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30 Minute MeSH Update Scheduled for January 27

Friday, January 6th, 2017

Mark your calendars! From the NLM Technical Bulletin:

On January 27, 2017, join NLM staff for a highlights tour of the 2017 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). A 30-minute presentation will feature a new subheading; new protein classes; additional dietary supplement concepts; changes to both the phenomena and technologies trees; and a new MeSH Browser. Following the presentation, Indexing and MeSH experts will be available to answer your questions.

Date and time: Friday, January 27, 2017, 12:00 pm EST / 11 am CT / 10 am MT / 9 am PT

To register, go to: https://nih.webex.com/nih/onstage/g.php?MTID=e706f945f19ca2f42b59b9aaeb78418cc

All about the new MeSH browser

Monday, November 21st, 2016

If you’ve spent any time among medical librarians, you’ve probably heard the term MeSH tossed about. MeSH stands for medical subject headings, the National Library of Medicine’s controlled vocabulary thesaurus. In PubMed, MeSH is used to describe research articles. Likewise, you can use the MeSH database in PubMed to build very specific searches. But there is another, separate resource called The MeSH Browser – and it has been totally rebuilt with a design upgrade that enhances term discovery and, in general, is easier on the eyes.

First, a moment of silence for the MeSH Browsers of old:

Mesh Browser ca. 2002

Mesh Browser ca. 2002

 

MeSH browser ca. 2015

MeSH browser ca. 2015

 

Here’s what’s new:

A: Top navigation bar on every page

B: Search box

C: Search options for FullWord (looks for complete words only) or SubString (searches for a string of characters that are a complete term or are within a sentence or within another word)

D: Sort by Relevance or Alphabetically

E: Display many results or just a few

Want to know more? The NLM Technical Bulletin from Nov-Dec 2016 has extensive details.

Link to MeSH Browser

The National Library of Medicine welcomes feedback on the new MeSH browser. Submit here.

Mental health texts from @medlineplus

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine has launched a MedlinePlus text messaging campaign on holiday mental health issues : Anxiety, Depression, and Stress. 

Users that sign-up for the campaign will receive 3 text messages per week through the holidays on mental health support, such as managing anxiety, coping with depression, and preventing stress during the holiday season.

Users can subscribe by texting MP Health to 468311 or by signing-up online: http://bit.ly/2eDe91j

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Band Name or MeSH Term? A game based on the 2017 Medical Subject Headings

Monday, November 7th, 2016
2017 MeSH terms have been revealed and among them are molecules, philosophies and vices. Some of us here at the NTO geek out more than a little about the annual list of added and redacted medical subject headings, and this year we’d like to share that geekery with a game we’re calling: Band Name or MeSH Term?

Band Name or MeSH Term? 2017 edition

Is the following a medical subject heading, a band or both? Answers after the jump

  1. Sexual Minorities
  2. Tetralogy of Fallot
  3. Anthrax
  4. Cancer
  5. Morgue
  6. Spinal Tap
  7. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  8. Morphine
  9. Wolfiporia

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NLM Releases TOXinvaders, a Mobile Game about Chemistry, the Environment and Health

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

The Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) launched TOXinvaders, an environmental health and toxicology game for iPhone and iPad, available from the Apple Store (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/toxinvaders/id971776185?mt=8).

TOXinvaders supports middle school science concepts pertaining to chemistry, environment and health. It can serve as an engaging classroom or homework activity for middle and high school students, as well as an entertaining learning activity for gaming aficionados of all ages. In the classroom environment, TOXinvaders works best as a supplement to NLM Tox Town, Environmental Health Student Portal, TOXMAP, and ChemIDplus web sites.

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The game consists of four fast-paced levels, in which a launcher is used to annihilate toxic chemicals falling from the sky and earn protective shield points by capturing “good chemicals.” To move on to the next level, players must take a brief quiz about its chemicals in order to unlock the next one. These dynamically generated tests provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about environmental health and toxicology, either from the game’s chemical information sheet, or from NLM Web sites. Quiz questions and answers can also serve as a departure point for classroom discussions, as well as Tox Town, TOXMAP, and Environmental Health Student Portal activities and experiments.