information and trusted links about the opioid epidemic.

Naloxone might be thought of as an antidote to opioid overdose. It works fast to reverse overdose effects, and it’s safe and easy to use. Even people untrained in health care can carry and use the naloxone nasal spray or injector—and possibly save a life. The video explains how naloxone works, when to use it, and how it is administered. NIDA and NIH are researching many avenues to decrease lives lost from opioids. Naloxone is great for reversing overdose effects, but only when they are caught early. Future developments of better pain management and treatment of opioid abuse may make overdoses a thing of the past.

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New Features in PubMed Labs!

Wed, 2019-01-30 17:07

The National Library of Medicine continues to develop features in PubMed Labs, with new tools and functionality added on a regular basis. Recent releases added several ways to save and share citations, as well as enhancements to the search results and abstract pages. “Save” and “Email” options are now present on the search results and abstract pages for desktop and tablet users. Several formats are available, and users can now save citations in RIS format for importing to citation management software. “Cite” and “Share” buttons have been added to search results. Users can now share citations to Facebook or Twitter, and copy a permalink to share anywhere directly from their search results.

PubMed Labs screenshot showing the new save, email, cite and share buttons

Save, Email, Cite, and Share buttons have been added to PubMed Labs search results

Secondary source databanks and accession numbers such as, GenBank, figshare, and Dryad are now displayed under a new section titled “Associated data.” This section was first added to PubMed Labs on November 21, 2018 and was called “Secondary Source IDs.” It was renamed “Associated data” on December 5. Associated data links are included on the abstract page and can be found quickly via the navigation links on the right side of the page. Associated data can also be displayed when viewing search results in Abstract format by selecting “Expand” under “Supplementary Info.” The Associated data section only appears for citations with one or more of these data. Users can find citations with associated data by searching for data[filter] or by applying the associated data filter from the left side bar to their search results.

Other recent releases include improvements to books citations and enabling display of non-English abstracts:

  • Books citations now display section links and full-text icons when available.
  • When an abstract is available in multiple languages, the English abstract is displayed by default and users can click the other options to change which language is displayed.

Feel free to submit comments, questions, or concerns using the PubMed Labs Feedback button.

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