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Beta Version of ClinicalTrials.gov Available for Testing

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

A new beta version of ClinicalTrials.gov is available for user testing. The test site can be accessed from a link on the homepage or directly at https://nnlm.gov/bhic/1a4c. The beta site will be available for at least one month to obtain feedback from the public. The new version of ClinicalTrials.gov was developed to provide new features to support searching for clinical studies.

ClinTrials-beta

For more information see the Technical Bulletin article via https://nnlm.gov/bhic/9q5u.
Tse T. Beta Version of ClinicalTrials.gov Available for Testing. NLM Tech Bull. 2017 Jan-Feb;(414):e4.

Memory Affected by Cancer Treatment

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Many people are living longer with cancer because of major advances in diagnosis and screening as well as better treatments. But cancer treatment can have an impact on memory, sometimes referred to as “chemobrain.”

From NIHSeniorHealth.gov you can learn how cancer treatment can affect memory and find tips to help improve memory and concentration after cancer treatment, see https://nnlm.gov/bhic/lzjx.

The information on Surviving Cancer and memory was developed for NIHSeniorHealth by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at NIH.

For more information from NCI, see https://nnlm.gov/bhic/3v0w

Michael Phelps and Depression – NIH MedlinePlus Magazine

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Michael Phelps shares his struggles with depression in the Winter 2017 issue of the NIH MedlinePlus Magazine. Additional articles include:

  • Understanding Depression
  • Treating the Problem Prostate
  • Beating Breast Cancer
  • Putting a Pause in Pain
  • From Hot Flashes to Cool Insights: Menopause

If you would like to receive email updates about the magazine or a free print subscription, visit https://nnlm.gov/bhic/mpsubscribe.

Glossaries at SIS: Terminology for HIV/AIDS, Disasters, Toxicology and More

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Whenever you learn about a new health topic, you’ll need to become familiar with a new set of terms related to the topic, which is when a glossary may come in handy. Specialized Information Services at the National Library of Medicine provides access to glossaries covering a range of health topics, from HIV/AIDS to disaster-related terminology:

  • HIV/AIDS: Use the AIDSinfo Glossary (also available in Spanish) to look up definitions and illustrations to HIV/AIDS-related terms in consumer-friendly language.
  • Multilingual Glossaries: Find links to glossaries in multiple languages under the “Dictionaries, Glossaries, and Online Translation Tools” section of the Multi-Cultural Resources for Health Information page.
  • Disasters: The Disaster Information Management Research Center provides a guide to Disaster Glossaries, with links to glossaries under topics like “Climate and Weather” and “Infectious Diseases and Bioterrorism.”
  • Toxicology: The full IUPAC Glossary of Terms Used in Toxicology, 2nd Edition (2007) is available on the Environmental Health and Toxicology Information page.

Read more on SIS at: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/prj6

ONESearch of health services research

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) released NICHSR ONESearch. This consolidated search site allows researchers to search two unique databases and two specialized web portals with one simple search:

  • Health Services Research Projects in Progress (HSRProj) – information about ongoing health services research and public health projects
  • Health Services and Sciences Research Resources (HSRR) – health services research and public health research relevant data sets, instruments and software
  • Health Services Research Information Central (HSRIC) – links to high-quality news, data/tools/methods and grey literature selected to meet the needs of the health services research community
  • Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce (PHPartners) – access to selected public health resources

Text is from the 2016 December 22 NLM Technical Bulletin

Tox Town Gets a Facelift for 2017

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Tox Town has upped its game in 2017 with an updated and easier to navigate homepage with a new color scheme. Engaging photorealistic neighborhoods are now programmed with HTML 5 so you can easily view the site on your computer and hand held devices. Come explore imaginary neighborhoods (city, farm, port, town, US Southwest) where you will find the same trusted information you have come to expect from Tox Town.

Tox Town

Tox Town

Public input for NLM strategic planning

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

It’s been at least a decade since the National Library of Medicine issued a long-range plan. Significant advances in biomedical informatics, data science, precision medicine, open access to biomedical information, and changes in our country’s health systems, and previous public input have informed NLM’s current strategic planning process.

That’s why NLM is requesting public input for priorities and future directions on four themes:

  1. Role of NLM in advancing data science, open science, and biomedical informatics.
  2. Role of NLM in advancing biomedical discovery and translational science.
  3. Role of NLM in supporting the public’s health: clinical systems, public health systems and services, and personal health.
  4. Role of NLM in building collections to support discovery and health in the 21st century.

To find more information and instructions on how to submit a response, visit https://nnlm.gov/bhic/70qb

Text adapted from https://obssr.od.nih.gov/nlm-requests-information-as-it-finalizes-its-strategic-plan/ 

World AIDS Day

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

World AIDS Day is December 1st. World AIDS Day is a global initiative to raise awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education about HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Around the world, about 37 million people are living with HIV. In the United States, about 44,000 people get infected with HIV every year.

For more information from the National AIDS Trust who promote World AIDS Day all year round, see https://nnlm.gov/bhic/hzdu.

To seek information about AIDS, visit the NLM resources of  AIDSinfo, https://nnlm.gov/bhic/cglp and AIDSource,   https://nnlm.gov/bhic/6gxl.

 

Redesign of National Library of Medicine Toxicology Tutorial

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has updated its online toxicology tutorial. ToxTutor is a self-paced tutorial covering key principles of toxicology. For almost 20 years, students and others have used ToxTutor to explore the fundamental principles of toxicology. Written in plain language and including helpful illustrations, the tutorial provides users of toxicology resources, including the NLM chemical and toxicological databases, with a basic understanding of the subject. ToxTutor introduces toxicology by covering dose and dose response, toxic effects, interactions, toxicity testing methods, risk assessment, and exposure standards and guidelines. Additional topics will be included in future updates. A certificate of completion option is expected to be released next year.For more information, please see: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/ugdo

NLM 4 Caregivers 2016 User Survey

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Are you a family caregiver, or do you know or work with family caregivers? Take the NLM 4 Caregivers 2016 User Survey, and help National Library of Medicine to identify the kinds of health information most needed by family caregivers and the best ways to share this information.

The survey can be accessed at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HXXNLGV