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Explore NLM’s New Open Data Portal: Data Discovery

Tue, 2019-01-29 19:41

The National Library of Medicine is the first of NIH’s Institutes and Centers to adopt the new open data portal, Data Discovery. The first datasets are already available, including content from such varied resources as the Dietary Supplement Label Database, Pillbox, ToxMap, Disaster Lit, and HealthReach. The new portal offers key benefits, including:

  • Powerful data exploration tools—By showing the dataset as a spreadsheet, the Data Discovery platform offers freedom to filter and interact with the data in novel ways.
  • Intuitive data visualizations—A picture is worth a thousand words, and nowhere is that truer than leveraging data visualizations to bring new perspectives on scientific questions.
  • Open data APIs—Open data alone isn’t enough to fuel a new generation of insights. Open APIs are critical to making the data understandable, accessible, and actionable, based on the unique needs of the user or audience.

Developers and technologists who support research, health, and medical organizations require APIs that are modern, interoperable, and standards-compliant. Data Discovery provides a powerful solution to these needs, supporting NLM’s role as a platform for biomedical discovery and data-powered health. This new portal is an exciting step forward in achieving key aspects of the NLM Strategic Plan—to advocate for open science, further democratize access to data, and support the training and development of the data science workforce.

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January 2019 Midday at the Oasis/PNR Rendezvouz Recording Now Available!

Wed, 2019-01-23 13:33

On January 16, NNLM PSR & NNLM PNR hosted What to do after You Take a Data Course for the joint Midday at the Oasis & PNR Rendezvous webinar. In this session, Margaret Henderson, Health Sciences Librarian at San Diego State University Library (SDSU), provides some next steps after taking courses on data management, data analysis and visualization. She offers ideas to get started with data services at your institution. Margaret is also the liaison to the College of Health and Human Services at SDSU working with other librarians to set up RDM services. To view the webinar, visit the Midday at the Oasis page or click on the YouTube video player below.

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2019 HSRProj Research Competition for Students: Apply by March 1!

Thu, 2019-01-17 18:53

AcademyHealth has announced the third annual HSRProj Research Competition for Students, hosted by AcademyHealth and the National Information Center for Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). This competition invites students to use data from the Health Services Research Projects in Progress (HSRProj) database in conjunction with other sources to identify research gaps in health services and systems research. All projects should include a research statement that outlines a topic related to population health and/or social determinants of health that is missing or under-represented in the field of health services or systems research as a whole. Participants may also choose to focus projects on missing or under-represented topics in the HSRProj database itself. To be eligible, students must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in health services research, communication science, data science, informatics, information science, public health, health economics, statistics, or a related field.

Applications must be submitted by March 1. From the application pool, judges will select five finalists to present a ten-minute web-based project synopsis. Finalist presentations will highlight the research purpose, methodology, findings, conclusions, and data visualizations. Presentations are expected to take place during the week of April 22. The winning project, and four honorary mentions, will be announced in early May. The winner or winning team will be invited to present their research as a featured poster at the 2019 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting in Washington D.C., on June 2-4. Winners will be expected to cover their own lodging, transportation, and registration. In addition, the winner(s) will be invited to work with AcademyHealth staff to write a blog post to be featured on AcademyHealth’s website describing their project and experience.

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NLM Launches a New Banner Exhibition

Sat, 2019-01-05 18:04

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has announced Politics of Yellow Fever in Alexander Hamilton’s America, a banner exhibition with a companion special display and an online adaptation. The exhibition opens January 11, to commemorate what would have been Alexander Hamilton’s 249th birthday. The online adaptation includes an education component featuring a K-12 lesson plan and a university module

In 1793, yellow fever ravaged Philadelphia, killing thousands and devastating the city’s infrastructure. Philadelphians confronted the outbreak in the absence of an effective cure or consensus about the origins of the disease. Medical professionals, early political parties, and private citizens seized on the epidemic to advance their respective agendas. As a result, Philadelphia’s sick and dying received care informed as much by public debate as by medical knowledge. Politics of Yellow Fever presents the story of how Philadelphia’s sick, anxious residents responded to the epidemic using an uneasy blend of science and politics. The companion special display traces the history of the disease from the 18th-century urban epidemics to Walter Reed’s discovery that mosquitos transmit the disease in 1900 and the advent of an effective vaccine.

The special display will be open to the public from January 11 to May 22, in the NLM History of Medicine Division (HMD) Reading Room on the first floor of the National Library of Medicine.

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January 2019 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

Fri, 2019-01-04 12:07

illustration of a calendar with mood iconsCheck 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:

  • Health Capsule: How Much Activity Do You Need
    Being active can help you improve your health and feel better. It can lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of chronic diseases, like type 2 diabetes and certain cancers.

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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NNLM Training Class: Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials for Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications, January 14 – May 3

Fri, 2018-12-21 16:43

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine has announced open registration for the third cohort of Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials for Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications, running from January 14 — May 3, 2019. This course is designed both for librarians who offer, or intend to offer, bioinformatics services; and also for librarians who use bioinformatics information on a periodic or irregular basis to serve their users. The 16-week, self-paced Moodle course reviews basic biology concepts and takes a deep look into NCBI Molecular Biology Databases. It offers 25 hours of continuing education credit from the Medical Library Association. Successful participants are invited to join an Alumni Forum which includes discussion and monthly learning opportunities. Subject Matter Experts for this course include: Peter Cooper, PhD and Bonnie Maidak, PhD, MLS, National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine.

Registration closes on January 7, 2019. This course is limited to 60 participants. A 20-seat wait list is also available.

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NLM VSAC Launches Intensional Definition Functionality

Fri, 2018-12-21 16:23

The National Library of Medicine Value Set Authority Center (VSAC), with support from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), has announced the launch of the Intensional value set definition functionality in the VSAC Authoring Tool. Through the VSAC Authoring user interface, value set authors can algorithmically define value sets with logical rule-based Boolean clauses and hierarchy operators, leveraging the structure and hierarchies of terminologies. Logically-defined value sets, combined with the value set author’s guidance, can incorporate future changes as terminologies evolve to add or remove concepts, increasing efficiency and accuracy of value set creation and maintenance.

An example of a rule-based value set could be: include all codes that are descendantsOf the SNOMED CT® code for ‘Clinical finding,’ exclude all codes that are descendantOrSelfOf ‘Wound finding.’ This first deployment of the VSAC Intensional Functionality provides support for hierarchy functions for several terminologies. Later in 2019, VSAC will add intensional functionality for more terminologies, including RxNorm and LOINC®. Learn more about how to Create an Intensional Value Set in the VSAC Support Center.

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New HHS Checklist Helps First Responders Ensure Language Access and Effective Communication During Emergencies

Fri, 2018-12-21 15:49

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a plain language checklist (PDF) to help first responders provide services to individuals with limited English proficiency and individuals with disabilities during emergency response and recovery efforts. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, at least 350 languages are spoken across the country. In addition, approximately 15% of adults report some trouble hearing, 8.1 million people are visually impaired, and 32 million adults are illiterate. Federal civil rights laws, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, mandate that federally funded emergency response and recovery services must be accessible to people with limited English proficiency and people with disabilities. In a recent blog post, experts in the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and OCR explore how public health, healthcare, and emergency response organizations can use the new checklist to enhance language access and create disaster health communications to better assist impacted communities.

The checklist resulted from efforts of the HHS Language Access Steering Committee, led by the HHS Office for Civil Rights. It includes recommendations, specific action steps, and resources to assist first responders in providing on-the-ground language assistance and communicating effectively in disasters. It complements an emergency preparedness checklist (PDF) HHS released in 2016, and is an additional tool for responders and local partners who serve community members with limited English proficiency or disabilities. Practical tips range from how to identify language needs in a disaster-impacted community to effectively utilizing interpreters.

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What’s New for 2019 MeSH!

Thu, 2018-12-13 18:22

MeSH is the NLM controlled vocabulary thesaurus that is updated annually. It is used to index articles from thousands of biomedical journals for the MEDLINE/PubMed database and for the cataloging of books, documents, and audiovisuals acquired by the library.

Overview of changes in the 2019 release of MeSH

  • 421 New Descriptors
  • 9 Deleted Descriptors
  • 3 Deleted Qualifiers
  • 20 New Publication Types (four used for article indexing)

Current totals by type of terminology

  • 29,351 Descriptors
  • 76 Qualifiers
  • 247,209 Supplementary Concepts Records

More information

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Migration to DOCLINE 6.0 Expected in Early 2019!

Wed, 2018-12-12 18:35

In November 2018, DOCLINE libraries were sent email invitations to preview DOCLINE 6.0. The email provided users instructions to test their new Google login accounts and to review and update their library and holdings information. If you have not accessed DOCLINE 6.0, here are some helpful resources and video tutorials:

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is currently working with third-party ILL software vendors to ensure their systems are compatible with the new DOCLINE. They are also validating the routing algorithm that matches borrow requests to lenders to ensure that this functionality is working properly. Once this work is complete, NLM expects to migrate to DOCLINE 6.0 in early 2019.

Refer to the DOCLINE 6.0 FAQs page for more information. If you need assistance, please reach out to the National DOCLINE Coordination Office (NDCO) or write to the National Library of Medicine Help Desk. The NDCO will be closed from Monday, December 24, through Tuesday, January 1, 2019, and will return to normal office hours on Wednesday, January 2.

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Recording for the Wikidata, Librarians and Research Data Management Webinar Now Available!

Wed, 2018-12-12 17:41

The archived recording of the December 7 session for the NNLM Research Data Management Webinar Series is now available. The topic is “Wikidata, Librarians and Research Data Management,” and is presented by Katie Mika, Wikidata expert and librarian from the University of Colorado Boulder. This webinar introduces the WikiCite initiative to build a database of open citations to support free and computational access to bibliographic metadata and identifies simple, high impact ways to get involved. As experts in the intersection of bibliographic metadata, information discovery, and interdisciplinary research, librarians are a tremendous resource for this community. View the webinar by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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Newly Maintained MEDLINE for 2019 MeSH Now Available in PubMed

Wed, 2018-12-12 17:38

MEDLINE/PubMed citations and the MeSH translation tables are now updated to reflect 2019 MeSH with full searching functionality for Supplementary Concept Record (SCR) data and mapping. The citations newly indexed with 2019 MeSH since November 27 are available for searching in PubMed. NLM has resumed daily MEDLINE updates to PubMed. Now that end-of-year activities are complete, MEDLINE/PubMed may be searched using 2019 MeSH vocabulary. Visit MEDLINE Data Changes—2019 for details on the data changes.

Other pertinent articles:

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AiCPG Announces Launch of New Clinical Practice Guideline Clearinghouse Coming in 2019

Wed, 2018-12-12 17:30

The Alliance for the Implementation of Clinical Practice Guidelines (AiCPG) has just issued a press release announcing the launch of a new medical guideline tool, “Guideline Clearinghouse 2.0,” scheduled for the first quarter of 2019. The resource is designed to replace the best features of AHRQ’s National Guidelines Clearinghouse (NGC), which is no longer supported. Until the launch occurs, a searchable database of over 1,000 archived summaries previously published in the NGC is available. Also currently available is a compiled list of free medical guideline tools.

The AiCPG is a non-profit organization, governed by medical societies, with a mission dedicated to systematically promoting the availability, dissemination, and implementation of clinical practice guidelines to improve patient outcomes. AiCPG’s new clearinghouse will provide free access to thousands of summarized full-text clinical practice guidelines, with the planned addition of hundreds of new guideline summaries in the coming months. Registration is not required in order to access the guideline summaries.

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Register Now for Two January Webinars: 2019 MeSH Highlights and PubMed Searching Impacts

Tue, 2018-12-11 18:28

Join the National Library of Medicine and NNLM Training Office for two events in January 2019, covering an introduction to 2019 Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) and adjusting to MeSH changes in PubMed searches and alerts.

  1. NLM Webinar: 2019 MeSH Highlights
    Date and time: Friday, January 4, 2019, 10:00 – 10:30 AM PST
    Join NLM staff for a highlight tour of the 2019 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). A 20-minute presentation will feature:

    • Addition of systematic reviews publication type
    • Additional clinical trial publication types
    • Subheading changes for manpower, secretion, and utilization
    • Additional terminology for data, neoplasms, and other topics.

    Following the presentation, Indexing and MeSH experts will be available to answer your questions.

  2. NNLM Webinar: MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching
    Date and time: Friday, January 11, 2019, 8:00 – 9:30 AM PST
    Every year, the Medical Subject Headings are updated. Join this session to learn:

    • How does this affect your PubMed searches?
    • What happens when a term gets changed, or added, or removed; or moved to a different part of the MeSH hierarchy?
    • How do you accommodate vocabulary changes over time in your comprehensive searches?
    • How do you check your saved searches and alerts?

    This class includes some content from the class Advanced PubMed: MeSH.

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NLM Announces 2019 History of Medicine Lecture Series

Tue, 2018-12-11 13:40

The National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Division has announced the 2019 History of Medicine Lecture Series. All lectures are free, open to the public, and held in the NLM Lister Hill Auditorium on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md. Lectures are also live-streamed globally and archived by NIH VideoCasting, which is made possible through a generous gift to the NLM from the Michael E. DeBakey Medical Foundation.

The centerpiece of the 2019 series will be Viral Networks, Reconnected: A Digital Humanities/History of Medicine Research Forum, a special program reuniting three scholars who participated in the January 2018 Viral Networks: An Advanced Workshop in Digital Humanities and Medical History, which was supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through a grant to Virginia Tech, and hosted by NLM. Christopher J. Phillips of Carnegie Mellon University, A. R. Ruis of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Sarah Runcie of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will share the progress of their research and their thoughts about the future of digital humanities and the history of medicine. This special program will be held on Thursday, April 4, from 2:00–4:00 p.m EDT. It is co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities, as part of the partnership between NLM and NEH to collaborate on research, education, and career initiatives.

The Lecture Series will also feature the following presentations. Interviews with the speakers in the History of Medicine Lecture Series are published in Circulating Now, the blog of the NLM History of Medicine Division. Explore interviews with past lecturers on the blog and stay informed about the Lecture Series on Twitter at #NLMHistTalk.

  • Thursday, February 28: Oliver Gaycken, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of English and Core Faculty in the Film and Comparative Literature Programs of the University of Maryland, speaking on Fantastic Voyages Through the Historical Audio-Visual Collections at the National Library of Medicine, involving a series of case studies this extraordinary and world-renowned audio-visual collection.
  • Thursday, May 23: Andrew T. Simpson, PhD, 2017 NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellow in the History of Medicine, and Assistant Professor in the Department of History of Duquesne University, offering the 3rd Annual Michael E. DeBakey Lecture in the History of Medicine on Dr. Michael E. DeBakey and His Influence in the Changing Business of Healthcare and the Delivery of American Medicine.
  • September 19: Miriam Posner, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Information Studies Department of the University of California Los Angeles, offering the 11th Annual James H. Cassedy Lecture in the History of Medicine, on Mind-Body Problems: Lobotomy, Science, and the Digital Humanities. Dr. Posner’s lecture is co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities.
  • Thursday, October 17: Ted Brown, PhD, Professor of History and Medical Humanities, University of Rochester, offering a special lecture in honor and memory of Elizabeth Fee, PhD (1946–2018) on The World Health Organization’s Alma-Ata Declaration of 1978: What Was It Then, Where Is It Now?
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Recording for the NNLM Resource Picks Webinar on LactMed & LiverTox Now Available!

Wed, 2018-12-05 18:57

The archived recording of the November 28 session for the NNLM collaborative webinar series, NNLM Resource Picks, is available. The topic is LactMed and LiverTox. The presentation familiarizes participants with the drug toxicity resources LactMed and Livertox available online from the National Library of Medicine.

Presenter: James E. Knoben, PharmD, MPH, FAPhA serves as Drug Information Consultant in the Specialized Information Services Division, National Library of Medicine. He provides expert advice to NLM with respect to drug-related databases and serves as the NLM editor for LactMed and LiverTox.

Presenter: Philip O. Anderson, Pharm.D., FCSHP, FASHP is the author of LactMed and a Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Pharmacy at the UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences where he heads the course on drug information. View the webinar by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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Year-End NLM Cataloging and Metadata Update

Tue, 2018-12-04 19:09

The National Library of Medicine adopted the 2019 MeSH vocabulary for cataloging on November 19. Accordingly, MeSH subject headings in LocatorPlus were changed to reflect the 2019 MeSH vocabulary and appear in that form as of November 19. When year-end processing (YEP) activities are completed in late November, the NLM Catalog database and translation tables will be updated to reflect 2019 MeSH. Until then, there will be a hiatus in the addition of new and edited bibliographic records to the NLM Catalog. The Winter version of the NLM Classification, to be published in mid-to-late-January 2019, will encompass changes resulting from new and changed MeSH terms for 2019 as well as additional minor updates to the index. The main index terms will continue to link to 2018 MeSH until the Winter 2019 edition is published in January.

An NLM Classification number appears in many terms in the MeSH Browser and is supplied annually by the NLM Cataloging and Metadata Section (CaMMS) when the MeSH term points to a single classification number in the Classification Index. These class numbers are current as of the Winter 2018 edition of the NLM Classification. They will be updated with the publication of the 2019 Winter edition in January.

For a complete list of updates, including changes and additions to qualifiers (subheadings) and publication types, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.

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NLM Announces 2019 Michael E. DeBakey Fellows in the History of Medicine!

Tue, 2018-12-04 18:52

Following its April 27, 2018, call for applications to the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine, NLM has announced its seven 2019 DeBakey Fellows. NNLM PSR is represented among the recipients by Michael Kronenfeld, MLS, MBA, AHIP, FMLA, University Librarian, A.T. Still Memorial Library, A.T. Still University of the Health Sciences; and Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld, PhD, Professor Emerita Arizona State University, for their research project, The History of Health Science Librarianship.

For a complete list of Fellows and other information about the program, visit the NLM web site. Congratulations to all the recipients!

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December 2018 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

Mon, 2018-12-03 11:38

Illustration of healthy foodsCheck out the December issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:

  • Featured Website: Personal Stories
    Have you ever wondered who takes part in clinical research studies? Hear personal stories from volunteers and researchers who are helping others and moving science forward.

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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