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Archive for June, 2011

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

The National Health Council’s initiative to bring researchers together with potential funding sources – HealthResearchFunding.Org – continues to grow since its launch in February 2011.

As of today, the database has registered

• Nearly 1800 official investigators
• More than 450 peer-reviewed proposals
• More than 11,000 visitors to the database
• More than 2,000 searches for funding sources (more…)

MedlinePlus Connect and Lab Tests

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

MedlinePlus Connect now responds to requests for lab test information.

EHRs and patient portals may now send LOINC (Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes) codes to the MedlinePlus Connect system. MedlinePlus Connect responds with links to MedlinePlus consumer health information for the lab tests related to those codes.

This functionality is available in both the MedlinePlus Connect Web application and Web service. This new feature complements MedlinePlus Connect’s ability to respond to information requests for specific diagnosis or medication codes.

See details on implementing it via the Web application at and for the Web service at NLM has also enhanced the MedlinePlus Connect demonstration pages to illustrate how MedlinePlus Connect replies to lab codes. Visit the Web application demo page at and the Web service application demo page at

The lab test responses are available for many of the most frequently used lab tests. NLM plans to further expand the lab implementation in the future.

iPad app for Turning the Pages

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

NLM has just released an iPad app featuring Turning the Pages: The application is free and features selections from three rare books from the Library’s collection. All three books first appeared on NLM’s Turning the pages kiosks and website over the past three years: The new app allows iPad users to have an up-close virtual experience with these rare treasures; the animated books scanned at high resolution are accompanied by curatorial text written by experts in their fields which put the books and images into context.

The books featured include a Japanese surgical manuscript dating from the early 19th century by noted physician Hanaoka Seishu, the first surgeon to use anesthesia in an operation. Another book included in the app is Hieronymus Brunschwig’s De Arte Distillandi, printed in Strasbourg in 1512, which contains numerous hand colored woodcuts showing physicians, alchemists, and their laboratories in Early Modern Europe. The third book is an early Persian manuscript by medieval natural historian al-Qazwini entitled “The Cosmography,” which includes colorful hand-drawn illustrations of zodiac constellations, animals, and plants from the Islamic world of the period.

Launched at NLM in 2001, Turning the Pages is part of a continuing collaboration between NLM’s Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications and the History of Medicine Division.

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