NLM Director Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, has announced the appointment of Dina Paltoo, PhD, MPH, as NLM Assistant Director for Policy Development. In this role, she leads NLM’s policy and legislative activities which promote access to scientific data and information, as well as health information technology. Dr. Paltoo had performed the duties in an interim capacity since April 2018 while on detail from the NIH Office of Science Policy (OSP), Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her official appointment took effect July 9, 2018.
Dr. Paltoo was previously the Director of the Division of Scientific Data Sharing Policy within the OSP. While there, she was responsible for overseeing NIH policy efforts in scientific data sharing and management, open science, and genomics and health. Prior to taking on that role, she was the Director of OSP’s Genetics, Health, and Society Program. Dr. Paltoo joined OSP from NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, where she was a program director in genetics and pharmacogenetics and led activities to promote the sharing of these and other data. She has also served as a scientific advisor on the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Personalized Healthcare Initiative, was a National Cancer Institute Cancer Prevention Fellow, and taught at Howard and Morgan State Universities. Dr. Paltoo received her PhD in physiology and biophysics from Howard University, was a postdoctoral fellow in cellular biophysics and biochemistry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and earned an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Beginning July 27, all NLM emails about the DOCLINE 6.0 upgrade will come from NLM_DOCLINE@public.govdelivery.com. They will not be posted on the DOCLINE-L listserv. Those who subscribe to DOCLINE-L will receive emails about DOCLINE 6.0 only occasionally, and only from the DOCLINE Team.
The new service allows the DOCLINE team at NLM to better support libraries through the transition to DOCLINE 6.0 with:
- Full HTML messages,
- Direct links to webinars, DOCLINE support, help videos, and more.
The DOCLINE-L discussion listserv will still be available. If you are subscribed to DOCLINE-L, you will remain a member of the listserv. If you have any questions, write to the NLM help desk, view the DOCLINE FAQs, or the National DOCLINE Coordination Office.
The Summer 2018 issue of NIH MedlinePlus Magazine is now available! Featured in the issue is host of “American Ninja Warrior” and comedian Matt Iseman, who shares how he has coped with rheumatoid arthritis. The issue also features articles on kidney transplant, multiple sclerosis, blood pressure, immunotherapy and other news from NIH.
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 (NIH) latest medical research and healthcare information. NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is available online in both HTML and PDF format. You can also receive a print subscription or e-mail alerts.
The National Library of Medicine has announced new public access to over 1,600 letters, photographs, and other materials selected and newly-digitized from the Leonidas H. Berry Papers 1907-1982 archival collection, celebrating the career and personal life of the trailblazing physician and civil rights advocate. Social justice activist, medical pioneer, and influential member of the African American community, Dr. Leonidas Berry advocated for racial justice within the medical profession and access to equal care for all patients, and developed innovative techniques and new instruments in the field of gastroenterology. His work is recognized as part of the NLM traveling banner exhibition For All the People: A Century in Citizen Action in Health Care Reform; and the online adaptation of the exhibition features all 1,686 digitized items in a digital gallery.
To learn more about the variety of items included and the meaning of this collection, follow a Circulating Now blog series during the week of July 16; what would be Dr. Berry’s 116th birthday. On Tuesday, July 17th, Abigail Porter, an exhibition researcher at the NLM, explores Dr. Berry’s career-long battle against racial discrimination in the medical profession. This post features letters written by Dr. Berry in the 1950s and 60s, in which he declined, in protest, an invitation to a medical conference held at a segregated venue in New Orleans, pushed for a high-ranking hospital appointment he’d been denied due to discrimination, and called for the integration of the National Medical Association.
In Wednesday’s installment, NLM exhibition coordinator Nicole Orphanides delves into Dr. Berry’s groundbreaking contributions to the fields of gastroenterology and endoscopy. One of the first African American physicians to use gastroscopy, he invented an attachment that improved visibility. This article features Dr. Berry’s letters to his colleagues about gastroscopy. On Thursday, the series continues with a post from Ashley Bowen, NLM exhibition curator, who looks at Dr. Berry’s life through the personal and professional ephemera (items used temporarily) in the Berry Papers collection, including conference programs, party napkins, and luggage tags. Finally, on Friday, Beatrix Hoffman, a professor of history at Northern Illinois University and guest curator of For All the People, wraps up the series by exploring Dr. Berry’s impact on medicine and society.
As of July 12, the NCBI Bookshelf supports searches by MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) fields, including MeSH Major Topics [MAJR], MeSH Subheadings [SH], and MeSH Terms [MH]. Bookshelf populates these MeSH fields in its index from the MeSH assignments in the NLM Catalog.
Bookshelf now also supports searching by author supplied keywords. These keywords are indexed along with autogenerated concept phrases in the Bookshelf Concept Phrases and Keywords field [KYWD]. For more information about using these and other Bookshelf search fields, visit the Search Field Descriptions and Tags section of Bookshelf Help.
The NNLM DOCLINE Coordination Office (NDCO) is hosting a new webinar series, DOCLINE Talkline!, designed to promote and educate users on DOCLINE, LOANSOME Doc, and other resource sharing programs from the National Library of Medicine. In the inaugural session, on July 25, 11:00am-12:00pm PDT, Erin Latta, NNLM DOCLINE Coordinator and Lis Unger, NLM DOCLINE Team Lead, will provide an introduction to DOCLINE 6.0. Topics to be covered include:
- Understanding the Google sign-in process
- Linking accounts to DOCLINE
- Sneak preview of library records in the redesigned DOCLINE.
Pre-registration is strongly recommended, but not required. In order to give the presenters the best opportunity to meet user needs, feel free to ask questions in advance of the webinar.
An announcement posted on the National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) website states that “because federal funding through AHRQ will no longer be available to support the NGC,” the site will shut down after July 16. A similar AHRQ online database, the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse, also will close up shop after July 16. The NGC debuted in 1998 as a repository of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and related documents. Created through a partnership of AHRQ, the AMA and the American Association of Health Plans (which later merged with the Health Insurance Association of America to become America’s Health Insurance Plans), the NGC’s mission was “to provide physicians and other health care professionals, health care providers, health plans, integrated delivery systems, purchasers and others an accessible mechanism for obtaining objective, detailed information on clinical practice guidelines and to further their dissemination, implementation and use.”
In addition to being the go-to place for users to find comprehensive clinical guidelines that meet the clearinghouse’s stringent inclusion criteria free of charge, the NGC also provides structured summaries of many of the guidelines, providing a valuable service to primary care physicians and other health care professionals seeking quick, easily digestible information. At last check, the site offered about 1,400 guideline summaries that can be browsed by clinical specialty, MeSH tag or contributing organization. As recently as last November, AHRQ was making improvements to the clearinghouse. On Nov. 16, 2017, it launched the National Guideline Clearinghouse Extent Adherence to Trustworthy Standards (NEATS) Instrument, designed to assess the degree to which a guideline adheres to the Institute of Medicine’s standards for trustworthiness. Through the tool, users could quickly determine the processes used to develop guidelines, and choose those they considered the most rigorously developed.
The clearinghouse will continue to post summaries of new and updated clinical guidelines even as the shutdown date approaches; new summaries will be posted through July 2. At present, it is unclear whether another organization will take over the NGC’s operations. The clearinghouse’s announcement noted that “AHRQ is receiving expressions of interest from stakeholders interested in carrying on the NGC’s work. It is not clear at this time, however, when or if NGC (or something like NGC) will be online again.” It also is unclear what, if any, role AHRQ would play if another stakeholder chose to continue operating the NGC. AHRQ’s future also remains uncertain. The fiscal year 2019 budget proposed by President Donald Trump would consolidate AHRQ into the NIH as a new agency titled the National Institute for Research and Quality.
On June 20, NNLM PSR presented Libraries and the All of Us Research Program: Opportunities for Community Engagement in Public Libraries for the Midday at the Oasis monthly webinar. Kelli Ham, NNLM PSR Community Engagement Librarian, provided an overview of the NIH All of Us Research Program and ways in which NNLM will support new health programs, technology improvement, and even citizen science programs in libraries through partnerships, training, and funding. The objective of the webinar is to inform and start a conversation to foster ideas for community engagement in public libraries, especially for underserved and underrepresented populations.. To view the webinar, visit the Midday at the Oasis page or click on the YouTube video player below.
Check out the July 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:
- Preparing for Menopause: A Woman’s Midlife Change
Menopause is a phase of life that brings gradual changes. Learn ways to manage the mid-life transition.
- Acne Breakouts: Controlling Problem Pimples
Doctors don’t know why only some people get acne. But they can help you control it.
- Health Capsule: Eating Well May Slow Hearing Loss in Women
Many people lose some of their hearing as they get older. A new study shows that women who have a pattern of healthy eating have a lower risk of hearing loss than women who don’t eat well.
- Health Capsule: Discover Herbal Products
NIH’s new app, “HerbList,” features an alphabetical list of herbs with a picture of the plant next to each name. Use the app to explore what the science says about over 50 common herbs and herbal products.
- Clinical Research Corner: Volunteers Needed for CLL Study
Do you have chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL)? If so, you could be eligible to take part in an NIH study testing the safety and effectiveness of a certain drug combination.
- Featured Website: Smokefree 60+
Are you 60 or older? Do you need help quitting smoking? Visit the Smokefree 60+ website for strategies and tools proven to help smokers quit.
NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Additionally, you can get trusted, up-to-date health information from NIH News in Health added directly to your site via NIH content syndication. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!
On June 15, PubMed Journals, an NCBI Labs project, was discontinued. It was launched in September 2016 as part of NCBI Labs, a product incubator for delivering new features and capabilities to NCBI end users. PubMed Journals helped people follow the latest biomedical literature by making it simple to find and follow journals, browse new articles, and included a Journal News Feed to track new arrivals, news links, trending articles and important article updates.
NLM appreciates the feedback provided by users that helped to make PubMed Journals a productive test of new ideas. In the time the experiment ran, nearly 20,000 people followed 10,453 distinct journals and each customer followed three journals on average. Though PubMed Journals will no longer exist as a separate entity, NLM hopes to add its features into future NCBI products. For more information about NCBI Labs visit the NCBI Insights blog.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced a new five-minute video tutorial, MeSH on Demand: Finding MeSH Terms in Your Text. MeSH on Demand is a tool that uses the NLM Medical Text Indexer (MTI) to identify relevant Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) terms in text of up to 10,000 characters. The tool enables users to create their own set of MeSH terms for any text, as well as use those terms to perform custom PubMed searches. The tutorial describes the tool’s interface, and explains its output and principles of operation.
For more information on MeSH on Demand, visit MeSH on Demand Update. This tutorial and many other tutorials are available from the MeSH Learning Resources page and the NLM Learning Resources Database.
A new version of TOXMAP is now available from the National Library of Medicine. It does not require browser plug-ins and provides improved usability on mobile devices. The new TOXMAP has several updated datasets, including:
- NCI SEER cancer and disease mortality data (2011-2015);
- Canadian National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) data (2016);
- U.S. commercial nuclear power plants (2017); and
- Coal power plant data from the EPA Clean Air Markets Program (2017).
The NLM Update was held at the Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association in Atlanta, GA, on May 30. Three speakers presented on NLM and data science; NLM 2017-2027 Strategic Planning; the National Network of Libraries of Medicine; and NLM-wide projects.
The NLM Update slides are available.
- Patricia Flatley Brennan, Director, National Library of Medicine (slides: 1 – 15)
- Joyce Backus, Associate Director for Library Operations (slides: 16 – 46)
- Amanda J. Wilson, Head, National Network Coordinating Office of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (slides: 47 – 58)
The National Library of Medicine just released a new design for the Disaster Information Management Research Center website and the Disaster Lit® database. The new design improves access to key resources on natural and man-made disasters, as well as public health emergencies such as emerging infectious diseases. The Disaster Lit database complements PubMed with information from hundreds of sources concerning disasters and public health emergencies. Over 14,000 reports, guidelines, training courses, websites, etc., from government agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities, and more are included in Disaster Lit.
NLM keeps the Disaster Health Information Guides up to date by linking directly to searches of Disaster Lit and PubMed. This ensures that the latest articles and resources are always at users’ fingertips. Keep up with DIMRC! Join the announcement list, or the weekly or daily Disaster Lit update digest, and follow DIMRC on Twitter.
The National Library of Medicine Household Products Database (HPD) provides access to manufacturer developed Safety Data Sheets/SDS (formerly called Material Safety Data Sheets/MSDS) which describe the chemical properties of each product, physical data, health effects, first aid, reactivity, storage, handling, disposal, personal protection, and spill/leak procedures. As required by OSHA, information within each SDS is targeted to help those exposed to chemicals at work. Consumers may also find information that can help them safely use a product.
Now you can visually explore the number and types of products in HPD. Hover over data bubbles to see the number of products in each type, click on the bubbles (or the links to their right) to view, or double click on the bubbles/links to search HPD.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced the solicitation of proposals for 2018 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects, from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers. Awards are offered for up to $50,000. Quotations are due to NLM by July 10! The solicitation for projects is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site.
Projects must involve two or more of the following information access categories: information retrieval; skills development, resource development and dissemination; PrEP navigator resource development and dissemination; and/or equipment acquisition. Emphasis will be placed upon small businesses and the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these projects:
- Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services to the affected community. This encompasses both individual groups wishing to enhance their own services, as well as several cooperating for the purpose of this project;
- Public libraries wishing to serve communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
- Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve the public health in the area of HIV/AIDS-related services;
- Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services to the affected community; and/or
- Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project. At least one of the organizations managing the project must be a community-based organization, library, or department of public health.
At this year’s MLA Annual Conference in Atlanta, NLM’s DOCLINE team provided a preview of the upcoming redesigned DOCLINE, scheduled to be rolled out in late summer of 2018! In preparation for the first release of the redesigned DOCLINE, NLM is requesting DOCLINE libraries to do the following:
- Establish a Google account to use for logging into the new DOCLINE.
- Complete the User Form in the existing system via the ‘Connect your account today!’ homepage link, in order to connect your Google Account to your DOCLINE library or libraries. See Path to the redesigned DOCLINE for more information.
- If you encounter blocked access to Google accounts, NLM recommends working with local IT departments to establish an exemption before the new DOCLINE launch.
A preview period is planned for mid-summer, to provide users an opportunity to try out the new system. Users are encouraged to log in and become familiarized with the new system, by reviewing and editing library and holdings information imported from the old one. During the preview, the existing DOCLINE will remain in use for borrowing and lending.
The DOCLINE system and its features are being rolled out in phases. A feature that does not exist now may become available soon, or later down the road. NLM asks for your patience, as they work to address a broad range of issues. NLM encourages you to continue to provide feedback about upcoming changes in the system so that your needs can be met by the time the earliest version of the system is released. Please send comments or questions to the DOCLINE Team via the NLM Support Center or to the NDCO DOCLINE Coordinator. Also, NLM recommends subscribing to the DOCLINE-L email discussion list for any future DOCLINE announcements.
Is your position related to public health? Then consider applying for a Sewell Stipend to attend the 2018 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Expo November 10-14 in San Diego! This year’s meeting theme is Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now. The Sewell Travel Award for Public Health Committee anticipates funding approximately eight non-local librarians (at least $1,235) and two local librarians (at least $730). The award will provide reimbursement for the cost of APHA membership and early-bird conference registration. Non-local librarians receive additional funds to help offset associated travel costs.
- Be a librarian or information specialist with an MLS/MLIS or equivalent degree;
- work with or have accepted a librarian/information specialist position that now includes, or will include in the near future, working with public health practitioners or PH/PH-related students, staff, and faculty; and
- be a United States citizen or have permanent residency status (i.e., holder of a green card).
Visit the web site to apply. The deadline is Wednesday, July 18, at 9:00 PM PDT. For questions, contact Emily Glenn. Also available is a list of past recipients and their reports about professional benefits obtained by attending the conference.
To help consumers navigate information about popular herbs and herbal supplements, the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) has launched HerbList, an app for research-based information about the safety and effectiveness of herbal products. Developed by NCCIH and launched through the National Library of Medicine’s app pages, HerbList is available to download on iPhones or iPads from the Apple App Store or to Android devices via the Google Play Store. The app was built using NCCIH’s Herbs at a Glance webpage; a series of brief fact sheets that provide basic information about specific herbs or botanicals, including common names, what the science says, potential side effects and cautions, and resources for more information.
HerbList helps consumers, patients, healthcare providers, and other users to quickly access information about the science of popular herbs and herbal supplements including kava, acai, ginkgo, turmeric, and more than 50 others marketed for health purposes. Users can access information on potential safety problems, side effects, and herb-drug interactions with additional links to resources for more information. They can also mark favorite herbs for quick recall and offline accessibility. HerbList provides only scientific, research-driven information to provide consumers and health care practitioners with unbiased information to make informed decisions about supplement use.
The archived recording of the May 30 session for the NNLM collaborative webinar series, NNLM Resource Picks, is available. The topic was Healthy Aging: Promoting Healthy Living in Older Adults through Quality Health Information, presented by Stephanie Dailey and Olivia Kent from National Institute on Aging and Andrew Plumer, from the Reference and Web Services Section at the National Library of Medicine. View the webinar by clicking on the YouTube video player below.
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